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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Sunday, October 13, 2002

Winners of the 2002 IgĀ® Nobel Prizes

Yeah, they were handed out last week, but some of you readers probably are unaware as to the existence of these fine awards, given for achievemants that "cannot or should not be reproduced." Alternatively, it's for research that makes you laugh, then think.

The 2002 IgNobel prize in Economics goes to:

The executives, corporate directors, and auditors of Enron, Lernaut & Hauspie [Belgium], Adelphia, Bank of Commerce and Credit International [Pakistan], Cendant, CMS Energy, Duke Energy, Dynegy, Gazprom [Russia], Global Crossing, HIH Insurance [Australia], Informix, Kmart, Maxwell Communications [UK], McKessonHBOC, Merrill Lynch, Merck, Peregrine Systems, Qwest Communications, Reliant Resources, Rent-Way, Rite Aid, Sunbeam, Tyco, Waste Management, WorldCom, Xerox, and Arthur Andersen, for adapting the mathematical concept of imaginary numbers for use in the business world. [NOTE: all companies are US-based unless otherwise noted.]

Other awards were given for research into the occurrence, distribution, and properties of belly-button lint, the decay of beer foam, and scrotal assymetry.

Last year, the prize in Astrophysice was goven to televangelists Jack and Rexella Van Impe, for their discovery that black holes fill all the tecnical reqirements to be the location of Hell. However, I can't recall any Bible passages that said that Hell involved being first torn apart, then absorbed into a single point of infinite density...
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