Monthly Archives: September 2013

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates at the Harvard Campaign launch. If you look around the Internet, this video is highlighted for Bill Gates complaining about Ctrl+Alt+Del being a mistake (around 16 minutes into the video). There’s a lot more to the video than that; it’s quite amusing to listen to.

William H. Gates III COL ’77, LLD ’07 Q&A | The Harvard Campaign by Harvard [YouTube]


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I have some work I need to finish. This week’s post will be up by Friday at 0:00UTC.
Actually, I think I’ll take a break for a week or two. Maybe three, but it shouldn’t extend that far.
Update 2013-10-15: Alright, so it’s been more than three weeks. Don’t worry, I’m not dead; I’ll be back next week.

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It’s Peter Cetera’s birthday today (September 13)! He was born in 1944, which makes him 69 this year (2013). Here’s a recent picture of him:

Peter Cetera with a man reading about him in a newspaper

“I walked up to this man in Curitiba and look what he was reading.”

He’s my favourite artist (one of two, at least), and I hope he won’t be embarrassed by this mini “playlist”.

Questions 67 and 68 (Japanese Version) (1971)

This is the Japanese version of one of the songs on Chicago’s first album, The Chicago Transit Authority. It was released on a Japan-exclusive single in 1971. Chicago sings this version whenever they stop by in Japan.

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I love solving ciphers. Unfortunately, I’m a bit short on time to sit down crack this one. Perhaps you can give it a try?

IB Maths Resources from British International School Phuket


GCHQ – the British cyber spy agency – have had a rough few months following some staggering revelations from Edward Snowden, so they’re doing some positive PR at the moment to highlight the importance of mathematics and computing skills in code-breaking.  There are 4 codes to solve (the first one posted above) – each answer leading on an internet treasure-hunt to the next clue.  Those who can solve all 4 clues stand a chance of winning a Google Nexus and Raspberry Pi – and possibly could lead to a job opportunity with GCHQ.

The competition started two days ago (10th September) – and there is a six week deadline to solve all clues.  So, get cracking!

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I’m sure we all use Wikipedia as a quick online reference, but have you ever given thought about it being an encyclopedia? After all, its tagline is “The Free Encyclopedia”. Traditionally, an encyclopedia one large reference book split up into many volumes for ease of use and storage. Nowadays, there are many encyclopedias online, including those traditionally in print, perhaps because it makes it easier to access and maintain, as well as being less costly. Wikipedia has taken advantage of these benefits and started off online. What’s more, it’s a wiki, so anyone who is knowledgeable on a subject is encouraged to edit the appropriate articles, allowing for the most up-to-date information.

Silly question, but what if you wanted to print the whole English Wikipedia?

It’s been done before, sort of…