Friday, May 29, 2009

Web Stuff Friday: Sita Math Carousel

Sita Sings the Blues is billed as "The greatest break-up story ever told."

New Math is simple, but sometimes amusing.

Philips Carousel is a commercial that has an interesting way of telling a story.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

TED Talks, Volume 4: Uncertainty

Here is another talk from TED. I enjoy wading through and looking for talks that bring me new connections or ideas. Listening to bright people with innovative ideas provides much-needed fuel for my brain.

Topic: We all have to make decisions under uncertainty just about constantly, and we stink at it.

Dan Gilbert: How we are deceived by our own miscalculations of the future
Note that this also ties into the topic of happiness.

Peter Donnelly: How juries are fooled by statistics
Lawyers and statisticians can make data say what they want.

This topic is near and dear to my heart. I think that everyone should have to take a decent course in probability and statistics. The goal isn't to create more positions for math teachers, but rather to educate people so they can be good citizens.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

And You Thought I Quit...

This Spring has been heck.

I haven't spilled personal issues out in this forum too often, and I don't plan to turn the blog into a diary now. Here is the quick version of the story of my Spring so far.

Over the past month and a half or so, I have:
  • Won an uncontested election for a community organization.
  • Gone to Orlando (including my first ever trip to Disney) with the rest of the Kid Family.
  • Finished a big project at work.
  • Taken Girl Kid to the hospital when we discovered her severe allergy to cashews.
  • Helped Mrs. Kid deal with her father's massive stroke and other health issues.
More recently, I am:
  • Working with my brother on an iPhone app.
  • Dealing with the resignation of my company's CLO (who was responsible for me having my current job).
  • Re-importing all my CDs into iTunes (and thus re-discovering some of my music).
Anyway, I have been too tired and too sick of words and my computer to give the blog any attention. Now that I am past some of the drama in my life, I hope to stick with the writing for a while. We'll see. As usual, I have posts in various states of readiness waiting for me to finish them up. Now to start digging them out and try to keep the momentum going.