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Weblog Serbia July Aug 07


Some news about Serbia: A pensioned professor in Kragujevac contructed his house by using plastic bottles only. Everything, even the kitchen, is made out of bottles. He had help from his former students. Next time I am in Kragujevac I will search for this house, I want some pictures.

In Dutch (source NOS news):

Man bouwt huis van plastic flessen.

Een Servische gepensioneerde is in een huis van plastic flessen gaan wonen. Het huis kostte hem vijf jaar werk en 13.500 flessen. Het huis is 60 vierkantemeter en staat in Kragujevac.

Alleen de fundering van het huis is van beton. De rest van het huis, dus ook ramen en de inrichting van de keuken, is gemaakt van plastic. De pensionado bouwde het huis niet alleen. De man was wiskundeprofessor en zijn studenten hielpen hem met bouwen en flessen verzamelen.

De man, Tomislav Radovanovic, hoopt met zijn huis in het Guiness Book of Records te komen. (posted by Jitze, 19/08/07)
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Last week when we arrived a small grey kitten came in our garden and he really looked hungry and left alone. The kids liked him a lot and since that day "Grijs" decided that he would get a better life if he stayed with us. When Jitze came back on Sunday he was not really happy with this extra cat (when we move we need to bring three cats abroad), but a small cat like this you cannot put on the street again with no-one taking care of him. So today Yde, Vibeke and I went with our new baby cat "Grijs" to the vet. Someone recommended me Veterinary Clinic Beca a while ago because we need a vet anyway. This clinic is run by two female doctors and we met them both. They are very nice and friendly to animals and their owners and also all questions Yde had were answered. Checking our cat and deworming cost me 150 dinars, vacinations will be given next week.
(posted by Christina, 10/08/07)
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I found this one in my mailbox, hoax story or not? Anyhow very funny story:

Hell

The following is supposedly an actual question given on a chemistry mid-term exam at the University of Washington. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.

As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different Religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.

With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate stated to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct -- leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A" (posted by Jitze, 07/08/07)
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Last Thursday the children and I arrived in Belgrade by plane and today Jitze will arrive by car. Unfortunately for him the weather looks today the same as we had during our holiday in The Netherlands. It is cold and it is raining, but it is very good for our garden:) Something new in our neighbourhood: the old small C-market has been transformed into a bigger Mini-Maxi, with a small bakery inside with nice fresh bread. Later we will check if they also have fresh bread on Sunday, it would be a huge improvement if they do. (posted by Christina, 05/08/07)
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Sorry for not updating this weblog for a long time. We are still enjoying our Holiday in the Netherlands! If you have something for our log please mail it. Who wants to tell something about the heat wave in Serbia? Here it is rainy, some sun and an temperatures somewhere between 20 and 25 degrees celcius. That is not only today, that's the entire Holiday. In Belgrade it was like 43 degrees? and at some places power failures? Tell us about it :) (posted by Jitze, 27/07/2007)
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