Have posted in a long time. To be honest I haven't had anythng worth while posting in a long time. Last two weeks at work were very quiet, to the point of being fairly dull, but today was a typical monday of busy.
Best call of the day -
"My printer isn't working."
"Hmm, your printer is showing as offline. Would you mind checking the cables are all plugged in and that no one has hit the online/offline button by accident?"
"Sure." *Goes off. "Sorry, my boss had turned it off. It works fine when you turn it back on."
She was suitably embarressed about that, so 'twas all good.
And to the person who hung up on me this morning - it's not a technical question if I ask you what printer you are printing to. When I look in you software, I see every printer for your entire company. That could be 50 or more. It's not asking too much to know which one is the one you are using.
Work are sending me on a day trip to meet our new printer engineers. This mean a free trip to Huntindon, meal out and night in a hotel. I haven't been getting out enough clearly because I was quite excited by this.
This is from this weeks New Scienist, and is especially for baloonworld
Physicists slug it out
SPARRING physicists provided some entertainment at the annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, held last month at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Physicists Andrei Linde, Michio Kaku, Lisa Randall, Lawrence Krauss and Virginia Trimble tussled over the theme "Universe: One or Many?" taking a packed audience on a dizzying trip to the farthest reaches of the cosmological imagination. Sometimes the trip was too unsettling even for the physicists themselves.
Kaku, of the City University of New York, spoke at one point of the possibility of tunnelling into other universes through space-time foam, harnessing the power of negative energy. "Genesis happens all the time," he said. "Continuous genesis in an ocean of Nirvana, and the ocean is an 11-dimensional hyperspace."
As Kaku spoke, Krauss, of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, looked as if he was about to have an aneurysm. He turned to Kaku. "If there are an infinite number of universes," he declared, "I can't imagine one in which I agree with what you just said."
During the question and answer session, a young member of the audience asked if our universe was the first in the tree of branching universes projected on the backdrop behind the speakers. "It's extraordinarily unlikely that we live in the first universe," Linde, of Stanford University, explained. "We live in the middle of infinity."
That was too much for the chair of the evening, Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York. "We live in the middle of infinity?" he repeated. "Did those words really just come out of your mouth?"
And finlly, I'd forgotten how long it had been since I posted a story update. This follows on from part 9, which was sometime at the end of december if you need a recap. ( The Ballad of Zephyr Stormchaser, part 10 )