wolfbane

wolfbane

Lives in United Kingdom England, United Kingdom
Works as a retired lecturer
Has a website at none!
Joined on Aug 6, 2007

Comments

Total: 22, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12Next ›Last »
On Walker Evans' iconic 'American Photographs' turns 75 article (39 comments in total)

FWIW 1938 was also the 75th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, attended by about 70 survivors. Did Americans commemmorate the equally important and simultaneous fall of Vicksburg with anything like the fervour associated with Gettysburg? Maybe Abe should have followed up with a Vicsburg Address.

You're right about the pinched look of the woman. Time to go back and read Steinbeck, Alistair.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 18:28 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Deers challenge (7 comments in total)

Please note that some entries depict antelope, which are not deer. Thay are more akin to goats. Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 15:39 UTC as 1st comment
On Erotic! challenge (10 comments in total)

Agree with Barb_s about the success in drawing entries, but not sure that thereby cheating will be reduced. Personally I do not worry about cheating - I submit for a bit of fun and I never vote.

If one was sufficiently concerned abiut sandbagging, one might use the MEDIAN score rather than the MEAN score: the median is relatively less affected by extreme (high and low) scores.

A possible disadvantage is that several images might have the same median score, making it impossible to allocate a unique ranking to each entry. But ask yourself - is it possible (as it were) to distinguish accurately the (say) 47th best entry from the 48th or the 46th?

I do not think so, any more than that it is possible to mark 400 student assignments and be sure that you have allotted the exact % score in all cases. Any teacher who tells you the opposite is either a fool or a liar or is pulling your leg.

Thanks for setting such an interesting challenge, Alistair.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 09:41 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On The World of Cats & Dogs challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice! But maybe the setter meant "cats and dogs" as in "it's raining cats and dogs". Maybe this is one idiom that never made its way across the pond? Alistair.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 19:35 UTC as 2nd comment
On Limericks, Illustrated! challenge (49 comments in total)
In reply to:

Deleted pending purge: ENTRANTS PLEASE NOTE: When you're creating and balancing your Limerick, you may find it helpful to hum "I'm Popeye The Sailor Man", as this melody has a limerick-formed text. ;)

But, Old Arrow, it does not have the Limerick beat:

There was a young lady from Tottenham
Her manners - she'd tot'lly forgotten 'em
At tea at the vicar's
She took off her knickers,
Complaining she felt far too hot in'em.
Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 19:05 UTC
On Limericks, Illustrated! challenge (49 comments in total)

The fruit and nut contestant has done nothing to improve the quality of the average submitted "limerick" although I like the photo, Alistair.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2013 at 18:58 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
On Fancy lad in the Limericks, Illustrated! challenge (2 comments in total)

Thus far I'd score the pictures well ahead of the Limericks, Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 11:55 UTC as 1st comment
On Limericks, Illustrated! challenge (49 comments in total)

The entry with the two young women is NOT a limerick, despite having five lines and the correct rhymes. The "beat" of the verse is all wrong. Look it up.

I suggest that the entrant re-writes the verse and submits a true Limerick. I bet Shakespeare would have put in the blood,sweat and tears to get it right! Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2013 at 11:51 UTC as 21st comment | 6 replies
On Fiesler Fi-156 in the Battle of Britain challenge (1 comment in total)

Fair point Private Custard, Alistair.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 21:15 UTC as 1st comment
On Battle of Britain challenge (18 comments in total)

In the Battle of Britain ALL the bombers were German in origin. Lancasters
(i) were British and (ii) did not even exist in prototype form in 1940. Two of these submissions are imperfectly related to that battle.

As a small child I saw plenty of RAF and USAAF bomber formations in the sky above my home. The sound was amazing - trees and people swayed, and window panes rattled. God knows what it was like at the other end, Alistair.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 10:16 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On interesting imitation in the Erotic! challenge (1 comment in total)

Apologies. I forgot to shrink the image to 1600 max side! Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 16:59 UTC as 1st comment
In reply to:

GPW: Can anyone else see where these devices can become an invasion of privacy!!!

Can you imagine the chaos if several hundred folk are using these in a sports stadium?

The world just gets crazier.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2013 at 13:12 UTC

As a matter of interest, what would a ceationist accept as evidence that there is NOT a benign creator?

Piling confirmation on confirmation proves nothing. There is always an indefinitely large number of observations that could have been made, any one of which might be contrary to expectation.

Therefore one should look for counterexamples. In principle one such would disprove the maintained hypothesis. Life is a bit more complex, but testing of hypotheses ought to be based on looking for counterexamples, not on dragging out yet another favourable observation.

Would (say) the existence of such as Adolf Hitler, Senator Joe McCarthy or Pol Pot rate as counterexamples?
Interestingly, it's surprising just how often an exponent of the Popperian strategy will dip into "stamp collecting" in support of his/her pet hypothesis!

Isn't life interesting? All the best,

Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2012 at 15:18 UTC as 1st comment

I guess even Lord Kelvin had his "off" days; just like you and me, Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2012 at 15:50 UTC as 4th comment
On anxious challenge (3 comments in total)

Hello Wikdbegonia, I think the fish looks a bit anxious, as well it might.! Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 14:20 UTC as 1st comment
On It's for you dear challenge (3 comments in total)

Incomplete instructions? "All the emotions surrounding........."
Perhaps it's for Zen masters.
Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2012 at 08:20 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Cardboard Box/Boxes (please read the rules) challenge (5 comments in total)
In reply to:

sparkey2: You mention that "cheating" will be dealt with most severely. How in the world does one cheat.

Nice to see irony so beautifully done!

Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2012 at 14:02 UTC
On DSC_2521 in the Trains challenge (1 comment in total)

Marvellous to learn that there is at least one Shay loco ststill in steam.

Were many sold outside of the US?

Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2012 at 08:41 UTC as 1st comment
On Century couples in the Trains challenge (1 comment in total)

Almost pure Golsdorf! According to E S Cox the Czechs had about the most logical system for numbering locomotives.

The first digit informs you of the number of coupled axles.

To the second digit you add five and then multiply the product by ten to find the maximum speed limit in kph.

To the third digit you add ten, and this tells you the maximum load per axle in metric tons.

Nothing so systematic was ever devised for British steam locos.

It does however have its own disadvantages the code 354 could and did apply to 4-6-2 teneder engines that had the same maximum aaxle loads and speed limits.

A fourth digit was used to differentiate sub-categories.

Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2012 at 14:42 UTC as 1st comment
On Fast Train in the Trains challenge (2 comments in total)

You'd not want a draw!

Alistair

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:32 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
Total: 22, showing: 1 – 20
« First‹ Previous12Next ›Last »