Archive for November, 2009

One Square Inch of Twilight

My daughter is reading (and re-reading) the Twilight novels and I am reading One Square Inch of Silence, a book by Emmy Award-winning acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton. Coincidence?  You decide.  Forks, Washington, the setting for the Twilight novels, is only 31 miles from “One Square Inch of Silence,” the quietest place in the United States. One Square […]

Fundamentals of Engineering

You can download a copy of the Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied-Reference Handbook. Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is the first step toward becoming a registered professional engineer.  Beginning with the October 2005 exam, the results are reported as “Pass” or “Fail” only.  The pass rate is about 80% for first-time test takers and […]

Population Density

Some of you may have heard me mention recently that Vermont is the least populous state.  In fact, Wyoming is the least populous, with an estimated 2008 population of 523,668.  Vermont is the second least populous, with an estimated 2008 population of 621,270. Wyoming is the second least densely populated state at 5.4 persons per square mile.  […]

Ray Tracing

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_tracing_%28graphics%29 In computer graphics, ray tracing is a technique for generating an image by tracing the path of light through pixels in an image plane and simulating the effects of its encounters with virtual objects. The technique is capable of producing a very high degree of visual realism, usually higher than that of typical […]

Legalize “Rolling Stops” for Bicyclists

The Idaho Stop Law is a traffic provision that basically allows bicycles to proceed at a slow speed through stop signs if the coast is clear. As cycling for transportation becomes more organized and popular, many cycling advocates across the country are hoping for similar changes to the traffic code in their state. The basic […]

Global Cooling

from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowball_Earth Snowball Earth refers to the hypothesis that the Earth’s surface became nearly or entirely frozen over at least once during three periods between 650 and 750 million years ago. The geological community generally accepts this hypothesis because it best explains sedimentary deposits generally regarded as of glacial origin at tropical paleolatitudes and other […]

Progress Village Jazz Ensemble

The Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble visited Philip Shore Elementary Magnet School of the Arts today to give those elementary school students an earful of what’s in store for them if they decide to continue their magnet school education at Progress Village.  Take a listen to the bass line in […]

Running Shoes

These were the shoes I “had to have” when I was in sixth grade. from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asics ASICS Ltd. began as Onitsuka Co., Ltd., on September 1, 1949. Its founder, Kihachiro Onitsuka, began manufacturing basketball shoes in his home town of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Onitsuka became particularly renowned for the Mexico 66 design, in which the […]

World Series Wager

My son and I have a bet on the World Series.  If he wins, he gets $10.  If I win, I get $1.  We get points for guessing correctly which team will win in how many games, who will be the MVP, and for total runs, total home runs, total stolen bases, and total number of errors by […]