Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The Daily Teaser — 22-3-2016

Ooh, but that’s better!

A good night’s sleep, I should add!

I think I mentioned, yesterday, that I’d had a bad couple of nights sleep.

Which thankfully?   I seem to have gotten over: purely by getting an early night.

Well, an early night with a copy of Weaveworld: still a fantastic read, after all this time.

Of course, I’ve got up, this morning … ?

To last night’s episode of Gotham.

And the news that there’s been explosions at Brussels Airport.

Not the best of starts … !


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Olga* and Debbi† putting in their answers: with both scoring ten out of ten.

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

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

Q1) 22nd March is World Water Day.   Water is made of two chemical elements.   Name ONE of them.
Q2) The first patent was handed out, for a laser: on 22nd March, 1960.   Lasers are used to read and write CDs, DVDs and blu-ray disc: which are known as what discs?
Q3) What was the first US state to pass sexual equality laws: on 22nd March, 1872?
Q4) The Arab League was formed: on 22nd March, 1945.   In which North African city?
Q5) Finally … 22nd March, 1931, saw the birth of actor, William Shatner.   What was the name of the police sergeant he played, in a 1980s series?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 21st March saw the founding of Twitter.   In which year of this century?
A1) 2006.
Q2) Name any one of Twitter’s founders.
Q3) Twitter — like Facebook, Vkontakte and Orkut — is a social … what?
A3) Social network: although Wikipedia calls them social networking sites.
Q4) It’s also called a micro what site?
A4) Microblogging.
Q5) Twitter lets users send short messages.   Called what?
A5) Tweets.
Q6) Those messages can be up to how many characters long: 120, 140 or 160?
A6) 140.
Q7) If we re-post a Twitter message, that’s called what?
A7) A retweet: or, more correctly, re-tweeting.
Q8) Twitter’s logo is a cartoon bird: sometimes called Larry.   What colour IS that bird?
A8) Blue.
Q9) Users of Twitter have user names that start with what sign?
A9) The ‘at’ sign, @.
Q10) Finally … we can tag a Twitter message witha subject, by prefixing the subject with the hash sign: or #.   The # sign is called what, in the US?
A10) A pound.   (If I’ve understood things correctly, the US name for it comes from an old American habit of using it to represent not pounds sterling — £ — but pounds, weight: or lbs.   Those of us using a US Mac keyboard can press Shift and 3 to get it.   Those of us using a UK one — where pressing Shift and Three give £ — one presses Alt (⌥) and 3.)
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“Star Trek never really caught on with audiences, ran for three seasons, and was canceled. I wish I had taken notes at the time, because you people sure do have a lot of questions about it.”

William Shatner, born 22nd March, 1931.
And, given it’s William Shatner’s birthday … ?

This tune … 

Have a good day.

*        You did … ?   For shame, Olga‡^ … ! :D   And, yes, I’m on the proverbial up!

†         Kinda of amazes me it’s been a decade, Debbi‡^: that seemed to go past, quickly.

‡        And, yes, I knew about the # being what’s called a pound sign in the States: as far as I can tell, in early US history, the sign was used to indicate a pound in weight.

^        Oh, Olga, Debbi, have you been keeping an eye on the news?   As well as Brussels Airport being attacked, it seems at least one of the main Metro stations has seen an explosion.   It’s 7/7, again.   I’m saddened to hear the news.   I’m hoping injuries and deaths are as few as possible.   But I can’t say — given the arrest of Salah Abdeslam — that I’m surprised …

ª        The BBC’s reports are telling us there’s been thirteen deaths.


Olga Nunez Miret said...

Q1) Hydrogen and Oxygen
Q2) High density optical disc
Q3) Illinois
Q4) Cairo
Q5) Sgt. T. J. Hooker
Yes, I saw it on the TV. It seems many more dead than they thought first.

Debbi said...

Crazy world. :(

I just finished Weaveworld! That book is AMAZING! Right up there with Terry Pratchett's work!

1. hydrogen and oxygen
2. BRD
3. Kansas (?) (Must admit that's a guess -- shame on me!)
4. Cairo
5. T.J. Hooker