Category Archives: Fun

International Cooperation

Not quite world peace for all, but a step in the right direction:

What Would Two Dimensions Feel Like?

Ever wonder what life would be like in only two dimensions? If you could only move forwards and backwards and side to side, but not up or down?

This video has fun playing with life in 2D:

What dimensions are we blind to? “None” is a fairly safe answer, but it’s much more fun to imagine where a 4th dimension might go. If your answer is “time”, then our inability to move freely forward and backward through time makes us seem pretty limited, not unlike the Circles in Flatland!

Cats’ Crazy Energy Bursts

Indoor cats sometimes have a crazy burst of energy for 20-30 minutes. They run from one side of the house to the other, jumping over boxes and acting as if they’re in mortal peril. They do full throttle stops and starts, especially on carpeted areas with good kitty traction. They bound up stairs only to turn around and bound back down. They race along the tops of sofas, chairs, and shelves. They act as if they’d just consumed a dozen espressos.

It looks roughly like this:

So, why do cats do this?

Cats are made to survive outdoors, hunting for food while avoiding larger predators. This requires a lot of energy over the course of a day. Between naps, of course.

Cats who live indoors may appear to exercise and have an active life, but it is nothing compared with outdoor cats that cover long distances each day. Indoor cats walk around the house in search of activity and intrigue, whereas outdoor cats do the same at a much larger scale and predators to avoid.

There’s nothing wrong with having an indoor cat, but it needs to find a way to release the energy it would otherwise spend climbing trees, catching birds, and evading the German Shepherd from the neighbor’s farm. Cats typically aren’t angry during crazy spells – they’re just very high energy.

Giving an indoor cat a vigorous workout with a laser, throw toy, or yarn on a stick can help. Your indoor cat will still have bouts of craziness, but likely not as intense. It’s fun trying to out-play a cat!

Alma Deutscher, Child Prodigy Musician

Ready to be amazed? Meet a remarkable young musician, Alma Deutscher, who was born in 2005.

Alma Deutscher was introduced to thousands of new fans while appearing on The Ellen Show, where Alma delighted Ellen and the audience alike. Here is Alma playing a song written for Ellen:

Here is a story few people experience. Alma had a dream that there was an opera by Mozart, but when she awoke she realized that she had thought of it herself:

For a broader glimpse of Alma and her personality, here is a full-length interview:

Alma’s recordings can be found online in many places, including right from her own website.

What were you doing when you were 8?

Very Slow Music

What is the slowest music you can think of? An old ballad or a molto largo movement of a symphony?

With the exception of John Cage’s organ piece, “As Slow As Possible”, a composition that has been in performance since 2001 and isn’t scheduled to be finished until the year 2640 (info here), most music that claims to be slow is actually still pretty fast. It has 60 beats per minute, or maybe 40, or perhaps even a metronome marking of 30. Compared with what’s possible, most “very slow music” is actually pretty zippy.

Enter “Very Slow Music”, a performance of two pieces that normally take about a minute to perform but have here been slowed down 10-15 times that amount.

According to the album notes, here’s what you can listen for:

Music played at a VERY slow tempo. I basically hold each chord until it feels like the right time to move on to the next one. Homophony is broken into rolled chords for more color.

I love the way the frequencies cause beats and intrigue once everything is slowed down.

There is a ton of interesting stuff going on when music is played at this tempo. The better your speakers, the more you can enjoy this.

Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

Rules to live by if you’re an alien businessman with huge ears:

1 – Once you have their money, never give it back.
3 – Never pay more for an acquisition than you have to.
6 – Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity.
6 – A man is only worth the sum of his possessions.
7 – Keep your ears open.
8 – Small print leads to large risk.
9 – Opportunity plus instinct equals profit.
10 – Greed is eternal.
13 – Anything worth doing is worth doing for money.
16 – A deal is a deal, until a better one comes along.
17 – A contract is a contract is a contract, but only between Ferengi.
18 – A Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all.
19 – Satisfaction is not guaranteed.
21 – Never place friendship above profit.
22 – A wise man can hear profit in the wind.
23 – Nothing is more important than your health, except for your money.
27 – There’s nothing more dangerous than an honest businessman.
31 – Never make fun of a Ferengi’s mother, insult something he cares about instead.
33 – It never hurts to suck up to the boss.
34 – War is good for business.
35 – Peace is good for business.
40 – She can touch your lobes but never your latinum.
41 – Profit is its own reward.
44 – Never confuse wisdom with luck.
45 – Expand, or die.
47 – Don’t trust a man wearing a better suit than your own.
48 – The bigger the smile, the sharper the knife.
49 – Females and finance don’t mix.
52 – Never ask when you can take.
57 – Good customers are as rare as latinum, treasure them.
58 – There is no substitute for success.
59 – Free advice is seldom cheap.
60 – Keep your lies consistent.
62 – The riskier the road, the greater the profit.
65 – Win or lose, there’s always Hyperian beetle snuff.
75 – Home is where the heart is, but the stars are made of latinum.
76 – Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.
79 – Beware of the Vulcan greed for knowledge.
82 – The flimsier the product, the higher the price.
85 – Never let the competition know what you’re thinking.
89 – Ask not what your profits can do for you, but what you can do for your profits.
94 – Females and finances don’t mix.
97 – Enough, is never enough.
98 – Every man has his price.
99 – Trust is the biggest liability of all.
102 – Nature decays, but latinum lasts forever.
103 – Sleep can interfere with profit.
104 – Faith moves mountains, of inventory.
106 – There is no honour in poverty.
109 – Dignity and an empty sack is worth the sack.
111 – Treat people in your debt like family, exploit them.
112 – Never have sex with the boss’s sister.
113 – Always have sex with the boss.
117 – You can’t free a fish from water.
121 – Everything is for sale, even friendship.
123 – Even a blind man can recognize the glow of latinum.
125 – You can’t make a deal if you’re dead.
139 – Wives serve, brothers inherit.
141 – Only fools pay retail.
144 – There’s nothing wrong with charity, as long as it winds up in your pocket.
162 – Even in the worst of times someone turns a profit.
168 – Whisper your way to success.
177 – Know your enemies, but do business with them always.
181 – Not even dishonesty can tarnish the shine of profit.
189 – Let others keep their reputation. You keep their money.
190 – Hear all, trust nothing.
192 – Never cheat a Klingon, unless you’re sure you can get away with it.
194 – It’s always good business to know about new customers before they walk in the door.
202 – The justification for profit is profit.
203 – New customers are like razortoothed grubworms. They can be succulent, but sometimes they can bite back.
208 – Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a question is an answer.
211 – Employees are rungs on the ladder of success. Don’t hesitate to step on them.
214 – Never begin a negotiation on an empty stomach.
217 – You can’t free a fish from water.
218 – Always know what you’re buying.
223 – Beware the man who doesn’t make time for Oo-mox.
229 – Latinum lasts longer than lust.
236 – You can’t buy fate.
239 – Never be afraid to mislabel a product.
242 – More is good, all is better.
255 – A wife is a luxury, a smart accountant is a necessity.
261 – A wealthy man can afford anything except a conscience.
263 – Never allow doubt to tarnish your love of latinum.
266 – When in doubt, lie.
284 – Deep down everyone’s a Ferengi.
285 – No good deed ever goes unpunished.