Friday, June 3, 2016

Secret Lives

remember Danica McKeller?  Also known as Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years. Well - it seems she dropped acting and became one of the smartest math geniuses in the world. In fact she actually co-authored a new theorem in math.

Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller models on Z2  (not a CLUE what that does) and she has written four math books.  WHO KNEW

Then there is Hedwig Kiesler in the 1930s. A young star known for her sexy beauty and a racy movie called Ecstasy.  Her claim to fame was looking gorgeous and stupid at the same time.

She was married to one of the richest people in the world who happened to be Austria's leading arms maker and a key to the Nazi's.  Being a showpiece she attended all the dinners with Hitler and his gang of Trump wanna be's. She would sit there looking stupid and gorgeous but listening.

WELL - In 1937 she drugged her maid.  Took her clothes and sold her jewelry and escaped to London.  Very long story short was that she was the key in creating anti-jamming software in WWII torpedoes for the Americans and now every cell phone in the world uses the same technology.

OH - her name became Hedy Lamarr, one of the great pioneers of wireless communications and a few movies to boot!


Art fair in Deforest Saturday!  if you are looking for something to do I'll be in front (literally) of the Library.


STOP RINSING YOUR DISHES BEFORE THE DISHWASHER - if you rinse you are making your dishes dirtier.  Your soap does not activate it's enzymes because there is no dirt.  Scrap the big parts off and put them in the washer.

Modern dishwashers have a sensor that spots how much dirt and then uses the appropriate amount of water.  Then your soap  sees the dried on food and releases enzymes.   In reality the more dirt the cleaner your dishes will get because more water is used and your soap can do what it's suppose too!

If you rinse your washer will think everything is clean, use less water and your soap will be stagnant and not clean anything.  Technology at work.  

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