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The Map of Mathematics

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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.”

20 Lessons from the 20th Century – New Year’s Resolutions

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

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 […]

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 […]

Why we need the Electoral College

Friday, November 11th, 2016

In case you need a refresher: Excellent video – clear and easy to understand.

How the World Works

Monday, October 24th, 2016

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.

Animal Domestication verses Taming

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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)

Americapox – Why Native Americans Did Not Wipe Out the Europeans

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

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.

Music that Makes You Smart (Or Not)

Monday, October 10th, 2016

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, Meet Keurig

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

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. […]

Eagles versus Drones

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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 […]

Remembering 9-11

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

The Math that Rules Our Lives – and We Don’t Even Know It

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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 […]

Stages of Autonomous Driving

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

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, […]