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This will probably only interest the locals in santa Barbara, especially if you visit the farmers market frquently. Cherry season has started. I’m looking forward to pit-fruit season, when we get the peaches, appricots, etc. I also am looking forward to the figs and pears. Strawberries have been in season for a few weeks already. The tomatoes are not there yet. The root vegetables are looking great right now also.

Other than that, I’m still trying to catch up. I’m writing four papers in parallel with different collaborators, so I’m a bit overwhelmed. As the papers start to show up I will add information in the blog about them. There are a couple more in the pipeline after those that have been put on hold until I finish these.  I hope you understand if the blog suddenly feels like an empty room full of spiderwebs.

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Probability game

Here is a fun game of probability and statistics that I was told about this week. You have a game where you toss a coin and you win if you get three heads in a row. What is the average number of throws for a win?

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A fitting ending

Sometimes, the ending is very well deserved. I happened on this one today. It’s really worth watching.

By the way, when I was growing up I always liked Wile E. Coyote. His technical drawing capabilities and sheer ingenuity were fabulous. They would make him into a great experimentalist. Besides, he never gave up.

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Well, the contributions on quarky literature have stopped, so we can open the hood of the post and check if anything interesting is available. After rummaging I’ll have to declare  Augustine the winner, for his wonderful piece on the mind workings of  some, mostly male, physicists.

Up and down Nature’s curves
the physicist’s glance wanders,
taking in her strange charms,
admiring her bottom
and what her top hides.

So give Augustine a big clap! In the meantime I’ll try to see if I can work a cartoon drawing with that.

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Moo-on showers explained

Moo-on showers explained

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