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 The Bear Puzzle (everyone welcome to try it)
Author: DrK 
Date:   09-09-08 13:13

Hi Jess and all!

Everyone is welcome to try this little puzzle, or to jump in with whatever they want.

A man walked 60 miles south. Then he walked 60 miles east. Then he walked 60 miles north. After doing all this he wound up right back where he started. Then he saw a bear. What color was the bear?

(Hint: Look at a globe.)

Sincerely,

Dr. K

"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."--Helen Keller

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 Re: The Bear Puzzle (everyone welcome to try it)
Author: ( shylock's daughter ) 
Date:   09-12-08 15:59

I'd guess white, but I don't have a clue why xD I'm super crap at geography, ((I can't even give directions to a town ten minutes away from my own. It's quite sad, really.)) and I'm also rubbish at any kind of puzzle or riddle.

I sent this to a friend and he said the same thing, and he actually tried to draw me up a diagram.. But it's almost midnight here, and I've not had much sleep all week because we just went back to school. So it just went over my head.

I felt the need to reply anyway though, because I'm.. well, sort of irritating that way xD And I was addressed in the first post, after all. xD

Is this going to be like a general chat thread too? Since you said to continue the last conversation over here.

Um.. Anyway, speak soon. =)

Jess x

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 Everyone is welcome here!
Author: DrK 
Date:   09-13-08 13:46

Hi Jess!

Yes, I hope this will be a general chat thread where people can chat and get to know each other. Everyone is welcome!

Yes, the bear was white! Good for you! Thanks for taking the time to think about the puzzle, and for bringing in a friend; puzzles are more fun if you work on them with someone. I have seven more puzzles, ranging from relatively easy to one that has driven people nuts for centuries (although solutions are known), so if anyone wants to try another one sometime, let me know.

I owe you an explanation of why the bear puzzle works. Once you realize that the man started (and ended) at the north pole, the rest follows, since the bear was a polar bear, therefore it was white.

Now consider what happens if the man starts at the north pole:

1. The walk 60 miles south takes him 60 miles from the north pole.

2. The walk 60 miles east takes him along a circle of constant latitude; on this walk he will always be 60 miles from the north pole, with the north pole always on his left.

3. The walk 60 miles north then takes him back to the north pole!

Once you see the above, it's not too hard to believe that the north pole is the only place in the northern hemisphere from which he could have started.

(Actually he could have done the walk from some points near the south pole too, still winding up back where he started, but we don't have to worry about those places since the puzzle said he saw a bear, and there are no bears down there.)

I hope this explanation helps.

The remnants of Hurricane Ike are supposed to roll over my area tomorrow, brnging 3-5 inches of rain. UGH!

Sincerely,

Dr. K

"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."--Helen Keller

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: ( shylock's daughter ) 
Date:   09-14-08 05:08

Right :P I think I get it.

I like rain, it was tipping down last Friday, really tipping down, steps turned into waterfalls, slates falling off the roof, garden walls toppling over and landslides and such.. I loved it. xD It was fun to have a little piece of drama, and then you get to go home and put on pyjamas and have a nice cup of tea and watch other people running around in it. What larks.

Do you get a lot of rain where you're from?

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: DrK 
Date:   09-19-08 14:18

Hi Jess!

Thanks for the post!

We get a fair amount of rain here, but this year we have had far more than usual. Rain has it's good points. Without it we would have drought, and that's not good.

We had a monster rainstorm Sunday, and I got several inches of rain in my basement. A friend came over with a sump pump and pumped most of the water out, but I still had a massive cleanup job to do.

While we are on the subject of rain, I remember on old "Outer Limits" TV show (science fiction) where a spaceship was invaded by aggressive alien plants, and when the ship landed on Earth, the plants got out and started to rapidly spread all over, and were apparently about to kill everyon on Earth. Fortunately, a thunderstorm came along and the rain killed the alien plants!

The tag line of the show was something like this: "There are evil things in the universe, but there are also gentle things, like rain." I thought that was cool.

Sincerely,

Dr. K

"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."--Helen Keller

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: ( shylock's daughter ) 
Date:   09-19-08 16:39

Ouch. I've never been flooded, we're at the bottom of the valley with a river, but there's quite a large banking around the river, so we've always been fine. Especially now the new road's been built, they don't want that flooding.

And lol xD I'd probably make some references here, but I've been told by a big sci fi fan that the kind of "sci fi" I watch is slightly shameful to the genre xD I love Torchwood and Doctor Who.. And Charmed. I wouldn't really count that.. Although I'm not sure.. I've always been slightly rubbish with genres, because I always hink how something could fit into more than one group. Annyway, yeah.

Thanks for the comment,
Jess xx

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: DrK 
Date:   09-23-08 12:48

Hi Jess!

I haven't seen "Torchwood" or "Charmed", but I love "Dr. Who"! I also liked, among others, "The Outer Limits", "The Twilight Zone" (not really science fiction), and all five "Star Trek" series. I also liked "Surface" several years ago, but it only lasted one season. On the rare occasions that I like a TV show, my liking it seems to often be like the Kiss of Death.

I am glad you haven't been flooded! While cleaning out the basement I found a cardboard box with lots of seashells I collected as a kid. The box was wet on the bottom so I had to throw it away, but I kept the seashells. There must be hundreds of them! Ah, for the days of yore when one of my most serious issues was where was I going to find my next seashell! Jess, you are only young once, so enjoy it!

By the way, if you feel like checking out another board sometime, I would suggest Adam's board. It is a very active board. There is a bit of hatefulness that goes on there sometimes, but there are quite a few good people there too. Adam is 15 (16 in November), and is a super person, and very supportive of his board members (as they are of him).

Best Wishes,

Dr. K

"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."--Helen Keller

Post Edited (09-23-08 12:51)

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 oops
Author: DrK 
Date:   09-26-08 16:33

Hi Jess!

In my last note I mentioned Adam's board. I forgot that there are two Adams in the Kidactors system, The one I meant was Adam Hicks.

Best Wishes,

Dr. K

"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."--Helen Keller

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: ( shylock's daughter ) 
Date:   09-28-08 13:11

Thank you again for your reply =) Torchwood is actually a spin off of Dr. Who, if you didn't know, and is set in Cardiff. I'm kind of a new Whoie.. Having only started watching in series two of the new versions, I've seen a few of the older ones, but not all that many. Charmed and Torchwood are my main favourites.. Both of which I've seen every single episode of, it's probably because I have nothing better to do with my free time, but there's nothing wrong with being a hermit. xD

I haven't seen any of the shows you mentioned, I prefer to see things from the beginning, I guess.. That's why I didn't start watching Dr. Who, I like to follow things from the start. My latest tv viewing schedule is One Tree Hill on Mondays, Ugly Betty on Fridays, Merlin on Saturdays and Tess of the D'Urbervilles on Sundays. I'm also looking forward to ITV's version of Wuthering Heights that starts soon.

And haha, I'm the same with shells xD I don't think I'll ever be able to go to a beach without picking up at least one. I have a collection of gemstones as well, and I used to collect animal ornaments, but I have no idea where they went.

Thank you for telling me about Adam's board, I'm not really sure if I'll be joining though, it's rare that I join a fan board. I've only ever been on three. Myles', the Puppini Sisters', and a Miranda Kerr fan forum that I'm a moderator on. It took me a while of lurking on them before joining also xD Still, never say never, I suppose.

Jess xx

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: DrK 
Date:   09-30-08 09:08

Hi Jess!

Thanks for the response! The episodes I have seen of "Dr. Who" starred Tom Baker (he of the long scarf) as the Doctor. He is good!

My method of finding seashells is to walk along the edge of the ocean with my feet in the water, where the incoming and outgoing small waves are washing little rocks and things back and forth. Then if a seashell shows up for a few seconds, I try to quickly grab it before a wave pulls it back into deeper water. I usually find better shells this way than I would find up on the beach, and my method is more sporting too, since the shell has a chance to get away!

I am going to an astronomy open house tonight. I hope the sky is clear!

What kind of gemstones do you collect? Do you find these, or buy them?

Sincerely,

Dr. K

"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."--Helen Keller

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: ( shylock's daughter ) 
Date:   10-02-08 05:44

I've only seen a few of the Tom Baker episodes. Or, technically it was one episode, over two episode slots, if you get me. I can't remember it very well.

Haha, it sounds like fun xD I don't think I've ever seen a shell being washed up, mind you. Rock pools are the best place to look :)

Ooh, astronomy.. I like things like that. Well, I like the myths behind stars rather than the stars themselves, so not really, but it links. The only constellation I can find is Orion, because it's always right outside my window.

All sorts, I usually buy them, I wouldn't know where to look, I haven't done that much research on them, it was one of those these that I saw in techniquest as a little girl and went "Oooh, shiny! Pretty!" and started buying one whenever I saw them.

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: DrK 
Date:   10-10-08 09:11

Hi Jess!

Thanks for the note! I am mainly interested in observing the stars (and other objects). With the right telescope and good viewing conditions one can see some stunningly beautiful things in the sky, if one knows how to find them.

I like the old legends too, although I don't know many of them. There are two constellations mentioned in the Bible! Here is the quote:

"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bonds of Orion?"--Job 38:31

I don't know the stories referred to here. Maybe you do.

Sincerely,

Dr. K

P.S. I included that quote in an astronomy document I have written, since I think it is cool that something like that is in the Bible.

"Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain."--Helen Keller

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 Re: Everyone is welcome here!
Author: ( shylock's daughter ) 
Date:   12-27-08 15:18

Okay, massive change of topic, I do apologise, but I thought I would post this seeing as.. it's Myles related?

The new picture off the 11:11 myspace page:



Quite a difference xD

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