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Pauling Research Notebooks Now Available Online

chrisd posted more than 12 years ago | from the smart-people-on-ice dept.

Science 9

nickynicky9doors writes "The notebooks of Linus Pauling, the only person to have won two unshared nobel prizes (chemistry in 1954 and Peace in 1962) are coming online. Oregon State University has a sample of the notebooks now available with the remainder to be up by Feb.28, this year. Don't forget to take your vitamin C :-)" Looks like they are about a third of the way though. They should have started at the beginning so we could better appreciate the narrative thread :-)

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First Communist Post (-1)

dadaist (544022) | more than 12 years ago | (#3059738)

he Internationale [variant words in square brackets]

Arise ye workers [starvelings] from your slumbers
Arise ye prisoners of want
For reason in revolt now thunders
And at last ends the age of cant.
Away with all your superstitions
Servile masses arise, arise
We'll change henceforth [forthwith] the old tradition [conditions]
And spurn the dust to win the prize.

So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.

No more deluded by reaction
On tyrants only we'll make war
The soldiers too will take strike action
They'll break ranks and fight no more
And if those cannibals keep trying
To sacrifice us to their pride
They soon shall hear the bullets flying
We'll shoot the generals on our own side.

No saviour from on high delivers
No faith have we in prince or peer
Our own right hand the chains must shiver
Chains of hatred, greed and fear
E'er the thieves will out with their booty [give up their booty]
And give to all a happier lot.
Each [those] at the forge must do their duty
And we'll strike while the iron is hot.

Blasphemous Rumors (-1)

The Lyrics Guy (539223) | more than 12 years ago | (#3059751)

Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumors

Girl of 16
Whole life ahead of her
Slashed her wrists
Bored with life
Didn't succeed
Thank the lord
For small mercies

Fighting back the tears
Mother reads the note again
16 candles burn in her mind
She takes the blame
It's always the same
She goes down on her knees
And prays

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humour
And when I die
I expect to find Him laughing

Girl of 18
Fell in love with everything
Found new life
In Jesus Christ
Hit by a car
Ended up
On a life support machine

Summer's day
As she passed away
Birds were singing
In the summer sky
Then came the rain
And once again
A tear fell
From her mother's eye

I don't want to start
Any blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's
Got a sick sense of humour
And when I die
I expect to find Him laughing

Chronology (2, Interesting)

spt (557979) | more than 12 years ago | (#3059765)

They should have started at the beginning so we could better appreciate the narrative thread

Even the ones that are done are not in chronological order - Pauling probably arranged them loosely by subject.

E.g. 35b has entries from 1938-1939, 1946, 1955, 1968 and 1986-1988 and seems to be about a textbook, aluminium and cancer

44 is 1991-1994 and has lots of heavy metal stuff.

46 is 1967-1972 and contains stuff about transition metals and loads of misc stuff.

It's going to take a while to read his handwriting :-)

The Second Slashdot Troll investigation (-1)

dadaist (544022) | more than 12 years ago | (#3059780)

The last few months I have been doing some research into the trolling phenomenon on slashdot.org. In order to do this as thoroughly as possible, I have written both normal and troll posts, 1st posts, etc., both logged in and anonymously, and I have found these rather shocking results:

* More moderator points are being used to mod posts down than up. Furthermore, when modding a post up, every moderator seems to follow previous moderators in their choices, even when it's not a particularly interesting or clever post. There are a LOT more +5 posts than +3 or +4.
* Logged in people are modded down faster than anonymous cowards. Presumably these Nazi Moderators think it's more important to burn a user's existing karma, to silence that individual for the future, than to use the moderation system for what it's meant for : identifying "good" and "bad" posts (Notice how nearly all oppressive governments in the past and present do the same thing : marking individuals as bad and untrustworthy because they have conflicting opinions, instead of engaging in a public discussion about these opinions)
* Once you have a karma of -4 or -5, your posts have a score of -1 by default. When this is the case, no-one bothers to mod you down anymore. This means a logged in user can keep on trolling as much as he (or she) likes, without risking a ban to post on slashdot. When trolling as an anonymous user, every post starts at score 0, and you will be modded down to -1 ON EVERY POST. When you are modded down a certain number of times in 24 hour, you cannot post anymore from your current IP for a day or so. So, for successful trolling, ALWAYS log in.
* A lot of the modded down posts are actually quite clever, funny, etc., and they are only modded down because they are offtopic. Now, on a news site like slashdot, where the number of different topics of discussion can be counted on 1 hand, I must say I quite like the distraction these posts offer. But no, when the topic is yet another minor version change of the Linux kernel, they only expect ooohs and aaahs about this great feat of engineering. Look at the moderation done in this thread to see what I mean.
* Digging deep into the history of slashdot, I found this poll, which clearly indicates the vast majority does NOT want the moderation we have here today. 'nuff said.

Feel free to use this information to your advantage. I thank you for your time.


If I want a notebook (-1)

Lord Hugh Toppingham (319381) | more than 12 years ago | (#3060464)

I will buy one from dell, or perhaps a thinkpad from IBM. No doubt these notebooks will be priced at a premium that does not reflect their perfomance simply because they were owned by somebody "famous".

Linus, Notebook? (0)

babychess (452803) | more than 11 years ago | (#3064486)

Linus' notebook now available? I knew Linux could make it on the desktop! Go Linux!

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