I was lounging on the couch for a bit today watching CNN and thought to myself “Man, this station really does suck.” I soon drifted into a dream of CNN suckage and was abruptly awoken by gunshots. I was surprised by what I saw. It was a CNN exclusive story about a group calling themselves MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Nigerian Delta.)
Basically, it was a bunch of dudes pissed off about companies taking “their” oil. The images were… intriguing.
Something about that story gave me some kind of primordial flashback about how fun it would be running around in a mask, shooting a gun and causing terror. There’s something really inviting about the idea of being a “soldier” to me for some reason.
I ended up reading a bit more about them while looking for those pictures. Turns out this group is a lot more organized than previous problems they had in the region. They have better firepower and have been trained.
Oh, one more random note. There was this really… esoteric scene of them dancing all transed out, shooting their guns in the air, pointing them at the cameras all menacing and stuff.
Here’s a link to the CNN article: [Koinange: Big guns, big oil collide in Nigeria] the video I saw is there in the lower left part of the screen.
I Love Math
I-Ping must have been bragging to a co-worker about how dope my math skills are. This co-worker was like “OK, have him solve THIS problem.”
There are 12 balls (bricks, bowls, whatever, it doesn’t matter) that all look exactly the same, but one of them has a different weight (you don’t know if it’s lighter or heavier.) Using one of those scale of justice type scales 3 separate times, how can you find the odd ball?
This problem seemed easy at first, but it ended up taking my about an hour to work out the solution (while I was eating and watching TV at the same time.) I took a picture of my notes, but I won’t post them just yet. You might be able to google the answer, but I didn’t.
This is a very neat problem and if you figure it out yourself, it will be a treat. I guess it might not be for math light weights though. I-Ping’s co-worker said it took him 3 days.