MOTD::Archive::Spring 2010 (16 May 2010)

Fall 2009 MOTD

Week Ending 24 April 2010

GDT::Facebook Postings
I post to Facebook twice a day: one status update and one link.

[update] I noticed RobertoR joined the Facebook group "I may live in Arizona, but I'm not insane." Hee-haw! I understand why the group was formed, but I'm not joining because I question my saneness.

[link] I created a collection of "learning quotes" after reading the following tweet by @Bill_Gardner: "I heard an economist assert that knowledge depreciates @ 25% / yr. Hence, survival requires constantly climbing learning curves." {GDT::Quotes::Quotes About Learning}

[update] I learned something yesterday (4/22) via that I had never thought about... "Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine."

[link] Yesterday (4/22) was Earth Day and today (4/23) is National DNA Day. These days it seems as if every day is some sort of day. I don't know if tomorrow is a special day (other than it being Saturday), but Sunday (4/25) is World Malaria Day. { National DNA Day}

[update] I read about the VAT (Value Added Tax) yesterday and now I agree with George Will: "If VAT, ditch income tax."

[link] According to the attached calculator, it would take 4.3 planet earths to support my lifestyle. Last year the number was 5.0 and in 2007 it was 6.2. { Calculator}

[update] I like reading the Arizona Republic's Letters to the Editor. Yesterday (4/2), one letter offered some tips to people visiting Arizona. Tip #1 was: "Pack your sunscreen, sun hat, sandals and silencer."

[link] Here a sensor, there a sensor, everywhere a sensor. I don't like it, but this is life in the 21st century. Note to self: The "dumb" sensors of today are morphing into "smart" nanosensors. { Research Advances Reliability Of Faster Smart Sensors}

[update] Last night (4/19) I had fun talking about computing ethics and FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software) to a group of attentive students at Chandler/Gilbert Community College. I know... it all depends on how you define "fun."

[link] The attached is a long read, but the pictures are great. I'm going to be mining it for quotes. Example: "If you want to change the world in some big way, that's where you should start -- biological molecules." ~ Bill Gates { Power: Steven Levy Revisits Tech Titans, Hackers, Idealists}

Computing::CSzero Tweets
I've been sharing tweets with the CSC100 class at the start of each class session.

[24 April 2010 (blogs, tweets, facebook; 56° at 6:55am) top]

Week Ending 17 April 2010

GDT::Facebook Postings
I post to Facebook twice a day: one status update and one link.

[update] The 1st class period of the week starts with a QOTW (Quote Of The Week) and this week's quote is: "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." -- Albert Einstein

[link] I found the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom list of "challenged" books interesting. {Book on text messaging teens prompts most book challenges of 2009}

[update] My schedule: 3 lecture weeks + 1 exam week = summer break.

[link] Where were you the day Einstein died? My parents might have been thinking about having a second child on Einstein's death day, but there was no me on 4/18/1955. [Side-bar: I like looking at old Life Magazines.] {The Day Einstein Died}

[update] A personal catch-22. The Arizona Republic reported that if voters vote NO on a sales tax increase, then that would mean a $4.5 million cut to my employer (Maricopa Community Colleges). I'm a fan of the NO button when it comes to voting, yet I'm a huge fan of community colleges.

[link] I continue to believe that it's only a matter of time before TGen makes a discovery that becomes global front-page news. Go TGen! {Slobbery kisses from "man's best friend" aid cancer research}

[update] "We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything." -- Thomas Edison. These days Edison probably would have replaced millionth (micro) with billionth (nano).

[link] The Chronicle of Higher EDU reported on a study that concluded "men with beards had greater expertise and were significantly more trustworthy." But don't trust me because only "neat, medium-length beards" were studied. {Beards as Indicators of Trustworthiness}

[update] It doesn't seem to be front-page news (yeah!), but the DJIA is up 72% in the span of 13 months. Now I can't stop thinking about Steve Miller's lyric... "Go on take the money and run."

[link] Happy Tax Day! An oxymoron that's popular with today's politicians: temporary tax. Some good news... Tax Freedom Day supposedly took place on April 9th this year. {Millions of Words in the Tax Code}

[update] Tonight [2010.04.14] is SCC's annual "Excellence Under The Stars" (EUTS) awards ceremony. My job is to take pictures. EUTS is a student/family event and ironically I'm not into photographing people.

[link] The times are always a-changing. I didn't find anything "amazing" or "awesome" about the attached web page, but I did find it informative. Slide 44 of 45 was my favorite. {The Amazing Media Habits Of 8-18 Year Olds}

[update] The following quote is on my iGoogle homepage. "It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." ~ Abraham Lincoln

[link] Starting this year the first full week of April is National Robotics Week. I'd like to visit iRobot's corporate headquarters. {About National Robotics Week}

[19 April 2010 (I like talking to myself; 69° at 7:39am) top]

Week Ending 10 April 2010

GDT::Day of the Week Facebook Status Updates
Between Monday, 5 April 2010, and Sunday, 11 April 2010, I did a "Day of the Week" related Facebook status update. This webpage is a collection of those seven updates.

"Wake up! It's a Monday morning... No time left to say goodbye... Can't breathe and the lights are changing. You can live your own life... Making it happen... Working on your own time... Laid back and laughin'.... Oh no, oh no." ~ Neil Young. "Last Dance" is one of my favorite Monday songs.

It's Tuesday. When I was being raised Tuesday Weld was an actress and Rick Monday was a baseball player. If Tuesday Weld had married Rick Monday, she would have been Tuesday Monday. If they divorced years later, Rick might have sung Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's gone with the wind..."

I don't know why I decided to do a "day of the week" related daily status update this week, but I did. It's Wednesday. Probably politically incorrect to say happy hump day these days. Pc aside, I suspect Tiger Woods and Jesse James won't be wishing anybody a happy hump day any time soon.

I like acronyms. A few years ago KaraG told me about SHIT--So Happy It's Thursday. [sidebar] 24 October 1929 was Black Thursday and many investors probably felt like shit when the day was over.

It's Friday and it's with thanks that I can borrow from ZZ Top to say... "I just got paid today, got me a pocket full of change."

It's Saturday and that means only one more of these "day of the week" status updates. George Carlin once joked: "I enjoy watching reruns of Saturday Night Live and counting all the dead people." I watched SNL when the cast was Aykroyd, Belushi, Radner, Chase, Curtin, Newman, and Morris.

I'll probably never tire of listening to Kris Kristofferson sing... "On the Sunday morning sidewalk, Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned. 'Cos there's something in a Sunday, Makes a body feel alone. And there's nothin' short of dyin', Half as lonesome as the sound, On the sleepin' city sidewalks: Sunday mornin' comin' down."

[11 April 2010 (spring semester week #12 begins; 56° at 6:37am) top]

Week Ending 03 April 2010

Computing::CSC100 Tweets
I've been sharing tweets with the CSC100 class at the start of each class session.

[03 April 2010 (tweet, tweet, tweet; 55° at 10:08am) top]

Week Ending 14 March 2010

Quotes::Two New Quote Collections Created
The quote collection is at 868 quotes and it is going to take some time for it hits 1000. I'll probably be a happy idiot to collect quotes until my death. From Happiness Quotes to Death Quotes.

RoadHacker::Pi Day 2010
The Pi Day 2010 road trip is approximately 1000 miles and spans three days. Day one: Tempe to Bouse to Parker to Vidal Jct. to Rice back to Vidal Jct. to Needles. Day two is spent in the Mojave National Preserve: Needles to Kelso Dunes to Kelso Depot to Zzyzx to Hole in the Wall to Goffs Schoolhouse to Needles. Day three: Needles to Oatman to Kingman to Wikieup to Wickenburg to I-17 to Tempe.

[14 March 2010 (it's Pi Day; 50° at 5:08am) top]

Week Ending 20 February 2010

Computing::Using Tweets In CSC100
I am having fun using tweets in the Spring 2010 CSC100 class at SCC. Last week class only met once and here are the Tweets For Week 05 Day 01.

Quotes::Math Is Not Partisan
Next week's QOTW (Quote Of The Week) comes from Barack Obama and he made it while talking about the positive effects of the American Recovery Act. Obama said "math is not partisan," yet he failed to mention that the math equations used by politicians (himself included) reek of partisanship.

Computing::Google Buzz
I've been giving Google Buzz a try, but to date I'm not too buzzed about it.

[21 February 2010 (it's raining; 50° at 7:54am) top]

Week Ending 30 January 2010

Future::Building a Smarter Arizona
I posted the following to as a comment to Craig R. Barrett's "Building a smarter Arizona" essay posted on 22 January 2010.

   Barrett wrote: "Arizona government needs to get a passport 
   and see with whom we are competing. It is not California 
   or Texas. It is the rest of the world."

   I agree that global is important, but local is critically 
   important. We are in huge competition with California and 
   Texas (e.g biotech/bioscience, supercomputing, 21st century 
   Informatics, molecular nanotech, robotics, space travel/exploration). 
   In addition to competing with CA and TX, we need to be partnering 
   with them to locallyestablish a AZ/CA/NM/TX/CO/UT/NV hub to 
   compete globallly.

My comment generated zero comments.

GDT::About the 'D' in MOTD
I'm starting to think the 'D' in MOTD stands for decade instead of day.

A couple of days ago I came across the following quote that made me think about the MOTD and my various and sundry websites.

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
-- Arthur Miller (01915-02005) {American playwright and essayist; more...} [newspapers]

Morphing Miller's quote...

A GDT website, I suppose, is GDT talking to himself.

[31 January 2010 (message of the decade?; 50° at 8:22am) top]

Week Ending 09 January 2010

GDT::Stuff That I'm Reading
Firefox tab settings as of 2010.01.13 at 8:45am.

RoadHacker::I Visited Yet Another Cemetery John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery located along LA Hwy-18 between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Some miscellaneous pictures posted to

[13 January 2010 (better late than never; 52° at 8:48am) top]

2010 Has Begun... Happy New Year!

The Spring 2010 MOTD is the 38th edition of the MOTD. The Fall 2009 MOTD has been added to the MOTD archive.

[01 January 2010 (Will 2010 be better than 2009? 48° at 7:30am) top]

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