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Just when I come to the edge of having an affinity or at least a fondness for Balducci out he comes with the sum of all his previous posts...

"I'm pretty smart and technically I'm a mathematician / scientist,"

Oh well...now I have to start all over again.

John being a 'Mathematician' was fairly evident as well with out the confession. A form of engineer who might measure the squares of toilet tissue before purchasing the corrct configutraton.

American: Pass the *** wipe.

Canadian: T square please.

There is truth in all things.
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On 2007-11-23 19:08, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:

Kraus is on faculty at Case Western, but his homepage makes no mention of peer-reviewed publications. They are not fakes, but it is hard to tell who they are in their fields.

Note that the original article is in the current New Scientist. It's a good mag, but it's hardly peer-reviewed science.

Kraus has bunch of honours, an enormous number of invited lectures, and a ton of papers. His publications are listed on a sub-linked page:

http://genesis1.phys.cwru.edu/~krauss/Publications.htm

Many of these are in good refereed journals, but it is also clear that an equal number (maybe more) are in non-refereed forums targetted at the general public. He appears to be very politically savvy in terms of attracting attention to himself etc.

I think the newspaper article was referring to this manuscript: 322. The Late Time Behavior of False Vacuum Decay: Implications for Cosmology and Metastable Inflating States and a String Landscape", with J. Dent. In preparation.

I should be as industrious, publication and publicity wise, as Kraus is, but I am just too darned lazy, and I hate being quoted by the media.
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Evidently I just proved their claim:

I was reading the article when I noticed the Feature Focus box to the left, with changing pictures. I thought that I saw a picture of Sir Jackie Stewart, but didn't catch the caption. Sure enough, as soon as I focused (no pun intended) on the box, the picture of Sir Jackie disappeared and never returned.

You can't get any more solid proof than that: I changed the universe by looking at it.
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Rush is right...there is something about Yorba Linda. Smile Maybe George Noory should be interested as well. Is there a preponderance of feline aparitions Bill?
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One can not understand quantum theory with a linear mind set. Actually I'm not sure one can understand quantum theory. The interesting thing about quantum theory is that if you apply quantum theory to it you'll find that it is correct until you understand it, at which point it instantly turns false. Like particles... you can either see where they are or what they are doing, but you can have both. So of course, the more matter we look at the more matter we have no idea exists and hench the universe will... naw, I don't know what the heck I'm talking about...

Cool article though.
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On 2007-11-24 03:13, Doug Higley wrote:
Is there a preponderance of feline aparitions Bill?

Neither my wife nor I have ever liked cats.

Three-and-a-half years ago we bought a Pixie Bob kitten and named him Orion; we figured that eventually we'd need a barn cat, so this was a first step. Just over a year ago my wife got two kittens from the animal shelter: a tuxedo we named Carlton and a gray tabby we named Mingus.

We now have feline apparitions coming out our ears.

Unfortunately, these apparitions need to be fed, and policed, as it were.
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If a cat crawls into my banjo case, and I don't see it, does that mean that playing the banjo might shorten the life span of the Cups and Balls museum?

Again: remember that people are taking MONEY to come up with these absurd speculations. When they're published in the News of the World it doesn't bother me, but when I hear that professors are publishing "ULTIMATE Wacky give me a break" theories in peer reviewed journals I think the world is out of kilter. Which it is, of course.
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More fun theories:

10 Bizarre Scientific Papers

http://www.oddee.com/item_90683.aspx
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There's a great bit in Terry Pratchett's "The Last Hero," where Death's assistant is trying to explain the Uncertainty Principle to him.

ASSISTANT: Y'see, you put the kitten in a box with a poison pellet that may or may not go off at any time, then you close the box.

DEATH: (Who speaks in all caps) WHAT MIGHT THE PURPOSE OF THAT BE?

ASSISTANT: Well, you see. The kitten now goes into a strange state, it's not alive or dead.

DEATH: I, ABOVE ALL THINGS, SHOULD CERTAINLY KNOW WHEN SOMETHING'S ALIVE OR DEAD.

ASSISTANT: Well you can't tell, can you? Not until you open the box and look at the kitten.

DEATH: ARE YOU SUGGESTING I CAN KILL A KITTEN JUST BY LOOKING AT IT?

ASSISTANT: No! Of course not!

DEATH: I SHOULD THINK NOT! I LIKE KITTENS!

I may not have gotten the dialog exactly right, but that was the gist of it.
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"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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Thus does gist become grist.
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Well, I'm sorry. I thought it was funny and pertinent to what was being said.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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It is funny. Thanks, Mandrake. And I've finally noticed that pertinent is never welcome in "Not very Magical".

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The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Uh excuse me? Mandrake01 used the term 'gist'. I linked the word 'grist' to it as in 'grist for the conversation'...thus giving it relevance and being pertinent.
So what's with the 'Sorry"?

John don't tell me you know not of 'grist' as well?

Wikipedia:

The proverb “all is grist for the mill” means “everything can be made useful, or be a source of profit.” There are some minor variations, such as "all's grist that comes to my/his/her mill", meaning that the person in question can make something positive out of anything that comes along.

A miller ground whatever grain was brought to him, and charged a portion of the final product for the service. Therefore, all grain arriving at the mill represented income, regardless of its quality. The first recorded usage was in the sixteenth century, but the term is probably much older. The term “gristmill” was once common in the United States and Britain to describe a small mill open to all comers.
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Doug, I got your meaning. Mandrake seemed slightly crestfallen, so I made the point of telling him that his post was funny and appropriate (which it was).

Your comment, Doug, was pretty highbrow, so I left it alone.

John
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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The phrase seems to go back to John Calvin - and his sermon about rebellious children - would that he had made the direct connection. Smile
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John...send Townsend one of those Stuffed Shirts.

And of course it was high brow! Geesh.
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The bigger picture - earth cannot break away from the suns orbit. However, the little carbon units
called humans can destroy the universe in the act of being. Smile
POOF!
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I'm looking at this hoping everyone is kidding.

http://jnaudin.free.fr/meg/meg.htm

Halfway down the explanation of extracting energy from 'the vacuum'.

I witnessed, when a fully shielded MEG ran fully enclosed inside a magnetic shield further shielded with anti static packing. It continues to do so months later.
The electron flow can not come from the earths magnetic field or the static collected from the air in this state. The thought process needed to understand how it works completely cut off from the rest of the physical world......scary.
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On 2007-12-01 21:05, Doug Higley wrote:
And of course it was high brow! Geesh.


So now your calling me fat?
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