MOTD::Archive::Spring 2011 (14 May 2011)

Fall 2010 MOTD

Facebook Status Updates: 2011.05.01-2011.05.14

[2011.05.14] Yesterday the Arizona Republic published an editorial for college graduates. The Republic opined they have been "plunged into an ice-water bath instead of emerging into the shower of opportunities they grew up expecting." The Republic also told graduates that "money can't buy love or happiness." Maybe, but I do know that money is needed to pay back student loans.

[2011.05.13] Tonight is graduation night. After tonight I will have attended 13 out of 14 graduation ceremonies. This is my 2nd graduation to occur on a Friday the 13th (02005 was the other). This is my 3rd graduation to occur on a prime numbered year (01999 and 02003 were the other two).

[2011.05.12] Students have been taking final exams all morning. Borrowing from Jerry Lee Lewis... "whole lotta of erasin' goin' on."

[2011.05.12] Learned a new acronym this morning... SILKS... Supercomputing Institute for Learning and Knowledge Systems.

[2011.05.11] The following was copied from a Geeknet press release: "ThinkGeek is proud to announce that it jumped 40 spots to rank #192 on Internet Retailer's 2011 list of America's 500 largest e-retailers. On hearing the news, ThinkGeek staff remarked that the ranking was fitting given that 192 is the sum of ten consecutive primes."

[2011.05.10] Andreessen Horowitz (along with others) purchased Skype for $2 billion in 02009. Today, Microsoft announced it's buying Skype for $8.5 billion. I've got Marc Andreessen's autograph, but it's worth $0.

[2011.05.09] "I cannot, yet I must. How do you calculate that? At what point on the graph do 'must' and 'cannot' meet? Yet I must, but I cannot!" -- Ro-Man {Quote #1083 added to my quote collection on 02011.05.08.}

[2011.05.07] Two might not be a big number, but I'm pleased that two students decided to watch "Transcendent Man" this semester. From zero to two... What's the percent increase?

[2011.05.06] About five years ago, near the end of each semester, I started telling myself that next semester I'm going institute an attendance policy, but I never do. According to Einstein I'm insane. ("Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.") My guess is I'll still be insane when fall 02011 begins.

[2011.05.05] Our Internet connection was unusably slow this morning. Borrowing from Joni Mitchell... "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone..." In this case "paradise" is high speed Internet connection.

[2011.05.04] We like to watch the local news at 10:00pm and we prefer "12 News." Lately, however, "12 News" has morphed into an "Entertainment Tonight." I guess "12 Noise" is the TV edition of the Arizona Crapublic. In a nutshell, one more night of static and we're turning it off.

[2011.05.03] I enjoyed watching the Royal Wedding. "Worst economic recession since the great depression?" Not if you're the royal family. Yahoo! reported this morning that they "delivered Royal Wedding content at a record-breaking 50,000 requests per second." All I can say is... Yahoo!

[2011.05.02] QOTW for week #15 (the last quote of the semester): "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." -- Benjamin Franklin

[2011.05.01] Recently seen headline: "Wal-Mart's Core Shoppers Are Running Out of Money." D'oh! These days Wal-Mart is Arizona's largest private employer.

[14 May 2011 (it's summer time; 73° at 7:59am) top]

Facebook Status Updates: 2011.04.24-2011.04.30

[2011.04.30] Last night the governor of Arizona signed 357 bills into law. She vetoed 29 bills, but her veto count should have been 386. Lawyers are probably happy right now.

Willie Nelson turned 78 years of age. { Flying Too Close To The Ground}

From the article... "The idea for this project sparked when IBM Australia was looking for something to do related to 'Pi Day' (March 14) on a new IBM BlueGene/P computer system." {TopicFire::Supercomputers crack sixty-trillionth binary digit of Pi-squared}

[2011.04.29] Today I got an email message from 23andMe having the following subject-line: "You have 9 new results from 23andMe." It was early-May of 02010 when I sent 23andMe some spit and they keep making "new discoveries" about my DNA.

Commencement speech season is approaching and I just finished reading "Here I Stand" by high school graduate Erica Goldson. { Valedictorian Speech 2010}

[2011.04.28] I have two sections of the same class, but one started two weeks later than the other. I've struggled with "due dates" all semester long and the other day--out of frustration--I exclaimed: I need an administrative assistant and I'm not even an administrator.

During the mid-1990s I coached youth sports in Tempe. [I don't remember, but I guess the city was desperate for coaches.] It was fun having Marcus on the team because (a) he was a great kid and (b) he was an outstanding athlete. Now I'm thirsty for a beer at Four Peaks... { Johnson at Four Peaks}

[2011.04.27] It's interesting how U.S. politicians are saying virtually nothing about how well the U.S. stock markets are doing. Herd A has been muted because they vilified Wall Street to yotta-extremes. Herd B is mute because rising stock markets is politically bullish for herd A. I wish we could fast forward to 7 November 02012.

Power of Twitter example. RT @MAAnow Video: Donald (Duck) In 
Mathmagic Land - Walt Disney 1959

An equation that defines the future? techo_singularity = info_bio_nano_robo
{ for The Super Convergence: Rise of The Bio-Info-Nano Singularity ... nice map}

[2011.04.26] I remember my parents watching "Peyton Place" back in the late-1960s. I actually watched it with them sometimes. "Peyton Place" was a prime-time soap opera and yesterday I felt as if my work place was a "Peyton Place."

My guess is that some of these counters are probably approximately accurate. [I just watched the "cigarettes smoked today" counter exceed 7 billion.] { statistics updated in real time}

[2011.04.25] QOTW for week #14: "A paradigm shift is taking hold in American higher education. In its briefest form, the paradigm that has governed our colleges is this: A college is an institution that exists to provide instruction. Subtly but profoundly we are shifting to a new paradigm: A college is an institution that exists to produce learning." -- Robert B. Barr and John Tagg {from Nov/Dec 01995 [yes, 01995]}

I can't remember the last time I used a typewriter. I'm not sure if I ever owned an electronic typewriter. { Typewriter Factory Closes}

As IBM says "the race is on to exascale computing." Petaflops today, exaflops by 02018-02020? { - Breaking the Petaflop Barrier}

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones mother gives you don't do anything all." -- Jefferson Airplane. "Smart drugs" are going to fun (especially if we learn to program them), but my bet is the government will make their non-prescription usage criminal behavior. { a Pill Make You Limitless?}

Bill Johnson is doing an A+ job helping young kids learn about robotics. Go Salt River Elementary! { River Elementary School Robotics Team Advances to Top Competition}

I'm attending Google's annual meeting this year in Mountain View. Since it's only a mile away, I'll also be visiting the Computer History Museum.

[30 April 2011 (spring semester ends in two weeks; 66° at 8:01am) top]

Facebook Status Updates: 2011.04.04-2011.04.23

[2011.04.23] Facebook is popular (duh!), but that doesn't mean it's website is free of defects ("bugs"). Facebook is yet another example of how computer users like me are content using "just good enough" software.

[2011.04.22] The "Duh!" quote of the day: "We've an unsustainable situation." -- President Obama lecturing about our country's economic woes while at Facebook Inc.

[2011.04.22] I like bringing "real world" math into class. Yesterday, we did math using the price of gold (which hit $1500 per ounce) and compared it as an investment with the DJIA, NASDAQ, oil, and GOOG. We also did math using an iRobot press release about the U.S. Army ordering 50 SUGVs. I had fun.

[2011.04.21] Some good news for Arizonans today: The Legislative session is over.

[2011.04.19] I just fetched the Arizona Republic from the driveway. Headline on page one: "U.S. stunned by Wall St. alert on debt." This is news, but it's hardly current. Suggestion for The Republic: Everyday print (as a whole number) the U.S. debt level at the top of page A1.

[2011.04.18] QOTW for week #13: "I intend to live forever, or die trying." -- Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx

[2011.04.16] Google reported 1Q'11 results after the markets closed on Thursday. On Friday, Google lost 8+% of its market value. About 1Q'11: Google generated free cash flow of $2.28 billion after $890 of capital expenditures; ended the quarter with $36.7 billion in cash; and they hired (jobs) 1,916 new Googlers. In a nutshell, Wall Street expected better.

[2011.04.15] "'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes." -- Henry David Thoreau. It's hard to agree with Mr. Thoreau right now.

[2011.04.14] I always like being reminded that we're living in the 21st century. Headline seen this morning: "Internet2 and Level 3 Communications announce a new, multi-year agreement to build a national network with an unprecedented 8.8 Terabits of capacity." Internet2 was started back in the mid-01990s and it remains a work-in-progress. 8.8 Tbps is a lot of bits per second.

[2011.04.13] Only seven students attended my 9:00am class yesterday and all seven of them were females.

[2011.04.12] Level 3 Communications (LVLT) is acquiring Global Crossing (GLBC). As part of the deal, LVLT is adding GLBC's $1.1B of debt to its $6.56B of existing debt. LVLT must think it's a department of the U.S. federal government.

[2011.04.11] QOTW for week #12: "I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." -- Thomas Jefferson

[2011.04.10] One thing I've learned this semester: Don't schedule webinars on Friday mornings. The "Robotics Now" webinar attendance: 0! (i.e. 1)

[2011.04.09] I find it comical that we have politicians taking pride in their "accomplishments."

[2011.04.08] I can relate to non-essential workers.

[2011.04.07] I had a yotta-fun going over the metric system last.

[2011.04.06] I heard a politician call $61 billion in cuts to the federal budget as "extreme." If true, then that must make a $14 trillion debt kilo-extreme.

[2011.04.05] Picking the Final Four outcomes using Computer Science department evaluations didn't go so well this year. Butler did beat VCU, but it incorrectly predicted Kentucky over UConn and it incorrectly predicted Butler would win the Final Four. Do'h!

[2011.04.04] QOTW for week #11: "My second point is that nonbiological intelligence, once it achieves human levels, will double in power every year, whereas human intelligence--biological intelligence--is fixed." -- Ray Kurzweil

[23 April 2011 (spring semester ends in three weeks; 67° at 7:44am) top]

Facebook Status Updates: 2011.03.22-2011.04.03

[2011.04.03] Watching the fictional "On the Beach" (post-apocalyptic fiction from 01959) after watching "The Transcendent Man" (a 02009 documentary about the life and ideas of futurist Ray Kurzweil) caused me to become un-"comfortably numb."

[2011.04.02] My Final Four picks are based upon my evaluation of the Computer Science departments at the Final Four schools. Earlier I predicted Butler over VCU in a close game. In another close game Kentucky wins over the University of Connecticut. Butler, thanks to their "Big Dawg" supercomputer, will beat Kentucky for the championship.

[2011.04.01] The wildflowers at Gonzales Pass on US Highway-60 are much more abundant this year than they were last year! ..................................... April Fools!

[2011.03.31] We stopped by Four Peaks last night. The "(Locally roasted) Coffee Infused Oatmeal Stout" received an A+ on my beer grading scale.

[2011.03.30] Our government might be able to stop company X from acquiring company Y, but it can't stop company Z from hiring some of the best programmers in the world. Kudos to Google for hiring James Gosling (the father of the Java programming language). Gosling + Thompson (et. al.) = Dream Team.

[2011.03.29] I do Final Four picks by evaluating the Computer Science departments of the Final Four schools. I have decided that the "Big Dawg" supercomputer (great name) means Butler will beat VCU (although VCU is strong in biomedical). It's going to be a close game. I have yet to evaluate the CS departments at UConn and Kentucky.

[2011.03.28] QOTW for week #10: "If you want to put the holes in your knowledge on display, try teaching someone." -- Alan Cox (Linux guru)

[2011.03.27] Let's see... Another $0 raise plus increased health insurance co-pays & deductibles sounds like yet another pay cut (especially if we end up needing medical care and drugs). I'm not complaining--nobody has a gun to my head making me stay at my current employer. Problem is two-fold: (1) I like my job. (2) I ain't got no place to go.

[2011.03.26] Old-timers were signing autographs for charity at the Cubs game. I would have been estatic if I had seen these guys as a kid: Bert Campanaris, Tim "Mudcat" Grant, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins. Back in the late 1960's, I would have have soiled my pants upon meeting Fergie Jenkins. I ended up getting Perry's autograph because he had hecto-Pi (314) career wins.

[2011.03.25] Facebook said Joshua Zeidner "Liked" Jerry Garcia and that prompted me to click the "Like" button for Jerry Garcia's Facebook page. Yesterday, while driving to school, I listened to Garcia sing/play guitar on "High Time" and "It Must of Been the Roses."

[2011.03.24] Walgreens is "stealing" it away; none the less, I am thankful they are eliminating a constant source of personal

[2011.03.23] I can't even spell the word "economics," but I don't understand why the Federal Reserve doesn't raise interest rates. I want to morph into Donald Trump and tell Bernanke (whom I like): You're fired.

[2011.03.22] Arizona Republic headline: "Report: Acne may blemish teens' mood, self-esteem." The "report" consisted of 16 "studies". Sometimes I understand why states want to stop funding higher-ed.

[03 April 2011 (summer is approaching; 82° at 6:15pm) top]

Facebook Status Updates: 2011.02.11-2011.03.21

[2011.03.21] Scheduled life resumes (at least for the next 52 days)... QOTW for week #9: "Shun idleness. It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals." -- Voltaire

[2011.03.20] We watched the movie "Population 436" yesterday. It's about a 100+ year old town whose population stays at a constant 436. The Pythagoras quote "Number rules the universe..." is used twice in the movie. Overall, I give it a 'B' on my bad movie grading scale.

[2011.03.19] Slashdot reported this morning that ICANN has approved the dot-xxx TLD (Top-Level Domain). It's taken ICANN years to make this decision. I searched my website and found reference to the "proposed" dot-sex TLD in instructional material dated 23 July 02002.

[2011.03.18] Somebody asked... "Where Will You Be in Five Years?" I haven't a clue. These days five years is half a century.

[2011.03.17] Most disgusting thing I've read so far today... "If this budget gets signed into law, an earthquake and tsunami like what hit Japan will devastate Arizona." -- Sen. Linda Lopez. Equating Arizona's inability to balance a budget with what happened in Japan... WTFoo?!?!?

[2011.03.16] March 16th is National Artichoke Heart Day.

[2011.03.14] It's Pi Day 02011. This is my 53rd Pi Day, but only my 7th year celebrating Pi Day.

[2011.03.13] I'm sure glad Brenna and Hayden (my two grandkids) like Chuy's. Yesterday, Hayden was wearing a t-shirt that read... "born together, friends forever."

[2011.03.12] I've recently developed a strong dislike for the phrase "financial exigency."

[2011.03.11] While pondering Andy Rooney's eyebrows, it reminded me of what my dad once said when I came home with facial hair... "You're growing the same stuff that grows wild around my foohole." [Although Truman did not use "foo."]

[2011.03.10] Leslie Valiant, the 02011 A.M. Turing Award recipient, is responsible for "PAC Learning." PAC stands for -- and I like this phrase -- "Probably Approximately Correct." I can see this becoming one of my canned responses: That's probably approximately correct.

[2011.03.09] We got our "Property Notice of Valuation" for 02012 and the "value" of our Tempe, Arizona, house fell 12.1%. One thing the Maricopa County Assessor doesn't know is that the value of our home is going up, uP, UP!

[2011.03.08] One of my many Education Reform ideas: Eliminate spring breaks.

[2011.03.07] "Compartner" is a new word that I learned while attending the Aerospace and Defense Research Collaboratory Launch. The idea: Competitors partner on the really hard stuff.

[2011.03.06] QOTW for week #8: "I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane." -- Waylon Jennings

[2011.03.05] A couple days ago Kathleen and I met with the insurance agent to review our policies. I have a strong dislike for all forms of insurance, yet I've always been well insured. We came home with two Rand McNally Road Atlases (the large ones). As I fondled them, I liked what Kathleen said... Those were expensive Road Atlases.

[2011.03.04] This morning I'm attending ASU's "Community College Breakfast" at its Polytechnic campus. There are some people in Arizona who want to separate Polytechnic from ASU, but I'm not one of those people.

[2011.03.03] I enjoyed last night's "The Math Class" episode of "The Middle." In a nutshell, Brick's parents can't help him with his 3rd-grade math. [Brick can do the math, he just doesn't want to.] I enjoyed the scene that featured the "two trains" word problem. I also liked the line "We are supposed to show our work!" [It's too bad schools equate math with "work."]

[2011.03.02] I found out via Mike Treder that Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) would have turned 107 today. Yesterday I tried to read "Hop On Pop" to Hayden, but we didn't make it past the first couple of pages.

[2011.03.01] I liked the following title from a posting to the "Innovative Educator" blog: "All A-bored - Why School is Like Taking A Train to Nowhere."

[2011.02.28] It's Monday morning and Pi Day is two weeks from today.

[2011.02.27] QOTW for week #7: "The pace of the earth's movement around the sun is not synchronized with the time required for either investment ideas or operating decisions to bear fruit." -- Warren Buffett in his Letter To Shareholders for 02010

[2011.02.24] "Go, Dog. Go!" is still one of my favorite books.

[2011.02.23] If "Wall Street climbs a wall of worry" were true, then the stock markets should be at record all-time highs right now.

[2011.02.22] Michael Crow spoke at the launch of the Aerospace and Defense Research Collaboratory (not a typo: collaboratory). Crow is President is Arizona State Univ. and he said ASU produces the following: state-of-the art people, ideas and "stuff."

[2011.02.21] It seems every time I drive past the gas station the price of gas is higher. Maybe I should avoid driving past the gas station.

[2011.02.20] QOTW for week #6: "I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain." -- John Adams (U.S. President #2)

[2011.02.19] "I'm a computer analyst by profession and had plenty of math, chemistry and computer science throughout college, and the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) is one of the hardest I've ever taken. Most people put in at least 80 hours of studying before attempting it. It's a beast." -- Kevin Masaryk quoted in the Arizona Republic

[2011.02.18] Moment in time... A couple of days ago, while I was wandering the campus, somebody asked me where there was a pay phone. I didn't know. The next day a campus security worker told me the campus doesn't have any pay phones.

[2011.02.17] Moment in time... Borders Group filed Chapter 11 yesterday. I've purchased a lot books and maps at Borders. My last transaction had to have been prior to January 02009 because that when the Borders on Mill Avenue boarded up.

[2011.02.16] While watching Jeopardy I found myself torn: Do I root for the supercomputer or the two humans?

[2011.02.15] I read yesterday that the Cave Creek Unified School District is buying new math books: $433,250 for 4,000 students. The K-5 curriculum is called "Go, Math!" Too bad it's not called "Go, Math. Go!"... Long equation. Short equation. See WolframAlpha solve the equations.

[2011.02.14] How could Homer say no? Lenny: "I have a bottomless pitcher of beer and a circumferenceless platter of nachos."

[2011.02.13] QOTW for week #5: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -- Thomas Edison

[2011.02.12] Three days ago Andreessen Horowitz invested $80M in Twitter. Two days ago Google and Facebook entered into low-level talks about acquiring Twitter. Now Bill Gross has bought TweetDeck for $30M. [~20% of tweets are tweeted via TweetDeck]

[2011.02.11] I had a "Marathon Man" movie moment in one of my classes yesterday... I was Laurence Olivier and collectively the students were Dustin Hoffman. "Is it safe?"

[21 March 2011 (back to school after Spring Break 2011; 65° at 9:46am) top]

Facebook Status Updates: 2011.02.01-2011.02.10

[2011.02.10] Overheard on talk radio... "35 million (dollars) of a million million (dollars) is nothing." If true, then I'll take that nothing.

[2011.02.09] Toyota's electronic systems have been exhaustively tested by the U.S. government and the U.S. government says: "Let me be clear: The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas," This is great marketing fodder for Toyota given our vehicles are becoming more and more electronic.

[2011.02.08] STEP is a recently learned acronym. The 'S' is STEP stands for STEM which in turn stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. The "TEP" in STEP stands for Talent Expansion Program. In other words, STEP is STEM Talent Expansion Program. STEP acronym used in a TwitterTweet: Million Dollar Grant Will Help USF Students STEP Ahead

[2011.02.07] QOTW for week #4: "I would be pleased with myself if I could learn a few things that I am not already good at." -- John N. Gardner of the John N. Gardner Institute

[2011.02.06] "If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?" -- Vince Lombardi (Packers). "Once I had a steel job for half of a day. I never went back to collect my pay." -- Art Rooney (Steelers). And... Kudos to the NFL for helping keep Roman numerals alive.

[2011.02.05] "Learning by doing" works sometimes and I'm doing that with Twitter. One thing I've learned is that keeping three Twitter accounts loaded with tweets ready to be tweeted is time consuming. Tick-tock... tick-tock.... tick-tock... tick-tock...

[2011.02.04] I learned something from yesterday's Arizona Republic (page B6): "Crow [President of ASU] said that about half of ASU students don't pay any tuition."

[2011.02.03] Student (after playing with a solve for 'x' problem): "That's too much math for 9:30 in the morning." Me: This is a good time to be playing with numbers because the stock market has been open since 7:30 and when the east coast spring their clocks ahead an hour the markets will open at 6:30am Scottsdale time.

[2011.02.02] Today 2/2/2011 is the first of 52 prime dates this year (2011 is a prime numbered year and February (2) is prime numbered month). Tomorrow's also a prime date followed by the 5th, 7th, etc. Every year has five prime months (Feb, Mar, May, Jul, Nov). The last prime date was 11/29/2003. [p.s. The next prime year is 2017.]

[2011.02.01] reported 4Q'10 results a few days ago. The following is from the company's press release: "Since the beginning of the year, for every 100 paperback books Amazon has sold, the Company has sold 115 Kindle books."

[10 February 2011 (too bad my Facebook sucks; 64° at 2:08pm) top]

10 February 2011

It took me a while, but today I initialized my blogs for 2011. I don't know why I haven't programmed this procedure.

My blogging time has been reduced thanks in large part to the amount of posting I do to Twitter and Facebook. My blogs (including this MOTD) have a lot of history in them and I am not ready to redirect them to /dev/null.

[10 February 2011 (I am still a blogger; 64° at 1:58pm) top]

2011 Has Begun... Happy New Year!

The Spring 2011 MOTD is the 41st edition of the MOTD. The Fall 2010 MOTD has been added to the MOTD archive.

[01 January 2011 (decade II of the 21st century has begun; 47° at 2:14pm) top]

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