Among the new things I've been trying - podcasts, mathematics, computer programming, etc. - is trying to get a little bit better on the piano. I've set the guitar aside (for the most part) and focused more on piano-based songs. For someone that doesn't read music, this can be somewhat of a challenge. I play … Continue reading 12 Song Challenge
This is the story of my greatest mathematical "discovery" to-date. In his entertaining video on leap years (link below), Numberphile contributor Matt Parker mentions towards the end of the video that the next "power year" will be in 2048. That is to say, the next year that is a power of 2 will be 2048: … Continue reading The Almost Perfect Discovery
Here's some random stuff I learned this week: File this one under "duh": I've always assumed that the terms 'rational' and 'irrational' when relating to numbers was an indication of their behavior. 1/4, for instance, is a rational number, because it equates to 0.25 - it behaves in a rational way. 1/3, on the other … Continue reading Irrational Behavior
Mmmm...pi pie.Image courtesy of pillsbury.com I preface this by saying zero original research went into this other than my interest in the subject and the God-given ability to Google stuff. You probably already know that we use a base-10 number system to count stuff - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and … Continue reading Is your name in π?
What color is the Sun? Be careful - it’s a trick question! If you Google “What color is the Sun?” you’ll find that it is white. This probably runs counter to what you were taught in grade school - remember those bright, yellow smiley-face Suns you used to draw in the corner of you masterful … Continue reading More Than You Wanted To Know About The Sun
There is a story concerning Ernest Dichter that I'll relay in just a moment, and it's totally untrue - but the true story is even better! Dichter is credited with coining the term "focus group" to describe a select group of individuals who's goal is to provide feedback on a given product or situation. He … Continue reading Short Steve: Ernest Dichter
I have many fond memories of my mother, both with my Dad and after they divorced when I was eight. This, however, isn't one of them. I was cleaning out a cabinet today and ran across a manila envelope. Within, I found two typewritten sheets of paper - it was undated, but it refers to … Continue reading Working Mothers
English outdoorsman William Willet is largely credited with the current spring-forward-fall-back Daylight Saving Time model, which he proposed in 1905. A similar idea was proposed independently about ten years earlier, in 1895, by New Zealand entomologist George Hudson, but 1) he proposed a two hour shift, 2) he was a New Zealander, and 3) he … Continue reading Short Steve: DST and Golf
I've become obsessed with remembering how to solve this damn Rubik's Cube. I use the white cross method, and I'm able to get the top and middle sections solved with relative ease. It's the bottom that's been kicking my butt. The white cross method is a series of algorithms that start with solving for the … Continue reading Gleaning the Cube
I usually reserve this space for amusing anecdotes about my life or nifty little nuggets of trivia that I've come across, but this is serious stuff and needs to be disseminated to anyone who can read so they can be forewarned about the dangers of DHMO. Dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) can act as both (either) an … Continue reading PSA – The Dangers of DHMO
While listening to a podcast about the Simulation Hypothesis Argument, I ran across an interesting set of numbers. To start, by way of comparison, the human brain can process anywhere from 38 thousand trillion (3.8 x 10^16) to one billion billion (1 X 10^18) processes per second, depending upon whom you ask. Those are pretty … Continue reading Is that a supercomputer in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
Although I still eat way too much fast food - I'm a lazy "cook," sue me - I find most of it gross and unpalatable. It's more of a convenience than anything. This, of course, does NOT include the Frenchie sandwich at Jimmie John's...mmmm, love me some Frenchies! Here are a few of my favorite … Continue reading Fast (and Furious) Food