This was a project Mick Aston was working with before his death.
Dr Arnall’s happiness formula is: O + (N x S) + Cpm/T + He. Put more simply, a numerical value for being outdoors (O) was added to nature (N) multiplied by social interaction (S), added to childhood summer memories and positive thoughts (Cpm) divided by temperature (T), and added to holiday excitement (He).
So explains the Daily Telegraph. When dividing a smaller denominator gives a bigger number. 1/10 is a bigger number than 1/100 despite 100 being bigger than 10. When T approaches zero Cpm/T approaches infinity. Dr Arnall is we will be happiest when T = 0. That’s a summer where the temperature hits freezing point if you’re measuring in Centigrade,* when you’ll be infinitely happy. If you’re measuring in Fahrenheit you’ll be euphoric when the temperature reaches the equivalent of –18ºC.
What’s painful to read is that he doesn’t seem to understand his own formula. He’s quoted as saying: “June has also seen some warm weather after the cold spring, with people hoping more warm spells are ahead,” without warning that in his fantasy this warm weather would be less pleasing than cold and drizzle.
*Anders Celsius originally set his scale the other way round, so that boiling point was 0º and water froze at 100º. Despite this, I strongly doubt Dr Arnall would he happy if someone tripped and spilled the contents of a boiling kettle over him.
I’ve remembered to label my Drosera capensis with italics.
For anyone searching for my name today, here’s the information you’re after.
The bit I’m working with is the Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy. This is the part where all the public information is.
It’s excellent reporting by Andy Carling, so if I’ve said anything incorrect or muddled then it’s definitely me who got it wrong, not some communication mix-up.
THROCKING (participial vb.)
The action of continually pushing down the lever on a pop-up toaster in the hope that you will thereby get it to understand that you want it to toast something.
Measure defined as the distance between a driver’s outstretched fingertips and the ticket machine in an automatic car-park. 1 nad = 18.4 cm.
(Of literary critics.) To include all the best jokes from the book in the review to make it look as if the critic thought of them.
The Meaning of Liff at 30
John Lloyd celebrates 30 years of The Meaning of Liff with Matt Lucas and Helen Fielding.
On this occasion I argue a Monsanto win would do more to reduce the uptake of GMOs than a loss. It’s perfectly possible I’ve made a mistake. The campaigners are presumably much more knowledgable about the situation than I am, so feel free to leave a comment at AoB Blog.
My enemy’s enemy…?
Recently a lot of comments on the Bowman vs. Monsanto court case have been in my social media streams. If you’ve not heard about this, it’s about a court case between a farmer and the Monsanto corp.…..