Friday, January 20, 2006

iPod iChing - Are r-modes Real?

Yay, it is friday. And, may I say, it is a 4-cups-of-coffee kinda friday.

So, time for lazy, lite iPod blogging.
Lets stay on topic.

Oh, mighty iPod: given last week's news at the AAS meeting about PSR Trz 5ad rotating at 716 Hz, is gravitational radiation damping of unstable r-modes the actual primary physical limit on observed pulsar rotation frequencies?

Whoosh goes the randomizer. Whoosh...

  • The Covering: In the Bleak Midwinter - King's College Choir

  • The Crossing: Come un bel di di maggio - Pavarotti

  • The Crown: Billy Boy - Twin Sisters

  • The Root: Norwegian Wood - Cornershop

  • The Past: Makarena - Strumparnir

  • The Future: Chrome Plated Heart - Melissa Etheridge

  • The Questioner: Interlude - Mannheim Steamroller

  • The House: Apollo - Stravinsky

  • The Inside: Body of Water - Billy Bragg

  • The Outcome: Silly Shapes - Twin Sisters

#11 is Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow and #12 is I Melt with You - Modern English.

Wow. The Past is the "Macarena" in Icelandic. done by the Smurfs.
That and Norwegian Wood.

The iPod can be cruel indeed.

The whole r-mode thing is clearly just completely on the wrong track.
I suspect our clue is in #12 (and I think a 12 item iChing is clearly appropriate, not the traditional 10 item list).

The Outcome is hard to argue with.

As always, the Key as explained by Sean


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Macarena in Icelandic? Where can we get this?

5:54 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Well, my copy is from a collection of children's songs, I think it is on the "St'ora Barnaplatan" but I'd have to check.
(yes it is - volume 2)

Be warned, it is sung by the "Smurfs" - ie actors voicing the Smurf characters, so is done in that excellent squeaky falsetto

URL below is the original album will let you play a free snippet if you click on the song - and I think you can by either the album or the song by itself iTunes style.

9:47 PM  

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