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Archive for December, 2016

The Secret to Christmas Song Success

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Who knew?  Now that I know the formula, tune in next year for my #1 Christmas hit.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

On Lighting Candles

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Like a Candle in Berlin suggests an interesting interpretation of our community response to terrorist attacks.  What’s more, it suggests that humanity, while disregarding religion as being difficult and inconvenient, still seeks some sort of spiritual comfort in times of crisis and after senseless tragedy.  The author also gently suggests that this is a simplistic and […]

Merry Christmas – Here’s Your Prenup

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Christmas and the holidays are the most festive and romantic time of year.   43% of engagements happen between November and January, with the top proposal dates as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day.  (These believable but unsourced statistics were found on Wedding Wire and Elite Daily). For farm families, the addition […]

Sorry, kids.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Below is data which supports what I’ve long suspected – that my children are not positioned to make more money over their lifetime than I am. My generation is the last to achieve that part of the American Dream. From The American Dream, Quantified at Last, by NYT op-ed columnist David Leonhardt, the average American […]

Mathematical Gift Wrapping

Friday, December 9th, 2016

See… Math is important.

Christmas Wish List – Digital Sundial

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

I know people who are clever enough (and have access to a quality 3D printer) to build this for me for Christmas. (Hint, hint) The sundial in action (less then 2 minutes): The math and programming behind it (15-minute video)

Rubics Cube World Record Solving

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Very cool. And… if you want to see an insane 17x17x17 Rubic’s cube solving video (done by human hand and brain): And… so insane that only a computer can do it:

OK GO The One Moment

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Check out OKGO’s newest video. The way they manipulate time and perspective to capture a moment is amazing. And, check out the “behind the scenes” video to see the thinking and planning that went into the video: