Monday, 21 May 2018

Out For Sunday Lunch,

to The George, 

 this week again we chose The George restaurant and bar, we have eaten there many times before, it is in Chaiyaphruek 2 Rd, if you are going away from Pattaya heading towards Sattahip on the Sukhumvit Road when you arrive at the Chaiyaphruek traffic lights turn right and the restaurant/pub is about 100 yards along the road on the left hand side,

 inside a fully stocked bar,

 for our starters Diana and Mr. Tony chose the pate,

 I decided on the Caesar salad,

 on to our main courses, 

from the carvery,



 a choice of vanilla, strawberry or chocolate, the three course carvery is 395 baht, 

 and I then treated myself to a Jamaican coffee,
 meal over we said goodbye to the ever smiling George,

in the late evening Diana had prepared a light snack, sausage rolls, with chips,

 as we watched One Foot in the Grave, we said our farewells to Mr, Tony and watched some cable television, the for us we were off to bed.

A Slightly Different Toy,

to play with this week,

it is called the Snaak 3D Puzzle Toy, it consists of of 64 interlocking cuboid units, simple enough, but describing what Snaak could be is a bit tricky, that's because there's roughly ten to the power of forty-four possible Snaak configurations, seriously: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!

 it is available in Red, Green, Blue, Ice, and Glow-in-the-dark, each cube is approximately 0.5" square, overall dimensions depend upon the shape you create!

 basically, Snaak is a fun 3D puzzle and an ingenious little tool for making shapes with your hands, 

 fascinating geometric designs, neat robots, a pair of sweet shades, just about any shape you can dream up is possible with Snaak,

and no I am not on commission, I just thought it was a neat toy to while away the day.

For No Apparent Reason,

I found myself on this Twitter page,

there may be more, can you think of any countries that are more round than these?

I Guess We Have All Heard Of Ponzi Schemes,

where a company promises huge returns on investment, 

using new deposits to pay for earlier clients interest payments, all being well until depositors want their money back, then the whole scheme comes crashing down, but these schemes were around long before Ponzi, take the case of the Ladies' Deposit Company that was set up by Sarah Howe in an unassuming brick building in Boston's South End around 1879, the former fortuneteller refused to solicit clients for her brand-new bank, there was no advertising, and no public announcement, instead, members could only be referred by other members in good standing, they had to be single women, not rich, who didn't own their own homes, deposits could only be made in amounts of more than $200 but less than $1000, and returns were set at 8 percent interest per month, an incredible amount then as well as today, Howe had 1200 depositors within the first year, and bought herself a fine house, but publicity led some her her clients to attempt to withdraw their deposits, and the house of cards came crashing down, but Sarah Howe was just getting started, for the full story have a look here starting on page 64.

This Is A Really Far Out Post,

how big is the sun?

easy answer, the mean radius of the sun is 432,450 miles (696,000 kilometers), which makes its diameter about 864,938 miles (1.392 million km), You could line up 109 Earths across the face of the sun, the sun's circumference is about 2,713,406 miles (4,366,813 km), so a so a photon moving at the speed of light, that is 186,000 miles per second, should take the blink of an eye to reach the sun's surface from its core, but it actually takes a lot longer, "It takes a million years for a photon moving at the speed of light to reach the sun's surface from its core." and here is why, explained on the basis of Thomson scattering, "The mean free path of a photon in the interior of the sun is about 2 centimeters. This is the average distance it travels in between bounces. If you compare this length to the radius of the sun, you see why it takes so long for the photons to escape." the effect is shown in the above video, for a fuller discussion, have a look here.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Time For A Bit Of Maintenance,

as it is Saturday,

 so 40% of the aquarium water out,

 and replaced with fresh water,

 today was also a special day, as it was MR. Tony's birthday, and as a treat he invited us all here, The Caddy Shack Inn, it is on Thepprasit Soi 8 almost opposite The Punch and Judy,

 the specials for the day,

 a quick pose,

 and we were inside,

 a quick look around,

and it was time for our evening meal, 

 some of the guests choose Thai food, 

 and there was plenty of it on the menu,

and some of us choose meals from the UK,

 Cornish pasty for Diana, 

 lamb for Booie,

 cottage pie with cheese for birthday boy Mr. Tony,

 and for myself mince with mashed potato,


 from all of us to Mr. Tony, 

 then it was time for desserts, 

and what a nice selection to choose from,

we rounded the meal off with some Irish coffees, after thanking Mr. Tony for his generosity we made a move for home where we sat outside and listened to music until the midnight hour, then for us we were off to bed.

When Magnets Collide,

the impact,

 is over in nanoseconds,

but what if you could slow the impact down?

well that is what the guys have done at Magnetic Games, above are a couple GIFs, 

and here is the video, amazing to watch the interactions between the magnets, and if you like music, marbles and magnets, 

then this video is for you!