Author: Mike Garrity

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Statistics

Arthur Benjamin recently gave a TED talk about changing the focus of math education. The short version is that he thinks the focus should be on getting kids to a solid understanding of statistics...

Moon 2

Moon

Chris and I went to see the movie Moon the other night. It’s about a guy who’s nearing the end of a three year tour working at a mining base on the moon. He’s...

Broiled Cod 1

Broiled Cod

We got another cod from the CSF today. A beautiful 5 pound one. We decided to broil it. Here’s the recipe: Broiled Cod with Butter and Herbs 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon 2 tablespoons fresh...

Balanced Ternary in MATLAB 0

Balanced Ternary in MATLAB

I wanted to do something with balanced ternary the other day, so I wrote this MATLAB class. classdef bt % Class for managing numbers in balanced ternary. % properties (SetAccess=’private’) trits = ”; end...

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First Band Concert of the Summer

In the summertime in Lexington, there is a band concert every Tuesday night. The Lexington Bicentennial Band plays. They’re very good. Tonight was the first one for this season because the High School ran...

ProtoShield 0

ProtoShield

One of the pieces that came with Pete’s Arduino is a ProtoShield. This is a little breadboard that sits on top of the Arduino and makes it easy to assemble projects with several components....

Don’t take my K-14 away 1

Don’t take my K-14 away

It’s happened. Today Kodak sent out this really sad press release. Kodachrome was what I always shot before I finally went digital. I would occasionally stray to some new flavor of the week like...

Hardware Hacking 1

Hardware Hacking

Peter got an Arduino board for his birthday. An Arduino is a tiny standalone computer that can connect to all sorts of input and output devices. After the obligatory blink sketch, he put a...

Field Trip 0

Field Trip

Peter has a big field trip today. The entire 6th grade is going to Nubble Light. It’s pouring buckets today. Can you imagine shepherding a couple of hundred twelve year olds along Marginal Way...