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I have worked at computer technical support, quality assurance, and as a tutor in mathematics. I have 4 kids, a dog, and a whacked sense of humor. My ambitions are to one day start a charter school, teach, win the PowerBall, run for public office, and/or build a trebuchet. 2006 Yamster Award for Category Excellence (Education & Reference) I am much less active these days, due to having more kids and a more demanding job.

  • What is the best software for recording the audio from a presentation?

    This is for a conference at a hotel, where Q&A is expected from the audience.

    1 AnswerSoftware9 years ago
  • If you could change one decision about the War in Iraq, what would it be?

    Not including: "Don't start it in the first place." Anything else is fair game. Please explain why, and what effects you think it would have.

    26 AnswersPolitics1 decade ago
  • Does anyone know of a website or resource where you can find out what chemicals are known to cause autism?

    My 3 year old son may be diagnosed with a mild form of autism soon (we were warned today that that's what the signs point to). There is also groundwater contamination in our neighborhood of chemicals known to rise through the ground and get trapped in the house. Does anyone know where I can find more information? I've researched the specific chemical (and those resources don't seem to say anything about autism), so I was hoping to research the autism end instead.

    3 AnswersOther - Diseases1 decade ago
  • Online Resources: Geometry proofs with answers?

    I'm tutoring a geometry student, and I've noticed a glaring flaw in her textbook.

    The book will show proofs for most theorems, however, it does not then have more than a couple of proof questions in the homework, and none of those show the answers. In essense, the book does not provide a mechanism for a student to practice their skills at doing a proof, and then checking their work. Obviously, proofs are showing up on quizzes and tests, and I'd like to provide her with some materials she can work with while studying outside our tutoring sessions.

    Is there an online resource that has selected geometry proof problems, along with an answer key for a student to check their work?

    1 AnswerMathematics1 decade ago
  • A question of apostasy?

    From the Islamic hadiths:

    "Kill whoever changes his religion" (Sahih Bukhari Vol. 9, book 84, number 57, narrated via Ibn Abbas)

    "The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I am His Apostle, cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims." (Sahih Bukhari Vol. 9, book 83, number 17, narrated via Abdullah)

    (above from Wikipedia)

    I've never really known enough Muslims well enough to talk and/or debate the Quran and hadiths with authority. While I realize that a great many Muslims take the above hadiths quite literaly (look at the backlash surrounding Abdul Rahman), I've never understood the justification. Can anyone explain the justification, preferably related to other parts of the Quran or hadiths?

    2 AnswersReligion & Spirituality1 decade ago
  • Fixing a gap in the middle of a window.?

    My home is 5 years old - for a while, I've noticed that air rushes in through the middle of the window:




    where X is where the leak is. Since it's in the middle, I can't see any way to use a clamp to reshape the window, and I'd rather not replace the window if I don't have to.

    Is there any way to stop the leak, without losing the ability to open/close my window?

    3 AnswersDo It Yourself (DIY)1 decade ago