A quick Olympic question: How would a native of China pronounce the j in Beijing? All the commentators pronounce it like the J in the French je suis, but I’ve heard that in China the pronunciation would be closer to the J in jingle. I have no idea if this is true, and I’m not at the university now so I can’t just ask one of my Chinese friends. Anyone know?
Now how about some short items from around the web, which I particularly enjoyed.
Here’s Cocktail Party Physics on the age-old question “Is it Art?” applied to scientific visualization. I say heck yes it is. Art doesn’t have to be created by some formally qualified artist. This is certainly art, though it wasn’t originally intended as such.
Here’s Carl Brannen on books, chess, and physics. On the short list of skills I’d like to improve in myself, chess ranks pretty highly. People think a physics enthusiast must be good at chess, but I’m very average at best.
Here’s Not Exactly Rocket Science on the biology of hot peppers. Short answer: deterring marauding mammals might be a factor, but much more helpfully the heat does kill off some forms of fungus. Interestingly, a recent Mythbusters showed that hot peppers do not deter sharks. Not that shark deterrence is much of a survival advantage for a land plant…
I apologize for this one in advance. Here’s a link to a celebrity gossip site with photographs of a scantily-clad Alison Caroll, the new face (ahem) of Lara Croft. (Probably slightly NSFW) I didn’t even know they were still making Tomb Raider games, but there you go. I considered including a picture in this post but we’ve got to maintain some standards around here. Anyway, why I’m linking it: I want you to tell me What’s Wrong With This Picture. The same thing is wrong in almost all those pictures. As a hint, the same thing is also wrong with most action movie posters. The first person to figure it out gets a prize, but due to budget restrictions the prize consists of fame and recognition in the comment section of this post.
Have a great weekend!