ust to be completely up-front, I don't have a "target audience." The simple fact is that I write about whatever is on my mind, and sometimes that can be a bit messy. I might come back and amend a post and I'm definitely open to constructive criticism. I've never been very fond of people commandeering somebody else's web space and using it for a pulpit though, so you'll notice I don't have a space for comments. I am working on that ... really. For now, if you email me I will respond.

Logic Fail ...

S o, I find that the world can be divided into two types of people: those who wear graphic tees and those who don't.1 As it happens, I'm one those who don't, which is why it's interesting that I find

Posted in Mathematics, Music

Sonnet I (Jan 1998)

T here was a time I thought myself quite the poet.  Because of that somewhat misguided belief, I devoted far too much time to reading and writing poetry (Jane Austin would not have approved).  Not much of it was very good,

Posted in Musings

Pythagoras and Fibonacci

A few weeks ago, I was walking through the local B&N, and found A Slice of Pi1. In it, Liz Strachman outlines some of the short mathematical tidbits she would employ as a means to keep her students' attention and interest

Posted in Mathematics

Lame Homework

I f you've read some of my earlier entries, it shouldn't be a mystery that I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about math education. It probably wouldn't surprise you to learn that I'm happy to talk with just

Posted in Mathematics

18th Century Math

I 'm a huge fan of old books.  Textbooks are my favorites, but just about any old book will do - and if it's a lousy book, it will still make for a great decoration.  So, when my dad called

Posted in Books, Mathematics

Listening To the Whole Album

W hile sorting through my garage last week, I tripped over an old Converse shoebox for the bajillionth time1 and decided it was time to stop kicking the thing around the floor and just put it where it belongs.  So, I picked

Posted in Music

Paranoid ...

S everal years ago, in one of those freak accidents that your friend the computer guy has nightmares about, my hard drive went completely belly-up with no warning whatsoever.  One moment, it was humming along like it should; the next,

Posted in Genealogy

Missing Years

D espite my best efforts to approach my genealogical research in an organized and efficient manner, there are files I still haven't sorted through. Many of these contain tangential information that doesn't really move my research forward as much as

Posted in Genealogy

Apparently, I'm Doing It Wrong ...

A bout a year ago, I signed up to receive the "SAT Question of the Day" from the College Board.  Every day, I get a multiple-choice question delivered to my email account - when I click the answer, it takes

Posted in Mathematics

Poking Holes

F ractals are really awesome.  I realize that sounds just a little hyperbolic, but that doesn't make it untrue.  As a teenager, I had a Julia Set "centerfold" on my wall (courtesy of OMNI Magazine) - I suppose a Grateful

Posted in Mathematics