Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
At the end of the night during the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, Clinton and Sanders were in a virtual tie and to make matters even more bewildering, 5 caucus sites had to resort to a coin flip to determine who won the delegates.
Five coin flips, 5 heads in a row going to Hillary. What are the odds of 5 straight coin flips coming up heads or tails? I did a Google search for this question to see if it is as as mathematically strange as it seemed to me and what came up on result page after result page was incomprehensible math jargon. I am not a math person, but even if I were, these explanations were crazy. Most math answers came up with the number 62 and I still have no idea what 62 means, but I think it means you'd need 62 coin tosses to get 5 in a row to come up the same.
Lets calculate it for nn consecutive tosses the expected number of tosses needed.
Lets denote EnEn for nn consecutive heads. Now if we get one more head after En−1En−1, then we have nn consecutive heads or if it is a tail then again we have to repeat the procedure.
So for the two scenarios:
En+1En+1 (11 for a tail)
So, En=12(En−1+1)+12(En−1+En+1)En=12(En−1+1)+12(En−1+En+1), so En=2En−1+2En=2En−1+2.
We have the general recurrence relation. Define f(n)=En+2f(n)=En+2 with f(0)=2f(0)=2. So,
And, a question is asked: "So should dogs wear pants on just their hind legs or on all four legs?" I'd say neither, come on people, dogs need to do their business when they're outside and pants make this impossible. Male dogs lift their legs to pee on just about everything, how awful this get up must be.
Boots for dogs are one thing, many dogs get ice balls up in their foot pads during snow times, but seriously, no dog needs pants. Golden doodles are cute enough with just their fur on.
This NFL relocation battle would a page turner if it were a novel. Here in St. Louis we all know the story of Rams owner Stan Kroenke who has won the most despised person of the year as he denigrates this city in his bid to move to LA. If you follow pro football you also know that two other teams want permission to move to LA as well-San Diego and Oakland. A few days ago I found it hardly credible that the owners would choose Kroenke or Oakland over San Diego because both these teams have moved back and forth a couple times already to no real purpose. San Diego has a built in southern California fan base and surely would be the best bet.
However, today I read that the owners have decided this: "The NFL has said it will support only one new stadium in Los Angeles capable of housing two NFL teams, so someone is going to lose this battle."
So it's not just one city vying for LA, it's two? This puts a whole different spin on who will get chosen or left out. You can read the two team stadium, three teams competing story here. It's as convoluted as you might expect. It's just hard for me to believe that Stan Kroenke is any more likeable to NFL owners than he is here in St. Louis.
Lance Hildebrand, traffic reporter for Y98 radio in St. Louis, has kept a running total of how many mattresses and ladders have fallen off cars and trucks onto local highways the past year. These two items must be the easiest things to fall.
So for 2015 the total was: Mattresses 145 and ladders 116
Honestly, I would not want to be driving behind someone with a mattress ready to come loose and head toward my windshield.
This is great! 30 pictures of things people did on the job or at home which are clever but total time wasters. I got the biggest kick out of a map of the world made out of potato chips. Actually, after the exhausting past couple of weeks, I almost look forward to doing something as mindless as all this. Like someone who took the time to remove all the seeds from a strawberry. There are a surprising amount of seed in one strawberry.
Well now. Yesterday I came across two posts written by people relating how much they hated certain groups. I guess hate is in. The first was a well written article by Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist which I couldn't really argue with- "When It Comes To Donald Trump, I Hate Everyone."
Those everyones include, Donald Trump, his fans, the media, and those who really don't like him. A good read.
Then this post by Surprisingly Single Kelly from a radio station in Fargo/Moorhead Minnesota, 99.9. "Why Being in an Airport Makes Me Hate Everything." Can't argue too much here either.
There's a lot of frustration in us these days, often brought on by other people. But, we're often those other people ourselves.
The Illinois Secretary of State has given approval to a request by a Florida man to place a Festivus pole near the nativity scene inside the Illinois State Capitol. The Festivus pole is 6 feet high and topped by a disco ball. The Florida man is an atheist who intends to use the pole as a way of asserting his First Amendment rights.
Look out Missouri, this Florida guy is coming your way next.
The pole is set to go up December 21. Stevens said he intends to ask for a similar pole be installed in Jefferson City because Missouri will also display a nativity scene at its capitol.
I don't know quite what to make of this. A writer for the New York Times is concerned about all the litter in the world and he was inspired by his 4 year old daughter to create a global community named Litterati to clean up the planet one piece at a time.
The plan is for everyone around the world to tag, photograph and throw away litter and then put the picture up on Instagram with the hashtag, #litterati so that the geotags on instagram will bring up maps showing how much litter is being tossed and where.
Make of this what you will, photographing a bottle cap and uploading to instagram.