BAB Moments For Spring 2007

This collection of BABs is used to help document the significant events that took place during the Spring 2007 semester. This is not a "best of" BAB collection.

The Spring 2007 semester started with a holiday-- Martin Luther King Day--and we used a quote by Dr. King in which he used the word infinity.

Inflation (CPI and PPI) related BABs are created every month. Record cold weather hit the southwest, which in turn could result in higher food prices later on.

Biotechnology is causing a constant stream of advances in healthcare. Potentially, many diseases could be eradicated over the next decade or two (or three or four).

I told my 25 year-old daughter that she should expect to live for another 100 years... she giggled at me, but I don't take it back.

Travel is fun, but problems at airports can be frustrating and ruin the best of plans.

Maybe in a decade we'll see headlines that read "world's oldest person dies at age 135."

Budgets are important and spending money that we don't have is not always a wise thing to do.

The 21st century is the century of large numbers; therefore, it is no surprise that it takes lots of money to run the U.S. government.

The first BAB was created on 9 February 2005. BAB number 825 was created on the 9 February 2007.

Arizona will turn 100 years in age during 2012. SCC's own Marshall Trimble, Arizona's official state historian, is playing a key role in planning Arizona's 100th birthday celebration.

The 'S' in SCC stands for Scottsdale. On 26 February 1888, Winfield Scott bought land that eventually became Scottsdale.

GDT doesn't care much about "if only..." scenarios, but if only he had saved his baseball card collections (and his Hot Wheels).

Many people find firecrackers fun, but most firecrackers last a couple seconds. How about a firecracker that lasts for two hours?

Again, the 21st century is the century of large numbers. I had decided prior to the start of the Spring 2007 semester that we were going to learn about quadrillions (i.e. one period beyond trillions).

Again, the 21st century is the century of large numbers. 161 billion gigi-bytes is how many bytes?

The Valley of the Sun (i.e. Phoenix metropolitan area) experienced its hottest winter day ever.

Spring semesters contain spring breaks. Spring breaks occur during the week in which Pi Day occurs. RoadHacker went to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to drive NM Hwy-314 and do other Pi Day activities.

Arizona has lots of fast growing counties, but Maricopa is not at the top of the list. Maricopa did have the largest increase in population, but other Arizona counties are growing at a faster rate.

900 BABs and counting...

Maybe someday we'll have high-speed transportation systems here in the United States.

Biotechnology and nanotechnology might come the rescue when it comes to our litter problem. Bottom-line: litter clean-up is expensive.

The city of Tempe left their property tax rate unchanged at $1.40 per $100 of assessed value. I created a BAB about Tempe's action resulted in a tax increase. Via email, I shared the BAB with the Tempe city council and Tempe's mayor replied with an email message the contained corrections to my math.

GDT doesn't have an iPod, but it appears as though lots of people do.

It has been fun to see the different quarters from different states. In 2008, Arizona will have its own quarter.

When it comes to temperatures, absolute zero is the temperature in which atoms cease to move.

Google Inc. continued to prove it is a 21st century Informatics company. Go Google!

16 April 2007: 33 killed at Virginia Tech.

Move over Exxon Mobil... Wal-Mart took over the top spot on the Fortune 500 list with revenues of $351,139,000,000. Again, the 21st century is the century of large numbers.

Gas prices continue to go up. Regular unleaded is just under $3.00 per gallon after starting the semester at around $2.25. At most stations, premimum is above $3.00 per gallon. My first spotting of Pi priced gas was on 20 April 2007.

Global warming has been a "hot" topic this semester and Earth Day occurs durring every spring semester on April 22nd.

For the first time ever in 76 years, Japan-headquartered Toyota sold more vehicles over the span of three months than did U.S.-based General Motors.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed above 13,000 for the first time. It took 129 trading days for the DJIA to climb from 12,000 to 13,000.

The S&P 500 closed above 1,500 for the first time since late-March of 2000, less than 30 points below its all-time high.

The Federal Reserve met three times during the semester and each time they left the Federal Funds Rate unchanaged at 5.25%. In other words, interest rates ended the semester at the same rate they were when the semester started.


Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 18 April 2007

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