Month: November 2009

  • Day 334 – “Blue Eyes” Logic Puzzle

    As you probably know, I love logic puzzles. I came across a particularly difficult one today, so I thought I would share it with you. I first came across it on mathematician Terence Tao’s blog, but I saw another formulation by xkcd creator Randall Munroe, and I like his formulation better. It is his formulation […]

  • Day 333 – Guitar

    My grandparents on my Mom’s side moved to back to Tennessee 10 years ago after living in northern Ohio for over 40 years. I don’t get to see them as much as I would like, but whenever I do, my grandfather usually gets a guitar out and plays a little bit, especially if other musicians […]

  • Day 332 – Ship of Theseus

    The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among […]

  • Day 331 – Pool Collisions

    I took this shot on Thanksgiving day, when a bunch of us went in my aunt’s basement to play pool after dinner. This is my Dad with the break: Today was a very nice, family-oriented day. I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Richard and my two cousins in the morning, […]

  • Day 330 – Happy Thanksgiving!

    Above: Dad cutting up one of the turkeys for our big family feast. A quick Thanksgiving history lesson: The tradition of Thanksgiving as a national holiday started 220 years ago today with a proclamation from President George Washington. Below is a copy of the original text for you to reflect upon as you give thanks […]

  • Day 329 – Richard’s First Day in Northern Ohio

    My friend Richard Amos came home with me for Thanksgiving, and since it was his first time in Northern Ohio, I showed him around. After we took Aaron Mortier to the airport so he could fly to Virginia, we started exploring. First we went to Crocker Park, which was closed still since it was only […]

  • Day 328 – Case Dismissed

    On Day 301, I wrote about getting a moving violation for passing a vehicle on the right. After weighing my options, I decided to challenge it (against much advice to the contrary). The date of my pre-trial meeting with the county prosecutor was today. I took in a highlighted copy of the Michigan Vehicle Code, […]

  • Day 327 – Fire Aftermath

    The Chicago Water Grill caught on fire and burnt down last night. I did not know about it until long after the fire was under control, but The Collegian and Will Clayton were there! I went out right before sundown to get some aftermath photos for The Collegian. Check out the corresponding article. Don’t forget […]

  • Day 326 – Stats on ‘U.S. Consumerism’

    I often hear individuals on the news or read articles that lament about “U.S. consumerism.” Today, during a discuss about an economics article with a friend, the question of consumerism came up. After the discussion, as I browsed my bookshelf, I spotted my Pocket World in Figures 2009 edition by The Economist, and thought, “I […]

  • Day 325 – Two Types of Fair Trade

    I realized tonight that there are two different, commonly accepted meanings of “Fair Trade,” and only one meaning I support. The first type focuses on paying producers a higher price for goods, typically raw materials, raw food, etc. (This is the meaning I am against.) The second type is against products that use slavery anywhere […]

  • Day 324 – Liberty Fund

    Hillsdale College just had a Liberty Fund Library dedication ceremony today that I attended. Liberty Fund gave the college an entire set of the books it publishes, which is available to students in the Grewcock Formal Lounge. For those of you not familiar with Liberty Fund, I want to give you a quick introduction in […]

  • Day 323 – Men of Mu Alpha

    While on my way to take a photo for The Collegian Tuesday night, I ran into the men of Mu Alpha serenading various women’s dorms. I decided to snap a few shots, as I am friends with and respect many of the Mu Alphans. (For those of you who do not know, Mu Alpha is […]

  • Day 322 – False Alarm

    First of all, today is Sean Nelson’s birthday. Happy Birthday Sean! Now, back to the regularly scheduled blog post: While I was having lunch with Amanda and her friends in Saga today, Maria, the Collegian editor, rushed over to me and announced that there was breaking news happening that instant and I should rush down […]

  • Day 321 – Richard Brookhiser

    Richard Brookhiser held a public lecture and book signing at Hillsdale tonight:

  • Day 318 – Charger Volleyball

    Today was a big day for Hillsdale sports! The football team won 27-24 against Minnesota State in OT at their first ever D2 playoff appearance. Then, the volleyball team won their GLIAC playoff match against Ashland! They go to the championship tomorrow! Here are a few shots from the volleyball game. (I was not at […]

  • Day 317 – Night Shot at Baw Beese Lake

    I went out tonight to do a dry run before the Leonids show up on Tuesday or Wednesday. Unfortunately, the special battery in my wireless remote died after one shot, and I was limited to 30 second exposures rather than 30 minute exposures. I decided to take a couple photos anyway, and here is one […]

  • Day 316 – Richard Brookhiser

    Author and journalist Richard Brookhiser has been on campus for the last week giving a journalism seminar, and will be holding a public lecture on Tuesday here on campus. Today, he met with students in the George Washington Fellowship Program, and I was asked to stop by and take a few photos. Since the photos […]

  • Day 315 – Paul Schmitt

    Even though I’ve been carrying my camera around for the last three days, I haven’t taken any photos for posting. I’ve had close to 30 people to track down over the last three days in order to take their photo in some fashion, so I’ve met people all over campus at any time between 8:00am […]