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How Not To Waste Your Vote: A Mathematical Analysis

Posted by admin on September - 10 - 2016

During this especially contested election, a lot of people are talking about people “wasting” or “throwing away” votes. However, many people who say this do not have a complete grasp of the full mathematical picture – or worse, they are only mentioning the part that supports their position. First let’s define what a “wasted” vote is. Mathematical Definition of Wasted Votes A wasted vote is a vote that provides no  [ Read More ]

Minimum Wage, Again

Posted by admin on May - 17 - 2014

Steve Casey Guest Post Once again we are hearing about a higher minimum wage.  But, basic economics shows that raising the minimum wage is nothing but a feel-good Band-Aid on a festering problem. The strength of any wage is its buying power.  In 1966, the minimum wage was $1.25 per hour.  But gas was only 24.9 cents a gallon.  One hour of minimum wage could buy five gallons of gas!  That $1.25 in 1966 had  [ Read More ]

Cut the Cord

Posted by admin on September - 8 - 2012

If you came here looking for Charlotte Martin or RVIVR lyrics, videos, or mp3s for their song Cut the Cord, then you’re wrong place at the right time. This is about getting rid of cable TV. Or satellite TV. Both cable and satellite television are too expensive. Maybe one more than the other, but for the channels that you really watch you pay an astronomical price per channel. Forget that you have  [ Read More ]


Posted by admin on September - 24 - 2011

or, as I like to call it, Password Hack-a-torial. Lots of our customers trust us with their passwords.  And they should. We’re a very trustworthy company.  We store all of that confidential information in an application that uses a state-of-the-art encryption algorithm. The application uses 128-bit keys for encryption, which means it would take millions of years for a criminal to decrypt the data using a “brute force” attack. But,  [ Read More ]

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby

Posted by admin on August - 13 - 2011

Two amazing things happened this week. Time Warner Wideband Internet This is massive bandwidth. 50 mbps download speeds, and 5 mbps upload. Why would one need such fast Internet and especially in their house? Because it’s freakin’ fast, man. I’m a big Internet consumer. My work centers around being connected. And in the process, everything in my house, that’s a computer, is connected. The TiVos are constantly talking across the  [ Read More ]

St. Alphonso’s Pancake Breakfast

Posted by admin on July - 30 - 2011

There are probably more than a dozen excuses for why there hasn’t been a blog post for months. Most notably at the top, is the travel. Every other week from Jan 17 to May 13. Braved tornadoes in Alabama during that period. You would think that would be something to write about. Suppose, the weather could be blamed for not being in the writing zone. You should actually just blame  [ Read More ]

We All Live In A Yellow Submarine

Posted by admin on January - 29 - 2011
Yellow Submarine

For the past year, I’ve been working for clean water and energy, helping to find a cure for muscular dystrophy and fighting childhood cancer.  But I’m not a hero, nor have I exerted much energy. I did it all from the comfort of my office. And all with just a spare computer. At the Valley View Online World Headquarters, there are generally five or six computers running at any one  [ Read More ]

Farmersville Muse Machine Student Musical Member

Posted by admin on December - 27 - 2010

(DAYTON) – Take a journey up beanstalks, down towers, to festivals and all the way to Grandmother’s house this January at the Victoria Theatre as the Muse Machine presents Into the Woods! Among the rising stars in this year’s production is Farmersville student Kathleen Baudendistel. Muse Machine mounts its first Stephen Sondheim production in a year that celebrates the composer and lyricist’s 80th birthday. The smash-hit family musical intertwines the stories of many fairytale  [ Read More ]

Sex Appeal May Have Hurt Sarah Palin

Posted by admin on December - 23 - 2010

And while this article has nothing to do with Sarah Palin, it is kind of the same thing with this new-look blog. In 1996 Valley View Online started as a way to rant about different things, sometimes humorously, sometimes with grave seriousness. Once in a while we threw in some local event that was newsworthy. Quite often we posted football pictures. Those were the years. We garnered lots of traffic  [ Read More ]

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