Yesterday my 8th grade son brought home a paper from school that had squares and triangles that he was supposed to cut out and then arrange to prove the Pythagorean Theorem. Unfortuanetly, the example triangle that was used in this assignment made it difficult to tell the difference between the b2 square and the c2 square. So I decided to create a new version of the assignment using a 3,4,5 triangle
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
If you have not started reading the Book of Mormon in response to President Hinckley's challenge it is not too late to start.
Kris said "I haven't started- Am I too far behind to get started?"
In response to that Ryan said "it might be helpful to have a chart for those who would like to start reading Sept. 1"
If you start reading before the start of September you will be ahead of schedule.
If you have family or friends that have not started yet give them a copy of this chart and encourage them to get moving.
UPDATE: There was an error in my program that caused the book of Enos to be left off of the chart. This has been fixed. The link above will download the corrected chart.
Monday, August 01, 2005
President Hinckley has challenged us to read the Book of Mormon by the end of this year. I have created a chart to help you track your progress. The chart has a box for every chapter in the Book of Mormon. The height of each box is proportional to the length of the chapter. As you read each chapter color in the box. The dates next to the chapter boxes tell you where you need to be to finish by the end of the year.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
The MinuteManProject has focused a lot of attention on Immigration. Yesterday some co-workers asked my opinion on this topic.
I told them that I believe that all men are created equal and that no matter where they were born they should have the freedom to live whereever they want. As part of allowing open immigration we need to drastically reduce the government handouts that are available to immigrants. We should also reduce the handouts available to native citizens.
One of the things that led me to this belief was an article I read many years ago about a family trying to come to America from Cuba. With a little searching I found the article, Bringing the Border War Home. It was published in the October 1995 issue of Reason magazine. Whenever I read this story it brings tears to my eyes.
Read the full story.
In the national din over immigration, Lizbet Martinez's story barely rates a whisper. She's just a little girl, born in Cuba in 1983. Her mother was a dentist, her father a truck driver, and Lizbet was their first child. Like all new parents, Danne and Jorge Martinez found that having a child changed their lives in ways they couldn't have imagined before she was born. Sleeping through the night was a thing of the past. And a simple trip to the market suddenly required so much planning and preparation that it seemed like a military operation.
Yet it was only when Lizbet was old enough to go to school that the most profound change of all became obvious. Like many, probably most Cubans, Lizbet's parents led double lives. At work, they dutifully chanted the praises of the Cuban Revolution and its all-powerful leader, Fidel Castro. But at home, behind closed doors, they cursed him for turning Cuba into an economic waste land and political dead end, a country without a future.
That was fine when it was just the two of them. But now Lizbet would be leaving the house each day to sit in class with a teacher who owed his job to his membership in Cuba's Communist Party. What happened if the little girl repeated something she had heard at home? How long would it be until her parents were fired, or their ration cards were confiscated, or their house was seized, or they were summoned to the Ministry of the Interior for questioning?
Here is an article about where Lizbet Martinez is today.
The following is an excerpt from the Libertarian Party position on Immigration:
The Libertarian Party has long recognized the importance of allowing free and open immigration, understanding that this leads to a growing and more prosperous America. We condemn the xenophobic immigrant bashing that would build a wall around the United States. At the same time, we recognize that the right to enter the United States does not include the right to economic entitlements such as welfare. The freedom to immigrate is a freedom of opportunity, not a guarantee of a handout.
Monday, April 04, 2005
Even if YOU don't know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic will tell you what religion (if any) you practice...or ought to consider practicing.I took the quiz and was pleased to find out that I don't need to change my religion.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Easter 12 Oaks 1st Ward March 27 2005 I. Introduction (Talk Slowly) A. Greatest event in History When did it occur B. From Ensign Subject that I have been interested in for nearly 20 years C. Simplified to fit time Other possible interpretations Supporting evidence for the conclusions II. Week of the Resurrection A. Resurrection on Sunday All four of the Gospels agree that the empty tomb was discovered early on a Sunday Morning. For example In Mark 16:2 we read And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun. B. Crucifixion on Friday - Three days Count inclusively According to Jewish custom, any part of a day was reckoned as an entire day Saturday was the Sabbath C. John 19:14 - Crucifixion on Preparation of the Passover - 14th of Nisan Passover feast each year on the 15th of Nisan Nisan first month on the Judean Calendar Preparation of the Passover on the 14th of Nissan New day on the Judean Calendar begins at Sunset III. Symbolism of Passover A. The Lord instituted the Passover celebration at the time of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, to commemorate their release from slavery after the angel of death slew the firstborn of Egypt but passed over the Israelite homes. B. Prophets taught that the Law of Moses was symbolic of things to come. Abinadi condemned the wicked priests of Noah with these words: Therefore, if ye teach the law of Moses, also teach that it is a shadow of those things which are to comeTeach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord C. 10th choosing of the sacrificial lamb (Monday) Male without blemish and no broken bones Triumphal entry D. 14th Sacrifice of Passover lamb Between 3 and 5pm (Friday) Sacrifice of the Lamb of God Beginning with Gethsemane on the night before yet still Friday Crucifixion at about 3pm E. 15th Feast Celebration of Liberation (Saturday we call Friday Night) Liberation preached to captives in spirit prison F. 16th Firstfruits of the harvest presented to the Lord (Sunday) IV. Year of resurrection and date on our calendar (Check Time) A. High priest Caiaphas and the Roman procurator Pilate presided at Jesus' trials. This limits the year of the Crucifixion to the period of their common jurisdiction, A.D. 26 to 36 B. John begins Ministry in the 15th year of Tibereas Caesar. 29-30AD C. Calendars 1. Many Calendars 2. Ours is Synchronized with the seasons by adding leap days 3. Judean Calendar Lunar-Solar synchronized with the months and the seasons Each month begins when the thin crescent moon is first visible in the western sky after sunset. 4. Leap Months 5. Modern Hebrew calendar follows a fixed pattern 6. Anciently it was observational D. Astronomy Isaac Newton first Refined with computers Between 26 AD and 36 AD only in 30AD and 33AD was the 14th of Nisan a Friday. Because John started his ministry in 29 or 30 AD and Christ ministry was at least 3 years then 30 is excluded E. Crucifixion: Friday 1st of April 33 AD F. Resurrection: Sunday the 3rd of April 33 AD G. Lunar Eclipse On Friday Evening 1st of April 33 ad There is an un-canonized Report of Pilate that claims at the Crucifixion the moon appeared like blood. V. Date of birth + length of life = Date of Crucifixion A. D&C section 20 implies Organization of the church on 6th of April 1830 B. Then on 6 April 1980, President Spencer W. Kimball stated that Jesus was born on this day 1,980 years ago. C. Birth was on 6th of April 1 BC. D. Book of Mormon Length of Life Sign of Birth on the First day of the First year Sign of Death on the Fourth day of the thirty-fourth year Thirty-three Nephite years plus three days Not the Judean calendar because it was not on the fourteenth 365-day year of the Mesoamerican calendar 33 * 356 +3 =12048 E. Exact match Counting 12,048 days from 6 April 1 B.C., brings one to Friday, 14 Nisan, 1 April A.D. 33 the exact Crucifixion date deduced from the Bible! VI. Conclusion A. The carefully prescribed elements of the Passover ceremony precisely foreshadowed both the events of the Atonement and the time that they would occur. B. Adding the length of Jesus' life calculated from the Book of Mormon, to his birthdate as understood from the Doctrine and Covenants, results in a biblical death date, to the very day. This precise internal consistency between different books of scripture was noticed only recently VII. Testimony A. Son of God B. Literally Resurrected We will all be Resurrected C. The Savior Atonement for our sins I god suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent D. We can repent and our sins will not be mentioned unto us at the day of Judgment
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Genes are parts of the DNA that code for specific proteins, but there's no 'treasure map' or Rosetta stone that documents where the genes are in a complete DNA setup. (Moreover, Nature seems to have made it a point to preemptively strike down any formulated rule.) But there are some classic tell-tale signs and one of them is called a TATA box. A TATA box occurs upstream of where the actual transcription begins, but not at a specific upstream location. The occurrence of a TATA box is only indicative and not conclusive, as was mentioned earlier, and so it helps to look for them.It also has an example of searching for protein sequences in a file of all known human proteins.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Today my daughter was involved in a car accident. She was turning left from a side street onto a major street. There was a car turning right from the major street onto the street that she was turning out of. As that car slowed down she thought that she could go. She did not realize that she did not have a good enough view of the second lane that she had to cross. As she crossed the second lane our Suburban was struck on the left rear by a '63 Ford Falcon. The Suburban was spun completely around and after spinning hit the Falcon on the drivers door. My daughter was scared but not hurt. The driver of the falcon had a bump on his head and a cut on his lip.
It is interesting to see how cars have changed over the years. The Falcon does not have anti-lock brakes, it does not have shoulder straps on the seat belts, it does not have airbags, and it does not have a padded steering wheel. It is also a much heavier car than a modern car of the same size. A driver in a lighter car with anti-lock brakes may have avoided the accident and if he didn't he at least would not have hit his head on the steering wheel.
There has been some talk in the news recently about raising the driving age to 18 because young drivers cause more accidents. My daughter is 18, however, she has only had her drivers license for about a month. I beleive that experience is much more important than age in the ability to drive safely. Also, a 16 year old is more likely to be supervised by their parents while they are gaining expereience. I do not think that the driving age should be raised to 18.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
The morning of the Savior's resurrection could be considered the most important moment in earthly history. The announcement "He is risen" signaled that death had been conquered and the Atonement accomplished. Certainly it is an event worthy of the celebration and great rejoicing which we accord it each year at Easter. But when did this marvelous event happen? On what date did Jesus rise from the tomb?
I am a little concerned because of the complexity of this topic but I think that if I am carefull I will be able to cover it appropriately.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
I have never been able to Sing. I have tried karaoke a number of times and it has always been hilarious. The last time I tried to sing karaoke a lady from church that gives voice lessons was there. She said that she could teach me to sing. I had my first voice lesson yesterday. My teacher says that I have potential and that if I work on it I will be able to sing in the ward choir by the end of the year. It seems far fetched but she says that she has taught people worse than me. We will see how it works out; or should I say hear.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
This website presents data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to make a map of a large part of the universe. We would like to show you the beauty of the universe, and share with you our excitement as we build the largest map in the history of the world.One of the best parts of this site is a page where you can navigate around the image of sky the way you do with mapquest. As you zoom and pan around the map of the sky you will be overwhelmed with the number of stars and galaxies. You can click on an object and it will tell you if it is a star or a galaxy. Many of the objects that look like stars are actually galaxies. The website says that when the survey is done they will have mapped hundreds of millions of celestial objects. We finished our lesson by singing "If You Could Hie to Kolob" (Music and Lyrics)
Saturday, February 26, 2005
My name is Brad.
I am a husband and father. I have a wonderful wife and four wonderful children.
My wife has just recently graduated form college and is now a Registered Nurse. My oldest is the manager of a Cold Stone Creamery. My second child just started attending a local community college. My third child is in middle school and my youngest is in Kindergarten.
I grew up in a family where I was the oldest of 6 children.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I have been a software engineer for the last 20 years. I have experience with the following computer languages: Python, C, VB, Fortran, APL, SQL, dBase, Pascal, Jovial, and Various assembly languages.
I have a day job developing embedded software in C. In my spare time I like to write Python.
I am a Libertarian.
I am interested in Genetics, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Chess, and Science Fiction.
I also like to play Racquet ball.