Monday, 23 February 2015

The Daily Teaser — 23-2-2015: Aluminium Alley

Oooh … 

That’s this year’s list of Oscar winners, is it … ?

As you might know, I’m a … well, not exactly a film fan.

But certainly someone who likes a movie.

So I tend to keep an eye on the Oscars winners: mostly out of interest.

I think my congratulations go to everyone who’s won, this year.   Although personally?

Personally, I’m disappointed to see The Imitation Game hasn’t done better: winning, as it did, just Best Adapted Screenplay.

It’s nice to see a Brit win the Best Actor gong, too: Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking.

Whether that makes Hawking’s work any easier for the layman to understand, I don’t know.

But it’s ALSO nice to see Julianne Moore bag Best Actress, for Still Alice: something I might want to check.

My grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s.   I’m a huge fan of fellow sufferer, Sir Terry Pratchett.

An Oscar winning performance from Ms Moore, as someone diagnosed with an early onset form of the condition?

That’s something I’d like to see: as much as I’d like to see The Imitation Game.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring six out of six.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s rather metallic questions†, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video … 

Q1) 23rd February, 1886, saw Charles Hall synthesize man-made aluminium: for the first time in human history.   What’s Aluminium’s atomic number?
Q2) What’s it’s relative atomic mass: 24.30, 26.98 or 28.08?
Q3) What — in the Periodic Table — is the chemical element above Aluminium?
Q4) What’s the element underneath it?
Q5) Is Aluminium a metal or non-metal?
Q6) As such, does Aluminium conduct electricity?
Q7) Aluminium is ductile.   Something ductile can be pulled into what: toffee, wire or a hole?
Q8) Is Aluminium radioactive?
Q9) Secondary Aluminium is Aluminium that’s what: transparent, recycled or rusting?
Q10) Finally … Which ore provides most of the world’s aluminium?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was first published: on 22nd February, 1632.   Which astronomer wrote it?
Q2) 22nd February, 1819, saw Spain sell what, to the USA?
A2) What’s now Florida.
Q3) 22nd February, 1797, saw Britain invaded: in the last ever invasion of mainland Britain.   By forces from which country?
A3) France.
Q4) More to the point, the invaders landed near which Welsh town?
A4) Fishguard: or Abergwaun, if you want it Welsh.
Q5) 22nd February, 1924, saw the first ever radio broadcast by a US President: from the White House.   Which President?
Q6) Finally … 22nd February, 1995, saw the USA declassify the Corona spy satellite images.   Who ran the satellites: the FBI, the CIA or the NSA?
A6) The CIA.
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“My number one thing is to recycle everything from newspaper to aluminum cans, and I even use a canvas bag instead of the plastic ones when I go to the grocery store.”

Maiara Walsh.
And this tune … 

Have a good day … 

*        I’ve used it, myself, occasionally, Debbi.   Frankly, it comes in useful, browsing blocked torrent sites for films I can’t find on iTunes.   It’s not something I do on a regular basis: I’d rather be legal, frankly, as the iTunes Store’s Genius feature is handy for recommending other films I’d like, based on what I’ve already bought: AND lets me download things at a faster rate.   But it IS out there: and has alternative applications.   (If I’ve read the Wikipedia article about it, correctly?   Various parts of the US government fund Tor.   Whilst OTHER parts are trying to destroy, limit or subvert it.   Ho-HUM … !)

†        Can I make a confession, here?   I personally think I’ve done rather well — artistically — with today’s question set: I think I managed to do write a set that reads well, and bounces from question to question, in a very pleasing way.   If a quizmaster can produce art?   I’ve done art.   Or I’ve done something I find artistically satisfying. Ummmmm …  

1 comment:

Debbi said...

Well, I think you did a right fine job!

1. 13
2. 26.982
3. magnesium (or boron, depending on whether you mean literally above it or above in number)
4. silicon (or gallium)
5. metal
6. yes
7. wire
8. no
9. recycled
10. bauxite