May 27, 2008
Feb 25, 2008
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Anyway, I rode to Springfield and met Ralph and Tom downtown at noon. I promptly had a flat about two miles into the ride. Actually I had two flats, but I managed to only have to change the tube once. After I got the tube out I dug two nice sharp gravel pieces out of the tire casing, replaced the tube and rode on. Later when I patched the tube at home, I found the tube had two separate punctures. At least I didn't have to stop twice.
The temp was about 36 deg F at its highest so it was a cold ride. I hadn't been riding much so it also felt like a long ride. Snow and ice melting everywhere had the roads a little wet and yucky. It was a nice day for fenders. Tom was sporting a set of fenders on his bike, way to go Tom. On the way north to Springfield just as I was getting to the greenway trails, I passed a couple pedestrians (who gave me a strange look as I rode past at 12 to 15 mph) and then as I looked ahead after passing them as I rode onto the bridge, I noticed the bridge floor was still ice covered. Yikes. Those pedestrians had just walked across the ice covered bridge. I coasted across holding a very straight line as my heart rate increased as my speed slowly decreased. Very exciting. Above left is the way my driveway looked as the ride started. At the right is the Finley, between Ozark and Linden. Spring, where are you?
Feb 20, 2008
Just a couple quick thoughts. Tonight may be the night we (the US) tries to shoot down spy satellite USA 193. Also, there is a lunar eclipse tonight. For info on where in the sky to look to see these events, go to Heaven's Above a great website.
Jan 28, 2008
So, life is somewhat different when you're a mathematician (or even a high school math teacher). I walked into my favorite restaurant for breakfast this morning. Instead of pouring coffee and taking my order the waitress (hi Gjetta) posed the following problem: "which would you rather have, $100,000 or one cent plus two cents plus four cents, with the doubling pattern continuing for 30 days". Well, it's the old inventor-of-chess and grains of wheat problem more except it's 30 days instead of 64 squares.
Before morning coffee, my estimation went like this. I know 2^10 is 1024, that's about 1000, so 2^20 is about 1000x1000= 1,000,000 and 2^30 is about 1,000,000x1000 = 1,000,000,000. since we're using pennies not dollars, I divide by 100 to get 10,000,000, which is close enough for 6 am.
[For the mathematically astute: yes, the sum only goes to 2^29 since the first day is 2^0, and the real answer is 2^30-1]
At the right is a pic I've been meaning to post from last summer's ride in Colorado. This is on the peak-to-peak highway south of Estes Park.
6 Oct. 2007
All files should now download as .pdf's
30 Aug. 2007
Hi. Welcome to my website.
Last year my nephew Joshua (hi Josh) gave me this domain name as a Christmas present. I didn't have a clue what to do with it, but as this school year begins I guess I'll try to post some files, pictures, and who knows what else here online.
Way-back in the day of 6502 assembly language, cassette tape data storage, and actual floppy disks I used to enjoy programming. So, I thought I'd actually try to write the code rather than use a web-development utility. Since I am a complete beginner at html this will be a very simple webpage.
The photo above is from a bicycle trip to Massachusetts two summers ago. Bicycling is one of my hobbies. This summer I took the bike to Colorado and climbed the rockies. Both trips were lots of fun. I'll get some more pics and info about the bike on here before too long.
Right now the files are word files, they'll eventually be .pdf's. If you'd like to contact me my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Some files of interest to my students:
This class is offered in the spring semester
Finite difference thing for Trish
Physics Policy Statement
A 2.5 (handwritten, sorry)
Lab Report Instructions
Getting Straight grading scheme
Sample Lab Writeup
Key, Quiz, 8.28.'09
Assignments/ Due dates
Study guide for 9.18.09
Key for 9.18.09
Big video motion handout
Bridge Contest Rules
Bridge 09 big handout