Year 10,000 problem The Year 10,000 problem (also known as the Y10K problem or the deca-millennium bug) is the class of all potential software bugs that would emerge when the need to express years with five digits arises. The problem can have discernible effects today, but is also sometimes mentioned for humorous effect as in RFC 2550. Practical relevance Historical and technological trends suggest that in the actual year 10,000 it is practically impossible that any of the data processing technology or software in use today will still be active. However, five-digit years are already a problem today for some forward-looking analysis programs, such as software that examines proposals for the long-term handling of nuclear waste. Examples SAP R/3 handles date variables as strings of 8 characters (YYYYMMDD). The GNU Fortran compiler, g77, makes reference in run-time environment limits to year 10000 (Y10K) problems when using intrinsic functions with this compiler suite. Mitigation See also
Orgone Orgone energy accumulator (with door closed) (with door open) Alternating layers of organic and non-organic materials inside the walls supposedly increase the orgone concentration inside the enclosure relative to the surrounding environment. Reich's theories held that deficits or constrictions in bodily orgone were at the root of many diseases—including cancer—much as deficits or constrictions in the libido could produce neuroses in Freudian theory. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine lists orgone as a type of "putative energy". There is no empirical support for the concept of orgone in medicine or the physical sciences,[dead link] and research into the concept ceased with the end[when?] History The concept of orgone belongs to Reich's later work, after he immigrated to the US. Reich with one of his cloudbusters, a device which supposedly could influence weather by altering levels of atmospheric orgone. Evaluation In popular culture J.D.
Villisca, Iowa Villisca is a city in Montgomery County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,252 at the 2010 census. It is most notable for the unsolved axe murders that took place in the town during the summer of 1912. Geography Villisca is located at WikiMiniAtlas According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.90 square miles (4.92 km2), all of it land. Demographics 2010 census There were 525 households of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.0% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. 2000 census The median income for a household in the city was $26,694, and the median income for a family was $34,345. Villisca Axe Murders Josiah B. References
Valentich disappearance The Valentich disappearance refers to the disappearance of 20-year-old Frederick Valentich while on a 125-mile (235 km) training flight in a Cessna 182L light aircraft over Bass Strait in Australia on 21 October 1978. Described as a "flying saucer enthusiast", Valentich radioed Melbourne air traffic control that he was being accompanied by an aircraft about 1,000 feet (300 m) above him, that his engine had begun running roughly, and finally reported, "It's not an aircraft." There were belated reports of a UFO sighting in Australia on the night of the disappearance, however Associated Press reported that the Department of Transport was skeptical a UFO was behind Valentich's disappearance, and that some of their officials speculated that "Valentich became disorientated and saw his own lights reflected in the water, or lights from a nearby island, while flying upside down Frederick Valentich Details Search and rescue Investigation Proposed explanations
Martin Fleischmann Martin Fleischmann FRS (29 March 1927 – 3 August 2012) was a British chemist noted for his work in electrochemistry. Premature announcement of his cold fusion research with Stanley Pons, regarding excess heat in heavy water, led to their names being identified with the frenzy, controversy, and backlash that followed, although they continued their interest and research in cold fusion. Early life Born in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia, in 1927. Since his father was of Jewish heritage, Fleischmann's family moved to the Netherlands and then to England in 1938, to avoid Nazi persecution. He received a PhD from Imperial College London in 1950. Career 1950s – 1983 Cold fusion On 23 March 1989 it was finally announced at a press conference as "a sustained nuclear fusion reaction," which was quickly labeled by the press as cold fusion– a result previously thought to be unattainable. 1992 – 2012 Death 2013
Vanishing hitchhiker The Vanishing Hitchhiker (or variations such as the ghostly hitchhiker, the disappearing hitchhiker, the phantom hitchhiker or simply the hitchhiker) story is an urban legend in which people traveling by vehicle meet with or are accompanied by a hitchhiker who subsequently vanishes without explanation, often from a moving vehicle. Vanishing hitchhikers have been reported for centuries and the story is found across the world, with many variants. The popularity and endurance of the legend has helped it spread into popular culture. Public knowledge of the term expanded greatly with the 1981 publication of Jan Harold Brunvand's book The Vanishing Hitchhiker, which helped launch public awareness of urban legends. The archetypal modern vanishing hitchhiker is a figure seen in the headlights of a car traveling by night with a single occupant. Variations In such tellings, the garment borrowed is often subsequently found draped over a gravestone in a local cemetery. Classifications A.
John Murray Spear John Murray Spear (September 16, 1804 – October 5, 1887) was an American Spiritualist clergyman who is most notable for his attempts to construct an electrically powered Messiah which he referred to as the "New Motive Power". Early life Constructing the New Motive Power Later life and death Spiritualism influenced Spear throughout most of his life. In 1872, Spear claimed to have received a message from the Association of Electrizers urging him to retire from the ministry. References ^ Jump up to: a b c "John Murray Spear". 5.uua.org. External links Clarke's three laws Clarke's Three Laws are three "laws" of prediction formulated by the British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. They are: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. Origins Clarke's First Law was proposed by Arthur C. The second law is offered as a simple observation in the same essay. The Third Law is the best known and most widely cited, and appears in Clarke's 1973 revision of "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination". A fourth law has been added to the canon, despite Sir Arthur Clarke's declared intention of not going one better than Sir Isaac Newton. Snowclones and variations of the third law There exist a number of snowclones and variations of the third law and its contrapositive: Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. The third law can be reversed in fictional universes involving magic: Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science!
Collective unconscious Collective unconscious is a term of analytical psychology, coined by Carl Jung. It is proposed to be a part of the unconscious mind, expressed in humanity and all life forms with nervous systems, and describes how the structure of the psyche autonomously organizes experience. Jung distinguished the collective unconscious from the personal unconscious, in that the personal unconscious is a personal reservoir of experience unique to each individual, while the collective unconscious collects and organizes those personal experiences in a similar way with each member of a particular species. Jung's definitions For Jung, “My thesis then, is as follows: in addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we believe to be the only empirical psyche (even if we tack on the personal unconscious as an appendix), there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. See also
Taman Shud Case Following a public appeal by police, the copy of the Rubaiyat from which the page had been torn was located. On the inside back cover of the book, detectives were able to read – in indentions from handwriting – a local telephone number, another unidentified number and a text that resembled an encrypted message. The text has not been deciphered or interpreted in a way that satisfies authorities on the case. The case has been considered, since the early stages of the police investigation, "one of Australia's most profound mysteries". There has been intense speculation ever since regarding the identity of the victim, the cause of his death and the events leading up to it. In addition to intense public interest in Australia during the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Tamam Shud case also attracted international attention. Discovery of body Location on Somerton beach where the corpse was found, marked by an 'X' Discovery of suitcase A search concluded that there was no T. J.
EmDrive EmDrive (also RF resonant cavity thruster) is a proposed spacecraft propulsion device invented by British aerospace engineer Roger J. Shawyer, who develops prototypes at Satellite Propulsion Research Ltd (SPR), the company he created for that purpose in 2000. New Scientist ran a cover story on EmDrive in its 8 September 2006 issue. The device uses a magnetron to produce microwaves which are directed into a metallic, fully enclosed conically tapered high Q resonant cavity with a greater area at the large end of the device, and a dielectric resonator in front of the narrower end. The inventor claims that the device generates a directional thrust toward the narrow end of the tapered cavity. The device (engine) requires an electrical power source to produce its reflecting internal microwaves but does not have any moving parts or require any reaction mass as fuel. The device, its mode of operation, and theories attempting to explain it are all controversial. Cannae drive
The Crying Boy The Crying Boy is a mass-produced print of a painting by Italian painter Bruno Amadio, also known as Giovanni Bragolin. It was widely distributed from the 1950s onwards. There are numerous alternative versions, all portraits of tearful young boys or girls. Curse By the end of November, belief in the painting's curse was widespread enough that The Sun was organising mass bonfires of the paintings, sent in by readers. Karl Pilkington has made reference to these events on The Ricky Gervais Show. Steve Punt, a British writer and comedian, investigated the curse of the crying boy in a BBC radio Four production called Punt PI. See also The Hands Resist Him also known as The eBay Haunted Painting References External links
Richard Chase Richard Trenton Chase (May 23, 1950 – December 26, 1980) was an American schizophrenic serial killer who killed six people in a span of a month in Sacramento, California. He was nicknamed "The Vampire of Sacramento" because he drank his victims' blood and cannibalized their remains. Early life Chase was born in Santa Clara County, California. Early adulthood Chase developed hypochondria as he matured. Once alone in the apartment, Chase began to capture, kill, and disembowel various animals, which he would then devour raw, sometimes mixing the raw organs with Coca-Cola in a blender and drinking the concoction. Institutionalization While he was held at the institution, he claimed to have extracted blood from a therapy dog to curb his addiction, having obtained the syringes by cracking open the disposable boxes left in the doctor's offices. Chase was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Chase's mother weaned him off the medication and got Chase his own apartment.