Two of the most fundamental properties of any astronomical object are size and distance. How big is it, and how far away is it? The vast scales of cosmological distances are determined by a variety of methods, just as one uses different tools to measure the length of a piece of wood and the height ...more
After his performance in the Alps and in yesterday's time trial, there was no doubt that Chris Froome would win his fourth Tour de France. He now has a three-peat (should I send Pat Riley money for using that term???). Froome didn't win a stage this year, but was clearly the best cyclist. Staying near ...more
Chris Froome did what he needed to do in today's individual time trial. He came in third, just six seconds behind Poland's Maciej Bodnar. Froome now leads the overall classification by 54 seconds over Colombia's Rigoberto Urán Urán. Unlike the first individual time trail in Stage 1, today's result was slower than I thought it ...more
Norwegian cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen won today's flat stage, which was the longest stage of this year's Tour de France. We had a good prediction, as you'll see below.
Stage 19: 5h 06' 09" (actual), 5h 11' 09" (prediction), 05' 00" slow (1.62% error)
That makes 12 of 19 stages that we've hit better than 3%. Strategies ...more
Warren Barguil made France proud today with his second mountain stage win in this year's Tour de France. We predicted the two big mountain stages in the Alps really well. Look below to see how well we did today.
Stage 18: 4h 40' 33" (actual), 4h 41' 48" (prediction), 01' 15" slow (0.45% error)
Chris Froome ...more
As I write this installment of the newsletter I am sitting in the business session of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The business sessions are not all that lively . . . until they suddenly get very heated. We are currently receiving a report on immigration and undocumented people in our congregations. Next, we ...more
Although most of our staff at Lynchburg College works through the summer, the slightly slower pace does allow for a somewhat saner rhythm to each day and a bit more time for reflection. In the midst of completing annual reports and planning for the new year, I’ve been able to muse a bit about where ...more
Yesterday as I was walking across the dell, groundskeepers were busy beautifying the campus for commencement activities and lumberjacks were pruning the trees. The air was literally abuzz with the sounds of the season including chain saws and leaf blowers. A student laughed and remarked: “So this is how we do reading day and quiet ...more
Lately I have been sort of “obsessed” with the Hamilton soundtrack. Whenever I hop in the car, I turn on the music… and find myself transported into the story. How lucky we are to be alive right now; it’s not a moment, it’s a movement; I am not going to miss my shot; immigrants, we ...more
For the past two years, I have biked or walked to work almost every single day.
My photographer colleague John McCormick was kind enough to try making me look cool on a bike. I don't give him much to work with...
One of my favorite aspects of the job at Lynchburg was the possibility of a ...more
The last time humanity ventured out of low Earth orbit (LEO) was in December 1972. The Apollo 17 mission, last in the series, took Gene Cernan, Jack Schmitt, and Ron Evans to the moon, where Cernan and Schmitt spent a little more than three days on the lunar surface. We have not been any farther ...more
About one year ago, my wife started de-cluttering our house. Wedding gifts that we still hadn't used five years into our marriage went away. Nick knacks went to the garbage. Rarely played board games and the toys our kids didn't play with often (and the toys that made too much noise) went to live at ...more
When Donald Trump seized the presidential election, many pundits shifted from predicting his demise to exploring what they had missed. How did the best people with the best data miss the outcome so dramatically?
Political scientists and statisticians will discuss the possible errors for years to come, but there is a lesson that we all can ...more
A short post about something that is all over the news now. No, not the election. I’m talking about the latest “supermoon”. This is a term I don’t believe I had ever heard before about five years ago. I don’t know who to blame for it, but it refers to a full moon that is—what?—bigger ...more
Today's date marks November 9, 2016. For many American's this date only has one, singular prominent meaning - the day after election day.
This post will not be politically biased in any way, shape, or form. That is not my intention in the slightest. However, the purpose of my sharing this information is due to the ...more
The success of Digital Transformation is dependent on the Leadership team’s ability to inspire change, face team’s assumptions and launch collaborative efforts. Here are questions that challenge leaders on five continents. Answering each of these questions will clarify a roadmap for transformation.
What are your first thoughts?
What do you feel … overwhelmed, inadequate, ready ...more
One of the biggest challenges of being an environmental studies major is promoting a sustainable lifestyle to others who may not have an environmental background. Convincing any group of people to make changes to their lifestyle is difficult enough. Last year, rumors spread around Lynchburg College that our campus does not recycle. This false information ...more
Ready to go to Mars? Elon Musk is. So is Robert Zubrin. And so is NASA. But I wouldn’t book my flight quite yet. There are some significant challenges to be overcome before any human footprints are left on the Red Planet’s surface.
What are the problems involved in sending humans to Mars, landing them there, ...more
In high school, I had dreams about engaging in creative writing for a living. I made my own notebook (because what creative genius buys his notebook at the store when he could make one on his own?) and wrote poem after poem. I wrote numerous short stories and started several novels. In college, I wrote ...more
The cover of the Fall 2016 Lynchburg College magazine might surprise some recipients. Why are they staring a rhinoceros in the face? And why on the cover of their alma mater's magazine?
The short story is: 50 years ago a Lynchburg College graduate went on a safari in Africa and donated a bunch of his big ...more
Welcome back Hornets!
My name is Lindsey Van Zile and I will be LC’s Campus Sustainability Intern this year. As part of my internship I will be posting in the Red Goes Green Blog, promoting recycling and initiating a compost program on campus. As a Senior Environmental Studies student, I hope to leave a legacy on ...more
Happy Monday! In case you haven’t realized this yet, it is exam week.
"No wonder no one was in my class this morning!!!" you say to yourself. "But now I’ve missed my exam!! I have looked into the face of a dementor and I am doomed!!!”
No worries! This doesn’t have to be the way things go ...more
People ask me what keeps me up at night, well beside the dog down the street that is obviously not getting enough love, it is the safety of all our community members. You see, there are bad guys out there who are looking for someone to take advantage of. That’s what bad guys do: They ...more
So I’m just getting back from a staff meeting and see that there are 65 e-mails sitting in my in box screaming at me to be opened, read, and responded to. I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m just not into it! So I am looking around my office looking for a good way ...more
Hello LC Community! Welcome to yet another year of learning, playing, serving, eating, sleeping, walking, running, and yes, winning as a LC Hornet!! Since some of you are new to the community (about 640 new first years and transfers and readmits ) I’d thought I run through just what a Campus Update actually is:
A Campus ...more
Hello all! Thanks for joining me once again for another article of Red Goes Green. As many of you know, President Obama’s term is coming to a close. Just like most presidents nearing the end of their term, he has begun thinking about how he will be remembered after his presidency. It has become evident ...more
Greetings fellow Hornets! I hope that all of you thoroughly enjoyed Lynchburg’s first snow day, and are ready to take on the cold weeks ahead of us. The next few weeks are going to be busy on both the national and local environmental fronts.
Continue to keep an eye out for the Recyclemania competition! It is ...more
The writing's on the wall. In the not-too-distant future, the federal government will become a conspicuous presence on college campuses, both virtual and physical.
I’ve been expecting this for a long time. Now that Obamacare is law, it makes perfect sense that the president would turn to higher education reform. After all, the “problems” plaguing the ...more
Survival hinges on the ability to adapt to changes taking place in our environment. There is no escaping this fundamental reality. Ignoring or denying change doesn't make it any less real, only more dangerous.
Unlike some biological adaptations, which can take millennia to occur, businesses must adapt quickly and with intention if they are to survive. ...more
In my previous blog post, I wrote that businesses must continually adapt to changes in
their external environment if they’re going to survive and prosper. Honestly, this strikes
me as such a no-brainer that I’m a bit embarrassed having written it. I can’t imagine that
there are too many people who would find this pronouncement worthy of serious ...more
This initial blog opens a conversation on a critical issue in education: What is the best way to prepare students for a future that is increasingly uncertain?
As a teacher of Economics, one of the most important lessons I try to convey to my students is the idea that businesses must continually adapt to changes in ...more