Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dammit, Jim, I’m a Lumberjack, Not a Mathematician!

In the version of the Lumberjack Song I have, the singer states that 17 degrees Centigrade is 49 degrees Fahrenheit: LISTEN Of course, this isn’t true. 17 degrees Centigrade (Celsius is actually the preferred term now) is 63 degrees Fahrenheit, … Continue reading

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Empire Avenue Sucks

What do you call a “stock market” where no one but the exchange can trade? What do you call an “economy” where the money supply increases exponentially? What do you call a “company” that can issue all the stock it … Continue reading

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Fresh Prince of … Continuity?

The last episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is unusual in that it features Arnold/Phillip Drummond from Diff’rent Strokes AND George/Louise Jefferson (and Florence) from the Jeffersons, all in-character, presumably with the shows’ producers’ permission. This means that Diff’rent … Continue reading

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Keep eLibrary Books Forever!

I recently borrowed several Amazon Kindle ebooks from cabq.gov/library for 10 days. On the 10th day, the library emailed me, telling me my loan had expired. However, the book in question (“Curious George and the Pizza Party”) remains on my … Continue reading

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A Study in Tort Law: Curious George and The Pizza Party

Curious George and The Pizza Party raises several interesting questions in tort law. Summary of facts: the eponymous main character, legal ward of The Man In The Yellow Hat, attends a pizza party; disregarding the host’s instructions, he enters the … Continue reading

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Free WeatherData from Wolfram (Mathematica)

Mathematica users can use WeatherData[] to obtain Wolfram’s weather data, but it turns out that Wolfram has made this data freely available to others as well. For example: http://dataserver.wolfram.com/WeatherData/WeatherServlet?function=StationWeather&station=KABQ&fields=period%2Ctemp&startDate=2011-01-01%2000%3A00%3A00&endDate=2011-01-04%2023%3A59%3A59 yields the hourly temperature in Albuquerque for the first few days … Continue reading

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