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See you later, alligator

Perhaps you’ve heard about the infamous “crocodile problem” from the Scottish “Higher Maths Exam” (which I gather is something like the AP Exam, but administered in a delightful brogue). It’s a basic optimization problem that nevertheless stumped so many test … Continue reading

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#chaffetzing

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz is vying to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. You may know Chaffetz as the dude who chaired the Congressional Oversight Hearing on Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donations that turned up absolutely no … Continue reading

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Pi filling

In deference to the recent Super Pi Day, in 2010 the students and teachers of Southern California’s Salem Lutheran Church built an enormous globe out of paper mache. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this makes it both … Continue reading

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(I've Had) The Spline of My Life

A student in my office was complaining about the 2015 version of SolidWorks and, in particular, about the new version’s tendency to place the origin of any 2D (or 3D) object in the lower corner, so that the entire object … Continue reading

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The fable of the Hilbert Hotel, part 3

Catch up on the story so far…. Seething with anger and embarrassment, Old Man Kronecker could think of nothing any more past running the Hilbert Hotel to the ground.  His original plan of adding a single extra room to the … Continue reading

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