Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 2-8-2016: The Positron

Right … 

I’m … 

Not nervous, per se: but certainly aware I should be.

I’ve an interview, today: with a local phone shop.

Granted, my product knowledge isn’t stunning.

But my general cashiering and up-selling skills?

Are fairly good.

And, by the sound of the initial phone call?   The woman doing the interview sounded pleased to have had my CV.

Here’s hoping those factors help push me through the meeting.


But let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Mr Strict*, Olga† and Debbi‡ putting their answers in: with all three scoring five out of five.

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

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 2nd August, 1932, saw Carl D. Anderson discovery the positron: the antimatter version of which particle?
Q2) Which of the two particles has an electrical charge of -1?
Q3) Who first theorized about the positron, in 1928: Paul Dirac, Albert Einstein or Nils Bohr?
Q4) What’s the antimatter version of the proton?
Q5) Finally … who invented (fictional) robots with positronic brains?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Colorado was admitted to the USA, on 1st August, 1876. Was it the 37th, 38th or 39th to do join?
A1) The 38th.
Q2) What’s Colorado’s capital city?
A2) Denver.
Q3) At 14, 440 ft, what’s the state’s highest mountain?
A3) Mount Elbert.
Q4) Apparently, Boulder, Colorado, has more master sommeliers per capita, than any other US city.   What IS a sommelier?
A4) A kind of wine expert that works in a restaurant.   (As distinct from a wine waiter: who are usually knowledgeable, but not as formally trained as a sommelier.)
Q5) Finally … 2014 saw Colorado open the first US shops: that stocked legally available what?
A5) Recreational cannabis.   (John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High is one of the state’s two state songs.   I laughed so hard, I nearly ruptured myself …)
I’ll leave you with this thought …
“When the magnet, cloud chamber, and camera are finished, Carl puts them, together with food and a sleeping bag, into his old Model T Ford, and drives up the unpaved Mount Wilson Observatory road into the San Gabriel Mountains behind Pasadena. Carl is on his way to discovering the positron.”
George Zwieg, speaking of Anderson’s search for the positron.
And this cover, from The Positrons … 

Have a good day.   And, if you can send me some positive thoughts for the interview, I’d appreciate it.

*        Welcome back aboard, D!   How IS Port Elizabeth … ?

†        He is … ?   Your friend’s husband probably earns a good living, then, Olga: sommeliers are usually on a par with good chefs, in terms of technical knowledge!   From what little I know, it takes a while to do all the necessary training!   (There’s saké sommeliers, as well, and some equally knowledgeable beer sommeliers.   I think CAMRA do courses …)

‡        Oh, cheers for that, Debbi: although I WAS thinking more of Sir Terry.   Well … One of his more interesting characters, Lu-Tze.   (Kind of a cross between Burt Kwouk, and Cato in the Pink Panther films.   Now I see that written down …)


Mr Strict said...

1. Electron.
2. The Electron.
3. Paul Dirac.
4. Antiproton.
5. Isaac Asimov

Debbi said...

Well, of course, Sir Terry, too! They shared certain similarities in the sense of humor department. :)

1. electron
2. electron
3. Paul Dirac
4. antiproton
5. Isaac Asimov

Sending good wishes your way for the interview! Knock 'em dead, Paul! You can do it!