Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Big Bang World Record - Join Free Join Now and Benefit

Let’s face it; one of the main goals of joining a meme is to increase links.
So, let’s call a spade a spade and see how “Big” of a “Bang” we can get.

The goal is to exceed 1,000 sites. Can it be done? With your help we will leave all the other memes in our dust!

Just follow the instructions. No thought necessary.

*Start Copy Here*

You do not have to be tagged to play along. This game is simple and so are the rules.

  1. Copy from *Start Copy Here* through *End Copy Here*
  2. Add your site(s) to the list. Just be sure to post at each site you add.
  3. Tag or don’t tag, your choice, however, the more tags you create the bigger the list will grow.
  4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list. (If you would like the scroll box code, leave me your email address and I will email it to you.)
  5. Come back and copy the master list back to your site, often. This process will allow late-comers to get as much link benefit as the first ones in.

1-Attitude, the Ultimate Power 2-Juliana’s Site 3-Rusin Roundup 4-Grow Rich Along With Me 5-Comedy Plus 6-lynda’s loft 7-Amel’s Realm 8-MAX 9-Speedcat Hollydale 10-Mariuca 11-Complain Complain Complain 12-Mariuca’s Perfume Gallery 13-Life Is A Roller Coaster 14-Sugar Queen’s Dream 15-First Time Dad 16-Life 17-My Life 18-The Painted Veil 19-My Thoughts 21-Little Aussie Cynic 22- A Nice Place in the Sun 24-The Down Side OF Up 25- Ladyjava’s Lounge 26- Cat Tales 27-moms…..check nyo 28-Colorado Baby 29-It’s a Woman’s World 30-ENLIGHTENED BITS 31-My View of “It” 32-My Reviews and Finds Along the Way 33-Our Hep Chat 34 - Rantings of a Woman 35- The Callalily Space 36- Mom Knows Everything 37- Hazel 38- Chronicles and Tales Unlimited (RED) 39- From the Mouth of Jabber Jaws 40- Sunny Side Up Foodie & Lifestyle 41-Carmel Corn 42-Daily Stock Picks 43-The Whole New World 44- Wifespeak 45-Slavery Bliss 46- Rooms of My Heart 47- Unpredictable Life 48- My Life, My World 49- At Your Service 50- All About Ebay 51- Everything Amazon 52- Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out 53- My So-Called Site 54- New Wife Blog 55- It’s not the way 56- Nick’s Bytes 57- My Scratch Pad 58- Choc Mint Girl 59- Life Is Just Around the Corner… 60- Amori, poseia, art… virtuali by Hanna 61- Maryannaville 62- monaco - monaco’s 63- Nyumix’s Blog 64- read my mind - my keyboard monologues 65- Shower You Children With Love - The Right Way 66- Secret Agent Mama 67- Pinaymama’s Diary 68- Answers to the Questions 69- Work of the Poet 70- A Total Blog 71- My life, my hope, my future 72- NORTE 73- A Window to Our World 74- Life as a Mom 75- FIELD OF DREAMS 76- lisgold 77- See Me for What You 78- Caught in The Stream 79-Pinay Mommy Online - My Home 80-I’m Running To Win Two 81-CRUEL VIRGIN 82-Garden of Moments in Blog 83-So Cute 84-Love Everlasting 85-WeLcOmE To My CriB 86-WELCOME TO PINAYSMILE’S JOURNEY 87-Ice’s Icelog 88-Jenny’s Wandering Thoughts 89-Hobbies and Such 90-Sweet Paradise 91-Mommy’s Gibble Gabbles 92-Rusin Review’s 93-My Small World 94-Little Peanut 95-Online Ramblings 96-My Mood My Feeling 97-BLOG it with ALLEN 98-Entertainment World 99-Let’s Go Singapore 100-Firelynx 101-Catsy Carpe Diem 102-Every Beat Of My Heart 103-Always Da Fresh Princess 104-Listening.. Learning..Living 105-All About Mars 106- Syii From Afar 107-Some Thoughts I Have 108-From Here and Beyond 109-My Paid To Blog 110-Scholarship Corner 111-Cell Phone Review 112-“Apples of the Eyes” 113-It’s All About Play 114-The Luttrull Journey 115-RennyBA’s Terella 116-Unchained Melody 117-Out of the Blue 118-The Lure Of the Unknown 119-Maricel’s 120-my blog 121-Spiff, the Spaceman 122-Living Well 123-The Dog Log 124-Catnip Corner 125-A Piece of Idea 126-Observations From the Back 40 127-Poetry by The Redneck Gypsy 128-Odd Facts 129-Juliana’s Lair 130-My life is murphy’s law 131- lisgoldsmemoirs 132-My memories, as time goes by 133-Somewhere over the rainbow 134-Blogging by Sandee 135-Our Journey to this so called life 136-Idaho Daily Photo 137-Memories that Never Fades.. 138-Anything goes 139-Your Caring Angels 140-Little Paces 141-Laketrees 142-PoeARTica 143-fracas 144-Just FraCas 145-Archies Archive 146-Growing Up Together 147-A Woman’s Diary 148-Mother’s Got A Dot Com 149-Close To You 150-Hot Shit Form Here 151-Astro Galaxy 152-Detector 153-Beauty is in the eye of the beholder 154-My Life is Peachy 155-The Down Side of Up 156-Magical Milestones 157-In Search of Life 158-RebelationsdotNet 159-Jen Jen’s Place 160-Mimi Writes… 161-Strange but true 162-Depois de minha viagem 163-Your Perfect Wedding: 164-Make Money Online 165-Primitive Ornies and Bowl Fillers 166-Vegetarian Diet Lifestyle 167-Looking Out For You 168-BENOLSATUEM 169-OtherSide 170-Hacko’s Site 171-where was I 172-Making Money Resources 173-text’s Site 174-Movie Corner 175-Rahasia Bisnis Internet 176-Online Dating Tips 177-Beauty Kissing Tips 178-Forex Trading Tips 179-Singapore Tour Guide 180-PPC vs PTR 181-Indonesian Film 182-Adsense Success Stories 2008 183-Bali Tour 184-Paypal Indonesia 185-Review Bisnis Internet 186-Blog Daniel Scardua 187-Much of a muchness 188-Gagiers Amazing World 189-Clumsy Mommy 190-Leaotheblogger 191-PBDesigns Reading and Crochet Blog 192-Gagiers Striking Zone 193-DrowseyMonkey 194-Yesterday Today n Tomorrow 195-Auntie Dar’s Life 196-Sky Windows… 197-Filippino Life Abroad 198-Leao the Blogger 199-Zoop’s Rantings on Life 200-My Journey 201-A Sweet Taste of Life 202-This is a Miracle 203-Lavanderia Virtual 204-COLORADO COWGIRL IN UPSTATE NEW YORK 205-Dating Profile of the Day 206-my wooden robot 207-My World 208-urban : trendy : lifestyle 209-Lucel Juliana’s Library 210-Cooking Momster - My Life Journal 211-Anggie & Jeremy boy Online Journal 212-‘Doc Doc Doc’ 213-Transforming My Life 214-Gratitude Journal 216-emila’s illustrated blog 217-AZZY’S BLOG-A-ROONIE! 218-MAMABLISS’ TREASURED MOMENTS 219-The Sky’s the Limit 220-PROJECT HEAVY TRAFFIC 221-just another ordinary story.. 222-Samuel Rolo 223-The end mission! 224-R S S Submissions 225-Laice’s Pics 226-Health and Fitness 227-Brainybimbo 228-Journey with WaterLearner 229-Zoop’s Rantings on Life (at Blogspot) 230-Ivan Girl 231-Tour the Tabon Caves 232-Book Calendar 233-Love me. Hate me 234-Everyday health and beauty 235-BLOGANDO & ANDANDO 236-Memoirs.:*CRoSs mY hEARt*:. 237-The Chic Shopaholic 238-

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I tag: Ivy, Meghna Liudmila, SewAndSo, Cyn, Gil, Mokki and Tanny
The code for the box can be found in Life of Cojoto

Viral linking

I got tagged, this time by Adrienne, whose blog 9 Months to birthing my BESTSELLER! is about her book Notes From the Mothership The Naked Invisibles.

This sounds very interesting and somehow appeals to my desire for organized things. So here it goes:

Part one, supply links:

Copy all the links below (make sure it's alphabetized) and replace a single link under the appropriate alphabet. If your domain name, or even the title of your blog, starts with an " A," you'd replace the link under that alphabet and put the replaced link at the bottom. Also, don't forget to credit the tagger, or where you got the list from, at the end of the list with a full URL of the post so that a pingback gets generated.

Part two, Play Tag! I tag:

Two questions for the tagged:
What is your marker of success...right now?
What would be your marker of success a month from now?

I will answer the question for me.
My marker of success is hitting the front page in Digg 6 times in the last month.
My marker of success a month from now would be writing an article about mathematics which would reach the front page.

I got the long list of tags from:
Thanks and Enjoy!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Amazing mathematics - Möbius Strip

This time I give you an example of topology. Intuitively, two spaces are topologically equivalent if one can be deformed into the other without cutting or gluing. A traditional joke is that a topologist can't tell the coffee mug out of which she is drinking from the doughnut she is eating, since a sufficiently pliable doughnut could be reshaped to the form of a coffee cup by creating a dimple and progressively enlarging it, while shrinking the hole into a handle.
The Möbius strip or Möbius band is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. It has the mathematical property of being non-orientable.
Here are some examples of the amazing properties this surface holds. You can easily try the experiments yourself.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Fantastic mail again!

I had been waiting for this mail and yesterday it finally came. I had heard from a Canadian friend that he was able to buy it in a local store, but to me that will be impossible.

The newest book with Conceptis puzzles is fascinating. In general mazes are easy to solve, but this is 25-foot long! The puzzle is folded in a hard cover.

When you open it, you can see what can be read on the back cover: To get the whole puzzle, you need to complete the whole puzzle.

25 feet means 48 pages :) The solution is in the back and here is a little peak:

If I seem to be missing for a few days, you can imagine what I am up to!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Member 150 in MyBlogLog Community

About a week ago the Conceptisaddict community in MyBlogLog got its 150th member, Machine-Human. I had already decided that I will blog about it and to my great satisfaction the blog was very suitable for me to write about. The sites name is Machine-Human
- happy droids, sad robots and functional zombies and the description is

Machine-Human is a collection of links to websites about Technology, Human-Machine Interaction, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Information, Creativity, Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Meta-Perception, Physics, Mathematics, Science Fiction and a few cutting-edge news.

The list of this year's posts:

Beauty and truth in physics

Simplifying complex networks: from a clustering to a coarse graining strategy

Culture influences brain function

Mind reading is advancing


Math is beautiful


My personal favourite is of course Math is beautiful. It provides a link to Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest winners 2007. The images are really beautiful. I spent a long time trying to decide which is best and finally I chose this:

Bubbling Growth

Jussi Härkönen

The truth is that they were all so beautiful… Here the name of the artist was the final value :) It is clearly Finnish.

The first entry on the site is from 6th of November 2007. The links are absolutely great and each link has a description of the content and also a picture. I recommend to check the site. I spent a lot of time there and also will in the future.

Viral linking with a difference

I was tagged to this by Rampantheart

It's a known fact that Viral linking has a lot of benefits. Those who don't know about viral linking, click here. What we are going to do now is follow the same thing, but with a difference. Usually, we post just people's links as such. But the rules are a bit different.

All you have to do is post links to 5 of your most favorite blog posts and tag 5 bloggers to do the same. This way , your favorite blog posts will seek the limelight and you get excellent results. This is not a very difficult job. Have a great time tagging and see your blog's traffic increasing!

Now comes the tagging part.

I tag Liudmila, André, RennyBA, Jenny and Gil

My most favorite posts are:

I am glad Microsoft does not make cars

Polar Bears in Finland?!

Santa lives in Finland

Tampere University of Technology students play Tetris WITH their dorm

Fun mathematics

Saturday, January 19, 2008

"Mathemagics": Arthur Benjamin on

In a lively performance, "mathemagician" Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares in his head, performs a massive mental calculation, and guesses a few birth days. How does he do it? He'll be happy to tell you. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, California. Duration: 15:14.)

Glow Wings

life clever purity
harping melt passionate drowsy
dizzying ocean frost

Now you all probably think that I have finally gone insane. The above is a Haiku poem I generated with Haiku-a-Tron from Language is a Virus webpage. Also the title is from there.

So if you one day suffer from the writer's block, just generate your text with the help of the site. There are poem generators and all kinds of suggestions to write a story. Fun!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Funny Quizzes

I did two Quizzes in Blogthings

Your Aura is Blue

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.
You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

I think that was pretty much what to be expected. So was the second :) I was not surprised because the questions involved puzzles and things I do when I use mathematics!
You Are a Total Brainiac

You're amazingly brilliant. Some would even say genius.
You're curious, thoughtful, analytical, and confident.

You take on difficult subjects because you want to... not because you have to.
No field of knowledge is too complicated or intimidating for you.

You've got the brains to do anything you want.
It's possible you end up doing everything you want.

There were many more interesting ones, but I was afraid to answer quizzes like:
Are You Sexy? , What Kind of First Impression Do You Make? or Are You A Weirdo?
In the last one I would definitely have gained the hichest score there is :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Thinking Blogger Award

This is my 100th post! I would never have imagined this would happen so soon, if ever, when I started in August. I have had so much fun doing all this and gained so many friends and I have also grown an interest to things I did not care about before or didn’t know even existed.

It is quite a coincidence that at the same time sweet Hanna from Amori,poesie,arte,chat virtuali by Hanna rewarded me with the Thinking Blogger Award. Thank you so much Hanna; this makes me feel that my blog really matters. I am very honoured.

I started to check backwards how many people there was between me and the first awards. I soon got into trouble finding links, partly because the award has been travelling Italy lately and I can't speak Italian. When I finally read the original post from The Thinking Blog I realized that it has been travelling almost a year. The post had been written in the 11th of February in 2007!

At some point I have to try to create the whole chain. This is one odd part of me: digging the past. I have done quite a bit of family search and this reminds me of that adventure finding older generations.

And now to the award:

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative
silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

In addition there is a note: “
Please, remember to tag blogs with real merits, i.e. relative content, and above all - blogs that really get you thinking! “

I take notes like that very seriously and that is why I am tagging:

Gil, who got me to start this blog. My blog is more like having fun with serious issues and I feel so small when I read what Gil has written. His variety of the content is amazing and so is his knowledge about movies.

Tomi Ahonen, who convinced me that blogging will be the next popular way to communicate (following e-mails and text messages). Tomi is originally Finnish but currently in Hong Kong and he is an expert in 3G blogging and lecturing about it.

Meghna, who is 12 years old and living in India. Her stories are unbelievable, creative and enjoyable to read. Every time I read her stories I start to think about people: why many adults behave like children compared to this talented girl.

Mokki, whose blog compares Portugal and Finland. He has shown me a new side of my own country not only in his blog but all the other social platforms where we have friendied each other.

Rash Kath, whose passion in mathematics blogging has made me convinced that I’ll start a real mathematical blog to my students. My current Finnish blog concentrates on the entertaining and beautiful side of math, like this one. Rash Kath also created a group named Passionate Teachers and the amount of knowledge shared there is even too much for me to swallow instantly. Now I know what I will be doing next summer on my vacation.

Unlike before the award did not stay in Finland, but left to various places: Portugal, India, Hong Kong and Israel.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I am glad Microsoft does not make cars...

What is going on with Microsoft Office Excel? I found an article submitted to Digg which was written based on the article Major bug found in Microsoft Excel 2007 in from 25 of September 2007.

That article gave as a source Major bug in MS Excel 2007 in, where the issue was handled more thoroughly.

The problem was that the calculation 850*77.1 in Excel showed the answer to be 100000. The right answer is 65535.

As a mathematics teacher I got interested and had to give it a try; maybe just not believing my eyes. The articles were right. One suggested that a shell should have SUM(850*77.1) which I find totally unnecessary. I tried using the function giving the product but since I have the Finnish version it looks like TULO(850:77.1). Well, not exactly, we use a decimal comma, not a decimal point. The answer is 100000. I get the same answer if I use the normal “=850*77.1” or if I place the numbers in shells and multiply their content.

However, the number is just rounded up. If I continue and subtract the right answer, as if I was calculating 100000 – 65535, I get 0. The answer is right which means that the content of the shell showing 100 000 is 65535 but Excel hides it from me. With any other numbers in the neighbourhood this does not happen and the calculation 85*77.1 gives me the right answer.

My first impression was that my settings are wrong. I tried to give a more exact answer by taking decimals to the display with the result 100000.000! Even the scientific display failed, now the answer was 1,00E+05. The disturbing thing is that while it was in the form of an integer, one could always claim that it is rounded, but now it shows 3 significant numbers!

The bug was reported at the time and Microsoft Excel blog answers:

our testing showed that this really didn't have anything do to with multiplication - it manifested itself with many but not all calculations in Excel that should have resulted in 65,535 (=65535*1 and =16383.75*4 worked for instance). Further testing showed a similar phenomenon with 65,536 as well.

In 9th of October the same blog finally informs that the update is available:

Calculation Issue Update (Fix Available)

Two weeks ago, we posted about an issue involving the calculation of numbers around 65,535 and 65,536. As of today, fixes for this issue in Excel 2007 and Excel Services 2007 are available for download from the following locations:

Excel 2007:
64-bit Excel Services 2007:
32-bit Excel Services 2007:

KB Articles have been posted as well:

Excel 2007:
Excel Services 2007:

We are in the process of adding this fix to Microsoft Update so that it will get automatically pushed to users running Excel 2007 or Excel Services 2007. Additionally, the fix will also be contained in the first service pack of Office 2007 when it is released (the release date for SP1 of Office 2007 has not been finalized).

Thank you for your patience,

The Excel Team

I bought my laptop one week before Christmas and the Office a couple of days later. I have an Enterprise version licensed for use only by students and faculty. The fix was not automatically pushed to me.

I guess now I have to start downloading… I have not checked yet, if SP1 for Office 2007 is available.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

History of Mathematics

I found this video about the history of mathematics in YouTube. I have never been very enthusiastic about history and reading about even history of mathematics is a bit boring. It is funny how seeing the events, even animated, makes history so much more interesting.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


I happened to hear this song yesterday and it triggered some very old memories; not even real memories but a certain mood I had long ago forgotten.

"Riders on the Storm" is a popular 1971 song by The Doors from the L.A. Woman album, reaching number 14 on the charts. The song was inspired by the song "Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend". It incorporates thunder and rain sound effects and Ray Manzarek's Fender Rhodes electric piano playing which emulates the sound of rain. It is played in E Dorian mode (almost identical to the E Minor scale).

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Do You Solve Sudokus?

I have been occupied with my files transferring them from one computer to another. That is a very tedious task but my husband is waiting for the old computer and my vacation is about to end and I need the files in my work. The waiting has left me some time to think and my thoughts led to this post.

I found another new Finnish Sudoku magazine in a local store. Since it had a few variations to the regular Sudoku, I have solved some of them lately. I was already a member of Conceptis community when the Sudoku boom started and saw it happen. The stores were full of new magazines and books from different publishers. As I thought there were too many of them. Most of those first magazines have gone out of Sudoku business.

I loved Sudoku at first but got bored after a while. Nowadays I need more challenging puzzles than the regular 9x9 Sudoku’s. Fortunately there are many good and interesting variations available for me.

When I was working with the computers, I also transferred my bookmarks. I had very many links to different online Sudoku sites. I had no time to check if they still are valid links but inspired by them, the new magazine and an e-mail I got I am asking all of you:

Do you solve Sudoku’s? Do you solve them on paper or online? Where do you find the paper Sudoku’s; newspapers, magazines, books or which site do you use?

Please answer in the comments! I would like answers also from those who don’t like Sudoku’s or have never solved them. I promise to pay a visit to everyone who answers, sooner or later depending on the amount of the answers :)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Polar Bears in Finland?!

I have always thought the National Geographic is an interesting and reliable magazine. I am a subscriber to the Finnish edition of the magazine since it started a couple of years ago. Yesterday I was totally astonished and even angry about this video which was submitted to Mixx by one of my friends. The title is Warming hurts Finnish Animals.

EDIT: the title has been corrected. Now it is Video: Warming Hurting Arctic Animals (Corrected)

The whole story is full of very bad mistakes.

The first animal hurt by global warming is polar bear. That is true and the video shows a researcher from Oulu telling about the facts. Even though Oulu is in Finland we DO NOT have polar bears here. I have heard this misunderstanding before but I thought that nowadays most people do know where polar bears live or at least that Finland is not in the North Pole.

The second animal they introduce is European Mink and the story tells that it has vanished from the Finnish nature and that they are breeding them in order to someday release them back to the nature. That won’t be possible in Finland. Whether warming harms the European mink or not is not known because of its powerful enemy, the American Mink farmed for fur, got rid of the rival before that. A trend in recent years has been the release of farmed minks into the wild by animal rights activists. The result of the introduction of the American Mink into the wild in Europe has been disastrous for the European Mink, who occupies almost the same ecological niche but is outcompeted by the larger and better-swimming American species. Attempts are now underway to introduce the European Mink to islands too far from the continent for American Mink to swim to, in an attempt to prevent the species from becoming extinct.

The third news is about migratory birds. The man in the film tells that birds have started nesting a week earlier than 20 years ago because the trees get their leaves earlier. Last spring they did not. It was so cold that the leaves were late, at least two weeks.

The last unfortunate thing on the video is the speech of the original Finns. The first researcher is not originally Finnish and the two others are. Their pronunciation is so awful that the video has subtitles for other than Finns to understand what they are saying. Well, that is not actually the fault of National Geographic. All those who have heard our Formula 1 WDC-winner Kimi Räikkönen speak can probably understand what I mean.

From other pages of the same website you can find examples for Finnish music. I am not giving you the location since the music is something that is not popular in Finland. Maybe original, but very marginal. I just wonder where they got those as examples. I have heard about two of them and the other one is a pathetic effort of making funny songs. The average Finnish people do not listen to music like that!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


I have been awardered! The Linky Love Train inspired for new awards and now they are passed to the people in the train in several blogs.

Bloggers of The World

great Blog awards 2007 Inspiring blog

Using Technorati I found myself rewarded by


Amel's Realm



Thank you Jesie to bringing this to my attention. I really don’t know what I have been thinking…All of those who were in the Linky Love Train can check their addresses in the blogs I mentioned.

I was to pass these awards also to all in my BlogRoll.

If somebody has passed the award and I have not listed your blog, inform me, and I'll add the link.

Link Love Rules - Make Blogs Not Wars.