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[Aug. 10th, 2006|12:59 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Good trip out at lunchtime. Amongst other stuff, I came back with

  • Sushi, from a little shop round the corner.

  • Chocolate hob nob creams, like two hobnobs with bourbon cream stuff in between them. I've not tried them yet, but they must be good.

  • A signed copy of Winner's Dinners from the Oxfam shop.




Onto weightier matters now:

Poll #789796 Issues arising from Metro

Staff at the Rural Payments Agency in Newcastle have been sacked following an investigation. Which of these things that they were sacked for have you ever done at work?

Had sex in the toilets
0(0.0%)
Jumped naked from filing cabinets
3(50.0%)
Held breakdance cometitions
3(50.0%)

The International Astronomical Union is beginning a 12 day conference this weekend to decide how to define a planet. 12 days to decide that? Sounds like a jolly to me. Bet it's in Barbados or somewhere. Anyway, there's a shortlist of three definitions. [That they came up with in 2005. In Hawaii, probably.] Which would you choose?

A planet is any object in orbit round the Sun with a diameter greater than 2000 km.
8(42.1%)
A planet is any object in orbit round the Sun which has a stable shape due to its own gravity.
10(52.6%)
A planet is any object in orbit round the Sun that is dominant in its immediate neighbourhood.
1(5.3%)
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: very_true_thing
2006-08-10 12:14 pm (UTC)
Prague, not very much like Barbados from what I've heard.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2006-08-10 12:16 pm (UTC)
Cheap beer though. So one day to vote on the shortlisd they've presumably discussed already when they were selecting it, and 11 days on the p1ss. Typical astronomers.
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[User Picture]From: boyofbadgers
2006-08-10 12:16 pm (UTC)
Lots of cheap beer, mind.
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[User Picture]From: missfrost
2006-08-10 12:20 pm (UTC)
wardytron bought me Winner's Dinners for my birthday a few years ago. I believe mine is signed too, by wardytron
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[User Picture]From: themezzanine
2006-08-10 12:22 pm (UTC)
I am in orbit around the sun, and I am dominant in my immediate neighbourhood. I am pressing for definition 3 as I think it would be fun to be a planet.
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[User Picture]From: boyofbadgers
2006-08-10 12:25 pm (UTC)
Of the three definitions, the under its own gravity one is the best from a purely phsyical viewpoint, but it's not as easy to determine as the size one. The dominance one is just rub.
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[User Picture]From: wardytron
2006-08-10 12:25 pm (UTC)
The Times story about the Rural Payments Agency is fantastic:

Civil servants took part in disgusting behaviour that included leaving cups full of vomit in filing cabinets and smearing walls with human excrement, a government inquiry has found.

Women’s sanitary products were found behind a drinks cooler and spit was smeared on desks


Well we all get a bit bored at work, sometimes, don't we.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2006-08-10 12:31 pm (UTC)
Of course, a cup full of vomit could easily be the result of coming into the office and finding the wall smeared with human excrement. True, a filing cabinet may not be the best place to leave it, but under the circs they probably weren't thinking straight.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2006-08-10 01:08 pm (UTC)
I think 2000 km is too little. Tell them I said so as I am obviously an expert.
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2006-08-11 09:13 am (UTC)
does the first definition get rid of mercury as well as pluto?

anyway, importantly, pluto ≠ 1 x planet.
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