Spud McLaren

938577. Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:47 pm 


The Koryosaram, 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 


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




Spud McLaren

938582. Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:58 pm 


The cat was held to be divine in ancient Egypt, as was khat. Last edited by Spud McLaren on Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:06 pm; edited 1 time in total





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939252. Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:18 am 


Moosh wrote: 
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 


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 


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




swot

939292. Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:56 am 


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




Moosh

939299. Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:00 am 


Spud McLaren wrote:  Moosh wrote: 
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 


I see. Thanks! 




Spud McLaren

939305. Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:09 am 


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 


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




Spud McLaren

939337. Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:56 am 


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 biologicallooking video here. 




Spud McLaren

939385. Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:27 pm 


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 


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



