[M.A.P.L.E. VI-29] Quadruple Bogey

The good news: this is not a post about bad golfers like myself who routinely score quadruple bogeys on any particular hole (i.e. take 4 more strokes than par).

However, it sort of is, as three of the “Bogeys” are related to golf. Let me explain: five pictures will be worth a total of the order of a thousand words.

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Last week, I noticed a typo on a poster that said “SPOLIER ALERT: The results are terrible.” I had to give the writer a hard time about that, and it brought up an interesting discussion about creating spell-check programs.

However, the interesting thing is the following: Microsoft Word’s spell-checker appears to ignore words in all capital letters, thinking that they are always acronyms.

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[M.A.P.L.E. VI-9] Oops times three!

The last two days have had me playing the OOPS game. Yesterday in the morning, yesterday in the afternoon, and today at night. Here are the photos, followed by a quick synopsis of what they mean.


This photo is my toaster oven, after charring three pieces of challah toast. It sent smoke through my kitchen, but because I opened all windows and turned on the stove fan, the smoke alarm didn’t go off. Phew!

And then I ate those pieces of charcoal. They weren’t half-bad!


This picture comes from my office, five minutes ago. (Obviously, it’s hard to make anything out since it’s night-black… I turned off the lights to avoid the glare.)

What happened here? Naturally, what happened is that I was at the office late.

Yesterday, I tried to go to US Bank to cash a check, thinking that they were open until 17:30.

I arrived at 17:05, and the door says “Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.”

D’OH! There’s my second OOPS in less than 24 hours!

So today, after a long day of prep work and office hours, I still had to do some more prep work to write a review packet for my Finite Math class. Nevertheless, I wanted to get to the bank, which had to be the further-away Educators Credit Union which was open until 18:00.

This wasn’t a problem, and afterwards I got groceries.

Getting back to my apartment and starting rice and marinating of salmon, I reached into my backpack to pick up the jump drive to resume my work with the prep…

…but the jump drive wasn’t in the backpack. It was in a USB port at the office!

So I grudgingly pedaled off to the office to finish that work…

…and now that I am done, I have to get back home and finish grading the Applied Math papers!

Whew, how annoying the OOPSes can be.


Finals Week: 6 days

ארץ ישראל: כ”ו ימים (Israel: 26 days)

אתמול היה שמונה ועשרים יום–שהם ארבעה שבועות לעומר

Today is the eighth day of the sixth round of M.A.P.L.E.: one week and one day.

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[M.A.P.L.E. VI-7] Limonana

Every time that I have gone to the Israel Solidarity Day, I have had a great time with the concerts and other festivities, like the Jamman Drum Circle and the leader who blows a shofar to make an acoustic masterpiece in combination with the drums.

Though it was a bit chilly, there was nary a cloud in the sky, and I had a great time walking with my friend Sarah on her birthday and also randomly encountering five other familiar faces.  Continue reading