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Curses

There is a fun programming assignment I give to my freshman Python class. I call it curses. An example of it (written in Java, with source) can be found here. Basically, the program generates a series of denunciations, each followed by a somewhat odd curse. For example: “You noisy pile of squashed dog snot- May…

A Mnemonic Device for Electrical Students

Sequences, whether it’s the colors of the rainbow, the names of the planets, or ages of Earth’s geologic past just scream for mnemonic devices such as acronym-sentences. Some of these can be quite entertaining in their own right, and even more entertaining if you make them up yourself. For example, beginning electrical engineering and technology…

What the…

It’s amazing the things you trip over while cruising the ‘net. Consider this site. There’s some fun stuff here, some good stuff here, and some downright crazy stuff here. For example, go to this page. You’ll find the following passage: What are angels ? According to the Bible they are Gods messengers of light. But…

It’s the Heat AND the Humidity

Runners have a tendency to track their workout times. This can be both misleading and dangerous if you don’t figure in the effect of weather, a trap both newbies and experienced runners can fall into. Consider long runs. Last week, I went down to the local canal trail for a long run. I ran 16…

God’s Identity Revealed

It’s amazing what you can find on the Internet. Yes, it seems that God has written an autobiography. Apparently, God’s name is Thomas O’Donnell. Not really much more I can add to that, except that author O’Donnell also goes by the name Jesus and Satan. Is it a tad presumptuous to pen “autobiographies” of this…

Cryptography 101

This week’s NOVA Science NOW on PBS has an interesting piece on the Kryptos sculpture in front of CIA headquarters. The segment does a decent job of showing some of the basic techniques used such as substitution and transposition, in just a few minutes. I am not a cryptographer but it is an area I…

Summer Reading

Today is my second official day of summer vacation. Now that the academic year is complete I get to figure out what to read over the summer. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much reading in over the past year as I spent a good deal of time developing and teaching a new course, Science of Sound,…

An Interesting Proposal For Voting

The crossroads of Dada and fun: “Found humor”. I love weird typos and the accidental use of words to create something inadvertently rib-tickling. Check out this item from the newsletter of a local running club: I don’t know about you, but I’d like to join this club just so that I can cast a vote…