Thursday, 4 June 2009

The 1st Question 53 - 2 Jun 09

Thanks to Jasmine Night for her Word-UP “Phonesia" which means when you pick up the phone to make a call and you have forgotten who you have dialed!


Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw

I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That's how I lost my mind.
Steve Allen


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1) Professor Peter Davis instilled discipline in and provided musical training to this otherwise self-taught man. Eventually making him a band leader. His Home band played around New Orleans and this thirteen year old musical genius began to draw attention by his cornet playing, starting him on a musical career. He left New Orleans in 1922, joining the exodus to Chicago, where he had been invited by his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, to join his Creole Jazz Band and where he could make a sufficient income so that he no longer needed to supplement his music with day labor jobs. It was a boom time in Chicago. Who was this great coronet player?

2) In the MMORPG Tabula Rasa, it refers to a mysterious power. However in Ancient Greece, Aristotle defined this as argument from reason, one of the three modes of persuasion. The other two modes are pathos persuasion by means of emotional appeal, and ethos, persuasion through convincing listeners of one's moral competence. An argument based on this third mode implies numbers, polls, and other mathematical or scientific data. It was also the name of a ship in The Matrix. What word is this?

3) A 360-degree spherical panorama of a beach in Saint Martin, from 9 images which uses stereographic projection to create a globe is called the "little planet" effect. In geometry, this projection is a particular mapping function that put a sphere onto a plane, with some inevitable compromises.
In practice, the projection is carried out by computer or by hand using a special kind of graph paper. What is this paper called?

4) He first became corporate lawyer for the railroad company but His next move was to "cross the tracks," and represent Eugene V. Debs. However He was indicted later on in his career on bribery charges and labor unions dropped him from their list. He devoted himself to opposing the death penalty, which he felt to be in conflict with humanitarian progress. In one of his last trials, he gave a 'Speech that Changed the World' given the name 'I Believe in the Law of Love'. He is, best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb and defending John T. Scopes, (the Scopes trial resulted in a $100 fine.) Who was this “sophisticated country lawyer", and civil libertarian?.

5) “They were the inevitable end product of that striving for realism which began when men started to reproduce moving images and to record sounds, and then to use these techniques to enact scenes from real or imaginary life. In the sagas
The entranced spectator was cut off from reality as long as the adventure lasted; it was as if he lived a dream yet believed he was awake.” This came from The City and the Stars, it is a very early reference to Virtual reality by this famous science fiction writer-Who proposed satellite communication systems in 1945 and retired to Sri Lanka to pursue a passion for scuba diving?

6) The Voice Interactive Alarm Clock lets you set the time and alarm with voice commands alone. This clever clock will respond to verbal queries like "What time is it?" it is the first alarm clock that is voice responsive. Responding to a total of 12 commands. It will appeal to all people that want to interact with their alarm clock. The IVR Alarm Clock is continuously screening conversations, waiting for the user to initiate by saying, “Hello Moshi. " What is country is the clock from?

7) In philosophy, it is an element used in a variety of thought experiments intended to draw out certain features of our ideas of knowledge, reality, truth, mind, and meaning. It is drawn from the idea, common to many science fiction stories, that a mad scientist might remove a person's brain from the body, suspend it in life-sustaining liquid, and connect its neurons by wires to a supercomputer which would provide it with electrical impulses. The person with the "disembodied" brain would continue to have perfectly normal conscious experiences without these being related to objects or events in the real world. What is this called?

8) It is a new service just introduced minutes ago and is a tool that combines email and messaging, keeping track of conversations. It has a feature that allows you to bring in new users immediately. The entire conversation, or portions thereof, can be placed immediately into you blog as well. They showed four people simultaneously editing a document; pretty cool stuff. It also handles different languages in the same document, for those global multilingual conversations. An early read the Joymaker device from the 1965 novel The Age of the Pussyfoot, also offered strong collaborative features. What is this new service from Google they will introduce in the fall called?

9) He was the youngest of ten children and went to Transylvania University at Lexington, Kentucky, in 1821.he served as a U.S. Senator from Mississippi. As a senator he argued against secession but believed each state was sovereign and had an unquestionable right to it. When offered him a Federal commission as a brigadier general, He declined the appointment, arguing that the United States Constitution gives the power of appointing militia officers to the states, and not to the Federal government. Yet he urged the preservation of the Union. Though he resisted demands to secede, he was elected, never completing his term of President Who was the man who did complete A Short History of the Confederate States of America?

10) It is a toy-like biomorphic robot preprogrammed with moves; it also can be controlled by an infrared remote control included with the toy, or by a personal computer, or an infrared transmitter-. Mark Tilden designed it to be easily modified or hacked. A growing community of hackers has devoted themselves to adding new functionality to the robot. Some hacks have added a live video camera, others an LED belt that displays text, headlights, a coil gun, speech synthesis, a "flamethrower" (a small torch) and Homer Simpson. What is this toy from WowWee?

11) Your dream of taking a ride into space just took a big step forward with Virgin Galactic announcing the completion of phase one testing on the rocket motor that will propel SpaceShipTwo into suborbital space. The innovative rocket motor uses the largest hybrid Nitrous Oxide system of its kind in the world to achieve speeds over 2,500 mph and send amateur astronauts to heights over 65 miles above the Earth. Although the first space tourists will be shelling out a pretty penny (read US$200,000) for the right to be one of the first to take a commercial trip into space, they may be funding the next generation of high-speed international flights. SpaceShipTwo will be launched from the Virgin MotherShip or VMS What ?

12) Here the scenery is brought inside the home, or table, to be precise. Creating a very distinct ambience, this table is designed to defuse stress and create a peaceful, relaxed environment. It does this by running a river of water across the desk, under a glass top, and there’s even a sort of mini rapids effect so the water swishes on the pebbles. Claimed to be able to calm any room, what is the name of this table?

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