Saturday, July 26, 2008

New Zealand Exchange Rates

Exchange rates for the past year [how many U.S. dollars (USD) one New Zealand dollar (NZD) will buy]:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jeff Thredgold

Jeff Thredgold is an economist that I have heard speak a couple of times at Farm Credit conferences. He is interesting and humorous. He publishes a weekly newsletter online. The newslettter is called the "Tea Leaf," as in divining the future by reading tea leaves. This week's newsletter is titled "A Parent's Letter to My Children in School." It is good advice for people of all ages, whether you are in school or not.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Long Distance Relationships

Know anybody in this article in today's Burlington Free Press??

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

There is only mathematics

There is only mathematics; that is all that exists.

That is a quote from cosmologist Max Tegmark of MIT. Discover magazine published an interview with Dr. Tegmark in their July issue. Within the first three questions the interview mentioned both the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Surely, You're Joking Mr. Feynman! Dr. Tegmark is an interesting guy!

What is reality? For Dr. Tegmark, it is mathematics, which is not unlike saying it is a computer simulation (follow the link for the ideas of Nick Bostrom).

UPDATE: The idea that there is only mathematics is not new. It goes back to Pythagoras, he of the Pythagorean Theorem. No writings of Pythagoras survive, but Aristotle wrote: "The so-called Pythagoreans, who were the first to take up mathematics, not only advanced this subject, but saturated with it, they fancied that the principles of mathematics were the principles of all things." (source)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Forehead on Mt. Mansfield

Nancy and I hiked up to the Forehead on Mt. Mansfield on Saturday, July 12. On top we met Heather Lutton and her roommate from last year, Erica. Erica had hiked the LT end-to-end earlier this year.

Flowers on top:

We hiked up the Frost and Maple Ridge Trails, and down the Maple Ridge, Rock Garden and Butler Lodge Trails. On the way down, Nancy rescued a lost dog—a chocolate lab named Vanilla!—by reuniting it with its owner.

Laura Goes to Paris

On Tuesday, July 8, Nancy went back to Logan Airport in Boston to put Laura and Eliza on a plane to Paris to visit Marion for two weeks. Lesley Ryan went with Nancy. Sorry, no pictures.

Laura, Eliza and Marion: Have fun! Hope to see some pictures of your trip when you get back.

Emily Goes to New Zealand

On Sunday, July 6, we put Emily on a plane to New Zealand. The check-in line at Logan Airport in Boston:

Brian came to the airport, too, to see Emily off.

Emily will be studying at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, and will return home in December. Emily, have fun! See you this fall when Mom and I visit.

Emily is keeping a blog of her semester abroad. The address of her blog is also in the sidebar to the right.

4th of July Parade

A few photos from the 4th of July parade in Jeffersonville this year..

In the first photo, you can see Thekla Lesure and Lynne O'Leary just behind the flags:

I don't know the woman who was Grand Marshall this year. In 1994 Pager was the Parade Marshal (that's what the sign said that year).

It was a beautiful day, and a good time was had by all!

Corolla Meets Chevy

Before Brian took the bus to Boston, he drove down a couple of times to look for apartments, etc. On one of those trips he got a little too friendly with a Chevy!