#SciFi Prompt 100!!! – F.U.D.

Not so optional !

J. Giambrone

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We are in dire straits with an all-out assault on science, evidence and reason coming out of the White House all day long, every day now. The direct attack on science is part of a much-wider trend.

Science is imperfect and the truth has no billionaire backer fighting for it. The deck is stacked in the other direction.

FUD

Fear Uncertainty Doubt:

Fear, uncertainty and doubt (often shortened to FUD) is a disinformation strategy used in sales, marketing, public relations, talk radio, politics, religious organizations, and propaganda. FUD is generally a strategy to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information and a manifestation of the appeal to fear.

…By spreading questionable information about the drawbacks of less well known products, an established company can discourage decision-makers from choosing those products over its own, regardless of the relative technical merits.

 

President FUD is the living…

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Optimisim

Renamed “A bridge too far”.

A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

Wouldn’t it be wonderful
if Democrats and Republicans
set aside their differences
& came together under one roof

& then, due to decades
of neglectful infrastructure funding policy,
erosion collapsed that roof?

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MATHS BITE: The Cantor Set

And they call them “real” numbers!

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The Cantor Set is constructed in the following way:

Start with the interval [0,1]. Next, remove the open middle third interval, which gives you two line segments [0,1/3] and [2/3,1]. Again, remove the middle third for each remaining interval, which leaves you now with 4 intervals. Repeat this final step ad infinitum.

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The points in [0,1] that do not eventually get removed in the procedure form the Cantor set.

How many points are there in the Cantor Set?

Consider the diagram below:

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An interval from each step has been coloured in red, and each red interval (apart from the top one) lies underneath another red interval. This nested sequence shrinks down to a point, which is contained in every one of the red intervals, and hence is a member of the Cantor set. In fact, each point in the Cantor set corresponds to a unique infinite sequence of nested intervals.

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Trump, Watergate, Nixon, Rockefeller: the real lesson

Trump, Watergate, Nixon, Rockefeller: the real lesson —Two very different men, two very different presidents, Trump and Nixon; but the real reasons for attacking them are the same— by J…

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What have those godless anti-American libtards done for me anyway?

(Copied from elsewhere; author unknown but reprinted with thanks to whoever it was. Also thanks to my friend Kathryn Wadsworth who put this out on FB!) A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN AMERICAN …

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“Digital”, the new buzword

Now for more exiting and less mathematical stuff.

I don’t know if this is “the way forward” or “just bullshit”, but McKinsey knows (something).

So on with “Digital” in education:

This is the introduction –

Companies today are rushing headlong to become more digital. But what does digital really mean?

For some executives, it’s about technology. For others, digital is a new way of engaging with customers. And for others still, it represents an entirely new way of doing business. None of these definitions is necessarily incorrect. But such diverse perspectives often trip up leadership teams because they reflect a lack of alignment and common vision about where the business needs to go. This often results in piecemeal initiatives or misguided efforts that lead to missed opportunities, sluggish performance, or false starts.

And the rest of it is here

http://www.mckinsey.com/industries/high-tech/our-insights/what-digital-really-means

Have fun. The words are easy.

 

 

 

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Matrix inversion, row ops, program added

The row operation matrix inversion method is so neat and ingenious, and it has the same operations for all dimensions of matrix.

Here is a step by step approach, where firstly the dimension is chosen, then the first of the buttons is selected (Start). After which the buttons are selected in order. The states of the left and right matrices are displayed at each stage, and finally the identity matrix appears on the left, and the inverse of the original matrix appears on the right.

http://mathcomesalive.com/mathsite/matrix%20prog%203.html

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The first display shows the original matrix on the left. Nothing has been done yet.

 

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The second one is the 2 x 2 matrix inverted.

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The third is the 4 x 4 matrix inverted.

The matrices can be altered with the file name for the application, “matrix prog 3.html”. using right click and “view page source”. You are then on your own, with javascript !!!!!!!!

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Matrix inversion made relatively easy

This is the standard way of inverting a matrix. I came across this first in 1960. Oh so long ago! Goodbye Cramer’s Rule.
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Matrix multiplication without tears!

My dad figured this out years ago.

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The string method work for all matrices, and it is at least ten times quicker to “do” than to “write about”.

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aggravatED: The education consultant-management education consulting firm

Optional, yet optimal…..

A Total Ed Case

Dear Assistant Superintendent MacGuffin:

Thank you for your interest in partnering with aggravatED, the education consultant-management education consulting firm, and for so thoughtfully completing our preliminary readiness screening tool, the Partner, Initiative, & Stakeholder Survey (PISS™).

Our consultant-management consultants looked with great interest at your PISS™, and they concluded definitively that your district would benefit from our innovative, strategic, and accountability-focused guidance.

As you may remember from our informational materials, our initial PISS™ analyses categorize participating schools/districts into four categories describing overall focus and consistency: Laser, Inconsistent, Diffuse, and Without Tangible Focus (WTF).

According to this scale, our initial analysis — which included a study of historic district performance and engagement data — identified your district’s PISS™ as just at the division between ‘Diffuse’ and ‘WTF’. Below are a few noteworthy — and seemingly competing — initiatives/partners that helped us reach these conclusions:

  • Partnership with disruptED, ed-tech firm facilitating district’s…

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