The vacuum won’t start…

Posted on July 5, 2016 by DCG  A retired guy sits around the house all day so one day his wife says, “Joe, you could do something useful, like vacuum the house once a week.” The guy gives it a thought and says, “Sure, why not. Where’s the vacuum?” Half an hour later, the guy comes into the kitchen to get some coffee. His wife says, “I didn’t hear the vacuum running. I though you were going to do the vacuuming?” Exasperated, Joe answers, “The stupid thing is broken, it won’t start. We need to buy a new one.” “Really?” asked … Continue reading

Quote Of The Day — December 16, 2015

. “Man has no automatic code of survival. His particular distinction from all other living species is the necessity to act in the face of alternatives by means of volitional choice.” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 7   ~ ~ Grouchy ~ ~

This 5th Grade Singapore Math Problem Has Some Experts Stumped. Can You Solve It?

This problem from the Singapore Math series was posted on Facebook by Singapore TV personality Kenneth Kong. He wrote, “This question causes a debate with my wife …. and its a P5 question.” The Singapore Math curriculum is used by the country of Singapore with enormous success (their students are usually ranked at or near the top in international rankings). P5 is roughly the equivalent of 5th grade math in the U.S., but this question is actually from the recent Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad, which is given to the top 40% of students in the country. So, are you smarter than … Continue reading

Quote Of The Day — January 24, 2015

. The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning, while those other subjects merely require scholarship. Robert A. Heinlein,  (7 July 1907 – 8 May 1988) In: Time Enough for Love: the lives of Lazarus Long; a novel, (1973), p.366   ~ ~  Grouchy  ~ ~

Quote Of The Day — January 10, 2015

. There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority. Robert A. Heinlein, (7 July 1907 – 8 May 1988) “The Past Through Tomorrow” — “Life-Line”   ~ ~  Grouchy  ~ ~

Quote Of The Day — September 14, 2013

. The hippies are the living demonstration of what it means to give up reason, and to rely on one’s primeval instincts, urges, intuitions, and whims. With such tools, they are unable to grasp even what is needed to satisfy their wishes; for example, the wish to have a festival. Where would they be without the charity of the local “squares” who fed them? Where would they be without the fifty doctors rushed from New York to save their lives? Without the automobiles that brought them to the festival? Without the soda pop and beer they substituted for water? Without … Continue reading