Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Celebrate Tau Day

6.28 is Tau Day. I'm not sure how to celebrate, but I guess I will eat 2 pies.

Tau is the ratio of circumference to radius of a circle, and circles are more naturally defined by their radius than diameter.

To see understand this more clearly check out the Tau Manifesto,

As the Manifesto points out, 2π occurs frequently in mathematics, such as the Fourier Transform:


Now to go look for some pie...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mesa Hydration Program

Looking for a way to assist your neighbors? Need a project to help teach your family about assisting others?

With temperatures about to hit triple digits on a regular basis, the City of Mesa is working with nonprofit agencies to provide supplies of water to the homeless and unsheltered. The fifth annual Mesa Hydration Donation campaign began on Wednesday, June 1. Residents are being asked to donate water at various drop-off locations throughout the City:

• Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Center
2830 E. Adobe (located behind Fire Station 206 at Lindsay and Adobe)
24-hour drop-off in parking lot

• Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
7550 E. Adobe
5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday

• United Food Bank
245 S. Nina Drive (north of Broadway between Extension and Alma School)
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
Collection bins will be available on weekends

• Paz de Cristo
424 W. Broadway
9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – Sunday

• A New Leaf – MesaCAN
635 E. Broadway
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday in front lobby

Last year, 109,125 bottles of water were donated during the campaign, far exceeding the previous year’s total of approximately 60,000. The water is distributed through United Food Bank to numerous agencies in the valley, including A New Leaf-East Valley Men’s Center, Paz de Cristo, Saint Vincent de Paul and Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS).

The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, September 16. For more information, contact Mesa Housing and Community Development Management Assistant Mischelle Durkovic at (480) 644-3983 or mischelle.durkovic@mesaaz.gov.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Home Invasion

In case you have not heard, there was a home invasion in your neighborhood this week. It was at 2258 E. Diamond, which is just north of Robson Elementary School. If you have any information call the Mesa Police Department, Detective Steve Johnson, 480-644-2695, #9111.

The information below is from the Mesa Police Department:

White or Hispanic male 508-510, stocky build, dirty or darker complexion. Late 30’s to early 40’s. Scruffy one day growth of facial hair. Dark hair slightly spiked in front. Brown eyes. Spoke English w/ no accent.

Suspect came to victim’s door and asked if she had seen his lost “puppy dog.” Victim spoke with him through a locked security door. Does not recognize the suspect as living in the neighborhood. Victim is recently divorced and living alone. Suspect then went a few doors down to 2308 E. Diamond and rang the doorbell of another female who was home alone. Her husband is working out of state. She observed the suspect through the peep hole but did not answer the door. She spoke with him through the door. Suspect told her he was looking for his lost puppy. Suspect then went back to victim’s home and started ringing the doorbell non-stop for about 5 minutes. Victim called PD, however before officers arrived; the suspect tried prying open the door. He then went into the back yard and pried open the arcadia door. Victim came out of bedroom and saw the suspect standing in her living room holding a crow bar. She ran back into the bedroom locking the door. Suspect broke in the bedroom door and raised the crowbar threateningly toward the victim. She told him she had called the police. Suspect then observed a jewelry box on the dresser and went toward it. Victim ran out of the house screaming. A neighbor observed the suspect coming out of the house carrying something, and leave on foot east bound. See suspect sketch below.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

June Landscape Water Reminder

From the City of Mesa:

View our web version at www.mesaaz.gov/conservation/LWR.aspx

We’ve enjoyed some mild temperatures so far for June but summer’s sizzle will be here soon. Though average temperatures are slightly lower in June than July, water demand by plants can be at its highest this month due to the low humidity levels.
These recommendations are for plants that are established in the landscape (in the ground about 2 years).

Lawn watering:
Summer grass (Bermuda) - once every 3 days
Overseeded cool season grass (rye) – grass dies out If trees and shrubs are on the same valve:
Desert Adapted - once every 14 days
High Water Use - once every 7 days

Tree watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 16 days
High Water Use - once every 8 days

Shrub watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 5 days

Groundcover and vine watering:
Desert Adapted - once every 12 days
High Water Use - once every 4 days

Cacti and succulent watering - once every 21 days Annual & vegetable watering - once every 2-3 days

Note: These recommendations are a general guideline only and may need to be modified for your specific site conditions.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

City of Mesa Job Openings

When I checked the listings this morning there were over 29 positions available. You need to check http://mesaaz.gov/jobs/ and click on the Job Openings button to view the positions.


Don’t forget that as of May 9, 2011, the City’s of Mesa opened a new online recruitment system called NEOGOV. Information on City jobs will be accessed via http://mesaaz.gov/jobs/.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mobile Devices

I just optimized this blog for viewing on mobile devices. It looks really good on the Droid.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Choi, Sung-Bong

This is an amazing story, be patient and read the subtitles.

Sung-bong has my vote any day.