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I’m coming back, and want to stay.

Well, it’s been a couple years now since I’ve posted anything so if there’s any time to start fresh it’s now. Here’s my plan:

I’m making this post so that anyone who is following this blog and doesn’t want their feed to get more crowded can unfollow if they want. Attention would be nice, but I don’t want to impose on anyone.

The idea for this blog now is to provide answers to interesting questions using mathematics and the beautiful typesetting power of \TeX. Barring anything new, I plan on providing solutions to interesting problems in physics and mathematics. If that doesn’t keep you around then I’m sorry to see you go, but understand.

Now let’s get started.

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Reboot

Wow.
I doubt anyone still checks this, but I’m back.
I’ve decided to change the format of this blog, instead of pseudo-random facts and information about various subjects I will be posting various quantities of interest. The next few posts will show what I mean exactly.
Anyway, Happy New Year!

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What is weird?

So, I promised a post, and seeing as I will be spending 4-6 hours in a wheeled metal box traveling north at about twelve times the speed at which I can run on Sunday, and have other plans for Saturday, I figure now is as good a time as any. I’ve gotten into watching Ze Frank on YouTube. This is about the former, specifically a video entitled “Breaking Normal” where he talks about how otherwise normal things can be made so seem really weird when you describe them as accurately as possible without using the name of that thing. For instance, I am, right now, sitting on a white cushioned platform suspended approximately one and a half feet off the ground by four wooden posts. There is a wooden board attached to the platform such that I can recline at an angle of about 15 degrees from a vertical position, and there is another, uncushioned, wooden platform, wider and longer than the cushioned platform, suspended about two and a half feet off the ground by four more, slightly larger, wooden posts. The inside of the large uncushioned platform has a metal linkage so that, when the two ends of the platform are pulled apart, a gap can be opened in the middle of the platform so a slab of wood can be inserted or removed to change the length of the platform. So, when you really think about it, a table and chair can be weird…

Have a great spring.

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March 29, 2013 · 6:58 PM

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas: A Rant

Where I live, there are groups of people, including a major news network, which promote “keeping Christ in Christmas”. I want to point out a few things, first being that not all Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25th or at all for various reasons, the history of the holiday, perceived idolatry, etc. Next are the top ten things you think about when you hear “Christmas”. What are they? Jesus may be in there, maybe Mary and Joseph, the Nativity, the Wise Men, and so on, but most of what I’m betting you’ll think of is secular: Santa, eggnog, presents, the Christmas Tree, gingerbread, again and so on. There are two Christmases. First, there’s the “Christ Mass”, the Jesus birthday celebration, sermons and praying day. Then there’s the secular, consumerist Christmas with presents and merriment and so on. “Keeping Christ in Christmas” ignores those who celebrate the secular Christmas and those who would rather not celebrate Christmas at all. Sorry for missing last week, I’m back on a regular schedule.

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