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Please let me tell you that the story you have posted is a well known joke, presumably attributed to Niels Bohr (I bet you know this name). The joke has been around for many decades: just take a look at this reference on Internet: http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/barometer.asp[^]
It's a very confusing that: 1). Your writing, seemingly in the first person, presents a story as your personal experience
2). This story is attributed to Nobel Prize winner for physics Niels Bohr, but in your message there's no any attribution to the real story originator, and/or any other references
Because of that your post can be possibly qualified as a case of plagiarism. Please clarify this issue.
Also, please check/correct the formula that you have posted: it should be H=0.5g*t^2, as per the article mentioned above.
Well, it's appreciated that you've corrected the formula as it appears in the original article (link: http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/barometer.asp[^], and added some hyperlinks, though it should be appropriate to clearly and unambiguously indicate that your post is essentially a "copy-paste job" of that article, plus some errors and moralization added.
Thus, you should probably make another correction in your post. Last but not least, and sorry for a bit of irony: do you think that the person posting under "Thinking unconventionally" subject line probably should add some examples of such "unconventional thinking" of his/her own, rather than copy-pasting a joke well known for half a century+ under his/her name? I would say so; it's called "lead by example"...
Thanks and regards,
I think geekbond's only, and minor, misdeed was posting such a well known joke. The tone of the post so quickly falls into the didactic that it dispels any notion that geekbond was attempting to pass this off as personal experience.
Yeah, I agree. It was actually one of the favorite jokes of my previous boss long, long time ago. Also, the actual line in original text (not in the kinda erroneous 'copy-paste replica' that I put under criticism) refers to University of Copenhagen, Denmark (not the high school/college mentioned in that ill-fated post), so the joke per se probably can be traced back to the dawn of last Century (1903-1911, Niels Bohr period as a student). But it is not forgotten, obviously...
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.-John Q. Adams You must accept one of two basic premises: Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not alone in the universe. And either way, the implications are staggering.-Wernher von Braun Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.-Albert Einstein
Well, regardless of whether this is attributed to Niels Bohr or not, it still is a great story pointing out how we immediately constrain our thinking about a solution to the context of the problem (the problem being, in reality, getting a good grade, not measuring the building's height.)
The real issue here is about proper attribution to others' work. The story is indeed great, as many other great things, but betcha you will not present Maxwell's equations, or Pythagorean theorem as your own work? Lucky enough, such phenomenally great pieces of work carry the attribution to the originator in the very name, but there are also smaller things that are not so clearly associated with their authors, thus, following the rule of professional ethics, proper attribution is a must!
Have a great day.
Kind Regards, AB
Same here (except the French part).
I feel good in fact.
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So we walked into the wife's new shop with the computer ready to set up, thinking about being ready to open in n hour or two.
Hadn't even put stuff down before customers came in - have t stopped since ! (I've been computer troubleshooting not serving choccy)
Time for a beer
Why even try? If you get her to tell you her weight, then what? You know her weight, congratulations, I'm sure you had a pretty good guess of what it was anyway and how does knowing the exact number improve your situation?