Energy in the 21st Century News Service
The Truth About Energy
A book on modern energy
A link library directing readers to articles on energy from news outlets around the world, citing the headline, date, source, location, topic, image, a précis of the content, and links. [More ...]
Calculate the utility bill from household power use
We are at the beginning of a revolution, as profound as the IT revolution and the advent of the microchip in the 1960s. Revolutions are disruptive. They change everything. Non-fiction 400 pages [More ...]
Do The Math!
A refreshing look at mathematical concepts and moral dilemmas
The E21 Power Counter calculates average daily household power consumption. In our house, we use roughly 33 kilowatt-hours (kWh) every day or 1,000 kWh per month on average, and since our utility charges us about 10 c/kWh, our bill comes to about $100 each month.[More ...]
A Programming Primer
An online computing course with exercises and examples
A thought-provoking guide to better understanding the world around us and enlightening consumers about misleading practice. Numerous creative examples and illustrative figures help to explain the realities of our ever-confusing mathematical world, and modern economic and contemporary social issues link mathematical concepts to real-world examples. Aiming to popularize and inform, Do the Math!
does for numbers what Eats, Shoots, and Leaves
does for words. Non-fiction 350 pages (Sage, 2012) [More ...]
A few science talks aimed at a more general audience
This online computing and computational analysis course is based on one I gave at the School of Physics, University College Dublin, and on material in Do The Math!
. Instruction, code ideas, exercises, and sample programs are given to get started writing programs for scientific and statistical analysis, using a number of instructional and popular languages. [More ...]
CounterPunch, The World of Statistics, Caracolas
I have given a few science talks aimed at a more general audience on topics such as Isaac Newton, energy (particularly renewables), and women in science. Let me know if you want me to to talk to your school on these or other topics. [More ...]
MEILIC Masters class
Science teachers' class notes
and The World of Statistics
articles are based on research from Do The Math! On Growth, Greed, and Strategic Thinking
(Sage, 2013) with updated information where appropriate. Caracolas is a semi-regular blog about my ongoing adventures in Spain. Suggested topics welcome. [More ...]
The House of Words
Suzy Quest looks for her spy father in this engaging thriller
Class notes (in English) for science teachers in the Máster Universitario en Enseñanza Integrada de Lengua Inglesa y Contenidos (MEILIC) at Universidad de Oviedo Departamento de Ciencias de la Educación[More ...]
A satirical adventure novel set in two continents and nine countries
A note with the single word 'curare' found in the empty apartment of four-time New York State Scrabble champion Suzy Quest starts a dizzying search for her missing parents. At the heart of her search is The House of Words
, a book she believes was written by her father, a protester from the Seventies who left his family under mysterious circumstances twenty years earlier and may now be working as a deep cover spy. Fiction 236 pages (Tuttle House, 2013) [More ...]
Vacation in Dresden
A comic novel about escaping the absurdity of modern life
HE THOUGHT back to their beginning as he sensed her at his side, hearing her whispered words and wishing he could feel her heart beside his again. Oh to have that day back, that day when everything had changed.
Paul? Paul Goodman?"
The Glasgow Diaries
A knight loses his shine in this pre-millennial blog
For loveliness divine he looks in vain, / Who never looked upon this lady's eyes,
How gently she directs her gaze the while. / Nor knows how one is healed of love and slain,
Who does not know how sweet are all her sighs, And how her speech is sweet, and sweet her smile. [More ...]
Thursday September 12, 1996
Pet Store Lottery
Life at the Fashion Factory for seamstress Jane Qwerty
One doesn't arrive in a city and start separating the good from the bad in one big gargle. For one, I don't know much about Glasgow, other than what I've read or been told about from my Canadian stoop. You know, the basic survival kit; beer, football, and golf in that order with a joke or two about bagpipes and kilts. (e.g. What's the difference between a set of bagpipes and an onion? No one cries when you cut up a set of bagpipes.) [More ...]
A Life in Words
Memorial talk for inveterate wordsmith Jack White 1923-1997
From an overhead, expansive shot, the camera zooms in on a delivery truck driving through the gates to a loading dock. A sign on the gate reads "The Fashion Factory has operated for 96
days without a man-hour loss due to accident. Make SAFETY your first priority!" [More ...]
The Armchair Anarchist
Some thawts and reflexshins about our world in peril
"Ill fares the land, to galloping fears a prey,
where gobbledygook accumulates, and words decay."
-- James Thurber, The Psychosemanticist Will See You Now, Mr. Thurber [More ...]
Homemade Abstract Art
How random is the everyday randomness we see?
+ An accidental birth does not mean an accidental life.
+ No one should ever allow the state to dictate his or her own conscience.
+ I always thought you had to know something before you could say something. I was wrong. [More ...]
MLB Score Predictor
Is it possible to predict the result of a baseball game?
Can one use the past to predict the future, the left side of a graph to predict the right, see a trend in noise? In this simple app, 5 colours in a 10 x 10 grid show that randomness isn't always so and that a "pattern" can be entirely random. [More ...]
Virtual City Tour
Want to tour the world from your screen?
In any sport, which team wins is a factor of a number of quantifiable factors. In baseball, is it runs scored versus runs given up or ERA versus OPS? Try this quick and dirty score predictor! [More ...]
Here are a few European webcams (Rome, Venice, Milan, Madrid, Gijon, London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Brussels, Athens).[More ...]