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i don't know how focussed you guys can stay when searching a topic and whether you frequently go off on tangential threads but i thought i was following a valid route when i heard my "logic spine" snap...

i was looking up self-balancing robots and following the "inverted pendulum" track when this "related" video got served up to me by YouTube in the recommended list.

i thought "How to use a pendulum" seemed 'basic' enough - although in hindsight "Truth Testing" should've probably indicated something olfactorily aquatic....

anyway, it just amused me how drastically ("360 deg" turn ;) :P ) my search turned from Science to 'Signs' !!
and then it was somewhat depressing to know that such "knowledge" still exists and is being propagated out there...

the kicker was how nonchalantly she glazed over the "third option".
i didn't bother to continue after 3 minutes, although it's temptingly curious because there's still a Pt.2 after 10 minutes of Pt.1 !!
(if anybody is brave enough to venture to the end of that video - do post here what the rest of us is missing !)

and for my part; apologies for wasting your time !!


just buy a magic 8 ball dude...


the trouble with a magic 8 ball is that it's not really fine-tuned to one's specific frequency, thereby rendering the result inaccurate.
and this is not even taking into consideration geo-magnetic forces; what may work in the Western world (or Northern hemisphere) might not apply elsewhere - unless the manufacturers of such magic 8 balls have calibrated different versions for their various global markets.


my great grand father used to "dowse" for water with a pendulum, he was scary accurate!

I saw him dowse with coat hangers as well.

Before you all cry "rubbish", the proof was in the well!


my great grand father used to "dowse" for water with a pendulum, he was scary accurate!

over how wide a geographical area ?
for example, could he do the same far away from home ?

Before you all cry "rubbish", the proof was in the well!

i like to keep an open mind, and i won't call 'dowsing' or 'chakra-sensing (whatever)' rubbish as some people "may" have highly sensitive 'magnetic field sensors' - but HER video was quite laughable (if it wasn't depressingly sad).

COME ON - "Truth" Testing with a "third option" ??
Truth either IS or NOT - there's no MAYBE.


That's a video of 10 lbs of fertilizer in a 5 lb bag.

The James Randi Foundation has a $1,000,000 prize to anyone who can prove woowoo under controlled conditions. You don't have to get it perfect, just beat the odds by a significant margin. That prize has been available for a long time and lesser prizes came before but so far the woowoo always fails under scrutiny.
Randi was a stage magician, he's a LOT harder to fool than a scientist.
Nick Gammon on multitasking Arduinos:
1) http://gammon.com.au/blink
2) http://gammon.com.au/serial
3) http://gammon.com.au/interrupts


That's a video of 10 lbs of fertilizer in a 5 lb bag.

i'm sure she weighs more than that....


Grampa used to get asked to go all over the Mount Lofty Ranges.

He was always right on the money.

I was always sceptical, even after I dug a shallow well (3 metres) in a spot he had said was good.

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