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Spud McLaren
938577.  Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:47 pm Reply with quote

The Koryo-saram, many of whom reside in Kazakhstan, which is not necessarily where the Cossacks came from, but the words cossack and khazak have the same root.

 
Spud McLaren
938580.  Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:51 pm Reply with quote

The Kryha - not really in the same class as the Enigma setup...

 
Spud McLaren
938582.  Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:58 pm Reply with quote

The cat was held to be divine in ancient Egypt, as was khat.


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Spud McLaren
938585.  Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:05 pm Reply with quote

The rather mysterious Kebira Crater.

The Battle of Tel el Kebir

The Battle of Ksar el-Kebir

The Battle of Mers-el-Kebir

Hassan would've been proud.

 
Spud McLaren
939252.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:18 am Reply with quote

Moosh wrote:
Spud McLaren wrote:


... the Koch snowflake.


On an interesting note, although the perimeter of the Koch snowflake is infinite in length, the area is merely 1.6 times the area of the triangle that you start with.
I'm no mathematician, so forgive my higgerance - would it be true to say that the more iterations you make,the closer the area gets to 1.6 times the original triangle, but never quite gets there?

 
swot
939268.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:56 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
Knoydart, an area of Scotland containing Britains'most remote mainland pub, may as well be an island - it has 7 miles of tarmacced road, but they aren't connected to the rest of the UK road system.


Well then how do you get there? Do you have to take a boat ride around the coast line?

 
Spud McLaren
939286.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:41 am Reply with quote

Yes. Or you can walk or ride a horse or mountain bike.

 
swot
939292.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:56 am Reply with quote

That sounds like the sort of place you'd live in through sheer stubbornness.

 
Moosh
939299.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:00 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
Moosh wrote:
Spud McLaren wrote:


... the Koch snowflake.


On an interesting note, although the perimeter of the Koch snowflake is infinite in length, the area is merely 1.6 times the area of the triangle that you start with.
I'm no mathematician, so forgive my higgerance - would it be true to say that the more iterations you make,the closer the area gets to 1.6 times the original triangle, but never quite gets there?

Umm ish. It's true to say that if you were to follow the process then with each iteration you do the area of the resulting shape will be closer to 1.6 times the area of the triangle but since you can only do a finite amount of iterations, you'll never get to 1.6 exactly.

But none of the shapes that you're making are Koch snowflakes, because the Koch snowflake is what you get after an infinite amount of iterations. It isn't the process, it's the end result, so you can say what it's area is, and that area is 1.6 times the original.

The area of the shapes that you make in the process get closer and closer to 1.6 times the area of the triangle, but the area of the Koch snowflake is 1.6 times the area of the triangle.

 
Spud McLaren
939302.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:02 am Reply with quote

I see. Thanks!

 
Spud McLaren
939305.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:09 am Reply with quote

swot wrote:
That sounds like the sort of place you'd live in through sheer stubbornness.
I'd think the only people who live there permanently are estate workers and those who serve the tourist trade. Plus the odd misanthropist. According to Wiki, the population from the 2001 census was 98 souls.

 
Spud McLaren
939309.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:23 am Reply with quote

Here's a bit more about Koch curves, if anybody's interested.

 
Spud McLaren
939337.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:56 am Reply with quote

How could I have forgotten the Klein bottle, first described in 1882 by the German mathematician Felix Klein? It may have been originally named the Kleinsche Fläche ("Klein surface") and that this was incorrectly interpreted as Kleinsche Flasche ("Klein bottle"), which ultimately led to the adoption of this term in the German language as well.

Rather biological-looking video here.

 
Spud McLaren
939385.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:27 pm Reply with quote

The Kardomah Gang, (or Boys, or Group) were a band of "bohemian types" who met in the Kardomah Cafe in Swansea in the 1930s. It included Dylan Thomas and Vernon Watkins, a precocious poet who worked in cryptography at Bletchley Park during WWII. He wrote Thomas's obituary, but his own was written by Philip Larkin.

 
Spud McLaren
939388.  Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:32 pm Reply with quote

A bit of background to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

 

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