Letters to the Power Plant #86 — Dellightful Policies at Dell

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After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going.  This is the eighty sixth letter I wrote.  Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.

10/10/03 – Dellightful Policies at Dell

Dear friends at Sooner,

I hope all is going well with you guys.  I realize it has been a couple of weeks since I have written, and I hope you don’t think I have forgotten to write, because I haven’t.  I have just had something scheduled every minute of every day for the last couple of weeks. —  Until now.  In 15 minutes, I have to do something else, but for the next 15 minutes, I’m FREE!!!!

Next week I will be…

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The Almost-Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem

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Fermat’s Theorem continues to remain one of the biggest open problems in Mathematics. The needull discusses one big flaw in all the proposed solutions to the theorem.

Except there was a catch. As my story “New Number Systems Seek Their Lost Primes” describes, by expanding the number system to include new values, mathematicians lost something essential: unique prime factorization. Primes are the atoms of a number system — its fundamental building blocks — and unique prime factorization ensures that any number, such as 12, can be expressed uniquely as a product of primes: 2 x 2 x 3. The expanded number systems used to solve Fermat’s Last Theorem yielded competing prime factorizations, making these systems an ultimately shaky basis on which to construct a proof.

“Even today, in many false proofs of Fermat’s Last Theorem found by amateurs, somewhere or other this is the mistake — they’re assuming…

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana

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King Gizzard have released many outstanding records in their relatively short time together but nothing has been as ambitious as their work in 2017, in which they plan to release four more albums ahead of Flying Microtonal Banana.

Future projects aside, Flying Microtonal Banana is a truly innovative record in a sea of contemporary psych-rock.  The amount of effort and creative thought that was given to this project is ever present, with the use of custom-made guitars that offer the microtonal/ Eastern flair throughout each track, the lyricism that envisions a dark and leering future for the environment and a double drumkit that keeps the album rolling from track to track.

The album kicks off with “Rattlesnake”, a fast and hard driving jam that presents a pre-chorus that is almost as fulfilling as the infectious chants of “rattlesnake” in between verses.  This track utilizes musical incline to the fullest, creating…

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Living In A Car – My Story, shared by Hobo Ahle

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”

-Leonardo da Vinci

What if adventure could be yours without changing jobs or becoming a millionaire? How does one gainfully employed young woman use her income to travel and enjoy the world’s great gifts? Could we all find contentment in the small but adequate shelter provided by a vehicle?  Today’s Daily Dose shared by Hobo Ahle shows us how she made the choice to live life on her terms!

I began following Ahle after being intrigued by her choice to live in a car, a very compact car at that point. She documented using the facilities in her community to live a life of minimal fixed expenses. Since then I have been inspired by her journey and excited about her plans to become a van dweller. Check out her awesome van here!  If you’re intrigued about living a life of adventure like Ahle check out…

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Miscarriage (my aching heart)


Miscarriage is a word no future mother wants to hear or even think about. I was about 19 years old and newlywed. My husband always wanted children and I didn’t think about how soon a child could come. A few weeks past after our honeymoon and I realized my menstrual cycle was late. I figured, I am just late and It will come in a day or two. Soon after I noticed pregnancy symptoms and I knew I had to take a pregnancy test. I took a few tests and yes!! It was positive, I went to see the Dr. a week later. I was very anxious since I didn’t know what to expect. I met with my Dr. and he confirmed my pregnancy, but also mention that he was not able to spot the baby (embryo). He stated it might be too early in my pregnancy to see anything…

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