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I need 10 people (preferably people who have experience teaching or tutoring SAT level math) to do some usability testing of a product getting ready for release. Please share this with anyone you know who may be able to do some testing and provide feedback. Thanks
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Finally a good use for the iPad.

http://www.wimp.com/dadipad/
So dad, how do you like the iPad we got you?
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Yum. Lunchtime! (and this is how you knock 10 more pounds off after you plateau from exercise alone) Vitamix rocks!
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The mix changes... sometimes a banana and no kiwi, sometimes frozen mango instead of grapes... sometimes no tomato and a cucumber or no cabbage and spinach - always has an Avocado and Apple for fruit and Broccoli and Carrots in for vedge. What was in the blender makes about 20 OZ - enough for two people.

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Chat on gmail "Unable to reach Gmail. Please check your internet connection" Yet Chat is fully up and running on G+

Go figure.
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Part of Google's evil plan to push G+. ;)

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Thanks to Paige for asking me to write this, and then publishing it.
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"there is no box" thinking explained.
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Creative Thinking

Some time ago I received a call from a colleague. He was about to give a student a zero for his answer to a physics question, while the student claimed a perfect score. The instructor and the student agreed to an impartial arbiter, and I was selected.I read the examination question: "SHOW HOW IT IS POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE THE HEIGHT OF A TALL BUILDING WITH THE AID OF A BAROMETER." The student had answered, "Take the barometer to the top of the building, attach a long rope to it, lower it to the street, and then bring it up, measuring the length of the rope. The length of the rope is the height of the building." The student really had a strong case for full credit since he had really answered the question completely and correctly! On the other hand, if full credit were given, it could well contribute to a high grade in his physics course and to certify competence in physics, but the answer did not confirm this. I suggested that the student have another try. I gave the student six minutes to answer the question with the warning that the answer should show some knowledge of physics. At the end of five minutes, he had not written anything. I asked if he wished to give up, but he said he had many answers to this problem; he was just thinking of the best one. I excused myself for interrupting him and asked him to please go on. In the next minute, he dashed off his answer which read: "Take the barometer to the top of the building and lean over the edge of the roof. Drop the barometer, timing its fall with a stopwatch. Then, using the formula x=0.5*a*t^^2, calculate the height of the building." At this point, I asked my colleague if he would give up. He conceded, and gave the student almost full credit. While leaving my colleague's office, I recalled that the student had said that he had other answers to the problem, so I asked him what they were. "Well," said the student, "there are many ways of getting the height of a tall building with the aid of a barometer. For example, you could take the barometer out on a sunny day and measure the height of the barometer, the length of its shadow, and the length of the shadow of the building, and by the use of simple proportion, determine the height of the building. "Fine," I said, "and others?" "Yes," said the student, "there is a very basic measurement method you will like. In this method, you take the barometer and begin to walk up the stairs. As you climb the stairs, you mark off the length of the barometer along the wall. You then count the number of marks, and this will give you the height of the building in barometer units." "A very direct method." "Of course. If you want a more sophisticated method, you can tie the barometer to the end of a string, swing it as a pendulum, and determine the value of g at the street level and at the top of the building. From the difference between the two values of g, the height of the building, in principle, can be calculated." "On this same tact, you could take the barometer to the top of the building, attach a long rope to it, lower it to just above the street, and then swing it as a pendulum. You could then calculate the height of the building by the period of the precession". "Finally," he concluded, "there are many other ways of solving the problem. Probably the best," he said, "is to take the barometer to the basement and knock on the superintendent's door. When the superintendent answers, you speak to him as follows: 'Mr. Superintendent, here is a fine barometer. If you will tell me the height of the building, I will give you this barometer." At this point, I asked the student if he really did not know the conventional answer to this question. He admitted that he did, but said that he was fed up with high school and college instructors trying to teach him how to think.
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we finally went live and it's free
EduCAD Learning Solutions has taken 50 of the most complex type of math problems that a student would see when taking the SAT® or ACT® and put them into a free application that can be used by anyone p...
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Started at 228 lbs and 38 waist 18 months ago.
213 lbs and a 36 waist on Jan 1 2012
198 lbs and a 34 waist today.

the original goals:
210 lbs on Jan 1, 2012
195 lbs on Jan 1, 2013

The new goals:
195 lbs by 5/20
190 lbs by 7/4 (32 waist)
180 lbs by 1/1/13 (30 waist)
172 lbs by 5/20/13 (28 waist)

If I can weight at 55 what I weighed when I graduated HS, I will be very happy with what I accomplished.Total weight loss will be 52 lbs over 26 months (2 lbs a month). Which was a damn sight faster than it took me to put it on, but is a healthy plan (diet and exercise). Hopefully at some point in there I will stop needing meds for Type II diabetes.

[I really should change the profile picture since @ 200 lbs I shaved off the beard since I didn't have to hid the "more than one chin" I no longer have.
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I gave up after reading "2 miles". :D

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So, my Toshiba Thrive arrived and people keep asking me why I didn't wait for the new ipad... and the bottom line is I prefer open systems to closed (android vs ios), I prefer a tech geek gadget to a consumer geek gadget and finally, I just needed a thin client that I could count on, and not the ultimate streaming video box at 5 times the cost.

now if I could get a the ssh I have on my laptop as an app everything would be good.

PS: after using the onscreen keyboard I really want
http://matias.ca/foldingkeyboard/tablet/
Matias Folding Keyboard - The ultimate keyboard for your laptop.
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+Pete Carvajal +Michael Sasek is a wiz. He is also the brains behind the best open source shopping cart software available +osCmax - sometimes I forget that I have access to some of the best tech wizards in the world (I have the pleasure of working with five of them on oscmax, although lately I have been MIA on the project as I work on EduCAD and Foundations).

As an aside. Why is it that staples, officemax and office depot all sell the Thrive and yet not one of them has accessories for the machine? I wanted four items... a spare battery, the film to stop fingerprints/glare, a folio to make it easier to transport and the bluetooth keyboard. Three of these were really Thrive specific (the keyboard was not). Not one of the stores that sells the product had ANY of the other items specific to the Thrive. I ended up spending my $100 at Amazon. So much for any attempt to do business with Brick and Mortar.

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