Saturday, August 27, 2011

Penguin Friday Funny

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Apparently a black penguin has been found in Antarctica, rebelliously violating the strict dress code for the bird colony.

Black Emperor Penguin
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We thought this was pretty funny, and so here is our Friday Funny totally devoted to Penguins.

This penguin certainly looks like he's having a bad day.

Cheezeburger huffy penguin
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Maybe he's upset that he wasn't part of the recent scientific survey conducted on our furry flippered friends.

Penguins being surveyed
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Obviously you don't need a Penguin Suit to get close to these guys, and strike up a lasting friendship.

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Penguin Jokes Part 1

Q: How do Penguins drink their cola?
A: On the rocks.

Q: What´s black and white and goes round and around?
A: A Penguin in a revolving door.

Q: Why don´t you see Penguins in Britain?
A: Because they´re afraid of Wales.

Q: Who is a Penguin´s favourite pop star?
A: Seal.

Q: What kind of fish do Penguins catch at night?
A: Starfish.

Q: Why don´t Penguins like rock music?
A: They only like sole.

Q: Why do Penguins carry fish in their beaks?
A: Because they haven´t got any pockets.

Q: What do Penguins sing on a birthday?
A: Freeze a jolly good fellow.

Q: Why do two Penguins in a nest always agree?
A: Because they don´t wanna fall out.

Q: What do Penguins have for lunch?
A: Icebergers.

Q: What do you call a penguin in the desert?
A: Lost.

Q: What´s black, white & red all over?
A: A penguin with sunburn.

Here is a dubbed over parody video of the "Pingu" animated TV show for kids.

As well as the out of uniform black penguin, there are all sorts of other Penguin rebels in the Antarctic colony.

This penguin is a rebel with a cause, but we are not too sure how long his lifespan will be with this type of adrenalin junkie bad boy behavior!

Penguin cymbals polar bear
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And this poor colony misfit is in all sorts of trouble.

Kitten raised by penguins
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Penguin Jokes 2

Q: How do penguins drink?
A: Out of beak-ers.

Q. What's a penguin's favorite salad?
A: Iceberg lettuce.

Q. Who's the penguin's favorite Aunt?
A: Aunt-arctica

Q: How does a penguin make pancakes?
A: With its flippers.

Q: Why are penguins good race drivers?
A: Because they're always in the pole position.

Q. What's black and white and black and white and black and white?
A. A penguin rolling off an iceberg.

Q: What's black and white and red all over?
A: An embarrassed penguin.

Naturally our most favorite Penguin is the tuxedo umbrella dude from the Batman movies.

Danny Divito Penguin
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Here is a classic Batman versus Penguin sequence from the early days TV series.

Well we gotta go find our flippers and tuxedo for the Deep Sea Divers Ball on Saturday night.

Big Passy Wasabi

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Virtual Home

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"My Virtual Home" is Free downloadable software for making 3D Home Designs. It is great fun to use, but requires a reasonable computer, and a good internet connection.

Here at Passy World we downlaoded and tried it out, with a view to it being useful for students doing house plan Perimater and Area type maths assignments.

Click the following links for some typical example assignments.

Using a modern design program on computer like "My Virtual Home" is an engaging and enjoyable way of doing these types of assignments.

It would certainly be a more fun, and better learning, than using the traditional ruler, colored pencils,and grid paper.

Here is an Intro Video about the My Virtual Home program.

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Here is another Intro Video that goes for three minutes.

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This video shows how to Navigate around in My Virtual Homes.

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Here is a demonstration of Changing channels in MyVirtualHome.

These are like different libraries that can be used while making your home. The "Better Homes and Gardens" channel is more focussed on outdoor garden design, and the Building channel appears to be for making houses.

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Here is a video on How to Display Measurements onto floorplans.

This is what we need students to do before taking screen shots for their assignments.

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This video shows how to use the program Menus.

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Here is a walk through (has no sound) of a completed home.

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Downloading the Program

This is easily done by clicking the "Download" button on the following site:

As soon as the program is started for the first time, it is necessary to Register your details by giving a valid email address that a verification email can be sent to with a link that needs to be clicked. You can however use the program for three times before needing to verify it.

The program has to download all the components for given houses from the Internet, and this can be up to 150Meg or more of data for a large home that is already furnished.

The System Requirements state that at least a 128M 3D graphics card is needed. The PC we tried it on had an old NVidia gaming card in it, with an AMD Quadcore processor, and it was reasonable quality, but not quite 100%. It was okay while moving through the house, but angled lines were slightly jagged whenever we stopped moving.

We are not sure how this program would run on a school laptop, but expect that it might be a little bit glitchy in the display. There could also be slow download times for components, depending on how good the school's wi fi network is.

Here is a screen print a house plan with measurements shown from our PC:

House Plan with Measurements

Here is a screen shot of the walk through view of these rooms:

Inside VHome

My Virtual Home is a really well made fun program, and is great for designing houses and trying out different floor plans.

It would be great for students to use for doing part of a typical Areas and Perimeters House Plan assignment at home, but we are not sure how it would go on the laptops at our particular school.

We would need to get the program installed in a computer lab that has reasonable machines, but it would be painful to register each install and give each PC a password.

We have emailed My Virtual Home to find out if educational institutions are using the program, and if there a free site version available without passwords that is easier to install and manage. Pending a response, we will update this blog post.

Big Passy Wasabi

Sick Friday Funny

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If you were feeling sick and went to Hospital, this food would certainly not provide your passage back to better health !

Big Passy is sick this week with some very nasty Bronchitus, but as they say: "Laughter is the best medicine".

So here is a medicine filled Friday Funny all about being sick.

Let's start off with a classic Mr Bean video.

Our pets can get sick, and this is always a problem.

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Here is a video all about Kermit the frog being sick.

Sick Jokes

In Australia we call corny jokes "sick jokes".

Here are a few of our favorites from the net.

Q. What did the pony say when it had a sore throat?
A. I apologize, I am a little horse!

Q. What did the lawyer name his daughter?
A. Sue.

Q. Why does a seagull fly over the sea?
A. Because if it flew over the bay it would be called a bagel!

Q.What lights up a soccer stadium?
A. A soccer match.

Q. When does Friday come before Thursday?
A. In the dictionary.

Q. What did the mayonaise say when someone opened the refrigerator door.
A. Close the door I am dressing!

Q. What do you call a shoe made from a banana?
A. A Slipper.

Q.Why was the little strawberry crying?
A.Because his parents were in a jam.

Q.What did the fruit tree say to the farmer.
A. Stop picking on me.

Q. How did the pirate stop smoking.
A. He used the patch.

Q. Whats a bear called without teeth.
A.A gummy bear.

Patient-”Doctor, I seem to get heartburn whenever I eat birthday cake.”
Doctor-”Have you tried removing the candles first?”

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?
Great food but no atmosphere.


When someone goes to Hospital, it is only natural to fear the worst.

Here is something really fearful: Mr Bean performing surgery!

You certainly don't want to mess with the Panda while on your sick bed.

The only good thing about sickness is when it happens to someone else, like your Boss!

That's it for this week, I gotta get back to my sick bed.

Big Passy Wasabi

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Interactives at Mathwarehouse


Mathwarehouse has an awesome collection of math interactives that are brilliant for classroom demonstration on interactive whiteboards or data projectors.
Best of all, these fabulous resources are instantly available on the net and 100% free.

These online apps are written in Adobe Flash, and it never ceases to amaze us here at Passy World what clever people can build with Flash.

Unfortunately for Apple device users, these interactive programs are not available for their use, because Apple refuses to support Flash.

One more reason, (in an ever growing list), for schools not to adopt iPads for their students to use.

But even if your school is unfortunate enough to have iPads, these interactives can still be used in the classroom from with laptop plugged into a data projector, and are therefore still of great use.

In this post we review a small sample of the interactives, so that you can get an idea of what they are. The best thing to do is to click the links supplied in this post, and try them out for yourselves.

Distance Between Two Points Formula

Distance Formula

Try this interactive out at the following link:

Exterior Angle of a Triangle

Ext triangle angles

Try this interactive out at the following link:

Vertical Angles

Vertical Angles

Try this interactive out at the following link:

Parallel Lines Angles

Parallel Lines

Try this interactive out at the following link:

As well as demonstrating these to a class using a Projector, it is also possible to make a video tutorial while using the product. Use Jing with Screencast for free, or else purchase the excellent Camtasia product for making narrated video screen captures.

The video below has been made by Khan Academy, and is available on YouTube.

Unfortunately, the sound seems to cut out half way through the video for some strange reason.

To access a full list of all the Interactives at Math Warehouse, click the link below:

Big Passy Wasabi

Friday, August 12, 2011

Demotivational Friday Funny

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This week we were not feeling all that motivated by the time Friday rolled around. So we thought we would take a look at some of our favorite "Demotivational" posters.

Here at Passy World we hate real motivational posters! Mainly because of two miserable years we spent working on an IT Project that was managed by this butthole Texan company called "EDS", who thankfully are no longer in business.

They had these stupid lame motivational and propaganda posters everywhere!

No matter where you turned in the office, you couldn't help but see one of these corny pieces of pure pap.

That's probably why we now like "Demotivational" Posters so much here at Passy World. Unlike those lying swine at EDS, Demotivational posters tell it like it really is!

As you probably know, Passy World is based in Australia, and for some strange reason a lot of people are put off from coming out here for a holiday.

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Except Oprah wasn't scared to come here. Our native animals are very scared of Oprah, and so is Big Passy!

Sure, there is the occasional shark in the surf here in Australia, but don't let that put you off.

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Cricket is a big sport here in Australia, but oh my goodness it is so damn boring!

Here at Passy World we do not like Cricket at all.

Here is one of the many reasons why.

Drunk Cricket Players
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Did we mention that there are lots of sharks here in Australia?

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Tennis is also a popular sport in Australia, and one that Big Passy used to play a lot of.

But I was never the guy in this photo.

Tennis losing
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My Grandma likes playing Lawn Bowls, but she also likes dancing.

Break Dance grandma
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We even have Goths in Australia. (We are very multicultural you know).

Goth conformists
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We have lots of cows that we send to Indonesia.

But a few are left behind, because they are not fit for export.

Odd one out cows
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We don't have any Pandas; but you'd think China would give us a heap of them. How much coal and mineral dirt out of our ground have we given to them!

Panda spewing rainbows
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Finally here is one guy who is the coolest of cool.

He would definitely be welcome anytime as a refugee to Australia.

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Gotta go get motivated for a big weekend,

Big Passy Wasabi

Sunday, August 7, 2011

eBay Math Problem

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A friend recently asked me how to set up a "Buy it Now" price for an item on eBay, so that they would not lose any money selling the item.

They did not care if they made any money on the sale, they just wanted to unload their unwanted item without incurring a loss.

Here is their original question:

"Okay Mathematics Brainiac - Here is a real life example of why we should pay attention to our maths teachers at school.......

I have something I want to sell on ebay but am not looking to make a profit (or a loss!). The item cost me $117.79, and ebay charge a flat-rate "insertion fee" of $2.50 and also a "final value fee" (based on the closing price) which is 5.25% of the first $75 and 2.75% for every dollar over $75. I have run this so many times and keep getting the incorrect answer.... it's the rolling "final value fee" that's getting me. Any help would be greatly appreciated!"


Here is how to work it out.

To make zero profit, Sell Price = Cost of Selling Price

Let d = the missing dollar amount of mark up that we need to determine.

Sell Price = 117.79 + 2.50 + (5.25% of 75) + d
SP = 124.23 + d

Cost Price = 124.23 + (2.75% of (124.23 + d - 75)
Cost Price = 124.23 + 0.0275x49.3 + 0.0275d

CP = 125.59 + 0.0275d

Now set SP = CP for zero profit and solve:

124.23 + d = 125.59 + 0.0275d (Now subtract 0.0275d both sides)
0.9725d = 125.59 - 124.23
0.9725d = 1.36 (Now divide by 0.9725 both sides)

d = $1.40

So SP = 124.23 + d (Now substitute in our answer for d)
SP = 124.23 + 1.40
SP = $125.63

Check this Answer:

The Original 117.79 should be left when we take away all the charges
125.63 - 2.50 - (5.25% of 75) - (2.75% of (125.63 - 75) = $117.80

So due to rounding off errors introduced while doing this problem, there will be a 1 cent profit.

If we try to sell for 125.62 we will have:
125.62 - 2.50 - (5.25% of 75) - (2.75% of (125.63 - 75) = $117.79.

$117.79 is how much the item cost, and so the cost of buying the item will be recovered and no loss incurred.

We did do some Googling to see if we could find an Online Calculator that could work all of this out in a computer program, but could not find anything useful.

So there you go. There is not always on Online Calculator for everything. Learning High School Algebra can be useful in later life!

Big Passy Wasabi

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Google Keyword Tool

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Google Adwords "Keyword Tool" is a fantastic free researching tool!

It allows us to find out what people are searching for on the Internet, and what keywords they search on.

Here at Passy World we are not interested in the advertising side of things. We are interested in finding out what people are looking for on the internet.

In particular we want to know what words they are typing into the Google search box when they look for certain material.

Our angle on this at Passy World, involves using Keyword research to help us choose better titles for our Blog Posts. Titles that will contain the right type of keywords, so that people can easily find them when using search engines.

There are quite a few video Tutorials on the "Keyword Tool" on YouTube, and here are a couple that we found particularly useful.

Video Tutorial Part 1 - Google Adwords Keyword Tool

Here is the second part of the Tutorial, that is all about how prices work in Google Adwords.

This is of interest to people in marketing and advertising, as to where websites can be advertised, and what sort of prices are involved.

Here is one example of how we recently used the Google Keyword Tool.

We had a post for our "Passy's World of Mathematics" site that was all about how Geometry is used in a range of different jobs and professions.

We were thinking of calling the post: "Geometry in Jobs".

However when we put "Geometry Jobs" in the Google Keyword Tool, we obtained the following results:

Keyword Tool Results

These results indicated to us that it would be a good idea to call our post
"Jobs With Geometry", since this is what people most frequently search for in Google.

As a result, we called our post "Jobs With Geometry", rather than "Geometry in Jobs".

Google Keyword Tool is also very useful for authors, when they are thinking about how to title their next book, or for people setting up websites, who are wondering what name to call their site.

The best thing about Google Keyword Tool is that it is 100% free!

Big Passy Wasabi

Jim Breuer Friday Funny

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Jim Breuer is a very talented comedian and singer, much in the vain of Jack Black, but probably even better.

This week we devote our whole Friday Funny to showcasing his awesome talents.

Here is one of his stand up routines about Rock Music and kids.

Here is Jim Breuer doing his AC/DC Hokey Pokey.

(This is really awesome. It sounds exactly like AC/DC!).

AC/DC must have heard about his antics and decided to get him on stage to perform with them at a live concert.

Jim Breuer Radio Interview about performing with AC/DC.

Here is Jim's stand up routine about when he was a kid dressing up as Batman at Halloween.

Here is a more adult oriented routine about sleep deprived mothers.

Finally a very funny routine from Jim all about the hazards of drinking.

That's it for this week.

Big Passy

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Make Toondoo Cartoons


ToonDoo is a free online cartoon maker which is lots of fun. It is very easy to get started with, and only requires a valid email address to sign up.

Here is a great Slideshare Presentation that takes you through step by step on how to sign up for free and use Toondoo.

Click the bottom right hand corner symbol to go fullscreen, and then use Esc key to come back to this blog post.

Here is a short three minute YouTube video on how to make your first cartoon, once you are signed up to Toondoo.

The only thing we found tricky was that when we were in the cartoon editor, and had saved our cartoon, there is no button we could find to click to take us back out to the main Toondoo page. Instead we had to use the browser's back button to find our way out.

The other thing to know is that when we save our cartoon, it saves into the "My Toondoos" area of our online account.

We can then go into this area, by using the top left hand corner "Toons" button, and clicking "My Toondoos".

Next we click on our cartoon, and under it will be options to save it as a .PNG file, or to print it, or share it through social media or email.

We can also get embed code for our Toondoo to put it on our blog or webpage as another one of the options.

If we want to make a sequence of our cartoons into a book, there is a flip book maker on the Toondoo site.

Or we could save our cartoons from Toondoo to our PC, and Insert them into a PowerPoint or Word Doc.

There are also character creator tools, and other features like uploading your own images, which we have not tried out, but look good.

The Toondoo main site is at the following link:

So give Toondoo a go, it is lots of fun for story-telling and making quick little comics.

Big Passy Wasabi