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Indiana Pi Bill

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Indiana Pi Bill is the popular name for bill #246 of the 1897 sitting of the Indiana General Assembly, one of the most famous attempts to establish scientific truth by legislative fiat. Despite that name, the main result claimed by the bill is a method to square the circle, rather than to establish a certain value for π, although the bill does contain text that appears to dictate various incorrect values of π, such as 3.2.

The bill never became law, due to the intervention of a mathematics professor who happened to be present in the legislature.

The impossibility of squaring the circle using only compass and straightedge, suspected since ancient times, was rigorously proven in 1882 by Ferdinand von Lindemann. Better approximations of π than those inferred from the bill have been known since ancient times.


Qrodo bring you the Pi value poll

Monday, March 8, 2010

Getting closer to Pi-day (3/14) we would like to invite you to the Pi value poll. In a time of legislating science without asking scientists, we can as well vote on it! :

Sumo wrestling

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport. It originated in ancient times to entertain the Shinto gods. Many of the rituals with religious background are still performed. Yokozuna (横綱, yokozuna) is the highest rank in sumo. When a wrestler reaches the rank of yokozuna, he cannot lose this status, but is expected to retire when his time is due. Many former Sumo wrestlers remain active in the sumo world as members of the Japan Sumo Association.

The one currently active yokozuna is Hakuhō (白鵬), the 69th yokozuna, from Mongolia, promoted in May 2007.

Taihō Kōki (大鵬幸喜) was the 48th Yokozuna in the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling. He is generally regarded as the greatest sumo wrestler of the post-war period. He became a yokozuna in 1961 at the age of 21, the youngest ever at the time, and he won a record 32 tournaments between 1960 and 1971.

The basic rules of sumo are simple: the wrestler who first touches the ground with anything besides the soles of his feet, or who leaves the ring before his opponent, loses. The dohyō (土俵) is the ring in which sumo wrestling bouts are held. A modern dohyō is a circle of rice-straw bales 4.55 meters in diameter, mounted on a square platform of clay 6.7m on a side, and 34 to 60 cm high. The fights themselves usually last only a few seconds, or in rare cases, about a minute.


Bearded Man playing golf live on Qrodo, NOT!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Moses, Jesus, and a bearded man were playing golf.

Moses pulled up to the tee and drove a long one in the middle of the fairway,
but rolled directly toward a water hazard. Quickly, Moses raised his club,
the water parted and it rolled to the other side safe and sound.

Next, Jesus walks up to the tee and hits a nice long one directly toward
the same water trap. It landed in the center of the pond and hovered over
the water. Jesus walked out on the pond and chipped it up onto the green.

The bearded man gets up and sort of randomly whacks the ball. It heads out
over the fence and into oncoming traffic on a nearby street. It bounces
off a truck and hits a nearby tree, it bounces onto the roof of a nearby
shack and rolls down into the gutter, down the downspout, out onto the fairway
and right toward the very same pond. It hits a little stone and bounces out
over the water and onto a lily pad where it rested quietly.
Suddenly, a very large bullfrog jumped up on the lily pad and snatched the
ball into his mouth. An eagle swooped down and grabbed the frog and flew away.

As they passed over the green, the frog squealed with fright and dropped
the ball which bounced right into the hole for a beautiful hole-in-one.

Moses turned to Jesus and said, “I hate playing with your dad.”


Boris Michailov a goal scorer and captain

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Qrodo 4.0 release is named after Boris Michailov a former Soviet ice hockey right winger. He started playing for Energy Saratov in 1962, but is obviosly most known from the CCCP national team and CSKA Moscow

Michailov played right wing on the top Soviet line of the 1970’s, along with left winger Valeri Charlamov and center Vladimir Petrov. In the Soviet national team, he played 14 seasons, most of them as captain. He scored over 200 goals with the national team. He led his team to the Olympic gold medal in 1972 and 1976, eight World Championships.

On September 17, 1974, Canadian Prime-Minister Pierre Trudeau dropped the puck for the ceremonial face off between Pat Stapleton, Team Canada, and Boris Mikhailov, Team USSR, marking the beginning of the ’74 Summit Series.


Snatch or Clean and Jerk

Friday, July 31, 2009

In Olympic-style weightlifting participants attempt a maximum weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. There are competition in two lifts: the clean and jerk and the snatch.

Vasili Alexeyev of the USSR in 1975. He snatched 190 kg and did 256 in Clean and Jerk.

Competitors compete in one of eight (seven for women) divisions determined by their body mass. These classes are: men’s: 56 kg (123 lb), 62 kg (137 lb), 69 kg (152 lb), 77 kg (170 lb), 85 kg (187 lb), 94 kg (207 lb), 105 kg (231 lb), and over 105 kg; and women’s: 48 kg (106 lb), 53 kg (117 lb), 58 kg (128 lb), 63 kg (139 lb), 69 kg (152 lb), 75 kg (165 lb), and over 75 kg.[1] In each weight division, competitors compete in both the snatch and clean and jerk, and prizes are usually given for the heaviest weights lifted in the snatch, clean and jerk, and the two combined.


We are now at Flickr

Friday, July 31, 2009

Follow us at Flickr. We upload pictures, live sport snapshots, art work and other graphical material.


Twitter – Qrodo Tweeting

Friday, July 31, 2009

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World record in Double Trudgen?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

In the outdoor Swedish Championship in Swimming we have seen amazingly fast front crawl. Crawl is the fastest swimming style, right? How about Trudgen? It is similar to the front crawl, except that it is swum with a scissor kick. And how about Trudgen crawl? Again,  similar to the trudgen, but with the use of a flutter kick between the scissor kicks. And why isn’t double trudgen twice as fast? Is there a Swedish record in Double trudge? A lot of questions, few answers.


Fencing: Passata-sotto

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
An evasive action which is initiated by dropping a hand to the floor and lowering the body under the opponent’s oncoming blade. Often accompanied by a straightening of the sword arm to attempt a hit on the opposing combatant. (Wikipedia)

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail

Thursday, October 9, 2008
George Lucas lifecasting a Youth Soccer Game with Panavision

George Lucas lifecasting a Youth Soccer Game in Pasadena with a Panavision setup. "Use Qrodo man!"