iPads save Jetfuel

From paritynews: American Airlines has announced that it has received the permission from FAA to allow its pilots to carry and use iPads in the cockpit during “all phases of flight.” According to the airlines, the tablet will enable pilots to store documentation in electronic form on the iPad which otherwise weighs 15.875 kg (35 […]

Obsessions #anyqs

Some more information can be found here (look in the description of the video). A second spoiler video can be found here.

Pole to Pole Run

Pat Farmer, an endurance runner, set out to run from the North Pole to the South Pole to raise money for the Red Cross. Utterly awesome. So if he sets off on April 2nd, 2011 and he runs 16 miles a day on the snow, and 50 miles a day on roads and trails, then […]

Paper #wcydwt

Neat video: Note: All photos were printed on recycled paper.  Wasn’t that nice of them.  So how many photos? Answer found here.

Drag Race #wcydwt

Act 1 http://vimeo.com/29051572 What questions do you have? Act 2 Talk about why the highest horsepower might not be that fast (10,000 horsepower vehicle that you could beat with a Toyota Prius). Ask what other things are important for going fast. Is the lightest vehicle always the fastest (Would you want this 326 pound vehicle […]

Transport $12 billion of gold #anyqs

From Bloomberg: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the central bank to repatriate $11 billion of gold reserves held in developed nations’ institutions such as the Bank of England as prices for the metal rise to a record. Venezuela, which holds 211 tons of its 365 tons of gold reserves in U.S., European, Canadian and Swiss banks, will progressively return the bars […]

Altitude Sickness

Act 1 View from Pikes Peak: On a trip out west with my wife, we took a trip up to the top of Pikes Peak by Colorado Springs. I’m calling this post Altitude Sickness because despite having this post in mind when we went up, I didn’t take the one picture that I wanted to […]

Dartboard Problem

From Infinigons, etc: Putting myself in kids’ shoes You have a square dartboard. What is the probability that a randomly-thrown dart will land closer to the center of the dartboard than to an edge? Superb problem. I took the lazy route. I made a python program to run 100,000 trials, and graph those trials on a […]


From the brilliant(?) minds at vat19.com, I present to you, the IcoSoKu: Just thousands, that’s it? In my list of mathematical strengths probability does not appear, but there are: 12 unique numbers (vertices of an icosahedron), so 12! = 479,001,600 ways to arrange them. But because of the symmetry involved in a icosahedron, there are 12 ways to […]