Thursday, December 29, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Sunday, December 25, 2005
"this microsoft office 2003 update allows microsoft office frontpage 2003 to display the value of the Turkish LIra in both the old and the new Lira formats."Its about time Microsoft decided to update this. You see I always use frontpage as my web browser. Also, like the vast majority of US users, I often buy online from sites that only display prices in the new (not old) Turkish Lira format (it makes me feel richer).
thank you microsoft for making this new critical update "required"
And heres a picture of something I saw on the train:
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Has anyone noticed that people standing on a subway platform tend to look down the tracks to see when the subway is coming? What does this accomplish? It makes even less sense than pushing the elevator button after everyone has already done so. At least with elevators there is an off-chance that the first person to get there just stood there and didn't push the button (which, might I add, would be fun to do). Therefore, while pushing the button does not get the elevator arriving quicker, it at least ensures that the button is in fact pushed. With subway cars, however, no matter how hard you stare down the track the train will not arrive any quicker. So, I implore you: please stop staring down the track and do something productive -- like count lightbulbs, subway mice or homeless people -- instead.
PS: Wish me luck getting home. How long do you think it will take to walk from 186th street to 34th street?
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
I had an answer for every question, here are a few:
Rate from 5-0
- Instructor's mastery of subject (my answer: 5, perfect form)
- Instructor's preparation for class (zero, often had shoes untied)
- . . . . . .
- . . . . . .
- Suggestions for the course:
Make crawling a pre-requisite
Thursday, December 15, 2005
And the iPod goes toAmazingly, I had Ticket #7646148 (try and make it out in the picture). In a "blatent attempt" to get people to sign up for academic advising, the YU Advising Center gave out raffle tickets to whoever signed up to meet with their advisor. So I scheduled a meeting with my advisor ("Yes, Eli, you should take all those physics and math courses"), and got my ticket. And won.
Ticket # 7646148
Please stop by the Advising Center to present your ticket and redeem your
Unfortunately, I need a new computer to use my new Nano. Maybe the Advising Center will raffle off a computer next semester...
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I was watching Triple X State of The Union the other day, and in one scene there is this stereotypical college guy wearing a sweater and tie (in general looking like the kind of guy who spent most of his freshman year upside down in a garbage can, toilet or any other assorted place he probably didn’t want his head) who is hacking into the Department of Defenses database. They scroll though all the lovely screens of computers that look like they are doing very impressive stuff, and I thought I saw on one of these screens some C code and since I learnt C this year in school I decided to pause it and go back. Well looks good so far it has the necessary stdio.h library and then what’s this a function definition before a there is a function prototype, and why is there a space in the name of that function, also where are alls those variables coming from. Well the story is if I think that scene was funny I wonder what real hackers think about it.
To finish I will leave you with a joke (specifically programmed for programmers)
main ( ) /*gcc compiler doesn’t demand the voids*/
printf(“A programmer and his wife come out of a supermarket\n”); /*shocking no bars involved*/
printf(“His wife realizes that she forgot to buy something and tells her husband \n”
“to watch the nine bags in their cart. When she comes back out she discovers\nhim messing around with the bags taking them out of the basket then putting\n\ them back in. She asks him what he is doing and he told her that he lost one\nof their bags, he then proceeded to count them 0,1,2,3…”);
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Anyway my bike was stolen from the train station. When a police officer stopped by to file a report I came *this close to offering him some Dunkin Donuts (left overs from an NJIT Hillel event).
Anyway, you should all call the number on this page, then tell your friends to do the same:
http://spam-spam.blogspot.com really, its the least we can do to fight spam
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Then I heard the chewing coming from inside my desk. When I pulled out the bottom drawer a cute little mouse darted out, and dove under my backpack. I lifted up my backpack and the little guy went zipping (and skidding) across the floor and squeezed himself under my closet, which, needless to say, I could not lift. Later it ran across the room, and I think is now hiding under my roomate's bed.
So here's the question: How would you try to catch the mouse (ideally with something that may be lying around in a [my] dorm room) without killing it?
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
"They found a fragment, big deal, am I surprised? No. When you go down there, there's stuff all over the place. It hit an iceberg and it sank. Get over it."
Plato feels that imitation of an imitation of Truth will lead man astray, leave him in the dark, and potentially even other, more dangerous metaphors.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
I decided to make fun of them by putting a legal statement of my own for them to sign (courtesy of Yahoo terms of service) basically saying they can't sue me if they get seizures while grading the assignment. I took a picture before I handed it in for all you blog-readers to see.
And about my last post- I was talking about planar projections with Eli when these ducks volunteered to hold the book's cover (a plane) at a certain angle for us. Thank you!
Thursday, December 01, 2005
To which I answered, "Two... .... ...Three... ... ...Four... ... ...Five... ... ...Six." And then the door opened on my floor and I left the elevator.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Okay, you guys did really well by the slide rule, now give this a shot: I was explaining something to Eli with this setup- the picture should just ask for comments. (everybody should read Avi's)
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
1. When you go outside your ears fall off.
2. That strange shiny stuff inside that weird glass tube with the little lines on it shrinks.
3. While biking you have to dodge icebergs (NOT ICE CUBES) or risk going down like the Titanic (or at least like a 200 pound enraged lump).
4. You notice strange multicolored parasites have infested the human population and control the humans by attaching to their head, hands and torso.
5. All the fuzzy animals go to Florida (just as a side point, did you every notice that old people tend to be fuzzy around the edges, must be because they’ve lost their grip on reality and are starting to break up).
6. People with signs the say “The End of The World is Coming!!!” start standing on street corners (obviously they missed out on the fact that the end of the world was last Wednesday).
7. Human start strapping sticks to their feet and then hurl themselves down frozen mountains.
8. All your neighbors start calling your mother to get you to clear that toxic white stuff of their driveways.
9. Angels start falling from the sky and then have to walk back to heaven but before they do they leave tracks in that white stuff (I have been studying these tracks and determined that all Angels are the size of children).
10. When the change in Enthalpy (H) of the Northern Hemispherical system becomes positive, due to change in Heat (q) being negative.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
I'm glad you are now expert after googling Meleva, you should really have googled Einstein instead- that Nobel prize money that went to a divorce settlement- he won it for the photoelectric effect, not relativity.
Even so, a few controversial people say "the ideas may have been Albert's, but Mileva did the mathematics." I guess then we should call them the Milelva transformations instead of . . . the Lorenz transformations! See Einstein is not known for being a mathematician because it was his ideas that were revolutionary, not the math behind them.
The bottom line is that even if it was true then I say Big Whoop. Stop belittling female scientist by trying to claim the most famous scientific discovery of the 20th century.
Give Jan a piece of your mind here.
PS: NJIT made an official press release about me and a friend last week, Press Release
Classic media, messed the story up a bit, see the real deal here on my website.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Over the summer, I was watching a British TV show called "Ray Mears' Extreme Survival" where this guy named, surprisingly, Ray Mears shows how to survive in random places around the world without any real tools, food and so on. One of these episodes was on how to survive in the Belarus forests. Along the way, he told the story of a group of Jewish partisans who fought the Nazis in those forests. At some point in the show, I noticed that the background music was the tune of "Gremlins from the Kremlin," in choral form!!! I couldn't imagine why the BBC would want to use a Loony Tunes tune in a serious pseudo-documentary about the partisans. So I figured that Carl W. Stalling, the music person for Russian Rhapsody, must have made use of an already existing song. But what song was it?
After much Google searching, I discovered that the Gremlins are singing a song that is based off of a combination of two Russian folk songs: "Song of the Volga Boatmen" and "Dark Eyes."
Now, for your listening pleasure this blog is proud to present, in convenient MP3 form (please right click and save the files to your computer):
Gremlins from the Kremlin (6.04 MB)
Ray Mears' Version of Song of the Volga Boatmen (1.74 MB)
Red Star Army Chorus' Version of Song of the Volga Boatmen (3.49 MB)
Red Star Army Chorus' Version of Dark Eyes (4.2 MB)
And, for your viewing pleasure, in convenient (104.2 MB) .mov form [thanks to Area 77]:
Finally, I would like to point out that the Song of the Volga Boatmen works well for Lecha Dodi.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
I took the wrong train one day last week . . . on purpose. The regular homeless were particularly delusional and my train was coming late, so I hopped on a Bayhead train passing the Airport station. When I showed the conductor my
I lied “I was afraid of that” and happily got off.
As I sat in the cool breeze, I thought of other less adventurous commuters waiting in the dark smokey tunnel that is Penn station, the land of crumbling concrete. I was sitting in the sun on a clean bench that must be 50 years newer than those antiques at
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Anyway, I had nowhere to put it so I bought a toolbox. Now my new toolbox looked kind of empty so I decided to put in all my tools.
Why don't you leave a comment about what you think is in the long leather case.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Am I missing something here? This just looks to stupid, and to make it even dumber I came across a lovely piece of information.
And here it is:
Army buys $12M in blimps for Iraq
WASHINGTON, July 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army is buying 16 tactical blimps for use in Iraq from a Columbia, Md., company, TCOM, L.P. announced Tuesday.
The deal is worth $12 million, and the unmanned, tethered blimps will be built in Elizabeth City, N.C.
The Tactical Aerostat System operates at about 1,000 feet, providing surveillance and a communications relay system aloft for up to a week at a time.
The contract award is part of the Rapid Aerostat Initial Development system contract the Army has with Raytheon.
The airship's use was demonstrated last fall over Washington, when an A-170 manned blimp hovered over the city for 24 hours. The helium-based blimp can fly for hours even if pierced by small arms fire, according to the Army.
TCOM blimps are also being used by the Marine Airborne Re-Transmission System, a program developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to extend Marine radio communication beyond line-of-sight in Iraq.
The blimp provides an airborne relay for UHF, VHF, SINCGARS and EPLPRS radios, in addition to standard analog radios. The actual relays are contained in a ground system. If the aerostat were shot down, the radios would not be compromised.
I even found a picture of a concept blimp that is being tested now that has been designed to move 500 tons 12,000 miles in less than 7 days, and do you know that they call it (pause for dramatic effect)…The Walrus:
Wow the pig on the side really adds to the intense fear I feel when I look at this. In fact I think I need to go put on a change of pants, so if you will excuse me.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Who? The three Lansey brothers: Eli, Yoni/Jonathan and Aryeh.
Why? Because lots of interesting stuff goes on around us, often unnoticed. We'd like to share it with the world.
Where? In collections of oriented magnetic regions on metal plates, which can be accessed at: lanseybrothers.blogspot.com
When? Yoni/Jonathan on Sundays, Aryeh on Tuesdays and Eli on Thursdays (in height order). That's 3 times a week, so you can come back every other day for something new and potentially exciting.
In convenient table form:
Thursday, October 27, 2005
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Sunday, October 23, 2005
One Shift, Two Shift, Red Shift, Blue Shift
One shift, two shift, red shift, blue shift.
Black shift?! Blue shift! Old shift, new shift.
This one’s from a little star.
This one’s from a little far.
Say, what a lot of shifts there are.
Some are red.
And some are blue.
Some are old.
And some are new.
And Einstein’s glad.
And Einstein dressed in stripes and plaid!
Why are they sad and glad and plaid?
I do not know.
Go ask your dad.
Some are thin (those traveling fast).
And some are fat (those traveling slow).
The fat one has a yellow hat.
From there to here,
From here to there,
Funny physics things are everywhere.
Here are neutrinos who like to run.
They run for fun in the hot, hot sun.
Oh me! Oh my!
Oh me! Oh my!
What a lot of funny things go by.
Some have two peaks and some have four.
Some have six peaks and some have more.
Where do they come from?
Einstein wouldn’t say.
But I bet Schrödinger might shout “Hurray!”
We see some come up fast.
We see some move down slow.
Some are strange.
And some, charm, show.
Some at the top so high.
And some at the bottom, so low.
Not one of them is like another.
Don't ask us why.
Go ask your mother.
Look at his energies!
One, two, three ...
How many quanta do I see?
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
He has eleven!
This is something new.
I wish I had eleven too!
My Hat is old. (Big Bang)
My teeth are Au. (Various elements form)
I have a bird I like to hold. (Life on earth)
My shoe is off. (Half-life of radioactive shoes)
My foot is cold. (Sun runs out of energy)
My shoe is off. (Big Crunch… ↓)
My foot is cold.
I have a bird I like to hold.
My hat is old.
My teeth are gold.
And my story is all told.
I like to box.
How I like to box!
So, everyday, I box a Gox.
In yellow socks I box my Gox.
I box in yellow Gox box socks.
And in this box, the Gox accepts limited energy blocs.
Due to de Broglie wavelength locks.
Hop! Hop! Hop!
I am an energized ElectronYop.
All I like to do is hop from atomic radius top to atomic radius top.
I hop from left to right and then...
I drop right back again.
I like to hop all day and night,
From right to left and left to right
Why do I like to hop, hop, hop?
I do not know.
Go ask Bohr’s pop.
Who am I?
My name is Ish.
On my hand I have a dish.
I have this dish to help me wish.
When I wish to make a wish.
I wave my hand with a big swish swish.
Then I say, “I wish for a fish!”
And I get (E=mc2) fish right on my dish.
So … if you wish to wish a wish,
You may swish for fish with my Ish wish dish
Did you ever fly a kite in bed (and calculate the forces acting on the kite)?
Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head (to show how balancing torques can create systems in equilibrium)?
Did you ever milk this kind of cow? (Clearly a metaphor for Modern Physics [see chapter one of S. Weinberg’s The First Three Minutes])
Well, we can do it.
We know how.
If you never did, you should.
Physics is fun
And fun is good.
And now good night.
It is time to sleep.
So we will sleep with our pet Zeep.
Today is gone.
Today was fun
Tomorrow is another one.
Every day, from here to there,
Funny physics things are everywhere!