Quicksort With Hungarian Folk Dance

January 17, 2019

Sometimes the Interwebs are truly as awesome as we all hoped they'd be back at the start of the millennium.

For your edification today we have the classic computer science algorithm for Quicksort presented flawlessly through Hungarian Folk Dance.

If this outstanding (and world class) geekiness has gripped you tight, fear not, there are other videos using other music styles to demonstrate other algorithms.

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Getting Old

January 7, 2019

The driver of the blue route in the afternoon has a tendency to leave the radio set to the local classic hits station, so when I start it up in the morning, I get whatever classic hit they're playing at that time. I hadn't listened to the classic station for several years, but was pretty sure that they played stuff that my parents used to listen to. Well, lately the station has been playing songs that are squarely from my teens and I'm starting to feel old.

This morning, they were blasting Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. This song was huge during my late teens and was also used as the theme music for the American Footbal show on Channel 4 back in England. Given that misery loves company, I'll share it with you as well. You get the instrumental version, as I don't think that the lyrics come anywhere close to being considered family friendly.

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New Years Day Walk

January 1, 2019

Well-bundled for a New Year's Day Walk

One of our family traditions is to take a walk on New Year's Day in our local state park, Governor Dodge State Park, which is just a few minutes north of Dodgeville. The weather cooperated and provided us nearly 3 inches of snow the night before so that our walk was delightfully wintry with lots of fresh snow. While cold, the air was almost completely still, so after bundling up, we were cozy and warm.

Iowa County North of Govenor Dodge State Park

After our walk we then took the long way home on county highway ZZ and captured the above scene looking North towards the Wisconsin river.

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Take A Walk

December 30, 2018

So, it turns out that my mother was right. And likely every other mother in the history of mothers. Going outside is officially good for you.

Scottish doctors are now issuing prescriptions to go hiking

When I was a lad, growing up in England, I played outside on a regular basis. As often as I could I would be outside. As I got bigger, my activities switched from playing to hiking and cycling. I would range all over the surrounding countryside that was close to my parents house as we lived at the edge of town. I couldn't even begin to number the miles that I've walked through fields or cycled down country lanes.

While I respect those who run, I've always been more of a walker/hiker. My constitution and leg strength are just more suited to distance walking. And with the exception of a small number of people with body types suited for distance running, most people get more benefit from brisk walking than running.

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More School Bus Thoughts

December 9, 2018

I've been driving a school bus for more than two months and it's time to share a little more wisdom with the Interwebs.

First, there is much more to school busing than most people suspect. I'm learning things as fast as I can, but it's a big topic. Secondly, it's much more fun than I expected. Our crew of drivers are very diverse and lots of fun to work with. Sometimes we get a little goofy on the radios when we think the boss and the schools aren't listening.

I still have a regular morning route (Blue) and have been filling in for other drivers in the afternoons. I've learned about half a dozen afternoon routes (Blue, Black, Red, Green, Pink, Gold and Purple) so that I can fill in for others when they're either taking time off or driving trips.

When filling in for other drivers, the most important thing to remember is that your students will know the route better than you do. When I'm learning a route, I get a printed route sheet with all of the directions and addresses on it and I sit down with Google Maps and map out the route onto a sheet of paper. Even after all this work, the students will always know the route better than you. I have high school students on my bus that have been riding the same route since they were in Kindergarten, so it's not too surprising that they have the whole thing memorized. The first thing I do when I drive a route as a substitute driver is to ask the students who wants to be my helper. I always get several volunteers and they're always very accurate.

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