Monday, October 22, 2012

Homework for

Hi there!

Don't worry, this isn't really homework. I was checking out and I saw your page titled "Completing the square." Here's the link in case you don't remember it.

A lot of teachers and students aren't aware of the free teaching resource videos and homework help tutorials that are available online. There is an awesome site called that covers all the subjects--and it's supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Check out some of their videos on algebra:

Here's the link.

I was hoping that if you liked it, you wouldn't mind sharing it with your readers by mentioning it on your site. If math isn't your subject, also offers free help for science, history, government and more so maybe you would just like to recommend


Mike Joba
425 North Prince Street
Lancaster, PA 17601

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Dark Knight's Dark Secret

During the closing credits of the summer's blockbuster film, The Dark Knight Rises, the screen displays the following title: "Based upon Batman characters created by Bob Kane." Similar declarations appear on every Batman film, TV show, video game and comic book. These statements are, at best, only half truths.

Batman was created by two men. One, Bob Kane, found wealth and fame in his creation and has subsequently been identified as the character's sole creator. The other, Bill Finger, has never received official credit for his role in the character's origin or shared in the wealth generated by the licensing it has produced.

Author Marc Tyler Nobleman hopes to change that. His recent picture book, Bill: The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman, is the first to focus on Finger's life story. Nobleman had previously written a similar illustrated book on Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and then turned his attention to the next great comic book superhero: Batman.

Following the runaway success of Superman in 1938, DC Comics (then known as National Periodical Publications) was looking for a follow-up superhero title. On a Friday in late 1938, DC editor Vin Sullivan asked artist Kane for help. Over the weekend, Kane got together with his friend, writer Finger, to work through ideas.

The details of who created which aspects of Batman's characterization remain murky, with Kane telling different versions at different times, and Finger only mentioning his involvement late in his life. Most accounts credit Kane with the original notion of a bird-like or bat-like character with wings and a red suit. Nobleman contends, however, that most of the central elements of Batman's mythos can be attributed to Finger: the gray and black costume, the bat-like cowl, the batmobile and many of the colorful villains that Batman faced. More significantly, Finger wrote the early Batman stories and created the tale of the character's tragic origin.

Finger received no credit as a writer in the original Batman comic books, a fairly common practice at the time. In addition to relying on Finger's scripting, Kane also used uncredited ghost artists. Although the details of the arrangement are a matter of speculation, at some point -- perhaps as early as 1946 -- Kane struck a deal with DC Comics to be identified as the creator of Batman.

The launch of the "Batman" television program in 1966 made Kane a great deal of money and turned him into something of a small-scale celebrity. Finger scripted one episode of the show, but otherwise saw none of the reward from the character's growing popularity.

Finger's role in the creation of Batman was finally brought to light during his appearance at an early comic book convention in New York in 1965. Later that year, comic book historian Jerry Bails published an article titled, "If the Truth Be Known or 'A Finger in Every Plot!'" in a relatively obscure fanzine that described Finger's contributions to Batman's origin. Kane wrote a response in another fan magazine contradicting Finger's claims, stating "I, Bob Kane, am the sole creator of 'Batman.'"

Finger died in 1974, a few weeks before his 60th birthday, with his work on Batman still officially unrecognized and little known outside the insular world of comic book fandom. Kane passed away in 1998 at age 83.

When Nobleman set out to write an illustrated book about Finger's life, he sought photo references to allow the book's illustrator, Ty Templeton, to bring Finger to life. Industry insiders told Nobleman only two photos of Finger existed. He was also told that Finger had no living heir to receive any royalties from Finger's creations. During his research for the book, Nobleman discovered that neither of these points was true.

Knowledge@Wharton sat down with Nobleman to discuss Finger's life and legacy -- and what lessons his story has for creative artists today. An edited version of that conversation follows.

Read full article here

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Power of Appreciation

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation

In this nine-part series, we will look at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary school age children. These factors are very useful in helping students learn, manage emotions and increase empathy. Each blog features one letter of the acronym HAPPINESS:

H = Happiness
A = Appreciation
P = Passions and Strengths
P = Perspective
I = Inner Meanie, Inner Friend
N = Ninja Mastery
E = Empathy
S = So Similar
S = Share Your Gifts

In this article, we’ll explore appreciation, which is a pillar of happiness and one of the fastest ways to shift a student's mood and perspective. The definition of appreciation is "gratitude; thankful recognition." Developing gratitude helps students to focus on what is working in their lives, and also to train their minds to notice the good things that are all around. Learning to appreciate even the little things in life, such as a sunny day, a smile or a good meal, improves one's outlook substantially, and helps to develop a more optimistic and resilient attitude. What we focus on is what grows -- and gratitude promotes positivity.

Continue reading here

Friday, October 5, 2012

How evil a thing is inflation?

It is true that in times of general rise in the price level, if all groups of prices, such as agricultural prices, industrial prices, prices of minerals, wages, rent and profit rise in the same direction and by the same extent, there will be no net effect on any section of people in the community. For example, if the prices of goods and services, which a worker buys rises by 50 per cent and if the wage of the worker also rises by 50 per cent then there is no change in the real income of the worker, ie., his standard of living will remain constant. However, in practice, all prices do not move in same direction and by same percentage. Hence, some classes of people in the community are affected by inflation more favorably than others. This is explained as follows:

Continue to read full article here

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How secure is your DSL modem/router?

So, you think you're doing a pretty good job in terms of computer security on your home PC? You've kept your computer fully patched against the latest vulnerabilities? You've ensured that your PC is running the latest-and-greatest anti-virus updates?

Good for you.

Now, how about your router?

My suspicion is that the typical computer user doesn't give a second thought about whether their router could be harbouring a security threat, imagining that the devices don't need to be treated with suspicion.

But if you think that, you're quite wrong. Read full article here

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mitigating Risk - Why Sticking with Windows XP is a Bad Idea - IDC

This IDC white paper discusses why remaining with Windows XP is no longer a good business decision.

This IDC white paper discusses the benefits associated with a move from Windows XP to Windows 7 and presents a case for the many reasons why remaining with Windows XP is no longer a good business decision. Costs tend to soar when older products are used beyond their intended lifecycle, and IDC research has clearly confirmed that trend.

Download it form here:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Petition to stop inciting hate in Maldives.

We are calling upon Mr.Nasheed, the leader of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to stop actions which has caused unprecedented divide and hatred among the people of Maldives. After resigning on live television on the 7th of February 2012, ex-president Nasheed, after 24 hours of his resignation then claimed he was forced to resign under duress, yet has failed to prove or take the matters to the courts. Instead he has gathered his supporters to the streets, incited hatred among people and has continued to organize street protests and encourages acts of terror. We urge Mr.Nasheed to stop calling out for civil disobedience and stop encouraging the break of law.

We condemn the acts of violence and arson, which are being committed by MDP and its supporters. We are urging all political parties in the Maldives to find a peaceful resolution to the current situation through civil decorum, without the call for violence and within democratic means. Stop further riots and civil disobedience acts by MDP. We are calling upon all Leaders to intervene in MDP’s terrorism and urge to stop their actions….

To read full details and sign the petition kindly follow this link:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Maldives president quits

The president of the Maldives has resigned, after clashes in the capital, Male, between soldiers and police who sided with anti-government protesters.

Mohamed Nasheed confirmed his resignation on Tuesday in a nationwide broadcast after police seized control of the state television station.

"It will be better for the country in the current situation if I resign. I don't want to run the country with an iron fist. I am resigning," Nasheed said.

A statement issued by the president's office on Tuesday called for people to remain calm.

"The government of Maldives together with all state institutions will work to ensure peace and stability in Male," it said. Read more at

I do not believe that we are in a situation of crisis here in the Maldives though…It was a peaceful power shift for the good of the nation and its people.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Several readers have asked me my opinion of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act.  I fear that in this case, the devil is in the details, so I find it hard to reach a strong view.  But I have been disturbed by the relatively knee-jerk reaction of the anti-SOPA crowd.  This is a hard issue, and when someone makes it sound easy, I feel like they haven't thought it through very thoroughly.

The anti-SOPA crowd argues that this is a matter of basic liberty.  But it's not.  In a free society, you don't have the freedom to steal your neighbor's property.  And that should include intellectual property.  Continue to read at Greg Mankiw's Blog..