For Hypatia

Something I stumbled upon.  I think you like this sort of thing so I am passing it on… (Hopefully all my “text” editing will carry through the posting.)(nope, it just bumbled it all together…)

The Train of Life
At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,
and we believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station
our parents will step down from the train,
leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by,
other people will board the train;
and they will be significant
i.e. our siblings, friends, children,
and even the love of your life.

Many will step down
and leave a permanent vacuum.
Others will go so unnoticed
that we don’t realize
they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy,
sorrow, fantasy, expectations,
hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship
with all passengers
requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:
We do not know at which station
we ourselves will step down.

So, we must live in the best way,
love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.
It is important to do this
because when the time comes for us to step down
and leave our seats empty
we should leave behind beautiful memories
for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.
Reap success and give lots of love.
Lastly, I thank you
for being one of the passengers on my train.

(By the way, I am not planning to get off the train anytime soon
but if I do, just remember I am glad you were part of my journey.)

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Tearjerker alert

Vietnam Marine veteran in New Mexico hospice care reunites with beloved dog one last time

This may be the other way around, he may be waiting at the “Rainbow Bridge” for his beloved pet.

Sorry, but this brought tears to my eyes, this veteran is just about a year older than I am and I think that maybe sharing it is the right thing to do.... [Read More]

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I could say there’s a time for every season…

but that’s too damn darn poetic for the likes of me.

Had to buy a new washing machine tonight. Another Whirlpool, will I ever learn? First Whirlpool lasted 24 years, (with repairs I made). Second one lasted 8 years, with a few minor repairs, but the transmission went, the agitator would only go in one direction, when it was supposed to go the other way it made a horrendous grinding noise. So…... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 6

October has arrived, and this first weekend of the new month gives us some good games to look forward to.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 head to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝, the Miami Hurricanes 🌪  host the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃 , the Boston College Eagles 🦅 are on the road at the Louisville Cardinals 🐦, and the Duke Blue Devils 🔵 😈 defend home against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 .... [Read More]

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Cancel Culture: When you’ve Lost MIT…

MIT logoRecently we discussed how Richard Stallman had been hounded out of his long-term positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Free Software Foundation (which he founded).  Well, if there’s one thing you can depend upon with Social Justice Warrior (SJW) outrage mobs, one scalp is never enough, and they have to keep nailing them to the rubble of institutions they’re destroying until they completely collapse.

Now they’re going after Prof. Seth Lloyd, a pioneer in the field of quantum computing, author of Programming the Universe, and explorer of the ultimate physical limits to computation.  Prof. Lloyd cited funding from Jefferey Epstein in 19 of his published papers, and is claimed to have visited Epstein in prison.  On 2019-08-22, Lloyd published a letter in which he apologised for his associations with Epstein.  Apologies and groveling only incite the mob.... [Read More]

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Mathless in Seattle

Back in May 2006, the Seattle Public Schools distinguished themselves by publishing “Definitions of Racism” which was deservedly mocked and thrown into the Memory Hole, but not before Fourmilab snagged, and preserved for all time, this verbatim copy, which remains a frequently-cited document on our site.

Well, here they go again.  Now we have this document, dated 2019-08-20, titled “K-12 Math Ethnic Studies Framework” [PDF].  (I have linked to the original document on their Web site.  If it disappears under a tsunami of scorn, like the “Definitions of Racism” screed, be assured I have a copy squirreled away which I shall immortalise.)... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 5

Autumn has finally arrived, but the action on the field (and the sidelines) remains as hot as ever! Here are some of this week’s games.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has the Syracuse Orange 🍊 defending home against the Holy Cross Crusaders 🗡, the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 host the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 face the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 on the road, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 are also on the road at the Temple Owls 🦉, and the #10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ have a showdown with the #18 Virginia Cavaliers 🤺 in South Bend.... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 4

Week 4 is upon us, as is summer’s end. As the Autumn equinox looms, the competition on the field is red-hot, as are the sirens of the sidelines. 😎

In Atlantic Coast Conference action, the Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 host the #15 UCF Knights 🛡, the Louisville Cardinals 🐦 play the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 in Tallahassee, the Boston College Eagles 🦅 seek to bounce back against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 🏰 , the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 play the visiting Ball State Cardinals 🐦, and the Charlotte 49ers ⛏ take on the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅.... [Read More]

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College Football 2019 – Week 3

As the third week of the college football season unfolds, summer may be drawing to an end but the competition on the field is heating up. Here are some of this weekend’s games.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Syracuse Orange 🍊 are hosting the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅, the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 are on the road at the #25 Virginia Cavaliers ⚔️, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 head to Morgantown to face the West Virginia Mountaineers ⛰, the #13 Penn State Nittany Lions 🦁 play the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆,  and the doughty Demon Deacons 😈 ✝️ of Wake Forest defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 🦶 24-18 on Friday night.... [Read More]

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Book Review: Civil War Two

“Civil War Two” by Thomas ChittumThis book was originally published in 1993 with a revised edition in 1996. This Kindle edition, released in 2018, and available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers, appears to be identical to the last print edition, although the number of typographical, punctuation, grammatical, and formatting errors (I counted 78 in 176 pages of text, and I wasn’t reading with a particularly critical eye) makes me wonder if the Kindle edition was made by optical character recognition of a print copy and never properly copy edited before publication. The errors are so frequent and egregious that readers will get the impression that the publisher couldn’t be bothered to read over the text before it reached their eyes.

Sometimes, a book with mediocre production values can be rescued by its content, but that is not the case here. The author, who served two tours as a rifleman with the U.S. Army in Vietnam (1965 and 1966), then fought with the Rhodesian Territorials in the early 1970s and the Croatian Army in 1991–1992, argues that the U.S. has been transformed from a largely homogeneous republic in which minorities and newcomers were encouraged and provided a path to assimilate, and is now a multi-ethnic empire in which each group (principally, whites and those who, like most East Asians, have assimilated to the present majority’s culture; blacks; and Hispanics) sees itself engaged in a zero-sum contest against the others for power and the wealth of the empire.... [Read More]

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Depressed Growth

According to this guy, the US has been in a depression since 2007, using an idiosyncratic definition of depression. Putting aside the semantics, I was skeptical of, yet intrigued by, the claim that there was a significant, persistent change in economic growth since the 2008-9 recession. Using data from FRED, I plotted real GDP per capita. The plot is on a semi-log scale, where a constant percentage growth appears as a straight line. The quarterly FRED GDP data are plotted in red. Exponential fits to the 1947-2007 and 2009-2019 are plotted in green and blue, respectively. The fits have been extended to highlight the difference between the two annual growth rates (2.15% & 1.56%). The difference between the green and blue fits in the current year is more than $10k per capita: nothing to sneeze at.

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College Football 2019 – Week 2

As Week 2 of the college football season gets underway, we can look forward to more thrills, chills, and highlights galore!  Let’s take a look at some of this week’s featured matchups.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has the Maryland Terrapins 🐢 hosting the #21 Syracuse Orange 🍊, the Western Carolina Catamounts 😸 on the road at the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺, the South Florida Bulls 🐂 at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝, and the #12 Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 in a showdown with the defending champion #1 Clemson Tigers 🐅.... [Read More]

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