Me, Batman and Other Superheroes | charliecountryboy

I gave up when crime dropped in the village
Someone suggested re-posting old posts and so I recalled this from five years ago, which may have even more relevance today?

Watching Kill Bill some years ago I was impressed with Bill’s view of Superheroes. I don’t know if you remember the actual scene, he was making a sandwich at the time, very impressively I thought. The essence of his statement was that Superman is the best Superhero. He based this purely upon the fact that everyone else becomes superhuman when in hero mode. Whereas Superman’s powers are natural and pretends to be weak when…

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Ethical Issues for Research: A Reminder and Lessons From the 19th Century | @DrCWebbBAPhD

Back in the dark days of dangerous and unethical research, we had Dr Frankenstein doing bad things with his Monster… oh, wait. That wasn’t real. Sorry. However, in Christopher Edge’s (2015) book, “19th Century Fiction and Non-Fiction”, he reminds us of the very real undercurrent of what was definitely going on in the world of science at the time:

“In the 19th Century, the invention of electrical batteries allowed scientists to experiment with the power of electricity. The Italian scientist, Giovanni Aldini, performed a series of experiments in public where he applied electrical currents to…

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School research lead and simple sabotage | Gary

As we approach the end of the calendar year it seems only sensible to have an end of year list.   So in the spirit of ‘bah humbug’ I thought I’d provide a checklist of those actions where you may have tried to sabotage yourself as school research lead or where others may have tried to undermine you.  This checklist is based on Simple Sabotage by Galford, Frisch and Greene – which in turn is based on guide to sabotage produced by the US Office of Strategic Services in 1944

A checklist of acts of sabotage

Action You Others Insist on doing everything by ‘channels.’ Never permit…

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Letter of complaint. | bjpren

I do not usually take to publish letters of complaint, but this merits a bit more ‘shout out’ than my usual offerings! The complaint by myself and @e2ska is about this document:

Norfolk Childrens Services Special Educational Needs and Disability Criteria for Education Health and Care Plans
COMPLAINT

Norfolk County Council has issued the above document to explain the eligibility criteria for a Needs Assessment and subsequent writing of an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). The document should be read in conjunction with a further document setting out what provision Norfolk expects…

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Letter of complaint. | bjpren

I do not usually take to publish letters of complaint, but this merits a bit more ‘shout out’ than my usual offerings! The complaint by myself and @e2ska is about this document:

Norfolk Childrens Services Special Educational Needs and Disability Criteria for Education Health and Care Plans
COMPLAINT

Norfolk County Council has issued the above document to explain the eligibility criteria for a Needs Assessment and subsequent writing of an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). The document should be read in conjunction with a further document setting out what provision Norfolk expects…

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Ask Uncle Colin: A peculiar triangle | Colin

Dear Uncle Colin,

I have a triangle. All I know is that its angles, $\alpha$, $\beta$ and $\gamma$, satisfy $\cos(\alpha)=\frac{1}{4}$ and $\gamma = 30º$ – and I have to find $\tan(\beta)$. Help!

– Can’t Obviously See It, Need Explanation

Hi, COSINE, and thanks for your message! This is one that will need a few trig identities.

The first is that $\sin(180º – x) = \sin(x)$, for all $x$ – which means in particular that the sine of the third angle is the same as the sine of the sum of the other two.

Here, that means $\sin(\beta) = \sin(\alpha+\gamma)$.

My approach is going to be…

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