• I don't have the background in history to make this. I found it somewhere. I haven't got the faintest idea where; if you can tell me, I'll link to the original.

    This is similar to the Beer OS humor. You can find lots of that from Google.

    If your OS was a politician, which one would it be?

    Continue reading "If Operating Systems Were Politicians"

  • EclipseWatch 2008

    Yes, we let the kids stay up late to see the lunar eclipse. Of course! It's the last one for nearly three years! We're determined to keep reminding Kayla so she doesn't forget; this kind of thing rolls off a five year old's memory very easily.

    As you can see from the very blurry picture, they behaved perfectly, despite the lateness of the hour. They shared the two pairs of binoculars, the blanket, and the cat with no whining or complaining.

    They were a little crabby this morning, but I think it was well worth it.

  • This year, the Mathematics Association of America held their AMC 8 competition with 200,000 worldwide participants. Tatiana scored in the top 5%! (You may remember that she took second place in the state math competition last year.)

    I'm more than pleased with Jackson Heights Middle School, I'm downright elated! Her math teacher, Mr. White, has done an outstanding job with these students. 23% of his students who took the test got into the the top 5% of this extremely competitive group. One made a perfect score; she was one of only 27 who did.

    Other schools fear us. When we go to the math competitions, they know they're in trouble. We took 11 of the top 13 awards at the latest competition (Tatiana was 13th place) -- and that was against high school students! Congratulations to Mr. White.

    Congratulations, Tatiana, on an extremely successful school year!

  • I'm obviously not as smart as I think I am.

    I can't even take a car apart.

    Continue reading "Disappointing Disassembly"

  • Today was the "A Honor Roll" Breakfast. My eldest daughter has been getting straight As since she started middle school, and every grading period they hold one of these breakfasts. Those of mathematical inclination can tell what grade she's in from the information that I've eaten six servings of institutional scrambled eggs now. Certainly that's close to a lifetime maximum or something?

    Today my car (that hatchback I've been hypermiling with) was fixed, too. $500 for a new breather box, PCB valve, grommet, gasket, oil change, etc. It's still in cosmetically horrible condition, and it's still burning a little bit of oil.

    At the Breakfast, they handed the kids little prizes. The one-time students got a lanyard. The repeat students got something small and white. We couldn't tell what it was from our vantage.

    My wife leaned over and said to me, "I hope it's another bumper sticker. We can put it on your car."

    I replied, "Just what I need. It can say, "My car is a piece of crap, but my kid is on the A Honor Roll".

    Continue reading "My CAR is a Piece of Crap, But My KID is an Honor Student"