Monday, August 29, 2016

Quote for the Day

“The corporation's legally defined mandate is to pursue relentlessly and without exception its own economic self-interest, regardless of the harmful consequences it might cause to others.”

- Professor Joel Bakan in “Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit Of Profit And Power”

An eminent law professor and legal theorist, Bakan contends that the corporation is created by law to function much like a psychopathic personality

The above quotation is quoted in a book I am currently reading, “Supermarket Monsters: The Price of Coles and Woolworths’ Dominance” by Malcolm Knox.  

(A fascinating and disturbing book about market dominance).

Readers Write . . .


From Arthur T in respect of the item on which superhero was the first to wear a skintight body outfit:  


I totally forgot the Phantom and would have said it was Superman. As I remember, we all used to swap comics with other kids in the ‘50’s and there was also a book shop that sold second hand comics at Balmain. Have a nice day.


Thanks Arthur.

Here’s a couple of superhero funnies to start the week. . .


Wayne sent me an email about the old photographs post:

Love the photos - keep them coming - the only thing that has changed in the Balmain photo is the cars.

Wayne B
Thanks Wayne.

Speaking of things Balmain, this January 2016 article may be of interest. You can access it by clicking on the following link:

'Once a proud and mighty club, all the old boys are crying in heaven': Eerie pictures show the once-thriving but now dilapidated Balmain Leagues Club as fans remember a 'golden age'

Eerie photographs show how the Balmain Leagues Club has deteriorated in the seven years since it was sold for just $1.

The walls in Sydney's inner west have been covered top to bottom in graffiti, cords hang tangled from the ceiling, and furnishings are smashed and sprawled across the dilapidated site that squatters took over in 2010.

A series of images by photographer Brett Patman, who captures abandoned and ‘forgotten environments’ for his project Lost Collective, show how far the club’s residence has plummeted as fans remember their golden age and the memorable 1989 grand final against the Canberra Raiders.

The site at Rozelle in Sydney's inner west has been the subject of an ongoing redevelopment war, with outrage at the proposals and handling continuing today.  It had originally been proposed that two towers as tall as 26 and 32-storeys would replace the site, which was rejected along with the incrementally smaller proposals.




From Nick K in respect of the quote of the day that “Anger” is one letter short of “Danger” . . .

It is also apt to note that “laughter” is one letter short of “slaughter”.
Thanks. Nick.

From Martin Smith, who checks carefully everything I post, in respect of the following joke:

A Higgs Boson walks into a church.
The priest says we don't allow Higgs Bosons in here.
The Higgs Boson says “But without me, how can you have mass?” 

Calling the boson that gives rise to mass a Higgs is an affront to those that have worked in this field in the 1960’s

I feel it was like the rejection of a science assignment that my daughter was doing about 12 years ago when I claimed that Pluto was not a planet…

Unfortunately, I feel that the Higgs name will live on when in reality, success has many fathers..

Thanks Martin.

From the article at the above link:

One of the scientists who helped develop the theory of the Higgs boson says the particle should be renamed. Carl Hagen believes the name should acknowledge the work of others - not just UK physicist Peter Higgs. The long-running debate has been rekindled following speculation that this year's Nobel Prize for Physics will be awarded for the Higgs theory. The detection of a particle thought to be the Higgs was announced at the Large Hadron Collider in July last year.

American Prof Hagen told BBC News: "I have always thought that the name was not a proper one. To single out one individual marginalises the contribution of others involved in the work. Although I did not start this campaign to change the name, I welcome it."

Prof Peter Higgs developed a theory of how other sub-atomic particles came to have substance, or mass, and published his work in 1964. However, other researchers independently came up with similar ideas and they, along with Prof Higgs, have long argued for the name of the particle to be changed.
Here are a couple of more Higgs Boson items that will piss off Martin . . .

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Quote for the Day

British comedian John Oliver delivers commentaries on current events on his HBO series ‘Last Week Tonight’. I was watching one of the episodes on YouTube, the one where he commented on Brexit, he being strongly against the UK leaving the EU. The one positive, he said, was that Prime Minister David Cameron would be stepping down from his post in the wake of the Brexit vote.

“That’s right—David Cameron announced he’d be stepping down in the wake of the vote, which should make me happy, but in this situation, it doesn’t. It’s like catching an ice cream cone out of the air because a child was hit by a car. I mean, I’ll eat it, but it’s tainted somehow.”

Meet Pete

This is Pete Fecteau. Back in 2010, whilst working for a company that decided to sponsor a design competition, Pete wanted to enter the competition but couldn’t decide what to do. He grappled with the challenge, all the while fiddling with a Rubik’s Cube. Then the answer came to him in a dream: he would do a portrait of someone he admired, Dr Martin Luther King, and he would make it out of Rubik’s Cubes. (If you build it, they will come.)

Some comments:
  • The work is named “Dream Big”.
  • The final image was first designed by a computer.
  • With the help of six volunteers, Pete solved the 4242 Rubik’s cubes in the proper way to fit the final creation. That took about 40 hours.
  • Assembling the cubes took an additional five and a half hours. 
  • At completion, the project weighed roughly 1000 pounds (454 kg), measured 19′ x 8’6″ x 2.25″ (5.8m x 2.6m x 5.7cm), and cost $9000.
  • Though he was not able to find a buyer for “Dream Big,” Pete feels the hard work was still worth it. He estimates that during two weeks it was displayed his piece was seen by over 30,000 people.  As I said before, if you build it, they will come.

After "Dream Big”, Pete created another Rubik’s Cube art work that is twice the size of "Dream Big” and uses only 5 of the colours on a Cube: Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, and White. It is of Albert Einstein and is called “Gray Matters”. It had a $90,000 price tag but I am unaware as to whether it has sold.

Pete has since created other Rubik’s Cube works:

Pete's optical illusion via Rubik

And on the topic of Rubik . . . 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Quote for the Day

Looking Back: Different Times, Different Lives, (Part 1)

The oldest known selfie, 1839

A portrait taken of a woman mid-sneeze (1900)

A”Knocker-up” waking up clients (20th century)

Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward V11 (1910)

“Pin boys” set up bowling pins while other people play games (1914)

A prohibition and anti-saloon league sign, speaking out against liquor

A police officer on a Harley-Davidson transports a prisoner in a holding cell (1921)

Two girls take a “horseman” picture together (1920))

Two winners of a beauty pageant (1922)

A beach official measures bathing suits to make sure they aren’t too short (1920)

. . .  and some of Sydney . . .

Beattie Street, Balmain, near the corner of Mullens Street looking east - late 1930's.

George Street, Haymarket, Sydney, 1903

St Leonards, Sydney, 1870’s

King St, Sydney, looking west from Kent St, 1870

Oxford Street from corner of Bourke Street at Taylor Square 1948

New shops on Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney in c1907

Federation Arch circa 1900 - Park & Elizabeth Streets (one of many such arches around Sydney & Australia).

Taking strain measurements on post - Sydney Harbour Bridge NSW Australia 1932

Petrol Bowser, Sydney C1928, Bent Street