Sir Tim Berners- Lee (no relation, that I know of anyway) is reported in an article on the BBC News website to have apologized for designing the structure of the now ubiquitous web address to have two slashes after the colon — you know, “http://”
Saw the following headline on the BBC News website:
“Police say the thieves probably thought they were taking a lorry full of alcohol from a secure car park at an ice rink.”
“They might be valuable… but that won’t do you any good. They could sell them to the Canadians, but they’ve got their own rocks.”
Yes, we do have lots of them… which is why:
“Australia is currently ranked 12th in the world for men’s curling. Canada is ranked 1st, with Scotland 2nd.”
Better diplomacy through food… saw the following headline on the BBC News website:
And speaking of unusual ways to get closer to a notably closed country like North Korea, Jesse Brown interviewed Curtis Melvin on a recent episode of the Search Engine podcast on TVO in which they spoke about how Curtis and a network of contributors has created “the most authoritative map of North Korea on Google Earth“
Now, I’m not anti-gun, per se, since I have in the past participated in the shooting sports (using small calibre target pistols owned by the club I was a member of; I don’t own any kind of firearms myself), but as far as I’m concerned, handguns belong only on shooting ranges (or safely transported in a locked case back to where they are kept in locked storage when not at the range). In a public space like a church, though? Nope, they don’t belong there — unloaded or not.
The BBC News article says:
“Pastor Ken Pagano told parishioners to bring their unloaded guns to New Bethel Church in Louisville for a service celebrating the right to bear arms.”
Apparently he did this in “an effort to promote safe gun ownership.” The article goes on to quote a parishioner, Doreen Rogers, as saying to the Louisville Courier-Journal:
“For some reason, most people think that carrying guns is sinful. It’s not. I think my life is worth protecting.”
From that, I would conclude that Doreen’s gun was very likely not unloaded…
Fortunately, there seem to be more sensible folk in the area, as the BBC News article goes on to note:
A coalition of religious groups and campaigners held a rival gun-free event at the same time on the other side of Louisville.
“The idea of wearing guns to churches or any sacred space I think many people find deeply troubling,” organiser Terry Taylor told AP.
The BBC News web site had this headline today:
I just can’t decide whether Tsutomu Yamaguchi is incredibly lucky for having survived being in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki on those fateful dates (and still being alive at 93!), or incredibly unlucky just to have been in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki on those fateful dates… or maybe he’s both the luckiest and unluckiest dude ever.
And speaking of luck, which I suppose is in some way a form of probability, the BBC News web site also had an article under their Magazine rubric today titled:
The article starts by mentioning a French physicist, Bernard d’Espagnat, has been awarded the Templeton Prize for contributions to “affirming life’s spiritual dimension”. He has worked on quantum physics, which is a field dependent on probability (which is how I segued into this from the piece on Mr. Yamaguchi).
The author then goes on to interview 5 notable physicists on “the meaning of physics”, and assigning each a spiritual category corresponding to their view on the overlap between science and spirituality, ranging from the “Atheist” to a new-agey “Pantheist” at either end of the spectrum with various flavours in between: “Sceptic”, “Platonist” and “Believer” (the latter being a quantum physicist turned Anglican priest).
As for me, if I were a betting man (hmm, there’s that probability thing again…) I don’t think I’d bet against there being some kind of “meaning” to Life, The Universe And Everything – after all, if there isn’t then there’s nothing much to lose in betting for it being there, but on the other hand I’d feel a right prat coming face to face with, well, whatever it was I’d bet against.
Of course, YMMV.