August 26th, 2006
From IRC, with respect to Jonathan Coulton's song about the Mandelbrot Set (lyrics at http://www.jonathancoulton.com/lyrics/mandelbrot-set)
18:52 < Phificks> -Every- time I hear that song it gets stuck in my head for
18:52 < relsqui> and rofl at this:
18:53 < cerise> Phificks: You know, if you play it really slowly, it sounds
like mandlebrot set at full speed.
18:53 < cerise> and if you slow it down even more, it sounds like mandlebrot
set at full speed.
18:53 < relsqui> ...... o_o
18:53 < relsqui> rofl
18:53 * phyphor giggles
18:53 < Phificks> rofl
18:53 < phyphor> maths jokery!
18:53 * Haplo laughs
18:53 < relsqui> that would be SO COOL
18:53 < phyphor> I see what you did there!
18:53 < Phificks> Now if only someone would write a song like that...
18:53 < cerise> mmmm, fractal music. Bite me off a piece of that staff.
In other news, don't think the warring over the definition of "planet" is over just yet. The IAU voted to add a clause in that the body in question has to have "cleared its neighborhood" -- a very loose definition. By that rule, one might argue that Neptune, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter aren't planets because of the number of bodies near them.
One thing's for sure. There aren't nine planets in the solar system. The definition has been arbitrary. In all probability, it will not match up to a logical definition.
What would be a logical definition? Do all planets have to orbit in the same plane? Is there a size requirement?
And wouldn't it be cool if now kids in school had to memorize 13 planets instead of 9?
What would be a logical definition? I'd say it has to define an astronomical body -- here or anywhere -- of major significance in a solar system. It ought to be free of arbitrary distinctions ("having cleared its neighborhood" in the present definition smells of this, I think). Lastly, and possibly most importantly, it should not be made with respect to the traditional definition.
There isn't an outright size requirement, though the requirement for hydrostatic equilibrium does imply a mass requirement. Of course, more than merely those 13 planets meet it.
I'd never heard of it until just now, but damn...I may have just found a new favorite distro. Shoot, it might almost stand up to Ultimate.
I know what you mean! Man. Just to further the pain, I want to try to get it working on the teeny tablet... lol
I just wish they'd make up their minds.