Saturday, April 29, 2006


I think I figured something out this morning. Of course, everytime I say that I am proven wrong. I believe that Elise is now used to being retrieved from her crib in the morning by me. Every day (at least every weekday) I get her up, bring her out to the living room, and sit with her while she plays for a couple of hours. This morning I was way too tired, and so Holly went and got her while I slept. She was fine for a little while, but then one thing set her off and bam - the neverending cry/whimper. I finally picked her up and brought her out to the living room, and she hasn't made a sound since. She's just staring at me while I type this.

-The Krunchy Krab

Friday, April 28, 2006

An update for my fans

Ok, some of my adoring fans have requested an update to the ball question. Here it is:

One of the balls will fall off the end before the other. You get to decide which one and how fast the balls are moving relative to each other.

-The Krunchy Krab

Something to consider

If you ever do decide to make red velvet cake late at night (or red velvet cupcakes) and you are too tired when finished to clean the kitchen, you had better hope the police don't have any reason to come to your house in the middle of the night. Dried Red Velvet cake batter looks like dried blood, and my kitchen looks like there was a massacre last night.

Is it lame to think up physics/calculus problems when you're bored?

Ok, don't answer that question. You might be wondering about the picture above.

Consider that there are two racetracks built for balls to roll across as pictured above (viewed from the side as a spectator)

Assume the tracks are of equal length, and the half circle bumps you see are both perfectly circular and the same diameter, so that each track is a mirror image of the other.

If the balls pictured on the tracks begin to roll at the same rate of speed, and are of equal mass and volume, which ball will roll off the end of its track first? Which ball will be travelling more quickly when it does?

Sorry about that.