This is a terrific Coffee Break – This is an overview video about the history and purpose of mathematics, and particularly about all the different kinds of math and what each is about. 10 minutes well-spent. My favorite observation: “Some infinities are bigger than others.”
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Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions, yet? Regardless, check out this short essay from Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University. The author provides compelling food for thought as we move forward into 2017. This is definitely worth the read and worth thinking about. 20 Lessons from the 20th […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In case you need a refresher: Excellent video – clear and easy to understand.
Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt. First published in 1964, is a timeless look at economics – both theory and application. If you want to start to understand the world in which we live, read this. Free download. No excuses.
Another great video from CGP Grey – your source for an interesting look at how things happened in culture and science. Fun fact: Domestication is changing an animal over time to make it better serve humans, taming is changing a single animal’s behavior so it doesn’t freak out around humans. (Their term)
Fascinating. I have always wondered why, if Europeans nearly wiped out the Native Americans with their diseases, the opposite did not happen. 12-minute video, but very much worth the watch.
Virgil Griffith at CalTech conducted an experiment to correlate SAT scores with music. The results are somewhat predictable. (Note – this is purely for fun, and the author admits that there is not a lot of real science involved – just an interesting correlation of statistical information). Check out Musicthatmakesyoudumb (the website) for details.
HP has issued an apology for deploying ink cartridge technology that requires an HP chip in order to work in an HP inkjet printer. The purpose behind the chip was to discourage third-party inkjet cartridges, which undercuts HPs profit. HP uses the shave razor formula of disposable or very inexpensive operating units, but pricey refills. […]
The video is in Dutch, but is worth the watch. Police in the Netherlands are training eagles to take down drones. Drone technology can be used for good or for ill – this is an innovated and creative response to potential threat by drones. An eagle can fly from 10,000 to 15,000 feet high, can […]
Algorithms lurk in every aspect of our lives. From those Facebook “quizzes” you take, to your application for “12-months-same-as-cash” credit, to your job application (wait – what?), there is a statistical analysis and math formula which analyzes YOU and makes a recommendation. While I don’t understand why ads for Tieks keep showing up on my Pinterest feed […]
Read the article and view the full slideshow at Internet of Things. The agriculture industry has integrated Level 4 for field use (known use area). Self-driving tractors and combines automatically steer, adjust speed, and perform a number of other automatic functions so that the operator can focus on other things (like planting or combining depth, […]