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Richard Di Dio
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Conscious shredding: Oliver North/Fawn Hall

Unconscious Shredding: Satriani/Vai/McLaughlin/....
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Digital shredding: Hilary?
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some of most amazing mathematics/mechanics applications on this and any other planet....
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I know now how Walt Disney created Pluto. He simply adopted a  user controllable elasto-plastic constitutive model integrated with a hybrid Eulerian/Lagrangian Material Point Method. Simple.
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 Check out the description of "the turnaround lick over the last chord of 'Help'"

Truly,  ‘Everyone else has played all the other bullshit,’ he [Harrison] would say. ‘I just play what's left.’”
Of all the singular sounds made by the Beatles, George Harrison’s lead guitar might be the most elusive. Jayson Greene ...
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and the American songwriter who writes the most beautiful songs is....
The eccentric singer-songwriter has appeared on the show 10 times dating back to 1983 VIDEO
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Just saw this - his voice is gorgeous here

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I'm always up for some Alligator Bowling....
Feeding whole watermelons to large animals and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube is a thing that people do, and it is one of the best uses of the internet. It’s pretty exciting to watch these beasts lay waste to a 10-pound piece of fruit like it’s a grape or something. So here are some videos of large animals eating watermelons, ranked in descending order based on the efficacy and entertainment value of their technique.
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essential backstory to the current situation in Sinai & Yemen.... 
Lessons from the last time Cairo waded into war in Yemen.
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Rocket science at its most amazing....

check out the description at Air and Space site:   http://www.airspacemag.com/space/rosetta-comet-chaser-180950138/?no-ist=&page=3
mission. Rosetta launched in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014. It is the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface. Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member ...
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pretty amazing and powerful visualization.  Check it out.  Halloran is from Philly.  Follow @neilhalloran on twitter ... he has many visualizations tweeted
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more pertinent than ever.....without significantly better professional development for the teachers, very little reform will have lasting effect
The Common Core should finally improve math education. The problem is that no one has taught the teachers how to teach it.
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PD requires a money commitment, one that I haven't witnessed in basic Ed since the early 70's.
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every math teacher who ever adopted Stewar'ts texts for a calc class is entitled to one free weekend here.   Bring your own planimeter...
A coveted architectural jewel, Toronto’s Integral House—the brainchild of math prof James Stewart—is going up for sale. Which very rich person will buy it?
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Hey - I have used Stewart calculus many times.  I also was a reviewer back on the 3rd Edition - maybe that qualifies me for a one-week stay
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Wow - first Philly sports article to mention the Riemann Hypothesis so early in the Phillies season....
Philly fans enjoyed a decade of excellence, but are now in throes of mediocrity.
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It's 1859 all over again.
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For those who only consider northeast temperatures when climate change denyin'  , a brilliant & powerful interactive graphic that hopefully suggests you should take a little bit of a larger view.....
Humans living in California have struggled with drought for millennia, but this year’s drought is different. Snowpack measurements taken this week were far lower than anything ever measured before—containing about 80 percent less water than last year’s peak, which at the time was also a record low. More than half...
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  • University of Pennsylvania
    Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, 1977 - 1983
  • La Salle University
    Physics, 1971 - 1975
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As a physicist/engineer, I am the "applied guy" in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at La Salle University in Philly.

Sadly, there is no longer a physics department here, ergo w/o Portfolio.

My favorite classes to teach would be any with PHY in the title, of course, but these are in short supply. In the meantime I am awfully fond of "crossover" classes in the Acoustics of Speech and Hearing for Speech-Language-Hearing Science majors, and Quantitative Literacy for our non-science majors.

Oh yes - I am a perpetual irritant to those who believe that the best platform for teaching with technology is a Learning Management System, and that desktop computing is the wave of the past, present, and future.


Bragging rights
Once played bass guitar in a USO gig at what may be the highest latitude club on Earth: the appropriately-named Top of the World Club in Thule, Greenland. Witnessed one heck of a massive barfight among US and Danish soldiers, defense contractors and local Inuits as our last set culminated in a bleep-kickin' version of Mony Mony...
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  • La Salle University
    Associate Professor of Mathematics, present
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