H. E. R. P. & E. S. » 2009 » August

HOME ED, CREATIONISM, AND PORN

Filed on August 31, 2009 at 9:36 pm under by dcobranchi

What a tale!

FREE “GRAPHING CALCULATOR”

Filed on August 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm under by dcobranchi

A friend at work asked about buying a graphing calculator for his daughter. The calculators run around $80 – $100, but I thought she could probably just use Excel, as it’s only for homework. I wrote this simple spreadsheet and thought that someone here might be able to use it, too.

Caveats:

1) You’ll need either Excel ($$$) or Open Office (free). Google Docs doesn’t create the graph.

2) You’ll have to create whatever function you need in cell D2 and copy it down to D1002.

3) Be careful when using trig functions. The default for Excel is radians. If you don’t specify degrees, you might get some strange-looking graphs. The way to do this is not very intuitive. In fact, it’s always looked backwards to me. For example, to graph sin(x) from -180 to 180 degrees, enter the two values for the starting and ending x and enter the formula =SIN(RADIANS(C2)) in D2 and then copy down.

Have fun, and if you get stuck drop me a line.

NOT A HOME ED STORY

Filed on August 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm under by dcobranchi

But really, really strange.

BLAIR’S ULTRA DEATH — REVIEW

Filed on August 25, 2009 at 7:02 am under by dcobranchi

Conclusion: Highly overrated

I received a bottle of Blair’s Ultra Death sauce for an anniversary present (What? You didn’t know that 23 is the Hot Sauce anniversary?). I’ve been a bit afraid to try it. The second listed ingredient is the Ghost Chili, hottest known pepper, and the woman who sold us the bottle swore that it was deadly hot.

So, I finally worked up the nerve and put a big ol’ splat of a drop in a bowl of enchilada soup. Meh. It was warm, no doubt. But I was really expecting a lot worse (i.e., better). I then stuck my finger down in the bottle and tasted a bit undiluted. It gets you in the back of the throat, but the burn really wasn’t there. Either my taste buds have been completely acclimated, eating as we do Indian food most nights, or Blair’s just ain’t that hot (both literally and figuratively).

Don’t believe the hype. If you have a bottle of the significantly less expensive Da Bomb, there’s no need to invest in Blair’s Ultra Death.

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

Filed on August 20, 2009 at 6:04 am under by dcobranchi

The schoolies are heading back to prison and the HEKs are still enjoying the summer.

STILL NUTS

Filed on at 5:56 am under by dcobranchi

World Nut Daily goes from universal health care to schools to a totalitarian gov’t. All in about 500 words.

Yep, they earn their nickname every single day.

I HAVE A BETTER IDEA

Filed on August 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm under by dcobranchi

Don’t enroll and save even more money by homeschooling independently.

STILL ALIVE

Filed on August 14, 2009 at 9:42 am under by dcobranchi

In MS for a family wedding after a week of R&R in Daytona Beach, FL. Back on Monday.

TOLD YA SO

Filed on August 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm under by dcobranchi

ONN didn’t let me down!

CUE INSANE WINGNUT RESPONSE IN 5, 4, 3, …

Filed on August 6, 2009 at 5:20 am under by dcobranchi

I’ve been rubbernecking at the total disaster that is ONN way too much lately. Because I knew instantly how they will frame this good news that the APA will officially get off the scared talked straight bandwagon.

WHERE’S “BATSHIT INSANITY”?

Filed on August 3, 2009 at 3:30 pm under by dcobranchi

Another useful poll from the wackos. I’m surprised only 38% think the Republicans are too liberal.

MY NEIGHBORS ARE TEH STOOOPID

Filed on August 1, 2009 at 4:14 pm under by dcobranchi

JJ, Nance, & COD–

Your neighbors are stooopid, too.