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Mystery Solved!

Posted 10-18-2014 at 04:08 PM by Sasha (Shiny Objects)
Updated 10-18-2014 at 04:18 PM by Sasha (clarity)

Some while back, I'd posted a blog about things mathematical, and in particular about a curious property I'd stumbled across involving the Golden Ratio. I was amazed and baffled by how any two numbers used to seed a Fibonacci sequence appeared to generate the same ratio.

Well, a recent upload at one of my favorite YouTube channels offers an explanation! There's a bit of handwaving insofar as use of the "=" sign is concerned, but as the numbers get larger and larger, differences...
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The more things change...

Posted 09-14-2014 at 05:14 PM by Sasha (Shiny Objects)

I came upon this curious sight while hiking a rail-trail today:

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Surrounded by toys and various offerings, it's a large granite stone of recent vintage bearing the names of 6 children, aged 6 months to 9 years, who all apparently died on the same date, March 21, 1901. My first guess was that they'd perished in a fire.

However, the other side of the stone bore an even more awful story, to wit:

"Elizabeth Ann Craig...
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Catch & Release

Posted 08-01-2014 at 01:09 PM by Sasha (Shiny Objects)
Updated 08-03-2014 at 07:41 AM by Sasha (chronic tinkeritis)

I was awakened at 4:00 am a few nights ago by the sound of a wild creature rustling amongst my personal effects.

At first I wasn't sure if I'd really heard it; or if I had, if the sound might be coming from outside. (The bedroom windows were wide open.) When a soft *clink* clearly came from my dresser, I knew I had something to deal with.

A mouse, I first assumed; but the sounds were moving around the room too quickly. Mice move fast, but not fast enough to cross the
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Donner und Blitzen

Posted 07-03-2014 at 01:35 PM by Sasha (Shiny Objects)

The air is warm and heavy with humidity as dark clouds scud by close overhead. The rising wind rouses the forest from its silent vigil; rustling trees wave their arms and sway from side to side in anticipation of the coming storm. The ominous skies reverberate constantly with the distant rumble of thunder, though an occasional sharp thud informs me that someone, somewhere, is getting pounded. The darkness is concentrated to the northwest - Keene, perhaps, is being drenched. But I sit here on my...
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Confessions of a Closet Luddite

Posted 05-26-2014 at 12:08 PM by Sasha (Shiny Objects)
Updated 05-30-2014 at 10:23 AM by Sasha (fix typo)

I hate social media.

Maybe that's not quite accurate. I hate crapware. I despise Microsoft Word, and don't even get me started on the Media Player. But the social media interfaces I'm familiar with are in a category of awfulness all their own. I'm the moderator of my town's online discussion group, and every month I have to battle Yahoo's godawful interface just to update the local calendar of events. I once wasted an entire morning fighting Facebook's interface trying to create a...
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