1. "10 Best Head-Scratching Stories, Explained" <http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/17-05/st_best> Explanations for some books, movies and other mysteries of popular culture -- according to Wired. 2. "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony of greater importance than technology", or, "Why CDs were originally limited to 74 minutes" <http://www.marantzphilips.nl/The_cd_laser/> "Philips engineers had always based their work on a playing time of an hour, a few minutes longer than a double-sided LP... However, Sony vice-president Norio Ohga, who was responsible for the project, did not agree. 'Let us take the music as the basis,' ... Ohga had fond memories of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. That had to fit on the CD... The longest known performance lasted 74 minutes." However, Snopes isn't convinced, giving the explanation the status of 'Undetermined'": <http://www.snopes.com/music/media/cdlength.asp> 3. "Why text messages are limited to 160 characters" <http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/05/invented-text- messaging.html> "Alone in a room in his home in Bonn, Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand sat at his typewriter, tapping out random sentences and questions on a sheet of paper. As he went along, Hillebrand counted the number of letters, numbers, punctuation marks and spaces on the page. Each blurb ran on for a line or two and nearly always clocked in under 160 characters." 4. "Why are [Twitter] tweets limited to 140 characters?" <http://twitter.com/madpew/status/1284771151> "[D/@ + whitespace +
+ whitespace] + 140 = maximum length of a SMS" 5. "Explaining the curse of work" <http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126901.300> "This is 'Parkinson's law', first published in an article of 1955, which states: work expands to fill the time available for its completion." 6. "Irish police solve Mr Licence mystery" <http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/02/20/2497039.htm> "Irish police have solved the mystery of a Polish recidivist who clocked up 50 traffic offences on different addresses and who was never caught, after one officer noticed his name meant driving license in Polish."
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Posted by Bruno at 4:40pm