Justin's adventures in spacetime

What's in a name?

This is quite interesting (grabbed from http://www.ancestry.co.uk/name-origin?surname=Pinner):

Pinner Name Meaning
English and North German: occupational name for a maker of pins or pegs (or alternatively, in the case of the German name, a metonymic occupational name for a shoemaker), a derivative of Pinn, with the addition of the agent suffix -er.English: occupational name for a maker or user of combs, Anglo-Norman French peigner, an agent derivative of peigne ‘comb’.English: habitational name from Pinner, now part of northwest London, which derives its name from Old English pinn ‘pin’, ‘peg’ + ora ‘slope’, ‘ridge’, describing a projecting hill spur.Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name for someone from Pinne (Polish Pniewy) near Poznan.German: habitational name for someone from a place called Pinnan or Pinne.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

 

 

1970s cars wanted for filming in NW London

I received the email below from Ace Cafe today. I was going to just share their web address on twitter but it didn’t work on my mobile so I couldn’t check it out first. Anyway, good luck if you go for it. Here’s the message;

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “Ace Cafe London”
Date: 12 Aug 2014 18:09
Subject: Ace Cafe News – 1970’s Cars Wanted For Film

Ace Cafe

1970’S Cars Wanted For Film

“THE ENFIELD HAUNTING”

We are looking for 1970’s classic cars to take part in an exciting new TV Drama for SKY

Are you based within 50 miles of North West London?

Examples of cars we are looking for from the 70’s:
Cortinas, Allegros, Avengers and Marinas…

Filming will take place on location in North-West London throughout September and October.

We will pay a daily rate for each day your car is required, plus the cost of your petrol to and from location (max. 50 miles).

Most cars will be required on a drop off / pick up basis, giving owners the opportunity to explore London for the day!

If you are required to stay with your car and/or chosen to drive your car in a scene we will provide catering for the day.

A lucky few will get the chance to have hair, make-up and costume and take part in filming!  (This will be Director’s choice and not everyone will be chosen to appear on camera.)

If interested, or just want to find out more, contact Katie from Eleven Film on:

Mob: 07909266973
Email: katieenfieldhaunting@gmail.com

THE ENFIELD HAUNTING
Eleven Film

www.ace-cafe-london.com or follow us on Twitter @acecafelondon

Things I learned in an hour today

1. Marcus Chown (marcuschown.com ) is cool.
2. The entire human race would fit into the volume of a sugar cube if all the empty space in our atoms were removed.
3. Slime mould has 13 sexes. I think it was 13. Lots more than two anyway.
4. There’s a DNA sequence common to every living cell.
5. Time passes more slowly the closer you get to a strong gravitational force.
6. If the nuclei of a mosquito’s atoms were forced together by removing all its electrons, the energy release would be equivalent to a global extinction-level event. (No mosquitos were harmed during the revelation of this fact).
7. The sun has been imaged at night. Through the planet. Using nutrinos.
8. Sex doesn’t make sense. In terms of energy efficiency. Or reliability.
9. If the sun were made of bananas, it’d make little difference.
10. RNA used to do everything before DNA showed up.
11. Rockets are steam powered.
12. Babies are rocket powered.
13. There’s yet another book I have to buy: What a Wonderful World: One Man’s Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
14. The difference that made humans win out over neanderthals? Sewing!
15. We’re doomed. In about a billion years.