Archive for September, 2009

The Monty Hall Problem

September 24, 2009

Here it is folks, the latest puzzle:

Suppose you’re on a game show and you’re given the choice of three doors. Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. The car and the goats were placed randomly. You get to choose a door; and that door remains closed until the end.  Monty Hall, who knows what is behind all the doors , now has to open one of the two remaining doors, one which has a goat.  After this opening, you are given the choice: to switch your selection to the third remaining un-opened door, or keep the one you originally selected. What is you choice, and  why?

Comments welcomed and encouraged.



lefttothereader is worried

September 21, 2009

Yes folks,

lefttothereader is worried that New York is SCREWED!

Goto and find out why.

Or goto

Goto any way.


Remembering 911

September 12, 2009

Do I?

Yes I do.

My daughter, the apple of my eye, was living in Manhattan, and working in Brooklyn on Sept. 11, 2001. As she tells her story, after the first tower was hit, the management sent everybody home; they didn’t know what was going on, but figured that transportation would be screwed up no matter what. So she took the subway…and ended up very nearly under the WTO as it collapsed.  The train stopped in the tunnel, not at a station. And the conductor somehow, guided everybody up to street level. And an NYPD cop nearby told everybody to run. And she ran; all the way back to her  appartment in Chelsea.

The phones were not working, as you may recall. But the internet was, and shortly after, she sent email telling me/us that she was OK, more or less….

Do I remember 911, yes I do.


Ch. 4 Properties of Green’s Function

September 11, 2009

Hi Fans,

So, it has been a while for this chapter; too long coming in fact. But surely worth the wait (and don’t call me surely). Anyway, read, study, and absorb.

Ch. 4 Properties of Green’s Function G(E)



Infinite Summer…?

September 3, 2009

Fellow Bibliophiles,

Well,  I finished reading David Foster Wallace’s opus, “Infinite Jest” last night. What a read. Every page is a gem. I liked it a lot. And I highly reccomend it to you all.  And, of course, I was one the the charter members of; actually, I was a member when we got our summer reading assignments directly from Mathew Baldwin @ And I hadn’t read Wallacs’s first novel, “Broom of the System.”  So I checked it out from the library and read it on our trip to Portland, Bend, and  Eugene OR. I finished reading ‘Broom’ in Portland; so as we were staying near Powells  (and  we always go there when we’re in town),  and I bought a copy of ‘Infinite’.  Now, if you peruse, you will  see lots of comments, commentary, etc, etc, chapter by chapter; naturally, I wanted to read the book uninfluenced, so I never went there. As such, you will not find my comments there. But in the future, you may find them here. In fact here is one now: there is a group forming to be called “The Tunnel Group.” I will most likely join it.  Do visit there and find out yourselves what’s going on. I will say one more thing here. There is  discussion as to the next book to read in the group: Gaddis’ “JR”, Pynchon’s “Gravities Rainbow”, and that ilk have been promoted as possibles. Both are good choices, excellent  actually. But I’ve read them, and I would  prefer something I haven’t read. Any suggestiongs are welcome.