Life.., Tegning

«Baguette magique»

Min gode venn Hanna gjorde meg oppmerksom på at «tryllestav» på fransk er «baguette magique», og med det begynte jeg å tenke på hvor morsomt det hadde vært om alle i Harry Potter hadde brukt magiske baguetter istedet for tryllestaver. Så jeg tegnet noen illustrasjonsbilder:

Det er magiske baguetter, men man kan krangle om hva slags baguett som er best også:

En baguett ser liksom ikke like truende ut som en tryllestav, med mindre man er glutenallergiker, da, men så vidt jeg vet er vel ikke Draco det:

Etterhvert som jeg satt og tegnet glemte jeg litt at det var magiske baguetter, så det ble litt mindre magi og litt mer ordinære baguetter i resten av tegningene, men det hadde vært morsomt det og, da!

Voldemort tok «the Elder wand» fra graven til Humlesnurr. Sånn ser jeg for meg at den så ut, hvis det hadde vært en baguett; litt muggen og tørr:

Å true noen med en baguett er ikke særlig effektivt, spesielt hvis baguetten har fyll og den faller sammen før du rekker å gjøre noe med den:

Ha ha.. Det hadde vært morsomt å se en versjon av Harry Potter hvor alle går rundt med baguetter istedet for tryllestaver! Er du ikke enig? 🙂


1 pound feathers vs. 1 pound gold

In school everybody (at least where I went to school) learned how important it is to mark your answers and numbers with the corresponding unit of measurement, especially in physics, but also a little in math. This mainly to avoid confusion, and also it worked as a fine check to see if you had calculated correctly. If the answer should be given in Newton, and your answer was in kg, it probably went wrong somewhere in your calculations.

As I grew up in Norway, where the metric system (or more specifically, the SI units) is used, I usually just don’t get why people insist on using other systems, like the system of measurements they use in the US. Many of you have probably seen this image:

One of the theories of how Fahrenheit made his temperature scale is that he set 0°F (−17,8°C) as the lowest temperature he could get by mixing a right amound of salt and crushed ice, and 100°F (37,8°C) as approximately the body temperature of a human being.. What?

Now to the main point of this blog post. This question has circulated the internet for long while now, and at first glance it seems way too simple of a question, but if you actually think about it, it could be more complex than you think. Consider the following question:

Which is heavier; A pound of feathers, or a pound of gold?

If you would have asked the relation between a kg feathers and a kg gold, the answer would have been simple – they weigh the same, because 1 kg is 1 kg, which is one of the benefits of the SI units.

But what is the problem then? Well, a pound is an ambiguous unit of mass. The main thing to notice is that the question asks about feathers and gold. In the US, Avoirdupois weight is the most commonly used, and if the measuring system of the US wasn’t confusing enough, they actually use a different weight for measuring precious metals (Troy weight). The Avoirdupois weight is the one shown in the image above, where 16 ounces equals 1 pound. However, one Troy ounce equals 192/175 Avoirdupois ounces, and one Troy pound is only 12 Troy ounces..

«Converted» to gram (g): 1 Avoirdupois pound = 453.6 g, 1 Troy pound = 373.2 g.

So a pound of feathers is actually heavier than a pound of gold!

"You said what?"

«You said what» – Part 9


Et par til som ikke fikk plass:

– Ja, åpenbart et ekspertvitne her:

«Attorney: You claim to have expertise in physics. Please tell us what Newton’s first law is.
Plaintiff’s expert witness: (Pause) Well, I don’t believe I remember that.
Attorney: Who was Newton?
Witness: I believe he is the guy who came up with the first law» – Testimony during a court case

– Vel, jeg har på følelsen av at det mangler et komma her:

«Highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, a 800-year-old demigod and a dildo collector» – in a Times of London story about a documentary