Randomness

Randomness

Dec 26

Suppose we’re playing poker and I’m the dealer.  I’ve dealt every hand of the game and every hand I’ve had 4 aces. The odds of me getting lucky and getting four of a kind is roughly 1 in 4,000 (it’s closer to 4,164 but we don’t need to be that specific).  There 13 different ways to get 4 of a kind.  I only want aces.  So my odds of getting 4 aces are closer...

My first gift this Christmas

My first gift this Christmas

Dec 18

Monday night I was able to deliver my first gift this Christmas.  It was also the one I’ve been the most excited about. I provide the IT help for my widow neighbor.  When she has trouble or needs something related to her computer, she calls me or emails me.  It started with her wanting to upgrade to DSL.  I worked and worked on her computer, but just couldn’t get it to work...

Fear and Safety

Fear and Safety

Dec 18

In the wake of the Newtown tragedy (tragedy doesn’t begin to describe it, but I can’t think of a better word), the inevitable debate on how we prevent future tragedies has begun.  Rather than debate the same points that everyone is making, I’d like to offer a different perspective. With any conversation like this, people will offer up positions.  However, they will rarely...