Oh iphone. I love you.

August 1, 2008

Mandelbrot iPhone app is pretty neat. The update today was awesome.

photo photo

photo photo


Our New Toy

August 1, 2008

So we got a “light box” for the young lady of the house.  It goes well with the new camera and will allow her to take great pictures of the wonderful food she makes for me.

2008 08 01 006

Here is some fun with it:

2008 08 01 020 2008 08 01 015

Still working out the bugs.

My Rock Band Expert Drum Scores

August 1, 2008

Below are my current scores on the main songs in Rock Band.  Those in bold are my expert scores.  Those not in bold are my hard scores.

Say It Ain’t So:  5 gold stars; 112,175

Creep:  5 gold stars; 138,225

I Think I’m Paranoid:  5 gold stars; 145,175

Wanted Dead or Alive:  5 gold stars; 127,575

In Bloom:  5 stars; 170,475

Gimme Shelter:  5 gold stars; 186,175

Wave of Mutilation:  5 stars; 89,625

Celebrity Skin:  5 stars; 107,810

Mississippi Queen:  5 stars; 98,389

Here It Goes Again:  5 gold stars; 133,492

Suffragette City:  5 stars; 150,700

Main Offender:  5 stars; 92,525

Maps:  5 stars; 152,625

Reptilia:  5 stars; 156,775

Epic:  5 stars; 176,775

Blitzkrieg Bop:  5 stars; 97,125

Should I Stay or Should I Go:  5 stars; 115,625

Learn to Fly:  5 stars; 145,025

Black Hole Sun:  5 stars; 132,019

The Hand That Feeds:  5 stars; 117,793

Sabotage:  5 gold stars; 106,850

Paranoid; 5 stars; 101,610

Dani California:  5 gold stars; 202,175

Orange Crush:  5 stars; 159,600

Are You Gonna Be My Girl:  5 stars; 112,300

Welcome Home:  5 stars; 220,677

Vasoline:  5 stars; 135,791

Electric Version: 5 stars; 122,475

When You Were Young:  5 stars; 136,875

Green Grass and High Tides:  5 stars; 393,245

Go with the Flow:  5 stars; 152,775

Ballroom Blitz:  5 stars; 140,750

Dead on Arrival:  4 stars; 79,275

Train Kept A Rollin’: 5 stars; 185,388

Detroit Rock City:  4 stars; 91,383

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper: 5 stars; 182,889

Cherub Rock:  5 stars; 186,157

Enter Sandman:  5 stars; 228,300

Highway Star:  4 stars; 185,551

Foreplay/Long Time: 5 stars; 235,706

Next to You:  4 stars; 82,275

Flirtin’ with Disaster:  5 stars; 155,049

Tom Sawyer:  5 stars; 152,073

Run to the Hills:  3 stars; 59,611

Won’t Get Fooled Again:  5 stars; 233,275

Iphone wordpress app

July 22, 2008

Blogging from my iPhone!

Here is a picture of a circuit I made so I could use a double bass pedal in rock band.



July 22, 2008

12.15.06 Cahal Pech 4

Originally uploaded by kweismathnerd1729

This is me enjoying a nice rest in Belize.

Some Rock Band Videos

June 5, 2008

My camera will unfortunately only shoot 3 minutes of footage so I can’t record a full song.  Sucks.  But here are some videos of three of my favorite drum playing songs on Rock Band.  Bear in mind that I have never played drums in my life until I got Rock Band.

This is me playing some Disturbed song.  Not sure of the name.  The song just became available as DLC this week.  This is me playing on Hard difficulty.  I can beat it on Expert but it isn’t nearly as fun and I don’t do nearly as well.

This is me playing Rush’s Limelight.  Truly one of my favorite songs to play on the drums.  This is me playing on Expert Difficulty.  My best on this song is about 167K points which is enough for 5 stars.

Later I may upload a video of me playing The Police’s Message in a Bottle.  This is another one of my favorites.  My record on Expert difficulty is 200K points which is 5 stars.


Another Great Take Home Problem

May 22, 2008

Suppose I were to have an incredibly long piece of string, so long infact that I could wrap it tightly around the Earth.  Such a string would need to be, assuming the Earth has a radius of 4000 miles (sorry this is in miles…god I wish I could think in kilometers), 25132.7 miles long.  Now suppose I were to add just one inch to the string.  This would presumably give the string a little bit of slack.  The question is, how much slack?  If I were to grip the string and pull up on it perpendicular to the Earth, how far could I lift the string?  Far enough to just fit my hand under it?  To crawl under it?  To drive a bike under it?  To ride an elephant under it?

A Cool Take Home Problem

May 22, 2008

There is a constant a >1 such that the curve y= a^x intersects the curve y=\log _a (x) at a single point. Find a.

I’ll post the solution once my students are finished with it.

A List of Some of My Favorite Video Games

May 16, 2008

The following is a list of some of my favorite video games of all time.  They are listed by system.  I’m not one for the PC games so much, so all of these are for consoles.  Many of these games appear on multiple systems so I will be listing the game by the system I played it on. 

I plan on adding to this as (a) I think of more and (b) I play new awesome games.


  • Bionic Commando
  • Blaster Master
  • Metroid
  • Final Fantasy
  • Super Mario 2


  • Super Metroid


  • Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • GoldenEye 007

Game Cube:

  • Metroid Prime
  • Prince of Persia:  The Sands of Time
  • Beyond Good and Evil

PS one:

  • Final Fantasy VII


  • God of War
  • God of War II
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Final Fantasy XII
  • ICO
  • Guitar Hero


  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Jade Empire

Xbox 360:

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Bioshock
  • Call of Duty 4
  • Elder Scroll’s IV: Oblivion
  • Guitar Hero II
  • Guitar Hero III
  • Rock Band
  • Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Half Life 2
  • Portal


  • Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune


  • Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Metroid Prime 3
  • Super Mario Galaxy



  • Golden Sun
  • Golden Sun II

Nintendo DS:

  • Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass

My Gamer Tag Finally

May 14, 2008

So I finally have found a way to get my Gamer Tag on this page.  I’ve been thwarted by WordPresses refusal to allow iFrames.  But now it is done.  Yay me.