Sunday, March 26, 2006

under the heading of "SAD BUT TRUE"

From my buddy Shannon...

Last week I purchased a burger and fries at McDonalds for $3.58.

The counter girl took my $4.00 and I pulled 8 cents frommy pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies. While looking at the screen on her register, I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.

Why do I tell you this?

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:

Teaching Math In 1950
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1960
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

Teaching Math In 1970
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

Teaching Math In 1980
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20 Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

Teaching Math In 1990
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living?

Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers.)

Teaching Math In 2006
Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera para $100. El cuesto de la produccion era $80. Cuantos tortillas se puede comprar?

Monday, February 27, 2006

The Annex

This is "The Annex". The Annex is a power plant located at the bottom of Annex Lake, where it dumps in to the Taku Inlet.

Comming around the tree line on final to the landing pad at the Annex.

The caretakers quarters and the landing pad off to the right.

Yogi waiting on the pad to greet us.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Eagle Glacier

Dropping a couple of guys off at the Eagle Glacier Forrest Service Cabin for a few days. This is a beautiful area.

Here's what it's like looking from the cabin towards the Eagle Glacier.

Friday, February 17, 2006

When ya gotta go.

Dropping climbers off at Nugget Spires for a day of rock and ice climbing.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Another beautiful day in Juneau

This is the FAA helipad at Pederson Hill.

El Puerco "The Pig" on the pad at Pederson. You can see the Mendenhall Glacier in the background.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Rescue 911

On Jan 31, 2006 I flew to Tenakee (ten-a'-key) Alaska to pick up a man who had injured his leg. I had about an hour to kill while there so I cruised the village and had lunch at Rosies. Tenakee is a very cool little Alaskan village.

This is the Heli dock at Tenakee..

This is Snyder Merchantile (Since 1899) on what I guess you could call "main street" of Tenakee. Actually, it's the only street in Tenakee, and it's not quite a street either.

This is what the inside of Snider Merchantile looks like today. It's still resembles much what it must have looked like when it was built in 1899.

Main Street (Downtown Tenakee)

The light is always on at Rosies, Blue Moon Cafe.

This is the inside of the Blue Moon Cafe. No, the room is no larger looking the other way. It's just a really small, messy little joint without running water or toilets. That's right, the out house is in the back... of the resturant. Not the back yard, the back of the resturant.

The Local US Post Office.

Happy Valentines Day...

Today we landed on Mount McGennis...

and these two mountain goats came over to see what we were doing.

Monday, February 13, 2006

This one's for you Al...

This is on top of South Pass where AT&T has a remote site located.

Enjoying a good cigar while the ATT tech makes repairs.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Survey Says...

These pictures were taken a couple days ago while I was taking a survey crew around to look for rocks. I'm not sure why they waited until the middle of winter to look for rocks, but it's ok, it keeps me working.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Let it snow, let it snow...

Landing on the road at Jualin. Jualin is about 50 miles N/W of Juneau. You can't drive there because no roads go there. The only way in is by boat or helicopter.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Some Pictures From Work

This is headed east toward Juneau.

This was just a foggy day.

This is me loving my job.