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Endless Eldritch Aeons

Have passed since I did a quiz here. Some questions from the quiz I did recently for the BQC. I'll probably follow this up with a more visual questions And audios, if anyone is interested- if you are, please let me know in your comments. I don't want to put in the effort for no responses. If not, I'll simply throw in more dries.

1. General George Owen Squier, the inventor of multiplexing, created this to calm people unfamiliar with a new and increasingly common invention;
Among the techniques he used was Stimulus Progression, in which 15 minute slots were ordered from least to most stimulating;
Like Skynet, and with similar evil intent, his invention spread everywhere: in dorm rooms and office buildings, in factories and schools;
He was inspired by George Eastman.
In what way was he inspired? And what were people scared of?

2. Many British lexicographers and writers [including Orwell] campaigned against the tendency to use classical words, and words from the descendants of classical languages. Thus, lunatic might be replaced by mooned and crucified by crossed.
In the mid-60s( the year is important), humourist Paul Jennings, in a special edition of Punch, recast the opening lines of a famous soliloquy in this kind of ‘Anglish’:

To be or not to be; that is the ask-thing:
Is’t higher-thinking in the brain to bear
The slings and arrows of outrageous dooming
Or to take weapons ‘gainst a sea of brothers
And by againstwork end them?


Under what circumstances might we have seen Shakespeare write in this way?


3. Complete the list:

Orteig inspired:

Archon, Automobile, _____ _____, ______

4. This plant is found in North Africa, from Libya to northern Tanzania in particular. In 1911, the German entomologist Wilhelm Kattwinkel stumbled on a geographical feature while searching for butterflies. He asked the Masai what the place was called and, thinking that he was referring to the plant, told him the name of the plant. Its name now has a “v” in the third last letter instead of the “p”.
Because of the associations of this place, Peter deGrace and Leslie Stahl wrote a book about Computer Aided Software Engineering called the ____ Imperative. This was because of the observations made at this place that:
“there was no abrupt end to one type of tool with the development of a new tool. Rather, as new techniques developed through experimentation and refinement, the tool evolved to fit the user.”

What place?

5. This masterpiece, now known (in generic form) in most households and schools, was dedicated by ______ in elaborate terms to Prince Ferdinando d’Medici, Cardinal, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Protector of Spain. It presented to him “Italy, flower of the earth”. The stated reason for the dedication was a tortuous genealogy linking the Prince to Janus’ tutor _____. A mythical figure, _____ was a very “skilful astronomer” and, appropriately, “the first to discourse of the sphere”. Fill in BOTH blanks.

6. The origin of this canard is said to date from the young Prince Alexander’s meeting with Celtic speakers in 355 BC. Ptolemy, not then king of Egypt, reported this meeting. The Celts were big men, he said, in stature and in their opinion of themselves. Alexander asked them something. Full of bravado, they replied. Current scholarly opinion holds that it is actually a mistranslation of a ritual oath. What did they say?

7. Australian researchers IJ Bear and RG Thomas examined the problem of the abnormally rapid response in natural seed germination following the introduction of water in regions long subject to drought or desert conditions. They suggested that “petrichor” (their coinage), associated with claylike soils, along with “geosmin” was the reason for a distinctive phenomenon which we are all familiar with. Apparently, our senses can detect one part in a hundred billion of geosmin. What phenomenon?

8. Towards the end of his career, he published a classic monograph: “The Series Paintings of Claude Monet and the Landscape of General Relativity”. He considered the question of whether there is any common base to aesthetics in art and science. He talks about : “The Haystacks; The Poplars; Early Morning on the Seine” and contrasts this with space-time charted by its geometry and the mathematics of singularities. Identify the author?

9. Heavily influenced by the UFO craze, the first Pluto ____ spawned sales of a hundred million as well as a fake religion, ________tarianism, which holds that when a person dies his or her soul goes up to the roof, never to descend. There are two primary “sects”- ultimate and _____ golf. The term is attributed to the great comedian George Carlin.
What? Note- the first two blanks are the same word and they constitute the answer.

10. The formal name for this derives from the Greek for `ribbon’. It was introduced by John Wallis in a book in 1655. The work was so brutally abstract that Thomas Hobbes complained of it being a “scab of symbols”.
It is the Cartesian plane curve that satisfies the equation:

(x^2 + y^2) = a^2(x^2 - y^2)

I do not need the formal Greek name. What is being referred to?
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yes to visual & audio

halfbrain

March 20 2008, 05:16:52 UTC 6 years ago

my guesses -

1. muzak
3. orteig prize was for the first trans-atlantic flight (or some such thing). so i'll go with variants of the X-prize. one for first space-flight, one for first moon landing (google is involved i think), and there's something on DNA sequencing too (least cost)
4. olduvai gorge (leakey teritory)
5. one would be galileo. no idea about the other
6. the sky falling on their heads?
7. smell of earth juxt before it rains
8. subramaniam chandrashekar (i happen to be reading arthur miller's Empire of the Stars :D )
9. lemniscate

quizling

March 20 2008, 10:42:50 UTC 6 years ago

2. If the Norman conquest had not happened?
5. Atlas?
6. "May the sky fall on our heads"?
7. Didn't quite get the question. Did you mean the smell of wet earth?
8. Bertrand Russell?
10. The infinity symbol?

mrsgollum

March 21 2008, 09:55:45 UTC 6 years ago

Tentacular quiz! I shall assuage my curiosity for some of the more evil ones after submitting this quiz.

1. I shall kick myself when you post the answer to this one. And I shall probably miss that as well. Like this question.
2. has something to do with the Norman conquest. If it had happened or not - something to that effect. I shall vehemently demand partial points if I'm remotely close to the answer.
6. Has this to do with Alexander being christened Alexander The Great - the title coming from some Celt speaker's oath.
7. Has to be the sitter of the quiz if I'm right - petrichor is the word for the smell that emanates when fresh rain hits dry earth.
8. Schopenhauer??
9. Shizen,shizen - curses, I read about this a few months back. :(
10. Leminiscus, the symbol for infinity.

nvivek

March 21 2008, 15:19:48 UTC 6 years ago

4. Olduvai. Kinda cheating. Our library had this book :-). I knew nothing about the plant-and-entomologist story.

9. Frisbee (The fake religion part was a give-away)

10. The Möbius strip?

satyap

March 24 2008, 20:02:52 UTC 6 years ago

7. Smell of earth after rain