2008-05-31

VM - Ichthyophobia

Some people don't eat fish. When asked why, HB asked us if there's a medical term for hysterical fear of fish. Two guessed "Ichthyophobia", and later this was discovered to be true.

Then the discussion went into a direction of possible strange phobias and treatments by exposing one to the subject of his fears. Bungee jumping for acrophobics, etc. Someone said it should be done gradually - "First, you are given something small, like a piece of tuna. Later in the course, you advance to a bigger salmon, and so on" P:"and on the final test, you are eaten by a big shark!"

On another occasion, it was a design meeting. "Is this thing a tree?" someone asked. "No, it's a DAG". "What's dag?" Someone: "A directed Acyclic Graph". AL: "In hebrew it's called 'fish' "

(Then it was developed further, 'okay, where does this DAG piss from', 'where is the fish burried', etc)

2008-05-16

...on the trails of Pooh

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Good news everyone! At last, the western pole was discovered - under the supervision of prof. Yuli Tamir, or our education minister. The pic is from certificates received by students on a special party dedicated to those who brought home some prizes from the international science olympiads.

Example of a certificate brought by a member of the physics team.

AA: "What's the problem? That signifies the freedom of choice for a coordinate system - an important symmetry"

Some comments were more emotional. KL: "Ой, у них глобус раком :)))".

She gave an 'average temperature over the hospital' kind of speech, too. When I asked people what's wrong with the certificate image, some said that it's the fact YT is our edu minister. Others pointed out the flip between first and the last name. Some said that it's the professorship (Was that philosophy?).

*Credit to YB for 'the western pole' term

2008-05-09

The 60th independence day

A friend of mine from Singapore said they all like food very much, more than any other reasonable nation. I always thought this is not true, and here's a proof. The following is a true story.

"What holidays did you have back then in the Soviet Union?" my father was asked by one of his local students.
"Well, mostly socialistic-ideological ones", he answered. "For instance, the first of May".
"Oh, cool!", replied the student. "but.. what do people usually cook (/eat) for the first of May?"