Monday, July 30, 2007

Han shot first

From Wikipedia, Han shot first:
In the original version, Solo shoots Greedo under the table after uttering the line 'Yes, I'll bet you have.' In the 1997 Special Edition version, Greedo shoots at Solo from point blank range and misses. Han shoots him in retaliation afterwards. Thus, the phrase 'Han shot first' is a retort to director George Lucas's explicit assertion that 'Greedo shot first.' In the original release of Star Wars, only one shot was fired, and it was fired by Han Solo. The ire of some fans led to an online petition demanding that the changes be retracted.
To put it another way, these fans held the 1977 original release to be canonical but not the 1997 Special Edition.

What American accent do you have?

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Unless he ate the last one, that is.

Times Online:
Fears that one of the world’s rarest creatures had been driven to extinction have been allayed by a tribesman who told conservationists he had recently eaten one.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bogus Chemistry Alert

chem2 activity:
13. Chemical reactions can be written as chemical equations. For example, when mixing vinegar and baking soda, the equation is:
(vinegar) (baking soda) -> (carbon dioxide) (sodium carbonate) (water)

This equation is not balanced but it can give the students an idea of the reactants and products in the reaction.

Actually, it produces sodium acetate CH3CO2Na, not sodium carbonate (whose correct formula is Na2CO3 anyway), and, yes, the correct equation does balance.