Bonus wallpaper and a bit of Olympic trivia

For those of you who enjoy less peaceful wallpapers, here’s one I was considering posting on Monday. I love the Planet London concept. Do you think the three contrails are from the Red Arrows doing their flyover of the Olympic Stadium?

Also, I couldn’t help but note that in the old style of map making, the “here there be dragons” part of the map is somewhere in the financial district.

fantasy London

(Click the image to fantasize.)

As for the Olympic trivia, how about this headline?

The Speed of Sound Is Too Slow for Olympic Athletes

It’s from an Atlantic article about why Olympic track races are now begun with an electric beep, rather than the crack of a starter’s pistol. And no, it’s not a joke:

The electronic “pistol” of this summer’s Games was designed to overcome an astonishing problem: The speed of sound is too slow for Olympic athletes. That is to say, athletes far away from the starting pistol were delayed by the time it took for the sound to travel to them, and differences so tiny can matter in races in which the margins are so small.

Check out the article, and the image at the top. I stand amazed.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Bonus wallpaper and a bit of Olympic trivia

  1. Inge says:

    Faster than sound.. so cool a fact. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Paulo says:

    “Here there be dragons” indeed! Bastards.
    Nice one. 🙂

    As for the significance of a split second for an Olympic racer, don’t get me started: I can’t overstate how the precise time between my waking up and getting my morning coffee is of the utmost importance.

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