Thursday, August 12, 2010

WEEK 3: Who came up with these Questions anyway?

1. What is the weight of the world’s biggest machine? How much did it cost to build?
The world's biggest machine is a giant trencher built a couple years ago by German manufacturer Krupp. It took more than 5 years and $100 million to design and manufacture.
The trencher is almost 95 meters high and 215 meters long (almost 2.5 football fields in length) with 45,500 tons in weight. Maximum digging speed is 10 meters per minute and it can move more than 76,000 cubic meters of coal, rock, and earth per day.

2. What is the best way (quickest, most reliable) to contact Ozzy Osborne?
The quickest and most direct way to contact Ozzy Osbourne would be through his manager, his wife Sharon Osbourne on 310-859-7761 or through his agent Ari Emanuel on 310-248-2000.

3. When and what was the first example of global digital communication?
The first form of global digital communication was Morse Code which was first initiated in the 1840's but wasn't extensively used until the 1890's. 

4. What is the cheapest form of travel from the Gold Coast to Melbourne?
The cheapest form of travel from the Gold Coast to Melbourne would be to grab a cheap flight through Tiger Airways.
Flight Details: TT 5507 OOL 21:45 hrs MEL 23:59 hrs Lowest Fare $78.95 AUD

5. Who is Hatsune Miku? What company does she belong to? What is her birthday?
Hatsune Miku is the first installment in the Vocaloid2 Character Vocal Series created by Crypton Future Media and the most popular and well-known Vocaloid, released on August 31, 2007 (also considered her birthday). The name of the title and the character of the software was chosen by combining Hatsu (First), Ne (Sound), and Miku (Future). The data for the voice was created by actually sampling the voice of Saki Fujita, a Japanese voice actress.

6. Find a live webcam in Antarctica. Find a place to stay in Antarctica.
There is currently a live webcam at Mawson station which is updated every 10 minutes with still images, the current temperature, time and current activities..
if planning to embark on an Antartic expedition, the stations that are available for accommodation and research include: Casey Station, Davis Station, Mawson Station and Macquarie Island station.

7. What song was top of the Australian pop charts this week in 1980?
On the week ending August 10th 1980, the number 1 song on the Australian pop charts was "Stars on 45 Medley" by Stars on 45.

8. How would you define the term 'nano technology'? In your own words, what does it really mean?
Nanotechnology is the art and science of manipulating matter at the nanoscale (down to 1/100,000 the width of a human hair) to create new and unique materials and products. In my words, this makes no sense to me whatsoever. 

9. What type of camera is used to make ‘Google Street View’?
The Google Street View camera that is used today is called a Street View Trike which is a pedal tricycle with a 4th generation camera mounted to capture images where cars cannot reach.

10. Translate these questions into Klingon.  
1:  nuq 'oH [the] [weight] vo' [the] [world’s] [biggest] [machine] chay' 'ar ta'ta' 'oH [cost] Daq chen
2:  nuq 'oH [the] [best] [way] [quickest] HochHom [reliable] Daq [contact] [Ozzy] [Osborne]
3: ghorgh 'ej nuq ghaHta' [the] wa'DIch [example] vo' [global] [digital] [communication]
4: nuq 'oH [the] [cheapest] [form] vo' [travel] vo' [the] SuD baS [Coast] Daq [Melbourne]
5: 'Iv 'oH [Hatsune] [Miku] nuq [company] ta'taH ghaH [belong] Daq nuq 'oH Daj qoS
6: tu' [a] yIn [webcam] Daq [Antarctica] tu' [a] Daq Daq [stay] Daq [Antarctica]
7: nuq bom ghaHta' [top] vo' [the] [Australian] [pop] [charts] vam [week] Daq
8: chay' [would] SoH [define] [the] [term] ['nano] [technology'] Daq lIj ghaj mu'mey nuq ta'taH 'oH [really] [mean]
9:  nuq [type] vo' [camera] 'oH [used] Daq chenmoH [‘Google] [Street] [View’]
10: [Translate] Dochvammey [questions] Daq tlhIngan

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