Author: Mike Garrity

Mulberries 0


Every year in June, one of the trees in our yard starts shaking. If you look closely, you’ll see that it is full of squirrels and birds. You’ll see bluejays, goldfinches, rose breasted grosbeaks,...



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


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...


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


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....

Tom Swifties 2

Tom Swifties

It was a couple of weeks ago now, but this was our favorite Schott’s Vocab in recent memory.

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...