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1360627.  Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:36 am Reply with quote

The legal definition of paraphernalia - in English law, a wife's apparel, jewellery and the like.

PARAPHERNALIA. The name given to all such things as a woman has a right to retain as her own property, after her husband's death; they consist generally of her clothing, jewels, and ornaments suitable to her condition, which she used personally during his life.

2. These, when not extravagant, she has a right to retain even against creditors; and, although in his lifetime the husband might have given them away, he cannot bequeath such ornaments and jewels by his will. 2 Bl. Com. 430; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 376; 5 Com. Dig. 230; 2 Com. Dig. 212; 11 Vin. Ab. 176; 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 8996-7.

Hmmmmm. Sexist? Or has this been addressed?

Big Martin
1360630.  Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:16 am Reply with quote

Presumably the Married Women's Property Act might have addressed this a bit.

1360632.  Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:24 am Reply with quote

1882? That's probably the source.

So far I've established that the definition still stood as of 2006.

1361380.  Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:42 am Reply with quote

The 'My Mix' option on YouTube has way more Kiss on it than would accurately reflect my tastes. A non zero amount would be fair enough but seriously it's playing Kiss songs I've never even heard of never mind heard and it's not doing this for any other band.

1361386.  Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:01 am Reply with quote

Now I don't know how YouTube My Mix works....but....
could it be it plays more numbers of artists who put in more money or more music? I can well imagine Kiss investing in making sure their music is nearly always in any top of the list....

1361438.  Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:12 pm Reply with quote

I may be immortal.

I've just seen Qanimals for the first time and my paternal grandmother had a Quiquiztli (horn made from conch shell) and I did manage to get a noise like a forhorn out of it one time* so I might qualify as a Quiquizoani and thus be able to defeat Mictlantecuhtli the Aztec God of the Dead.

Where exactly she got the shell from and where it went to on her passing I do not know.

* before being asked to stop!

1361671.  Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:40 am Reply with quote

Celebaelin wrote:
... my paternal grandmother had a Quiquiztli (horn made from conch shell) ...

Where exactly she got the shell from and where it went to on her passing I do not know.

My sister has further information; the shell dates from at least the time of my great-grandparents. That includes my hen taid Griffith (my nain's father-in-law) who emigrated to the US in 1878 and then came back and it was used on the farm around or after his return to call the farmhands in from the fields to eat; playing the conch runs in the family to some extent it seems.

I guess it's possible that he picked it up on his travels but I don't think he ever made it much/any further South than Michigan and conchs are found on shorelines that are Caribbean-adjacent. Perhaps he got it from one of the ship's crew or maybe it was acquired from a nautical visitor to Barmouth or Porthmadog.

As soon as I mentioned it my sister offered to bring it up next time she visits (whenever that will be) so I guess that'll be another curiosity I've accumulated. They are rather beautiful although there is some question as to whether the one in her possession is the same one my nain had in her front room - there may be another around, possibly held by my other sister.

1361681.  Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:09 pm Reply with quote

Celebaelin wrote:
I may be immortal.

Naturally I youlgrove that, wondering how one defines 'immoral' these days.

1361685.  Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:39 pm Reply with quote

TIL, that if you start with this;

and have enough nuts, bolts, and patience, you can end up with this;

1361708.  Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:04 pm Reply with quote

According to my calculations, which I'm finding difficult to believe, if you were able to accelerate from a
standing start at a constant 10,000g (the g figure commonly used in protein purification centrifuges) it would
still take you a little over 632 seconds to cover the 3382 miles from where I am to New York; also you'd be
travelling at roughly 19,256 mph when you got there.

Ultracentrifugation at >100,000 g (45,000 rpm using a Beckman 45Ti rotor) is not outrageously unlikely.

At 100000g it would take slightly less than 200 seconds attaining a speed of about 60900 mph
... unless I've got my sums wrong.

1361723.  Sun Oct 25, 2020 5:54 am Reply with quote

Looks wrong to me, unless g has some esoteric meaning in protein purification centrifugation. But if it's the standard acceleration due to gravity...

From Newton's laws of motion,

s = ut + at^2/2

where in this case

u (initial velocity) = 0
s (distance) = 3382 miles =3382 x 8000 / 5 = 5411200 metres
a (acceleration) = 10000g = 10000 x 9.81 = 98100 m/s^2


t (time) = sqrt(2s/a) = sqrt(10822400 / 98100) = sqrt(110.32) = 10.5

So it would take just 10.5 seconds to reach New York.

Again from Newton's laws,

v (final velocity) = u + at

= 0 + 98100 x 10.5 = 1030377 m/s
= 1030377 x 5 / 8000 = 644 miles / s
= 644 x 3600 = 2318400 mph

At 100000g I make the corresponding figures to be 3.26 seconds and 7331263 mph.

1361741.  Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:32 am Reply with quote

It was an off the cuff idle fancy and I used imperial throughout (hence mph) and a few more places for g
(32.17405 ft/s/s) and a different method but the exact number wasn't my point. My surprise was at the
approximate time of travel for those highly elevated accelerations and you've confirmed those give or take
a bit.

The large disparity in speeds is puzzling but thinking about it you must be right on that because 20,000
miles per hour for a 3,400 mile journey gives a journey time of roughly 10 minutes not 10 seconds.
Unfortunately I didn't save the spreadsheet so I can't say definitively but that missing factor of 60 seems
a likely error - probably amongst others in my rather unscientific approach.

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1361742.  Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:40 am Reply with quote

Of course the second figure is moot (being a smidge over the speed of light) but even the first is over a third of the speed of light so you'd need to take relativistics into account (I'm sure you knew this - I'm just continuing the conversation).

I remember seeing all the publicity about concorde's forthcoming service as a kid (I must have been 13 or 14), and thinking how fast it would be to use concorde to go to school. But then I sat down and did some sums, assuming a 1G acceleration, and realised for the first time that the real problem was the total velocity profile - for a five mile journey it would spend the first half accelerating and the second half decelerating. So the limit was how fast it could get to while accelerating at 1G for 2.5miles. The answer was only just over 600mph (and it would take around 30 secs to do it). So I could get to school in around a minute, but wouldn't even get to within 100mph of supersonic speed in the process.

So for me at the time concorde was a waste of space. Of course for those with longer journeys to do it might have been a different story...


1361750.  Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:41 am Reply with quote

Given that my school was little more than a tenth of that distance away from my house (0.6 miles according to Google), it would have been even less worthwhile for me! I could,(and did once) run it in under five minutes.

TIL of the word "caesura" which (according to the compilers of the crossword, means " a break between words (in verse). Now I am no expert in such matters, but aren't breaks between words a function of just about any comprehensible language?


Perhaps our Doctor of Linguistics might care to weigh in with some learned comment?

*you have no idea how hard it was to write that while stopping my thumb from hitting the space bar at the usual places!

1361752.  Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:02 am Reply with quote

Break in verse rather than prose AIUI.


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