## What is Entropy?

There are many mathematical definitions of entropy.  The mental picture I find most useful is to imagine the following:   you are put in a room and your job is to label everything in the room with a sharpy indelible marker and masking tape.   You are asked to label everything in Read more…

## Six Degrees of Separation and implications for reverse engineering

If you were trying to reverse engineer a database of a blind e commerce site like MercadoLivre it appears you only need to have 6 ish levels of connection to be able to connect everyone.  This is something I have wondered about and now realize the 6 degrees applies to Read more…

## How to properly interpret peak oil graphs

When you look at the Hubbart peak oil graph is is tempting to read off the peak shown as is.  The problem with this is in years past we could have each year predicted peak oil following rapidly.  This is because oil is found on an ongoing basis.  It is Read more…

## Proof by Contradiction – An essential tool of deduction for every man

Summary:  If a ridiculous Bee implies an impossible See, an impossible See implies your Bee is ridiculous.   Thus Don’t Bee ridiculous. Proof by contradiction is an essential tool of thought that everyone should know.  However it is quite evident to me most people do no know it.  Let me see if I can Read more…

## Use of Maximum Entropy to explain the form of Energy States of an Electron in a Potential Well

The base state of an electron in an infinite potential well has the most "space" for the electron state.  Thus it has the maximum entropy. Take that same state and imagine pinching the electrons existence to nil in the middle of the trough.  Now you have state-2.  The electron now Read more…

## There must be a cost associated with everything

You own and business and you want to encourage gym usage on the part of your employees.  What is the optimum method?  Do you pay the total cost of the membership? The smartest solution is how the owner of EFDATA Bob Fitting handled gym memberships. Gym memberships were subsidized but not Read more…

## The 20 Physical variables of a delicately balanced universe

Click on image for a larger version Its said that there are approximately 20 delicately balance variables that determine the balance of the universe we live in.  Its also said that if any one of them were different we would live in a very different universe. I have a slightly Read more…

## Great Conversions: I now believe in Global Warming, Save the Blind Pirates!

I read this article:  Global Warming Causes Pirate Population Decrease The central hypothesis is that we have noticed that as the world has become more industrialized the number of pirates has indeed dropped dramatically.  The chart is clear. The evidence is irrefutable. The scientist (almost) all agree Pirate populations have suffered.  Read more…