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New Puzzles

November 22, 2010

Hi Fans,

Well I have a couple of new puzzles for you, and they are doozies; here’s the first one:

A couple moved to a new city in which they didn’t know anybody. In order to meet people they took out an add in the local newspaper asking married couples between ages of 20 to 40 years to come on Friday at 8pm to their house for a party.  On Friday at 8pm, 4 couples came to their house making it a total of 10  people (including the hosts).  None of the people at the party knew anyone but their own spouse. The host asked all the people in the party to walk up to new people, introduce themselves, and shake their hand. After a few minutes, the host asked everyone to stop and tell him how many hands did they  shake. He got nine different answers (all the others but himself) that were all different from each other (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).  The question is, how many hands did  his wife shake? Another question could be, how many hands did the host himself shake?

I will give my solution in the next post.

Cheers,

lttr

 

Infinite Stephen King

July 8, 2010

Hey Gang,

Sorry about the dearth of posts; I’ve been real busy and everything. Anyway, I’ve just finished reading King’s latest opus, “Under the Dome”; and a qualified thumbs up. Not a classic, like D.F.Wallace, but a good read, nevertheless. And at 1072 pages for the hardbound (from the library), a good 10 day read. He (ie., Mr King) says that he started this book/plot/musing in 1976..then shitcanned it until ’07 when he then proceeded to complete said tome.  I’m not going to write  about the plot, or the quality of the writing, etc, etc. But I do want to make a single observation; namely, that, purposely or not, in this piece of fiction, King has written the definitive allegory of our times.  If for no other reason, everyone should read this one…and then think about the future of humans, and this planet.

Thanks for tuning in,

Sal

Passage to Panama, Cabo San Lucas

March 28, 2010

Hi Team,

Well, after two days at sea, we arrive at the southern tip of Baja California; Cape San Lucas. I had signed  up for the kayaking and snorkel tour, so we gathered together and headed out. The ship had anchored in the bay, so we had to take the motor launch into shore. I teamed up with our friend Laura for the 2-man kayak. We met our guide, and drove over to the beach and got out kayaks and some instruction. Then off we go. The paddling was work but not too bad  (or so I thought at the time), and after about 30 min we arrived at the southern most tip of Baja; way cool. We paddled close to the rock arch but didn’t go through. Other vessels were near by, but since we were in kayaks we got closer than everybody else. After that  we paddled back to a nice snorkel beach. We all parked our kayaks and put on our snorkel gear and swam out to a bunch of rocks  sticking out of the water.  Water depth about 30 feet, lots of snorkelers and a few scuba divers. The rocks were covered with coral and there were plenty of fish to look at.  We spent about an hour in and around the beach, and then got back into our kayaks and paddled back to town.  A Carnival cruise ship had followed us to Cabo, and by this time had unloaded its mass of people. The town was jumping: bars were open and shops were selling stuff, and so on. We hung around for a while and then took the launch back to our ship. We hung out on board until late afternoon, when we weighed anchor and headed out to sea. Shortly after leaving Cabo, we saw about a half a dozen whales, California Greys. They seemed to be directly in our path, and we got within a couple of hundred yards before they all dove out of the way; relief.  We continued on our way.

Next stop Acapulco.

Random Stuff, and Sallie Ford and Sound Outside

March 15, 2010

Hi people,

Well, I’m still working on my next chapter of the technical stuff. It taking longer than it should, but there you go.

So, what did I read on the cruise you might ask; and I’m  glad you did. For no apparent reason other than the ship’s library had them I read three really interesting books, all related to witchcraft, and of course geographically located in/or near Salem, MA. The books are: “The Physik Book of Deliverance Dane.” by Katherine Howe; “The Alchemist’s Daughter.” by Katherine McMahon; and “The Lace Reader.” by Brunonia Barry. All three were perfect for passing the time on the pool deck, under an umbrella.

So lastly for this entry;  yesterday I discoverer Sallie Ford and her backup band, Sound Outside.  She sings and they play a kind of southern-rock-blues-punk thing that is almost spoken-word, but isn’t. Apparently you can only find them in and around the Pacific-Northwest; if you can, go see them.  You can of course find her/them on youtube and facebook, etc. Do go find them, and listen. Do it now.

best wishes, dada

P to Panama, Day 2

March 10, 2010

OK Fans,

Here are more recollections, our first day at sea, Feb 10. After a late night watching us leave LA harbor, we got up looking and feeling our best. First, breakfast and then all hands on deck for lifeboat drills. It turns out that some of our mates didn’t get onboard ’til well past dark; thus lifeboat drills were put off a day.  Way too serious! Then off to the pool deck for the rest of the day: music, reading, bridge, spanish lessons..? On days at sea we get tons of activities for entertainment; and mostly to keep us from worrying about the ship rocking back and forth and back and  forth and….you get the picture. Anyway, Sharon signed up for duplicate  bridge lessons, 1 hour, and then 2 hours of play.  Me?, I signed up for spanish lessons–and what a hoot. Senior Roy was our teacher, and what fun! His promise, “Espanol in 16 dias.” Anyway, the 1st day at sea means getting our sea legs…booze helped a lot.

sal

Btw, the cuisine on the ship Regatta is the best of any cruise we’ve been on.

Passage to Panama, Embarcation

March 7, 2010

So Fans,

Here is a short non-diary of our trip through the Panama Canal. Day 1, Feb 9, was our embarcation from San Pedro. We were delivered there from West LA by our daughter and her kids. It was raining as we drove down the freeway; it was rushhour and traffic  was a mess. We had lots of time, as the ship, Regatta, was not scheduled to leave port until midnight. Anyway we arrived fine, got onboard, found our stateroom, looked around the ship, and  then went up to dinner.  At dinner we sat at table with a couple from the DC area, Pete and Kathy.  As happens to us often onboard, we made fast friends.  After dinner, I talked them into staying up and watching as we left port.  We made our way up to the observation bar, and watched as the lights of LA slid by; it was about 12:30 am when we finally exited LA harbor, and made for the open ocean, and points south. The next two days we would be at sea; our first stop would be Cabo San Lucas.

blimey

Call me Ishmael

January 6, 2010

So fans,

Without further adieu, here we go; oh, and in no particular order:

1. Call me Ishmael.

2. To Athene’  then.

3. A screaming comes across the sky.

4. to wound the autumnal city.

5. riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings  us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

6. I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies.

7. Many people in the Miracle Valley had theories about why Joe Mondragon did it.

8. I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia.

9. Mr Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth–a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centered upon his own silly self.

10. In the spring of 1829, the author of this work whom curiosity had brought into Spain, made a rambling expedition from Seville to Granada in company of a friend, a member of the Russian Embassy at Madrid.

Go for it; and Happy New Year.

Dave

Going mobile

November 25, 2009

Yes fans,
This post is my first from my droid.
Oh yes, I’ve finally gone and done it; joined the 21th century.
Tadaaaaa.
More later.

Sal

Defying Gravity Pt. 1

October 27, 2009

Dear Fans,

Well, here we go again, another digression from the main theme; QM. Here, and in the next several posts, I will attempt to add some rational discourse on the issue brought up by my one of my heroes, Fred Clark. On his blog and in his post, “Defying Gravity”, he asked for help w/ arguments against creationism (slacktivist.typepad.com).  I’ve already emailed him with the excuse that it would take some time, and it will.  Nevertheless, here we go.

First and foremost, I will attempt to explain my view of what science actually is. I’ve had occasion to teach various science topics over my career as a practicing engineer. I think I know what science is, and  what it is not; as I propose to explain as we go along.

Second, I propose to describe various elements of science; ones that I have a lot of experience with. In this I will also discuss ‘hard’ science and ‘soft’ science, and what the difference is.

Thirdly, I will work at illuminating what science is not. I will discuss various topics in metaphysics–it’s not what you think. And I will try to put science, and  the scientific method in the context of where it may be useful and where it won’t be.

Fourthly, if I get that far, I will address the issues of things like creationism and the idiocy of any attempt at rational discourse on the subject.

And finally, if on the off chance I get to here, I will expound on the general issue of the anti-intellectual, anti-rational, anti-science atmosphere that seems to exist in our body politic today.

Stay tuned,

Dr. Dave