On time departure statistics

BTS – Airline Information – Airline On-Time Statistics – Detailed Statistics – Results. We are thinking about going to Hawaii and I was curious about ontime departure.

Man, those folks at the Bureau of Transportation really have their act together. What an incredible database. You can actually look at 5 years of data on on time departure by flight number now.

For instance the flight I looked at was mainly on time but had one time it was delayed an hour.


A Teaching Program That Actually Works…

UCDS and the John Neilson Fund

_John Neilson passed away several years ago, but his memory lives on. Connie and I contributed to a fund for teaching and education. Here are some results from a program that is part of the teaching center it supports. It is kind of cool to see something that actually works_

We’ve just received great news about the current state of Thurgood Marshall’s math program (UCDS, in a collaboration with the Applied Math Department at the UW and funded by a grant from the NSF, has been mentoring their teachers in this area for two years). As the figures below show, 4th grade students at Thurgood Marshall now have math scores that exceed the Washington State average. We will provide a full story on this in an upcoming issue of the weekly, but felt you would want to celebrate this amazing news with us now.

|Math WASL Pass Rate|2000-2001|2001-2002|2002-2003|
|4th Grade Thurgood|9.8%|45.5%|58.7%|
|Washington State Average|43.4%|51.8%|55.2%|

Guns, Germs and Steel

Amazon.com: Books: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Been looking for books to get for my brother’s birthday. I think I already got him this one, but if you don’t have it you should get a copy.

It explains one of lifes biggest questions, “Why do the White men have all the cargo?” (or translated from the New Guinean), why is it that the Europeans ended up with all the money and power. A great read.

Clausewitz Study Guide.

Bibliomania: Free Online Literature and Study Guides. Bibliomania is a great free study guide. Don’t understand the business model, but am sure glad it is there.

Here’s useful quote for someone defending their turf:

Not only reason but experience, in hundreds and thousands of instances, show that a well-traced, sufficiently manned, and well-defended entrenchment is, as a rule, to be looked upon as an impregnable point, and is also so regarded by the attack. Starting from this point of the efficiency of a single entrenchment, we argue that there can be no doubt as to the attack of an entrenched camp being a most difficult undertaking, and one in which generally it will be impossible for the assailant to succeed.

Quotes from Sun Tzu, Clauswitz and others

Like Zagula, I’ve been collecting quotes and thoughts like mad. Here are some good sources:

* Library Sun Tzu The Art of War and Strategy Site by Sonshi.com.. . Besides Sun Tzu, he’s got most of the other classic military thinkers like “Clausewitz’:http://www.sonshi.com/clausewitz.html
* “Web Wargaming”:http://www.webwargaming.com/. While doing this, I found someone who wrote a javascript wargame that runs off a website. How fun.

Saving vs. Spending…

a little ludwig goes a long way: Living Below Your Means. John found a great piece about living below your means.

I actually learned quite a bit from the “Millionaire Next Door”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1563523302/qid=1059019860/sr=2-3/ref=sr_2_3/103-8871901-9475810. They call it playing good defense. I’m sure glad Connie is a good defense player 🙂 BTW, a good test of your below your means quotient is what actual book on Amazon will you buy. The default is you can get a hard cover new for $15.40. But, they also offer a used hardcover for $6.98, a paperback for $10.47, the audio cassette for $12.60 or a used paperback for $7.25.

Me? Well, none of the above. I’d got to “Half.com”:http://half.ebay.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=1062436&domain_id=1856&meta_id=1 where you can get a like new one for $3.95 plus $2 shipping. 🙂 Guess that makes me cheap.

Connie would say, “why do we need this book anyway?” She’s the star.

Most Popular Magazines–I’m out of touch

a little ludwig goes a long way: The Most Popular Magazines. Proving once again how out of the mainstream this geek is, Ludwig found the top 10 magazines in terms of ad page growth. I know fewer than he does.

What the heck is “Lucky”:http://luckymag.com (The Magazine about Shopping), “More”:http://www.more.com/, and “Details”:http://www.condenet.com/mags/details/ (A Men’s Magazine) anyway?