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Bryan Lagos
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My favorite microwave trick is using it to measure the speed of light.  You can place chocolate chips on a plate (make sure that they are placed in there in a way so that the plate doesn't move) and microwave them until they start to melt.  They will melt in a pattern that has "lines" where the chips melt and do not melt.  These correspond to the waves and troughs of standing waves in the microwave cavity.  Measure the distance (d) between two adjacent peaks or troughs (equal to 1/2 wavelength).  The frequency of the oven is 2.45 GHz (usually for consumer ovens) or 9.15 MHZ (large industrial/commercial ovens).  Check the label on the back of the oven to make sure you have the correct frequency.  Then just plug into the equation  c=2df  and you have calculated the speed of light!  Just make sure you are using the correct units!

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Interesting.  I wonder if you could sue the store for extortion.

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The 40% is OK if they decided to go with just 1 significant figure.  But why would they go with 30% instead of 40%?  My guess is that they made a mistake and then corrected it. 

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The slang term for this stuff is "snirt" (a combination of snow and dirt).  This is why I moved to Florida.  Why put up with winter if you don't have to?  Sure it's hot and humid in the summer time, but it is an even trade as all the people from NYC leave for a few months  -- nice!  Just think 12 months per year when you don't have to think about what clothes you need to wear that day.  I haven't worn a jacket since 6:00 AM Thanksgiving day, 2013.

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Unfortunately Victoria's Secret does not have the inventory visibility that Zara has.  Zara, part of Inditex, utilizes RFID tracking of 100% of its products.  It uses this information to more closely monitor its inventories in real time.  Victoria's Secret will have to copy this model if it hopes to increase the rate at which it introduces fashion (if it wants to make money, anyway).  Will VS adopt a recirculatable RFID tag like Inditex has been doing for the last 5 years?

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"When you pull my finger — what causes the sound?"  Seriously?  I mean, come on.  Feed me a less obvious line.  Please!

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I don't understand.  The previous CEO of Tyco (Ed Breen) was so heavily over compensated (his golden parachute exceeded 150 million USD) that even Wall Street insiders were critical.   Doesn't putting a cap on executive salaries only increase the funds available to shareholders?  As a stock holder, I want that 150 million that was given to Ed Breen.  Indeed, the Swiss law was passed specifically because of the Swiss response to Ed Breen's over-compensation.  Did anybody at Tyco do a cost/benefit analysis of moving the headquarters to Ireland, or was this just a way to sap more shareholder value and put it into the pockets of Tyco's executive staff?  The previous CEO of Tyco went to jail for taking less money than Ed Breen.  Will George Oliver do the same?

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I was going to say that this article was old news to Catholics who 1. recognize that science is the method to understanding God's universe and 2. that "Papa Infallibility" applies to doctrinal issues -- and has only been used once (over 100 years ago), but then I say the date on the article (May 5, 2006), so I realized that this really is OLD news, so I don't have to comment.

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Finally, we have separation of Church and State.  I always wondered why the state was supporting a religious sacrament (having anything to do with marriage).  What would have been next?  State sponsored baptism?  This legislation goes a long way towards preventing government from corrupting religion.
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