Thursday, November 22, 2007

Crackpot index

Crackpot index
1998 John Baez

Crackpot index - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The crackpot index is a number that rates scientific claims or the individuals that make them, in conjunction with a method for computing that number. The method, proposed (most likely as a joke) by mathematical physicist John Baez in 1992, computes an index by responses to a list of 37 questions, each positive response contributing a point value ranging from 1 to 50. The computation is initialized with a value of −5. Presumably any positive value of the index indicates crankiness. Though the index was not proposed as a serious method, it nevertheless has become popular in Internet discussions of whether a claim or an individual is cranky, particularly in physics (e.g. at the Usenet newsgroup sci.physics), or in mathematics. Chris Caldwell's Prime Pages has a version adapted to prime number research[1] which is a field with many famous unsolved problems that are easy to understand for amateur mathematicians."

Sunday, November 04, 2007


NOTES OF A SECOND RATE POET: "In a feeble attempt to clarify whether it is the lack of porn, violence, gossip, weatherforecasts, starsigns or the mere fact that I write in english and could come out as boring, that this here NOASRP blog seeminly have very few readers I will for remains of november be writing in my mothertoungue - danish - and, if that doesnt seem to up the activity, I just maybe turn to porn and other obscurities."

Friday, November 02, 2007


Armorama :: New Allied Figure Producer JAKREI Miniatures: "Pete Morton who has sculpted figures for Jaguar, Warriors, VLS Construction bat, plus many other companies has started his own company JAKREI Miniatures to produce New British and Commonwealth figures in 1/35 scale. These will surely be welcomed by builders of the recent slew of Shermans and other Allied vehicles."

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