Sunday, September 25, 2016

As I Listen

As I Listen

As I listen, as I ponder,
Quietly my heart aligns
With the purpose of my Father,
While his Spirit in me shines.

Be with me, and as my teacher,
Show me how to be like Thee.
Take my pains and be my healer.
After blindness, let me see!

As I study, and desire,
For my heart to be transformed,
Tenderly his light and fire
Shows his pathway through the storm.

Thank you, Savior, for thy mercy!
Thank you, for the Spirit's grace!
Help me daily to be worthy
And in time to see thy face.

Love! Oh how His love will brighten,
Every load of heart and mind,
In each day and as I hearken
And through trials am refined.

Thank you, Father, for my Savior!
Thank you, Jesus, for thy love!
Be with me, and through the Spirit,
Help me to return above!


-Daniel Lee Gibby

Monday, February 17, 2014

THE JOHN SEVER FANCLUB!!: Twelve

My cousin has some great mind-bending posts on his blog, including his post this week about Twelve. That caused me to think of this follow-up post.

My oldest sister's kids all were born with 'extra' digits... toes, fingers, etc.
So what did the doctor do when they were born? Showed them to their father/mother (one of whom is a doctor himself), and then promptly chopped them off. And now those kids all grew up to be 'pretty' smart, but they could have been geniuses...

So I'm thinking since I don't have two more fingers, I can count 6 on each hand by simply making a closed fist to represent 0. The problem is that we aren't starting with 0 or giving it enough credit!

That ends up working like this:
  • 0: only using one hand so far, with all fingers closed (this is really the first number)
  • 1: only one hand up, with 1 finger up, just like you normally count to 1 (we've really counted 2 things, including 0)
  •  2..5: same as normal with one hand (but we've really counted up to 6 so far, including 0)
  •  6: now you bring up the other hand, and add fingers as normal.
  •  7-9: this is still totally normal counting for everybody, (but don't forget 0!)
  •  d (10): I think lower case d would make more sense, (you can fit it onto a digital, and it is d as in dime, diez, dez, which mean 10. Over time I think everyone would call it dez.)
  • L: L is for ELeven, which makes it easy to remember, and also makes some sense as meaning L for loaded up or large or something like that.

To show 10, you'd be holding up 10 fingers.

To show L (11), you'd close all the fingers on both hands! Really you've counted 12 numbers, including zero.

Closing all fingers on both hands makes it fast to be ready to move on to the next number, because you just drop one hand and you are now at the number 12.


It gets kind of confusing after that, but that's just because we aren't used to counting by 12s.

Every time you have just one hand up with all the fingers down you'd be at a multiple of 12, and if you have both hands up you'd be at the number right before that.


Sounds simple enough.
Now take it another step and place your hands in different elevations to show how many 12s you've added.

  • 0: away from body (most common for smaller numbers)
  • 1: Knees
  • 2: thighs
  • 3: waist / stomach
  • 4: chest


I found 12 different ways I could hold my hands, but I think the above 5 would be easier, and you could count right up to 59 (which is 60 numbers) with just 5 easy to remember positions.

You really don't need the number 60 on a digital display when counting minutes and seconds, you just need to 59, which is what we'd be counting.



I think I'll start using this system for base 10 numbers and base 2 numbers, which I frequently count on my fingers so I can count much higher than 10. I can count up to 512 on two hands, but usually only need to count up to 100 or so.


When I used to commute in L.A. I would count the number of cars I passed or who passed me on each side of my car (with the corresponding hand for each side of the car), so I could gauge the efficiency of my lane. Using base 2 made me able to count enough for that job really well. If it got over a certain number I'd switch into the better performing lane, and smile as my hand starting counting the number I'd passed instead of the number passing me. You do have to hide the number 4 and similar numbers from other drivers. (See if you can figure that one out!)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Special (November 18, 2012) - Music & The Spoken Word

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This is last year's episode, so it isn't a direct repeat of this week's Music and the Spoken Word.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The national PTA is advocating to receive 5 Billion dollars from the federal government and predicts doom and gloom if they don't receive it. In reply to an email they sent out today, I sent this email to the national PTA.

Re: Stop Sequestration ( http://www.pta.org/5382.asp )

I'm a husband of an elementary school teacher, and a father of four kids who are in K-12 schools. I've experienced about 9 different schools, a dozen principals or administrators, dozens of teachers in schools in 2 states in places as different as California and Utah. My wife teaches 2nd grade at a normal public school, but has also taught 6th grade, home school, preschool, and has been a Parent Organization president at a charter school. We've had our kids in schools where our kids were minorities and schools where they were not. They've been in Title 1 schools, a charter school, home school and are all currently in normal public school, have been for 3 years and probably will until they all graduate. We have schools in our district, and have lived in districts where the majority of kids have only one parent or who are being raised by a grandparent because both parents aren't around or are in jail. We've seen curriculum from the school district, from the state, common core, online, offline, etc. We've seen the spectrum of what schools have to offer; but shockingly there are similarities in them all. In every school and following every curriculum type, there are still kids who excel, some who float along with the masses, and some who 'fail'.

What is the one common factor that plays the largest role in the educational success of the students? It isn't the teachers, although we've seen some great, and some not so good teachers, in every school and school type. It isn't the type of school or the method of instruction. It isn't the class size. It isn't even only about economics, although that can be an indicator of the real problem.

The parents are the real problem and the real answer, the elephant in the room that is never discussed when the conversation turns to why 'education' is failing. It isn't education that is failing, it is the parents.

America is way too in debt, it is a bad idea to seek 5 Billion dollars from the federal government for schools. A fundamental shift in perspective needs to take place in our nation in order for there to be any money for anything. It isn't the nation's job to educate its children, it is the parent's responsibility. I'm not talking about home schooling, I'm talking about taking responsibility.
The P in PTA still stands for parents. Please don't take away my parental responsibility and try to give it to the government.

Of course we need teachers who take up the responsibility to educate when that trust is placed in them. That trust comes from the parents, not from the government. We need excellent teachers, but it is an unrealistic task for even a good teacher to always overcome a home environment that deters or even impedes a child's education. For a teacher to overcome every child's poor upbringing is impossible. You can't legislate desire by force.

We need teachers, principals, districts, boards and the nation as a whole to recognize and promote that children's schooling is primarily a parental responsibility. Parents need to be held partially accountable for their kids' performance. Good teachers want the parents to be involved. Excellent teachers help parents be involved, and think of a bigger picture than just the curriculum they are supposed to teach. The best teachers know that teaching math and reading is only a small part of how to change lives for the better, and that there are more lives that can be improved than just the kids in their class that year; they think of the future, and help parents know how best to help their children to learn going forward. The teachers are in the trenches; they see what the children need, but far too often they see that there isn't much they or any other teacher will be able to do. They can sometimes already predict in Kindergarten and 1st grade which kids will likely drop out of school, or who are likely to become teen mothers. The teachers see and experience it all, and if they were allowed or expected to, they could help parents know what to do to make a difference.

Merit pay is most likely coming to a school district near you; it is already being tested and legislated in various forms all around the country. But it is being implemented poorly in most circumstances because it is not the teacher's fault when a kid can't learn all that is legislated for them to learn; more frequently there are kids who won't learn, simply because they don't want to or sometimes because they don't have the support they need at home. Kids need more than one model (the teacher) of success, educators should push parents to be role models in their own homes. Parents should be given a report card; school PTAs could perhaps find ways to reward parents and their kids if the parents have a good report card. If a teacher isn't modeling success, they should be held accountable, but if the parents aren't modeling success, why are they not being held accountable, when it is truly their involvement that is the largest factor in the child's success? How likely is it for the child to even know they can become successful if it isn't modeled to them and explained to them? Teachers and parents should both be expected to be the example.

In what mentality is it fine for teachers to be required to spend more time with the kids than the parents do, but it isn't fine for teachers to require something from the parents? With responsibility comes privileges, without responsibility there are no privileges. Parents cannot abdicate their responsibility to teachers, and then blame the teacher without again taking the responsibility back to themselves. Parents can't choose when they will have responsibility and when they won't, and still always expect the privileges of being a parent. Of course I'm not arguing for less parental privileges, I'm saying parents should expect to have final responsibility. Parents realize deep down they are responsible for their children. When they perceive something wrong at the school, they take charge and demand what is theirs. If parents can demand what is theirs, it needs to be clear that the responsibility is theirs, and that the teacher is there to help them, not the other way around.

Teacher merit pay formulas need to take individual students' history and performance into account, along with how involved their parents are in their education. To completely blame the teacher is wrong, but they should be held accountable if the students and parents also are. Alternatively, if merit pay is about rewarding good teachers, don't reward them just because they are lucky enough to work at a school where the kids have involved parents, while another teacher works a much harder job to literally raise the kids in their low-income school where the majority of the parents are not involved. The teacher that has to give breakfast, lunch and dinner to the kids is no longer the teacher, they are basically the parent, but without any of the rights. Think how unreasonable it is to expect someone to parent 20 kids who are all the same age! Teaching a curriculum to dozens of kids is doable, but teachers have been filling in the gap and doing much more than that.

Parents should be invested in their kids education, they should step up and get their local community and governments to do something about it.
Since there are many localities where the parents have almost completely abdicated their responsibility, then the local school boards and the states should figure out how to help the parents take the responsibility back. It would be more effective to pay an additional teacher to teach the parents in a school district how to help their kids than it would be to hire ten teachers to teach the kids of the failing parents.

Getting more money from the federal government will only perpetuate the problem of kids having lesser desire to be educated than in times past. To truly care for the kids, and to help government to have money at all for education, help build a country where our children's future isn't enslaved to debt.

Kids will be more driven to learn when they are driven to want to work hard. How can you teach a kid to want to work hard? By showing them an example of how it makes their life better, by loving them no matter what, and by helping them see that life is hard, but they have the ability to make a difference for themselves and for those around them. They will only be driven to want to work hard when they know that it is expected of them, and they see how it will benefit them.

These things aren't taught in any school subjects I know of; they should be taught by the parents, but if they aren't, the school should focus on helping the children become future parents who will take responsibility.

Please focus on different solutions to help students and their families, don't look for money from the federal government, or from any government for that matter, as the solution to fixing education. Every 'little' 5 Billion dollars here and there is what is driving our country into financial ruin. The fall will be a lot harder in the future if everyone doesn't take responsibility now. If larger class sizes are inevitable, find a way to engage parents to make up the difference. Be an advocate for the future of the children by being an advocate for parents and families and the solidarity of our nation.

Ask not what federal money can be given to you, ask what you can do to lighten the government's burden.

Remember the P in PTA, and put responsibility where it ultimately is due.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Rice at Home

Here's a Christmas present to all!
I was just cleaning my office, was looking through a mission journal from when I was in Brazil, and found a poem I wrote.
This is a variation on 'Love at Home' that I wrote in Portuguese in 1997.
I thought Brad, and maybe anyone who served in Brazil would like it.

The english translation, which I just wrote today (and is pretty darn good if you ask me), is below.

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Com Arroz No Lar
Escrito por Daniel Lee Gibby, 1997

Tudo é belo em derredor, com arroz no lar!
Nossa vida é melhor, com arroz no lar!
Bem igual não pode haver,
Que a fome combater,
E sustento promover, com arroz no lar!

Refrao:
Com arroz, com arroz.
Nunca a gente vai faltar, com arroz no lar.

Temperado, há prazer, o arroz no lar.
Sem feijão não pode haver, o arroz no lar.
Pega logo seu pratão, não tem maior emoção,
E se sobrar dá ao cão, o arroz no lar.

Refrão.

(Canta as próximos dois linhas bem triste)
Todo mundo vai chorar, sem arroz no lar.
E os caracões quebrar, sem arroz no lar.
(Agora canta bem animada!)
Este jeito vai acabar, não podemos esperar!
Hoje mesmo vai pegar, o arroz no lar!

Refrão.
Translation (not a direct translation, but hey, it rhymes!):

Rice At Home
written by Daniel Lee Gibby, 2011

There is beauty all around, when there's rice at home!
Life is better by the pound, when there's rice at home!
You just can't find nothing else, that will feed your hungering self,
And provide long years of health, than some rice at home!

Chorus:
Rice at home, rice at home.
Never will we lack again, when there's rice at home.

Cooked with spices, it's the best, when there's rice at home.
Add some beans, please don't forget, when there's rice at home..
Everyone go get your plate, there is nothing quite as great!
Feed the dog what's left out late... extra rice at home.

Chorus.

(sing the next two lines very sadly)
Everyone will surely cry, without rice at home.
What a world! We're going to die, without rice at home.
(Now sing very exitedly!)
We just can't keep on going this way, hurry now and don't delay!
Quickly go and make our day! Bring some rice on home!

Chorus.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Something to think about

I think pretty much everyone goes along in life just trying to be comfortable, not really thinking why they do the things they do.

The evidences for creationism are just as thoroughly obvious to people who think logically about statistics and the probability that all evolutionist theories would come together in their proper order for them to all end up working together the way life is.

For example, we could postulate that the nerve endings in my body evolved over millions of years through many types of animals so that they would protect me from hurting myself, so that I survive the facts of nature. On the surface that might seem logical enough. Name any one itty bitty part of your body or of other organisms and you can make the same assumptions. Imagining that each one on its own, or that a few of them together all evolved that way seems logical enough. The problem is that no-one stops to think about how illogical it is that every part of all of life's systems somehow did this at the right time in order for everything else to progress to the point it is at.

What are the odds that everything turned out just right through evolution? Well, for a back-of-the-napkin calculation you just have to calculate the probability that one itty bitty thing would evolve to what it did, then count up all the itty bitty things that would have to evolve, and multiply their probabilities together to get your final probability.

In other words, if the chance that my nerve endings would evolve to be the way they are is 1 in 1000, (I'm making the chance extremely good here just to prove the point,) and you have let's say a list of 1000 other systems in your body and in your environment that would need to evolve at about the same probability (again, I'm really reducing the number of systems and collaborating circumstances that would have to come together, just for arguments sake,) then math says that 1/1000 * 1/1000 * 1/1000 * 1/1000... repeated 1000 times is 1/(1000^1000), or 1 divided by (1000 times itself 1000 times). Any idea how many zeros that is? It isn't 1000 zeros, that would be 10 to the 1000th. It is 3000 zeros. Not 1/3000, 1 divided by 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Hmm, I said back of the napkin, but I don't think I could fit that many zeros on my napkin. That is a very, very, very small number.

Remember that even with that tiny chance I've grossly exaggerated how likely it is that something would evolve, as well as grossly under-exaggerated how many systems and circumstances would have to evolve at about the same time for everything to work out OK. If the chance was 1/10000 instead of 1/1000 that something would evolve, you'd have 10 times as many zeros there.

Now, let's say that for a minute we believe scientists who say that the earth is around 4500 million years old. (That's when they say that the Hadean Eon started.) Let's even say that it is 10 billion years old to make the math easier (in the scientists favor again, even though there weren't life forms evolving according to scientists until later in the Proterozoic Eon, around 2500 million years ago), but just to make the math easy and to give another big advantage to the evolutionists we'll say that life forms were evolving as early as 10 billion years ago. That's 10,000,000,000 years. Now compare that many years with our calculation for the likelihood that things evolved.

All I'm saying is that it is easy to believe that something could evolve over 10 billion years if the likelihood that it will evolve is 1/1000. That gives it a 1 in 100 chance every 1000 years, and you'd say that would happen - no problem. Pure statistics for that one thing evolving say that not only would something evolve once in those 10 billion years, it would happen probably around 10,000 times. Again, that seems really believable if there were only 1,000 things that needed to evolve and none of them had to rely on each other to happen at the right time, but that's not the way statistics work, nor the way that evolutionists claim evolution works, nor are there only 1,000 things needing to evolve.

Remember, to find the probability of two things both happening, you multiply the probability of each happening by the others. That's how we got our back-of-the-napkin calculation.

So what are the odds that in 10 billion years all the 1000 different things would evolve together? Divide that tiny long number by 10,000,000,000 (or remove just 10 zeros out of it). How many zeros are left from the original 3000 zeros? 2990.

So that would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Do you think that looks very likely?

OK, so maybe we beat the odds, right?

Ahem..

(the sound of crickets or just plain silence follows)

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Google Picassa 3 Unnamed People

I really like Google Picassa 3's face recognition features. You tag who people are and it searches through your photos for matching faces and asks you if people in other pictures are also people you've tagged. After a while, it makes pretty good guesses about who is who.

It has been really cool for finding pictures of certain people when we need them. For example, we needed pictures of me or of my wife, or certain pictures of other people, and rather than go into our huge picture folder and think, I know that one of these years there was this good picture of Person X, you just click on the thumbnail of Person X and it shows the zoomed in view of Person X in all the different photos that they appear in... at least in the ones that you've already confirmed.

The problem is that I still have 7,140 unnamed people!

Many of them are indeed people in my family. I decided not to tag hardly anyone not in my family or extended family. So then you just click the X to ignore all the other people in your pictures you could be tagging.

It is funny how many of the people I don't know at all. I'll see hundreds of spectators at parades across the street from us, or who were sitting next to us in the parade route; there are kids who go with my kids to school in group pictures from school plays, but who I have no idea who they are.

There are even pictures of people hanging on the wall behind people who I was actually taking the picture of! So sometimes I'll mark Person B and Person C as being in a picture, and then it will show me Person B and I'll mark it as them and realize that actually it is from the same photo that I just tagged Person B in... it was just that there was a picture of Person B hanging on the wall in someone's living room. If it weren't for that, I was going to suggest to Google that Picassa have a feature to be a bit smarter and once you've tagged any particular person in a picture that it shouldn't recommend that the a face might be the same person again. I've realize there are other reasons that someone could be in a picture twice: remember the people in the rotating camera school class pictures that ran around the back of the bleachers so they'd be on both ends of the picture? That would need people to be there twice. More often though, is the case of photo collages, where the same person is there a bunch of times.

A few weeks ago I had over 10,000 unnamed people, so I guess I've whittled it down quite a bit. But it has taken seriously 3-5 hours to do that. It will be awesome to have it done, if I sometime get another 12 hours to finish the project. (I didn't do the math, that is just a guess.)

Pretty cool, this Picassa feature! Now who are these unnamed people?