CNET has some TV viewing size/distance recommendations.

Feels like there's a similarity (and a lot of other stuff) type problem in here. Artifact From CNET:  In a perfect videophile world, you'd want to sit no closer than 1.5 times the screen's diagonal measurement, and no farther than twice that measurement to the TV. For example, for a 50-inch TV, you'd sit between … Continue reading CNET has some TV viewing size/distance recommendations.

More math food blogging: I may need some help from my Southern friends.

I think I may have an eating problem. Or just a eating mathematically problem. Here's my problem today. Delicious, delicious pigs-in-a-blanket (from pillsbury.com): Pigs-in-a-blanket, for the uninitiated, are little hot dog/sausage type things warmly embraced by crescent rolls dough. In fact, that's the ingredient list: Little sausages. A can of crescent rolls dough. Cooking instructions: Wrap those … Continue reading More math food blogging: I may need some help from my Southern friends.

Who doesn’t want to relive the 2000 election? (Stats problem)

We'll take a slight detour from my college readiness manifesto (that hasn't even really started yet) to bring you the following election-related problem. Then again, this problem was lifted directly from a graduate level Statistics class, so this might give some insight into what college readiness could potentially look like. Hadn't thought of that. Enjoy! … Continue reading Who doesn’t want to relive the 2000 election? (Stats problem)

Do violent video games cause violence? One Social Studies teacher’s experience teaching Math

(A lot of people have heroes. Many of those heroes are athletes or celebrities. For others, they are cops, firefighters, and teachers. One of mine is Lee Fleming, a co-worker, friend, and inspiration. Lee has taught Social Studies and Spanish. A couple weeks ago, she added "Math" to that impressive resume, despite never being formally taught math … Continue reading Do violent video games cause violence? One Social Studies teacher’s experience teaching Math

Sprinklers, Circles, Sectors and such (my first real foray into Geogebratubing)

First off, I basically stole this from @NatBanting. And when I say "basically", I mean "entirely." Here's the original blog post where you can see his frustratingly boob-shaped backyard. I tried to video my backyard but I didn't have a good ladder to get a good vantage point. And my roof is terrifyingly steep. And … Continue reading Sprinklers, Circles, Sectors and such (my first real foray into Geogebratubing)

Red Solo Cup / I Lift You Up / Let’s Find the Volume! / Let’s Find the Volume!

Hat tip to @mathhombre. Artifact The red Solo cup, apparently. Guiding Questions What are those little markings between 12 oz and "Top Me Off, Bro"? Can you use proportions to find it? Similar polygons? Volume? Help me out here. Can I have a ruler? Can I use Geogebra to diagram this? Wait, can't I just … Continue reading Red Solo Cup / I Lift You Up / Let’s Find the Volume! / Let’s Find the Volume!

Underground parking spots cost $30000-$50000 to build in D.C. This smells like a systems problem.

Artifact The Washington City Paper has a (rather lengthy) post on parking in D.C. Fair warning: it's pretty wonky with zoning rules, ordinances, etc. However, the numbers caught my eye: ... An underground parking spot costs between $30,000 and $50,000 to build, and residents pay for it one way or another. ... “Let’s say it’s … Continue reading Underground parking spots cost $30000-$50000 to build in D.C. This smells like a systems problem.

The FAA wants to “take a fresh look” at rewriting the rules on electronic gadget usage on planes. How many flights equals “a fresh look?”

ArtifactCheck out this NYTimes article. Apparently there's some encouraging news for those of us with e-devices, which is everyone: the F.A.A. is going to review the rules for takeoff and landing whilst using particular electronic devices. Surprisingly it appears as if airlines could start allowing electronic devices right away but would have to test the … Continue reading The FAA wants to “take a fresh look” at rewriting the rules on electronic gadget usage on planes. How many flights equals “a fresh look?”