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The difference between success and achievement

A few months ago I was invited to be the guest speaker at the Academic Awards Banquet for my hometown’s school district. I had twenty minutes to talk to the top 10% of the graduating seniors for all four of the district’s high schools. So what do you say to a group of students about … Continue reading »

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math… and Scouting?

Scouting is outdoor adventure like camping, backpacking, climbing and canoeing, right? Does that leave the technology-heavy learning to a realm outside of Scouting? Not exactly. This video from has been making the rounds of the internet, and it got me thinking about how we teach kids about programming. Take a look… Teamwork is essential? … Continue reading »

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Day 24: Sometimes It’s the Little Things

Sometimes work gets in the way of scouting. Maybe that’s a bad way to put it. Sometimes I don’t have as much time to put towards scouting as I would like. Today was one of those days. Don’t get me wrong, I really like my job. I get paid to work on interesting problems with … Continue reading »

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DARPA celebrates my birthday!

In order to celebrate my birthday tomorrow DARPA is offering a $40,000 prize to the first person or group of people that can find 10 red balloons. DARPA, aka the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is not just looking for any ten red balloons, but ten specific red weather balloons they have positioned around the … Continue reading »

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Engineering Problems vs. Marketing Problems

Spinal Tap Engineering. Today’s XKCD made me laugh out loud. Some problems are marketing and sales problems, not engineering problems. Units of measure are sooooo unnecessary.

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Turkey Brining and Osmotic Pressure

For the Thanksgiving feast this year I was responsible for the turkey, so I had the opportunity to brine a turkey again. I was thinking about the whole process this year, and was wondering if osmotic pressure had much of a role in getting the additional water into the turkey meat. Osmotic pressure develops when … Continue reading »

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Guess the number of M&M’s in the jar

A little bit of applied mathematics for your next “number of M&M’s in the jar” contest. From Make

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Oxygen on the Playground

Has it been a month already? If it wasn’t for Twitter, you guys would be wondering if I was still alive! But just to make it up to you, here is an anamated short about young Oxygen on the playground of the Periodic Table. Oxygen from Christopher Hendryx on Vimeo.

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What? You’re telling me TV isn’t Real?

Things that bother me about some of my favorite TV shows all wrapped up in a four frames from PhD Comics

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I love my phone, I’ll admit it

I know this blog has become a never ending stream of videos and comics lately, but this is too good to share. Maybe it rings true to me these days because I just recently added myself to the ranks of the iPhone users. I love my phone. I hear that admitting you have a problem … Continue reading »

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