17 definitions by moltovivace

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Microsoft's next generation console; rivals the Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Revolution.

New features include:

- Improved performance and graphics

- Upgraded Xbox Live (Free silver account for activities like text & voice messaging, video chat / Subscription Gold account for online game multiplayer)

- Detachable hardrive

- Every single game in high definition with at least Xbox Live Aware

- Wireless controller featuring a power/Xbox Live button

- Interchangeable face plates

- Compatibility with MP3 players (such as iPod)

- Backwards compatibility with most Xbox games (v.i.a emulation)

When released, the Xbox 360 will employ the most powerful graphics chip ever created. ATi (Xbox 360's GPU supplier) boasts that the Xbox 360's unified shader architecture allows the console to run at 100% efficiency, while previous consoles ran anywhere at 50% to 70% efficiency. While the PS3 employs more brute strength, the Xbox 360's streamlined processing will allow for overall better performance than the PS3.

With the fact that Xbox 360 is such a multifunctional media hub, Microsoft hopes that the Xbox 360 will appeal even to consumers who are not gamers.

Xbox 360 is unique from PS3 and Nintendo Revolution in that it is really focusing on Xbox Live, and taking online play to the next level.
Xbox 360 is the first of what will become the next generation of consoles.
by moltovivace June 24, 2005
German composer who lived 1770-1827.

Composer of 9 syphonies, 23 piano sonatas and numerous other woks, is aknowledged by many as one of the greatest classical composers the world has ever seen.

He began to lose his hearing in 1801, and pursued a rather erratic form of behavior. His opera, Fidelio, completely flopped and Beethoven had to revise it several times. He also became depressed because of his failure in his desire to become married. However, it was during this time he wrote "Symphony no.9", (while completely deaf) which is now reconized by many as the finest Symphony ever composed.

Other famous works include:

Sonata Pathetique Op. 13
Sonata quasi una Fantasia, Op. 27
Symphony 5
Fur Elise

He is amongst the "Big Four" of the classical composing community, with Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
While the era of classical music may be past, almost everyone who walks the earth today can hum the first few bars the Fifth Symphony.
by moltovivace February 23, 2005
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Russian composer who lived 1840–1893.

Noted for his highly original compositions, he wrote numerous ballets as well as symphonies.

His most famous works include

The Swan Lake Ballet
The Nutcracker Ballet
1812 Overture
The Romeo & Juliet Symphony

"The Nutcracker" is possibly the most famous and most-performed ballet of the world, and has come to be a Christmas tradition by many internationally.

Tchaikovsky lies amongst the "Big Four" of the greatest classical composers the world has ever seen, with Bach Beethoven and Mozart
Tchaikovsky is a tricky name to spell.
by moltovivace February 23, 2005
Russian/Ukranian folklore witch.

Lives in a hut in the middle of the forest. The hut has a distinct personality, and is built on chicken legs, so it can move around, spinning and screeching. It may turn its back on visitors, or even run and jump on them. However, when the secret password is stated, the hut calms itself and squats to allow the visitor to enter.

Baba Yaga is also unique in that she flys around the forest in a giant mortar, steering herself with a large pestle.

Baba Yaga makes appearances as the villain in the once popular "Quest for Glory" games by Sierra.
Is that a UFO?

No, It's Baba Yaga in her mortar.
by moltovivace February 23, 2005
Antimatter is literally matter which is the inverse or opposite of matter; particles which have charges opposite of regular matter.

Antimatter was first predicted by P.A.M. Dirac in his theory of quantum mechanics in 1928. Antiparticles were found soon after by Carl Anderson. Since then, research centers such as CERN and Fermilab produce antimatter particles on a daily basis. CERN uses a Proton Synchrotron machine to accelerate protons and then they inject them into the Antiproton Decelerator - a gigantic circular machine with a diameter of 18 km. Here the protons are smashed into a copper or iridium block of metal. The abrupt stop from such an incredible speed (about the speed of light) results in an enormous amount of energy released into a small volume, resulting in extreme temperatures greater than 10,000,000,000,000 Celsius. This enormous amount of heat and energy results in the spontaneous creation of matter-antimatter particles.

When antimatter comes in contact with regular matter - earth, air, whatever - it annihilates immediately in a 100% efficient reaction. A popular misconception is that this antimatter-matter reaction will someday allow antimatter for use as a source of fuel, or power source. Unfortunately, this is an impossible reality. Since antimatter is not found anywhere on Earth naturally (obviously), it must be created. With the equation E=mc2, it is IMPOSSIBLE to have a net gain of matter: the energy required running the accelerators would ALWAYS be more than the energy antimatter produced.

It's true that a quarter gram of antimatter has as much power as the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. This raises concern as to whether it could eventually be yielded as a terrorist device. Fortunately, it is IMPOSSIBLE to collect and store antimatter at this great of a density, and even if it were possible, with the current technology it would take billions and billions of years to yield that much. In fact, if CERN were to have kept all of the antimatter it ever produced; it would be enough to power a light bulb for about three seconds. Anyways, even with these things aside, it's completely impractical considering how much time, money, and energy is required to create antimatter.

This information is from the CERN official web site.
For more information visit:

Isn't particle physics fun?
by moltovivace April 01, 2005
Microsoft's second fiddle.
I just bought Microsoft Word: Mac Edition
by moltovivace February 22, 2005
CERN is the "Organisation européenne pour la recherche nucléaire", or "European Organization for Nuclear Research".

CERN, located on the France-Swiss border, near Geneva, It is the world's largest research centre for particle physics.

CERN's efforts are now primarily focused on the construction and completion of the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC. The 27 kilometre particle accelerator/collider will become the world's most powerful.

Using the LHC (to be completed in 2007) CERN hopes to set and study conditions very close to those shortly after the Big Bang. They hope to answer questions such as: "What is Mass? Are there extra dimensions? Are there violations between the symmetry of matter and antimatter?"

Numerous CERN physicist have been awarded Nobel Prizes, and CERN is reconized as the creator of the World Wide Web.

20 countries currently contribute to CERN's efforts.
The answers to the universe's biggest questions lie in the universe's tiniest particles.
by moltovivace June 24, 2005

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