Multiple-choice question: The context is intentionally mucked here.

A) “You must end Free Fall in the positive to play for the millions.”

B) “The positivity rate is 25%.”

C) “Let n be a positive integer.”

D) “I just lost an electron!”

The story ahead will make the question and answer obvious.

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Primed by music

It’s been more than a month since my last blog post. There’s been a lot going on in the last month, with both Thanksgiving and Christmas, spending time with my family on the former and some of Samantha’s family on the latter.

In fact, the “primed by music” was inspired by my MP3 shuffle on the way back from Missouri and seeing Samantha’s family. A few songs were particularly salient to me.

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States of chaos

It’s been two weeks since I posted on the blog, but don’t worry, I haven’t quit it. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty short post.

Near the beginning of November, Samantha and I were getting ready to have our wedding address list uploaded to Shutterfly, but we used a service to get the addresses “auto-populated” so that we wouldn’t have to enter in EVERY SINGLE ADDRESS.

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[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. X-31] Merry Christmas…

… to you filthy animals that have eight fingers!

WHAT? It’s Halloween today! I suppose that some of the monster costumes today will have eight fingers though. But, the eight fingers is a nod to Tom Lehrer.

Of course, I could talk about holiday creep in this post, but instead it’s a clever thing that I’ve seen before in mathematical circles.

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[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. X-30] Bad day of sports

Husker football: UNL stops Purdue on their first drive and then averts disaster on the first offensive drive, scoring seven.

After another stop, Martinez throws a pick six to turn a 7-0 lead to a “1-1” tie. Why don’t defensive scores SUBTRACT from the offense’s score like how a volleyball attack error counts like a negative kill?

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