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wow my firends are bitcvhes thonigth, My 30th and they out alreayd and I still want to part and they are gone. Fricken rookies they really needd to mand up.!!!!!

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Flipping through channels and come across the 2012 spring sumo tournament on NHK. I always liked the sumo wrestler from Estonia, Baruto, ever since he won the New year's sumo tournament. Baruto was hoping to get promoted to Yokozuna ranking, but did poorly at this tournament. I guess he stays as ozeki ranking.

The championship was won today by the wrestler from Mongolia, Yokozuna Hakuho Sho. The deciding match was awesome. It looked like the opponent of Hakuho Sho was done for when he was at the edge of the ring and about to be pushed off. Bent backwards and about to fall back, he picks up Hakuho Sho (340+ lbs) and uses him as a counterweight. He gets back into the ring, but eventually loses to Hakuho.

I don't really follow sumo, but find it intriguing nonetheless.

"You can get your Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino venti, grande or tall. You just can't get it without insects, to which it owes its pink and rosy color.

In what the company, in a statement, says was a move intended to reduce its use of artificial ingredients, Starbucks has started using cochineal extract to supply its Frappuccinos' strawberry hue. Cochineal extract is derived from grinding up insects, the dried bodies of cochineal bugs, found primarily in Mexico and South America.

Cochineal is considered safe by the FDA, and is widely used for coloration in jams, preserves, meat, marinades, alcoholic drinks, bakery products, cookies, cheddar cheese and many other food products."

Anyone up for a 4D mindfuck this morning? Spotted this on my G+

Let's do a bit of 4-dimensional geometry. Here's a movie of a rotating 4d hypercube, also called a tesseract. Of course it's projected down to 3d space, and then drawn in perspective on your 2d computer screen. But notice that just as a cube consists of 2 squares with edges drawn from the corners of one to the corners of the other, this consists of 2 cubes with edges drawn from the corners of one to the corners of the other.

We can use this pattern to work out a bunch of stuff:

A square has 4 corners, a cube has 2 x 4 = 8 corners, and a tesseract has 2 x 8 = 16 corners.

A square has 4 edges, a cube has 2 x 4 + 4 = 12 edges, and a tesseract has 2 x 12 + 8 = 32 edges. (Here the +4 comes from the fact that a square has 4 corners, and the +8 comes from the fact that a cube has 8 corners.)

A square has 1 square, a cube has 2 x 1 + 4 = 6 squares, and a tesseract has 2 x 6 + 12 = 24 squares. (Here the +4 comes from the fact that a square has 4 edges, and the +12 comes from the fact that a cube has 12 edges.)

A cube has 1 cube, and a tesseract has 2 x 1 + 6 = 8 cubes. (Here the +6 comes from the fact that a cube has 6 squares.)

I'm not being ultra-systematic here... but if you get the pattern, you can work out how many things of each kind a 5d hypercube will have, and so on. If you get stuck, try this:

By the way, only non-mathematicians call a 4d hypercube a 'tesseract'. Science fiction writers love that term, but if you want to impress your mathematician friends, say 4-cube instead.