Birthday Paradox

Say your in a room of 23 people, what would you say are the chances you share a birthday with that person given there are 365 days in the year? The birthday paradox states that if there are 23 or more people in a room then there is a chance of more than 50% that at least two of them will have the same birthday. Crazy. Am I the only one ignorant to this mathematical proof? Quite honestly I feel severely let down by my mathematical educators. I had never even heard of the paradox till today, and it seems like a keen way to spark interest in a statistics or calculus class if you ask me. Don’t get too upset though, according to wikipedia “it isn’t a paradox in the sense of leading to a logical contradiction; it is a paradox in the sense that it is a...

Today

I made $50 bucks today for about 1.5 hours of work signing people in and out of a dental conference. To offset that increase we bought another mic for Daria’s podcasting along with some headphones. We traped on over to Wal-Mart too, to replace our toilet-drenched cordless phone with a new model. We ended up getting a two-phone package (backup!) with the ability to two-way radio between the two units. Doubt we will use that feature too much but having a second cordless phone will be a nice addition around here since the cordless is inevitably on the floor your not come ring time. I’m weighing the purchase of a computer. The demos always go on sale at my local campus computer store with every Apple hardware update and this particularly computer is the...

The Year Rolls On

2006 is a big thing around here. It is the year we graduate, the year we move, the year we buy a house, the year I start my career (and get paid for it), the year Dylan receives the Aaronic Priesthood and begins junior high and the year Joshua starts kindergarten. A lot of firsts for the Muirhead family and we are looking forward to it—stress and all. As many of you know I’m not really much of a fretter. I take stress and roll it over into constructive thought and motivation. I have a basic rule to not worry about things out of my control. This isn’t as cum see cum sa (no idea if that is how you spell that) as you might think. I still think a great deal about things of concern but I do my best to not allow it to paralyze me. Things I’m...