Monday, 31 March 2014

Erratic Inspiration

I've noticed that I often make several posts to this blog in rapid succession, and then have long spells of silence; for instance I posted nothing from 1 to 26 of this month, but have subsequently posted every day.

I doubt if my periods of silence result from the absence of anything worthy of comment; I think I must have blogging moods, and non-blogging moods. Is is something to do with my hormones ?

I must examine other blogs to see if there are similar alternations of activity and silence.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

A Selective Price Cut

Supermarkets recently reduced the price of 4 pints of milk to one pound. A few days ago no 4 pint cartons were in stock, and I was surprised to be charged 89 pence for two pints.

It is clearly wise to plan one's milk purchases carefully.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A Cunning Approach to Pornography

Earnest folk have been appearing in the media, deploring the numbers of children who have been watching 'pornography' on the web.

The young will always be intrigued by sex, because they have either just acquired, or are in the process of acquiring, the ability to engage in that activity.

Rather than trying to impede their search for inspiration, we should make use of their curiosity. People often lament the English neglect of foreign languages. Make pornography available to the young, but only in foreign languages, and there would be a strong incentive to learn.

Friday, 28 March 2014

A Plea for Indices

Recent news reports of developments in cosmological theories mention 'a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second'.

That appears to mean 10-36 seconds.

Confronted by a number either very large or very small, people are likely to count the digits to the left of the decimal point, or the leading zeroes to the right. It is therefore considerate to do the counting for them.

To someone who can't convert it to standard form 'a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second' means little more than 'a number too small for you to understand' so nothing would be lost by using index form in the first place.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Following The Leader

I heard that the Great Leader of North Korea has commanded that all men copy their leader's haircut.

Had he ordained that they all copy his large tummy, he'd have had to find a great deal of additional food.

When he's photographed surrounded by subordinates and admirers, he looks like a food source surrounded by hungry predators.