Monthly Archives: June 2014

5.2 Earthquake near Lordsburg, New Mexico

About 24 hours ago, according to the USGS, there was a 5.2 earthquake with an epicenter about 30 miles Northwest of Lordsburg, New Mexico, on the Arizona side of the line.  It was near the Gila River.  I looked at … Continue reading

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Fishy Friday

I hate fish.  Well, perhaps that’s going too far.  But the less I eat, the better.  I keep canned salmon on hand as part of an emergency food supply (earthquakes, power outages, and so on.)  When I did a lot … Continue reading

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Cubes and Exponents

Remember in the post on Perfect Squares and Exponents that W. Michael Kelley in a sidebar on page 155 of his book on Algebra  recommended memorizing the first 15 perfect sqaures. On that same page, he also recommended memorizing the first … Continue reading

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Another word of thanks!

We have today passed 250 subscribers; thanks to all of you.  And, thanks to all who have spread the word.

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7.9 Earthquake today near Little Sitkin Island, Alaska

The actual location of the earthquake is near the end of the Aleutian Islands chain which lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Bearing Sea.  It looks closer to Siberia than to mainland North America.   Little Sitkin Island is … Continue reading

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Mauna Loa volcano shows signs of activity.

New activity from the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii has been observed by the USGS in the last week, and has been reported here and elsewhere. The USGS reports that there have been four clusters of earthquakes so far but no … Continue reading

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Do-It-Yourself Language Learning: the Good and Bad of the Pimsleur Method

The goal of the Pimsleur  method is to teach the spoken language without an accent.   The method claims that you learn to speak as a baby learns the native language. I think it is a worthy goal to learn … Continue reading

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Perfect Squares in J

In his book on Algebra, W. Michael Kelley has a sidebar note in Chapter 12, pg. 155, in which he suggests that students should memorize the first 15 perfect squares.  Examples of a perfect square—a number multiplied times itself—would be … Continue reading

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Public Schools as Parental Malpractice

Here is another one of these stories about the public schools and the size 8 shoe.  A ten year old girl with a family history of skin cancer was forbidden from bringing sunscreen on a field trip by school district … Continue reading

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The Pavlof Volcano is erupting in Alaska; Ring of Fire update.

Reuters is reporting that the Pavlof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has been erupting since May 30, 2014.  The Pavlof Volcano is located about  600 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. This picture of the eruption was taken  from an airplane … Continue reading

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