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News Briefs 16-03-2009

Remember all those Star Trek episodes that mention ‘parsecs’? Thanks to Thunderbolts, I’ve just found out that one cubic parsec equals 9.78 cubic light-years. But burgyboy says wikipedia disagrees with that figure.
And congrats to Liverpool — 4 to 1 is quite a rout!

Thanks RPJ.

Quote of the Day:


We should work toward a universal linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities.

The aim would be to allow a place to be found for any information or reference which one felt was important, and a way of finding it afterwards. The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that it the information contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme would in turn encourage its increased use.

The passing of this threshold accelerated by allowing large existing databases to be linked together and with new ones.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, in Information Management: A proposal — the modest 1989 proposal which led to the creation of the internet. Berners-Lee adds, ‘Note that the only name I had for it at this time was ‘Mesh’ — I decided on ‘World Wide Web’ when writing the code in 1990.

  1. Parsec
    You may want to double check that info. according to Wikipedia:

    The parsec (“PArallax of one arc SECond”, symbol pc) is a unit of length, equal to just under 31 trillion kilometres (about 19 trillion miles), or about 3.26 light-years.

    3.26 cubed equals approx. 34.64 light-years of space.

    1. Confirmed … 3.26 ^ 3
      1 parsec = 1 AU / (2 * PI / (360 * 60 * 60))
      1 AU = 149,597,870,691 meters
      1 parsec = 30,856,775,813,057,300 meters
      1 LY = 9,467,280,000,000,000 meters


      1 parsec = 3.26 LY


      1 cubic parsec = 34.70 cubic LY


  2. Livverrpooooll!
    On the other hand, Bayern beat Sporting Lisbon, who are normally a quite respectable team, by 5-0 and then 7-1.

    Having said that, I really don’t like Bayern.

    PS. Let me correct my statement about Bayern, which was perhaps negative. It is not that I don’t like the team.

    I hate them. But in a non-abusive way.

    It is not how fast you go
    it is when you get there.

  3. Robin Hood rant
    To believe that this monk’s note debunks the myth of Robin Hood’s exploits, would be like imagining a future historian forming an opinion on the character of one Greg Taylor, based entirely on the writings of one P.Z. Myers 😛

    It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
    It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

    Red Pill Junkie

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