Monthly Archives: March 2014

Benny Lewis: The Irish Polyglot updated part 1

Benny Lewis calls himself as the Irish Polyglot.  He, like Kato Lomb, got nothing out of conventional language learning classes, but beginning with Spanish, he became self taught in a number of languages.  His website is here. I first came … Continue reading

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An Asteroid with rings.

According to this article in Wired Yesterday, Astronomers have discovered an asteroid with rings around it., much to their astonishment. The asteroid is named Chariklo and orbits between Saturn and Uranus.   Only Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, and most famously Saturn … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: Using J to do more complicated formulas. Part 3

By all means play with J.  Don’t be afraid of getting error messages, learn from them. In J, Dr. Iverson decided to forego math and computer jargon and to use analogies from grammar to describe the methods of programming.  Whether … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: Using J to do more complicated formulas. Part 2

In the last post, we showed a simple formula for converting a Fahrenheit temperature to centigrade or Celsius temperature.   We compared it to the standard pencil and paper formula.  Okay, so the next step in learning J is to … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Learning: Using J to do more complicated formulas. Part 1

I recall when I was studying Turbo Pascal on my own, metric conversion programs were some of the earliest programs I learned to write.  The program that follows is very similar to those programs, in this case converting Fahrenheit temperatures … Continue reading

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You Tube: the shop classes of the future.

I think You Tube will  play a  huge role in teaching the shop classes and the trades over the next decade.  I’ll let the videos speak for themselves.  The first video  is about replacing a stuck Moen shower faucet cartridge … Continue reading

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Three Asteroids set to flyby the earth; Hubble telescope observes an Asteroid crack-up

As reported on NVONews  Astronomers following the Hubble Telescope are set to watch three Asteroids flyby the earth.   Meanwhile, after tracking its movments, Astronomers watched as Asteroid  P3/ 2013 “….disintegrated chunk by chunk.”  Check it out at the link.  Thanks … Continue reading

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Do-it-Yourself Learning: Creating unlimited practice problems in J for free, Part 3

There are many theories in the U.S. and the U.K. about teaching math:  New Math, Old Math, and Common Core.  The one thing the advocates of math teaching systems have in common is that, like all government bureaucrats, they assume … Continue reading

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