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What do you mean it’s not real news?



It’s just as informative and thought provoking as anything in the NY TImes or the Wall Street Journal…

Congress for the New Urbanism

Wish I could be there. Maybe next year…

PlaceShakers and NewsMakers

PlaceShakers gets put on ice this week as we, together with most of the urbanists we know, head to West Palm Beach, Florida, for CNU 20: The New World, this year’s installment of the annual Congress for the New Urbanism.

Will you be there?

As summarized by the CNU, “The New World confronts the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and growing wealth disparity, along with worldwide adjustments in the financial, housing, retail, transportation, and energy markets. Taken collectively, these challenges are drastically changing how we do business in the 21st Century, and opening new opportunities for the New Urbanism.”

This comes on the heels of last year’s Congress, where Next Generation urbanists brought fresh ideas and approaches to the wet blanket malaise of the sagging economy. Scott Doyon wrote about some of them in advance of the gathering while Howard Blackson followed up with a post-game analysis

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Funduhmentals of Mathematics

Today we will discuss some of the deeper implications of common and advanced mathematics. We will start with some basic assumptions, shattering them to pieces, before moving on to advanced themes.

  1. Two and two always makes four. This is basic and we learn it early and repeat it often. The truth, however, is not so simple. One factor which is often omitted or ignored is the units involved. I present a simple example to illustrate: Two apples and two oranges makes neither four apples nor four oranges. The only way to make our beloved cliche true here is to derive a common unit from the given units. Two apples and two oranges makes four pieces of fruit. But what about two apples and two boots. Not four apples, boots, or fruit. We have to default to the empirical unit objects here to make this work. Two apples and two boots is four objects. Unless boots is a verb… Then things get hairy.
  2. Well, if two and two isn’t always strictly four, what happens now with fractions? Well, I’ll give you a bitter example from real life (because these things are always more useful when applied to everyday situations rather than the abstract). A half plus a half is a whole right? Not always so! I have two halves of an associate degree. So how many degrees do I have? Well, of course, I have none. Go figure. (At least it was only community college tuition we’re talking about here.)
  3. So we’ve established that numbers do not always combine the way we would like them to, but, at least on their own, we can count on them to remain true to themselves, yes? No, I’m afraid not. Here is what I call the Bulson Proof, as it was handed down to me by my high school math teacher Mrs. Bulson.










Whoa! We’ve just been stabbed in the back by our former friends one and two, who we thought we could count on, in good times and bad, to be just who we always thought they were, but here we see they have been fooling us all this time. They’re completely interchangeable! This throws the whole entire number theory right into the garbage disposal!

Or it presents a pretty compelling reason, other than the whims of your math teacher and her text books, why you’re not allowed to divide by zero (or any variable not explicitly stated to be not equal to zero).

Now we’ll move on to word problems, because rarely in life are you thrown a bunch of numbers requiring your crunching (unless you are often thrown a bunch of numbers requiring your crunching, in which case you have a boring job which you should be grateful for since computers are probably quicker and more accurate than you are). Read the question carefully before answering. This is an important test taking skill.

Considering the average human walks at a rate of about 3 miles per hour, and marathon winners complete the 26.2 mile run in about 2 1/2 hours, which is equivalent to running roughly 10 miles per hour, would it be faster for me to walk 10 miles or to run 10 miles?

Think about the question before rushing to answer. You don’t want to miss easy questions like this on any upcoming exams you may have because you failed to understand the question being asked. Do you have your answer?

Okay. Here is the correct answer: It would, without a doubt, be faster for me to walk the 10 miles. Despite being a good distance walker, I am out of shape, and attempting to run the 10 miles would result in extended delays whilst I, lying prostrate on the sidewalk, waited for emergency medical services to arrive and attempt to resuscitate me. They would most likely then bring me to a hospital, or morgue, depending on the relative success, or lack thereof, of their previously stated efforts, which would result in further, possibly infinite, delays. So you see, the wording of the questions on your exams is crucial. Never rush to answer a question without fully reading and understanding every word in the question.

You say the question was unfair because you don’t know me or the status of my health? Well that’s your fault. You should have done your homework!


10 Fat burning tips to lose weight fast!

Ok, here’s a quick way to cut the fat (and repair the economy):

Fire the politicians! ALL OF THEM!

Thank you and have a nice day. [No, you don’t need to pay me, I love my work. Thank you anyway.]

How to fry tree bark.

So big government is bad. Check.

POTUS is supposed to be creating jobs to revive the economy. Check.

Creating a big huge federal FDR style program to convert the dying automobile industry into an American High Speed Rail train producing system, and taking the trillions being spent overseas to protect our Asian border and using it to build a national network of high speed rail lines (along with revamping the American infrastructure, including de-suburbanizing the landscape) would be bad (=big government). Check.

Any government funded job creation would be more big government. Check.

How’s POTUS supposed to create these jobs?

Oh right, cut all taxes for the wealthy. Check. (Because this has been working so well since the Reagan administration…)

Nevermind… Moving on!

Whoops… I meant moving on!

Oops sorry, kinda stuck here. Gimme a sec…

Anyway, to refocus on the positive things going on these days, check this out:

Well, I can’t seem to find anything good going on out there, so pardon me while I make a little good of my own in this space:

Enjoy and stay positive!

What the hell is wrong with you?

Just a quick note to share this gem I found earlier today:

Have a great weekend!

That’s what I’m talking about!!

Tank crushes car

Now this is what I’m talking about folks!

Need I say more… ? 🙂 See http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2011/08/02/2011-08-02_lithuanian_mayor_runs_over_illegally_parked_car_with_a_tank.html for details

Down with the automobiles!

On a more serious note, terrorism continues in the United States Congress as the Tea Baggers continue to employ their slash and burn philosophy of disassembling the Republic from the inside out. May a swift meteor strike save us all…