The Blog of a Math Nerd...named Donnie

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Allow me to introduce myself. I am a mathematician and programmer. Currently, I am working on a PhD in arithmetic geometry. I like to write about many things including math, sports, programming, education, and technology. If you would like to see my comments more frequently, you can follow me on my social profiles:

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My New Dog Howard

Posted on 07/16/2015

First, if you haven't read my first post on animal testing, I ask that you read that before reading this post. You'll learn a little bit about animal testing, what it means to me, and what Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) is doing to combat the unnecessary cruelty that animals go through. One of the newest programs that BFP started is called the Identity Campaign. For small donation, you can "adopt" an animal in a lab, give it a name, have the option to obtain the records of the animal, and help BFP acquire it if it is released from the lab.

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Updated on 01/12/2016



Hammerin' Hank

Posted on 05/13/2015

Baseball is my favorite sport, both to play (when I did) and to watch. Baseball and statistics go hand-in-hand. I have even created a baseball statistic myself called the Consistency Index. People use these statistics to try to compare players across generations and identify a GOAT (Greatest of All Time). This is an impossible task, but it is a truly interesting debate. It is easy to make cases for guys like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Cy Young, Sandy Coufax, or Nolan Ryan, and these cases are very persuasive. However, it is my opinion that one person doesn't get enough support in this conversation.

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Updated on 01/12/2016



Animal Testing

Posted on 03/09/2015

About two years ago I learned exactly what animal testing is. I'm not referring to medical testing (more on that in a later entry), but rather the testing of household products many of us use every day. I thought that testing shampoo on a dog meant that the dog was getting a nice bath. This is far from the truth. The animals are severely mistreated and are never given the chance to have normal pet lives. If you have never heard exactly what happens inside a testing facility, please continue reading. I will warn you that some of the things you will read and see are disturbing and extremely saddening.

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Updated on 01/12/2016



Blog 2.0

Posted on 12/30/2014

About a year and half ago I decided to create a blog. The idea was as much about coding the backend of the blog as it was about writing. Inspired by Don Melton, who self-taught the majority of his programming skills and went on to do great things, I set out to learn as much HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript as necessary to make this happen. The first version wasn't anything special; it had a welcome page with a list of recent posts and another page that displayed a blog entry given by a GET string. The biggest feature was a dated archive that would expand and collapse as the reader clicked on it. Today, I've updated it with a few more bells and whistles.

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Updated on 01/12/2016



New Year Resolutions

Posted on 12/26/2014

I've never done any New Year Resolutions. I think the reason is I hear people talk a lot about how they don't keep them; I didn't want to be a failure. However, this is the year I will make (and keep) a few New Year Resolutions.

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Updated on 01/12/2016



Minimal Watchface for Pebble

Posted on 06/19/2014

A few months ago I was inspired to make a watchface for the Pebble Smartwatch. I wanted to combine an analog design with a digital one to create a very simple, uncluttered watchface. I have very little design experience and limited programming experience, but I thought that the task could be obtained with a little effort. After looking over the Pebble API documentation, I decided to tackle the project. I have released a few upgrades since originally publishing the face on the Pebble app store; I am particularly proud of the most recent version.

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Updated on 01/12/2016



Consistency Indicies Updated for 2013

Posted on 06/15/2014

Another MLB year came to a close and I now have the data I need to update the Consistency Indices. Last year was especially interesting because there is a great hitter in his prime and another young hitter that has the opportunity to be the best player in baseball, if he is not already. I would like to give some perspective on the consistency of the current players and how this 2013 ranks in history.

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Updated on 01/12/2016



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