Sunday, December 21, 2014

christmas haiku of poetry form week 7

i enjoy tomboys
what great fun she would parttake
on life's shoulders


the wind blows so hard
that the fence grits its teech
to expel sharp pains

Christmas Special of Poetic Forms : HAIKU (Week 7, A Repost of week 4)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Million Man March Poem by Maya Angelou


The night has been long,
The wound has been deep,
The pit has been dark,
And the walls have been steep.

Under a dead blue sky on a distant beach,
I was dragged by my braids just beyond your reach.
Your hands were tied, your mouth was bound,
You couldn't even call out my name.
You were helpless and so was I,
But unfortunately throughout history
You've worn a badge of shame.

I say, the night has been long,
The wound has been deep,
The pit has been dark
And the walls have been steep.

But today, voices of old spirit sound
Speak to us in words profound,
Across the years, across the centuries,
Across the oceans, and across the seas.
They say, draw near to one another,
Save your race.
You have been paid for in a distant place,
The old ones remind us that slavery's chains
Have paid for our freedom again and again.

The night has been long,
The pit has been deep,
The night has been dark,
And the walls have been steep.

The hells we have lived through and live through still,
Have sharpened our senses and toughened our will.
The night has been long.
This morning I look through your anguish
Right down to your soul.
I know that with each other we can make ourselves whole.
I look through the posture and past your disguise,
And see your love for family in your big brown eyes.

I say, clap hands and let's come together in this meeting ground,
I say, clap hands and let's deal with each other with love,
I say, clap hands and let us get from the low road of indifference,
Clap hands, let us come together and reveal our hearts,
Let us come together and revise our spirits,
Let us come together and cleanse our souls,
Clap hands, let's leave the preening
And stop impostering our own history.
Clap hands, call the spirits back from the ledge,
Clap hands, let us invite joy into our conversation,
Courtesy into our bedrooms,
Gentleness into our kitchen,
Care into our nursery.

The ancestors remind us, despite the history of pain
We are a going-on people who will rise again.

And still we rise.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Your Laughter by Pablo Neruda

Take bread away from me, if you wish,
take air away, but
do not take from me your laughter.

Do not take away the rose,
the lance flower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.

My struggle is harsh and I come back
with eyes tired
at times from having seen
the unchanging earth,
but when your laughter enters
it rises to the sky seeking me
and it opens for me all
the doors of life.

My love, in the darkest
hour your laughter
opens, and if suddenly
you see my blood staining
the stones of the street,
laugh, because your laughter
will be for my hands
like a fresh sword.

Next to the sea in the autumn,
your laughter must raise
its foamy cascade,
and in the spring, love,
I want your laughter like
the flower I was waiting for,
the blue flower, the rose
of my echoing country.

Laugh at the night,
at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted
streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy
boy who loves you,
but when I open
my eyes and close them,
when my steps go,
when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,
light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Oklahoma Panhandle State University


Oklahoma Panhandle State University was founded in 1909. This four-year institution is located in Goodwell, Oklahoma. OPSU is situated in a growing region which leads the state in agricultural receipts. It offers a comprehensive range of instructional programs, research, and public service activities in its schools of Agriculture; Business and Technology; Education; Liberal Arts; and Science, Mathematics and Nursing.
Dr. David Bryant
P.O. Box 430, Goodwell, OK 73939
(580) 349-2611

Location:  Goodwell                                               
Established:  1909
Mascot:  Aggies                               
Colors:  Red and Blue
2013-14 Top-5 Majors: Nursing, Business Administration, Biology, Animal Science, and Elementary Education

Thursday, September 25, 2014

W Word Poetry

W word, thou coolest not the best part,
It's not money to be only rich,
and on the flip side hard to switch;
It's wisdom to trust the heart,
Columbus discovered a world, and the art,
Carry the faith deciphered in the skies;
  Do mind the soul's wondrous sin price,
Knowledge is the torch of white birch,
that lights the way but with courage to hatch;
W world means virtue and embrace,
by which freedom is enjoyed under joyful grace,
Surpassing a void of mystery and fears,
by which the testing heart is felt.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

UCLA Math news: Professor Stanley Osher Receives Highest Honor in Applied Mathematics

Professor Stanley OsherProfessor Stanley Osher
By: Stuart Wolpert | August 12, 2014

Stanley Osher, UCLA professor of mathematics and director of applied mathematics, is the third person ever to be awarded the prestigious Gauss Prize, the highest honor in applied mathematics.
A UCLA professor since 1977, Osher received the award Wednesday morning local time during the opening ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, South Korea. The prize, named for 19th century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, was first awarded at the 2006 congress. (The event is held every four years.)
The citation honoring Osher said he has made “influential contributions to several fields in applied mathematics and his far-ranging inventions have changed our conception of physical, perceptual, and mathematical concepts, giving us new tools to apprehend the world.”
Osher has collaborated with colleagues in a wide range of fields and the mathematical techniques he has pioneered have been highly influential. The results of his research have improved MRI scans and medical image analysis, advanced computer chip design, helped law enforcement agencies combat crime, enhanced computer vision, provided new ways to forecast weather and identify the source of earthquakes, and even revolutionized computer modeling for the design of supersonic jets.
“I am truly honored to have been awarded the third Carl Friedrich Gauss prize,” Osher said. “The previous winners were two of my scientific heroes. I am grateful to the UCLA administration and to my colleagues in the mathematics department for their support in building up applied mathematics, and to many of many colleagues outside of the department for the incredibly pleasant interdisciplinary research atmosphere that exists here.
“I’d also like to thank my sister, Sondra Jaffe, for convincing me that we could both join the middle class by becoming mathematicians in the post-Sputnik era.”
Osher has created innovative numerical methods to solve partial differential equations, and analyzed algorithms and their underlying partial differential equations. He also produced a new method for accurately describing how objects change shapes — predicting how, for example, a drop of oil floating in water will morph based on currents in the water, including what would happen if the drop of oil divided in two or merged with another drop of oil.
“Stan Osher is a superb applied mathematician who has made major advances in the solution of important real-world problems,” said Joseph Rudnick, senior dean of the UCLA College and dean of physical sciences. “His work is marked by elegance and efficiency. He richly deserves this important honor.”
The recipient of many previous awards, Osher was elected in 2005 to the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow, and was selected to give a plenary address at the 2010 International Conference of Mathematicians and the John von Neumann Lecture at the 2013 meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Osher was among the top 1 percent of the most frequently cited scholars in both mathematics and computer science between 2002 and 2012. His research was the subject of three-day “Osher Fests” at UCLA in 2002 and 2012.
He also the director of special projects at UCLA’s NSF-funded Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, where he has organized and participated in numerous workshops and programs.
Osher has trained and mentored more than 50 Ph.D. students and even more postdoctoral scholars, many of whom have become distinguished professors and researchers in applied mathematics. His students, one of whom received an Academy Award, have used mathematics to create special effects in dozens of movies, including “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
Osher said he is proud to be a professor at UCLA, whose applied mathematics department is ranked No. 2 in the U.S., per U.S. News and World Report, and whose pure mathematics department is also regarded among the best in the country.
He has said of his own research, “I write the algorithms that make the computer sing. I’m the Barry Manilow of mathematics.”

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Susan Wojcicki by wikipedia


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 (cropped).jpg
Wojcicki at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013
Born July 5, 1968 (age 46)[1]
Santa Clara County, California
Alma mater Harvard College (A.B.)
University of California, Santa Cruz (M.S.)
UCLA Anderson School of Management (M.B.A.)
Occupation CEO of YouTube
Spouse(s) Dennis Troper
Children 4
Parents Stanley Wojcicki
Esther Wojcicki
Relatives Anne Wojcicki (sister)
Susan Diane Wojcicki (/wˈɪtski/ woh-JIT-skee; born July 5, 1968) is an American businesswoman and CEO of YouTube.[2][3] Wojcicki is the daughter of Esther Wojcicki, an educator of Russian-Jewish descent, and Stanley Wojcicki, a Polish American physics professor at Stanford University. Wojcicki studied history and literature at Harvard University and graduated with honors in 1990. She also received her master's in economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1993 and a Master's in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1998.[4][5] Her sister, Anne Wojcicki, was married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
In September 1998, the same month that Google was incorporated, its founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up office in Susan's garage in Menlo Park.[6][7]
Wojcicki, called "the most important person in advertising"[8] and "the most important Googler you've never heard of", was 16th on Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011.[9] In 2012 she was 25th on this list[10] and in 2013 she was 30th.[10] In 2014, she was named #12 on the list.[11]
She was also named on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 at #43,[12] #28,[13] #18[14] and #19,[15] respectively. Wojcicki was named #1 on the Adweek 50 list in 2013.[16] She was named #36 on Vanity Fair's New Establishment list in 2013[17] and #39 in 2012.[18]
Wojcicki grew within Google to lead the advertising and analytic products (AdWords and AdSense). In Feb 2014 she became the head of YouTube.[19][20]


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An Old Man's Winter Night by Robert Frost

poet Robert Frost


All out of doors looked darkly in at him
Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars,
That gathers on the pane in empty rooms.
What kept his eyes from giving back the gaze
Was the lamp tilted near them in his hand.
What kept him from remembering what it was
That brought him to that creaking room was age.
He stood with barrels round him -- at a loss.
And having scared the cellar under him
In clomping there, he scared it once again
In clomping off; -- and scared the outer night,
Which has its sounds, familiar, like the roar
Of trees and crack of branches, common things,
But nothing so like beating on a box.
A light he was to no one but himself
Where now he sat, concerned with he knew what,
A quiet light, and then not even that.
He consigned to the moon, such as she was,
So late-arising, to the broken moon
As better than the sun in any case
For such a charge, his snow upon the roof,
His icicles along the wall to keep;
And slept. The log that shifted with a jolt
Once in the stove, disturbed him and he shifted,
And eased his heavy breathing, but still slept.
One aged man -- one man -- can't keep a house,
A farm, a countryside, or if he can,
It's thus he does it of a winter night.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Rolla, Missouri


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rolla, Missouri
Location of Rolla within County and State
Location of Rolla within County and State
Coordinates: 37°56′56″N 91°45′47″WCoordinates: 37°56′56″N 91°45′47″W
Country United States
State Missouri
County Phelps
 • Total 11.85 sq mi (30.69 km2)
 • Land 11.83 sq mi (30.64 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 1,122 ft (342 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 19,559
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 19,789
 • Density 1,700/sq mi (640/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 65401, 65402, 65409
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-62912[4]
GNIS feature ID 0751949[5]
Rolla /ˈrɒlə/ is a city and county seat of Phelps County, Missouri, United States.[6] The population in the 2010 United States Census was 19,559.[7] Rolla is located approximately midway between St. Louis and Springfield along I-44.
It is the home of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, well known for its many engineering departments and computer science department.
The headquarters of the Mark Twain National Forest is located in Rolla. In addition, this is part of the Ozark Highlands American Viticultural Area, with vineyards established first by Italian immigrants to the area.


The first European-American settlers in Phelps County arrived in the early 19th century, working as farmers and iron workers along the local rivers, such as the Meramec, the Gasconade, and the Little Piney. In 1844 John Webber built the first house in what became the City of Rolla. Nine years later, railroad contractor Edmund Ward Bishop, considered to be the founder of Rolla, settled in the area. The state officially established Rolla as a town in 1858.
Two stories account for how Rolla was named. One, widely regarded as a folk legend, and acknowledged as such by the Phelps County Historical Society, comes from competition with neighboring Dillon, Missouri to be designated the county seat. When Rolla was made the county seat in 1861, the residents of Dillon, having lost a round, were allowed to choose the name of the new city and named it Rolla, after a good-for-nothing hunting dog.
The more widely accepted story came from a citizens' meeting about naming the town. Webber was said to prefer the name Hardscrabble, used to describe the soils in the region, and Bishop pushed for the name Phelps Center. New settlers from North Carolina voted to name the town after their hometown of Raleigh but chose to spell the Missouri version phonetically.
With numerous settlers from the South, many residents of Rolla leaned toward the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The town was taken by Union forces in June, 1861. They built two minor forts during their occupation, Fort Wyman and Fort Dette.
For most of its history, Rolla has served as a transportation and trading center. Rolla was the original terminus of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad, colloquially known as the "Frisco Line". Today the BNSF Railway runs directly through the town.
Rolla was a regular stop along U.S. Route 66, as it is located almost exactly halfway between the larger cities of St. Louis and Springfield. Today Interstate 44, U.S. Route 63, and Route 72 all run through Rolla.[8]


Rolla is located at 37°56′56″N 91°45′47″W.[9] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.85 square miles (30.69 km2), of which, 11.83 square miles (30.64 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[1] Running through the city is the divide line that separates the vast Missouri watershed (via the Little Piney and the Gasconade) from the substantially smaller Meremec watershed (via the Bourbeuse).


Rolla has a mix of a humid subtropical and humid continental climate and a Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa".[10]
[hide]Climate data for Rolla
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 39
Average low °F (°C) 20
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.21
Source: [11]


2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 19,559 people, 7,574 households, and 3,765 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,653.3 inhabitants per square mile (638.3 /km2). There were 8,339 housing units at an average density of 704.9 per square mile (272.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.71% White, 4.11% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 5.70% Asian, 0.09% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.62% of the population.
There were 7,574 households of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.3% were non-families. 36.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.90.
The median age in the city was 26.2 years. 18.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 29.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 17.1% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 55.0% male and 45.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 16,367 people, 6,514 households, and 3,543 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,448.7 per square mile (559.2/km²). There were 7,221 housing units at an average density of 639.2 per square mile (246.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.2% White, 2.92% African American, 0.46% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.72% of the population.
There were 6,514 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.6% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.1% under the age of 18, 25.3% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 112.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,479, and the median income for a family was $38,975. Males had a median income of $31,861 versus $19,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,916. About 13.8% of families and 22.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.


Royal Canin, a major manufacturer of dog and cat food, operates in Rolla. Small-engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton operated a major plant in Rolla from 1996 to 2007.
Brewer Science, a nationwide manufacturer of semiconductors, is headquartered in Rolla.


Rolla is home of the Rolla Bulldogs at Rolla High School.
Rolla is an important center for state and federal education and research in science and technology. It is the home of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, founded as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1870 and known as the University of Missouri–Rolla from 1964 through 2007. Missouri S&T, as it's now known, is well known for its engineering and computer science departments. In addition, the US Geological Survey operates a large regional facility with various centers: the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center III, the Missouri Water Science Center, the Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center, National Spatial Data Infrastructure Partnership Office Liaisons, and the Rolla Science Information and Library Services office.


Rolla and surrounding communities are served by a daily newspaper, The Rolla Daily News. KTTR AM/FM and KZNN FM are the local commercial radio stations. KMST (FM) is the Public Radio station and KMNR FM is the student radio station of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Notable places

The old Phelps County Courthouse
Phelps County Jail

Notable people

Sister cities

Friday, June 13, 2014

December by Chris Cariad

The snow is falling
the mountain tops cap.
A house at the bottom
Singing all the cheer's
That christmas has kept.
A family together,
A love for one another.
Brings great cheer
For this december.