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Silent Filibusters and Corporate Welfare 0

Silent Filibusters and Corporate Welfare

The rules of the Senate can seem pretty opaque to us civilians. Newsbound recently put together the best explanation I’ve seen of how filibusters work. Go check it out here, I also enjoyed Rex...

Apocalypse Clock 0

Apocalypse Clock

They say that according to the Mayan calendar the world is going to end this Friday. I don’t think that’s true, but the Mayan calendar is pretty interesting. In fact most of the details...

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2012: Year in Review

Well, 2012 was certainly an eventful year at our house. The big news, of course, is that Tom graduated from High School and headed off to college, but there was lots of other stuff...

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Who?

We had an interesting visitor this morning. It was making one of the local hawks very nervous, just like last time, but this is a different owl. This one is a Barred Owl. It...

Dart 1

Dart

At a party the other night, John Maloney was asking me whether I’d tried Dart. I had spent a bit of time with it back in May, but I realized that I hadn’t posted...

Lost 0

Lost

Posting has kind of slowed to a crawl here. Sorry about that. We’ve been dealing with some hardware issues. UPS’s don’t age very gracefully, and they like to take other devices down with them...

Robot Video 0

Robot Video

Peter did some more work on his robot today. He’s got a big battery pack installed so that it doesn’t need a cord. It still has the cable to the Wii nunchuck though. Faith...

NMUSAF Virtual Tour 0

NMUSAF Virtual Tour

I mentioned the National Museum of the USAF at Wright Patterson after we visited it this summer. My only disappointment was that we only managed to see a tiny corner of its vast collection....

Dave Brubeck 0

Dave Brubeck

I just heard that Dave Brubeck died this morning. NPR has a nice remembrance. He made so much great music for so many years that it’s hard to know which to pick out, but...

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Base i-1: There Be Dragons

John Baez recently posted this picture (by Anton Sherwood) on his G+ stream: The story behind it is pretty cool, and it involves two of my favorite things: TAOCP and unusual number systems. Let’s...