Monday, October 20, 2014

Learned Something About My Dad

My brother got ahold of a couple of my aunt's old photo albums, and sent me scans of what he found therein.

I found this one interesting:



That's my parents on the right. Pretty sure this picture is from the early 40's, and they've been married less than a year.

Which tells me something.

Pretty much the entire photo album's group shots are very serious "stand up straight" affairs.

And then there's this one.

My dad was so crazy-in-love with my mom, he couldn't keep his hands off her long enough to get a picture taken.

As far as I could tell, he felt the exact same way about her for the rest of her life.

Kinda romantic, huh?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Building the Lego Invisible Jet

If you like Legos, you will probably enjoy this.

Friday, October 17, 2014

46

First, I don't know what any of this stuff is:
Forty-six is a Wedderburn-Etherington number, an enneagonal number and a centered triangular number. It is the sum of the totient function for the first twelve integers. 46 is the largest even integer that can't be expressed as a sum of two abundant numbers.

46 is the 16th semiprime. 46 is the third semiprime with a semiprime aliquot sum. The aliquot sequence of 46 is (46,26,16,15,9,4,3,1,0).

Since it is possible to find sequences of 46 consecutive integers such that each inner member shares a factor with either the first or the last member, 46 is an Erdo"s–Woods number.

Second... well, the second Google result is:

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

47

It's not just a prime number, it's a whole conspiracy:
In 1964, a tongue-in-cheek student project to determine whether the number 47 appeared more often in nature than other random numbers turned into a wholesale 47 hunt that has continued to this day. After all, you can’t deny the evidence:

Pomona College is located at Exit 47 of the San Bernardino Freeway.
There are 47 pipes in the top row of the Lyman Hall organ.
At the time of Pomona’s first graduating class in 1894, there were 47 students enrolled.
The Bible credits Jesus with 47 miracles.
The Declaration of Independence has 47 sentences.
There are 47 strings on a concert harp.
In the freshman class that entered Pomona College in the year 2000, there were 47 valedictorians.
The tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are located 47 degrees apart.

Even Hollywood has gotten in on the act. From art films to sci-fi to Will Ferrell vehicles, Pomona’s enduring in-joke has slipped past countless millions of movie-goers and tube-watchers in recent years. On TV’s Lost, 47 people survive the plane crash. In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Steve Carell keeps a collection of 47 G.I. Joes. This summer’s blockbuster reboot of Star Trek alludes to 47 Klingon vessels being destroyed. There is even a much-viewed YouTube spoof of Jim Carrey’s The Number 23, substituting—you guessed it--the No. 47.

It goes as far back as the The Absent-minded Professor (1961). The Disney comedy features a basketball game filmed at Pomona’s old Renwick Gym. The final score? 47-46.

The recent spate of number-dropping started in the ’90s in earlier incarnations of Star Trek. Joe Menosky ’79 was a writer for The Next Generation (and later Voyager and Deep Space Nine) when he started slipping 47s into the shows. A producer eventually got wind and shut down the underground effort. But 47 keeps popping up in all sorts of shows.

If Menosky has moved on, how come our secret number keeps landing bit parts time and again? Is our 47 tradition at risk of overexposure? There’s no getting a straight answer out of Tinseltown on this sort of stuff, so—in a playful spirit—we turned to graphic novel artist Andrew Mitchell ’89 in our Fall 2009 issue of Pomona College Magazine for a creative take on the mystery (page 22 of the PDF). You can also read about the original mathematical hunt in 1964 in an article from our Fall 2000 issue.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

What Kind of Emergency IS This?

I found these all intriguing, but I have to wonder - what kind of emergency are you in where butter is more valuable as a source of illumination than it is as food?


[How to Make 5 Emergency Candles - Life Hacks] (Viewer #775,496)

Offhand, I think the tuna one might be the most practical.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I *Told* You, I'm Not Allowed to Argue With You Unless You've Paid

Via XKCD:



[title reference link]

52

52... is a deck of cards

And a deck of cards is a fun thing.

I like cribbage.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ready For Halloween

I have my decoration (singular) up.



Also, Blossom apparently thinks it's still high summer, the crazy-celebratey color-monger.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Being a Stay-at-Home Parent Is a Luxury... for Your Spouse

My niece Sarah sent me this one. It takes an oft-overlooked angle on the situation.

Being a Stay-at-Home Parent Is a Luxury... for Your Spouse

For the record, Sarah is SAHM. My mother was a SAHM. I've known other SAHMs. I don't have children, myself but I worked from home the last couple years of my marriage, so I can testify that this aspect of it is true.

I can really relate to this because the most valuable service I provide in my day job is not the actual task I perform, but rather it's that I'm there watching over things, and if anything goes wrong, I can immediately jump in and fix the problem. Problems never get out of hand for my employers, because I am always there. I provide security, safety, and peace of mind. Basically, I'm Batman.

And that immediate response aspect, with the consequent peace of mind, is one of the biggest blessings of having a spouse who does not work outside the home.

Were I to get married again. I would want to have those blessings in my home.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Party Ideas

As someone who's never decorated for Halloween before, all of these ideas struck me as clever.

Those with more experience might be less impressed.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Interesting Idea

From Homes & Hues:

Storing bed sheet sets inside a pillowcase (yes, including fitted sheets):



I also think this idea is brilliant:
You don't want to clear out your closet only to let it get all cluttered up again. So try putting all of your hangers in the closet backwards. When you wear something, put the hanger back in the regular way. After a year, take out all the clothes with backwards hangers and donate them to charity or resell them. Then turn your hangers around again and start over.