Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Holidays and Observances for July 8 2015

Math 2.0 Day

What is Math 2.0 Day? Scheduled for July 8th, it’s a day to get people interested in the ways they use math every day. It’s also a day for big names in the math and technology world to get together and share news and resources related to math and how it is used in the technological world. How can you celebrate? Well, you can learn a new math trick to impress your friends, find out some little-known facts about how numbers help keep the world running smoothly, and settle all those questions you've had in the back of your mind about how the world of math works.

So maybe math wasn't your favorite subject in school. You’d stare at those equations and wonder how you’re ever going to make sense of it all. You might be curious about who uses math, anyway. Well, there are people for whom math is a big part of making a living and many of them make it so that the math is invisible to you. So, who uses math on a frequent basis?
  • Programmers. These are the people who deal with computer code to create everything from your favorite Android apps to your office software. Any time you have a computer program perform a word count, total up the line items in your budget or beat your last top score by fifty points, there’s an equation hidden in the coding that goes into action for you.
  • Scientists. They use math and numbers to measure everything from the very big to the very small. If you've ever seen the mathematical equation of Einstein’s theory of relativity, you might have gone a bit pale at the complexity of it all. But it was an important breakthrough in our understanding of the universe.
  • Engineers. How do people know how much aerodynamic pressure a rocket can tolerate without disintegrating or how much weight a bridge can support without falling? Engineers have equations to help them understand the machines, buildings and infrastructure they design.
  • You. That’s right, if you've ever balanced a checkbook or calculated how much you should tip your waiter at a restaurant, you've used math. Math is such a big part of our lives that a lot of us probably don’t think about it very much.
I know a kid who struggles with math. What can I do?
There are cases where math drills don’t help and trying to make that elementary school student do his homework seems to makes things worse. Rather than stressing out both yourself and the child about it, maybe you just need to step back, calm down and look at it from a different angle. Maybe there’s a reason the child struggles with math and it isn't necessarily a learning disability. Reasons might range from an undiagnosed vision problem that prevents the child from seeing the lessons to an explanation of the problem that the child didn't quite get. With the right kind of lesson plan, you can take the confusion out of math and actually make it fun for the child. This can range from math games to fun drills that reward students for getting a series of right answers in a certain amount of time.

National Ice Cream Sundae Day

Ice Cream Sundae Day pays tribute to the first Ice Cream Sundae served in Two Rivers Wisconsin in 1881. There are a few cities that claim to be the originator of the first ice cream sundae (Ithaca, NY, Ann Arbor MI, Norfolk VA and Washington D.C.), though, it was researched by language expert H.L. Mencken who was tracing the origin of the word sundae and he concluded that the Two Rivers Story to be the real story.

The sundae is a sweet ice cream dessert. It typically consists of one or more scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including sprinkles, whipped cream, peanuts, maraschino cherries, or other fruits (e.g., bananas and pineapple in a banana split.).

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure; however, it is generally accepted that the spelling "sundae" derives from the English word "Sunday".

Among the many stories about the invention of the sundae, a frequent theme is that the ice cream sundae was a variation of the popular ice cream soda. According to documentation published by the Evanston Public Library (Illinois), the drinking of soda was outlawed on Sundays in Illinois.

Other origin stories for the sundae focus on the novelty or inventiveness of the treat or the name of the originator, and make no mention of legal pressures.

Ice cream sundae soon became the weekend semi-official soda fountain confection in the beginning of 1900s and quickly gained popularity. The Ice Cream Trade Journal for 1909 along with plain, or French sundae, listed such exotic varieties as Robin Hood sundae, Cocoa Caramel sundae, Black Hawk sundae, Angel Cake sundae, Cherry Dip sundae, Cinnamon Peak sundae, Opera sundae, Fleur D'Orange sundae, Knickerbocker sundae, Tally-Ho Sundae, Bismarck and George Washington sundaes, to name a few.

Various localities have claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, including Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Plainfield, Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; New York City; New Orleans, Louisiana; Ithaca, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York.

National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

On the 8th day of the month of July every year in the United States, lovers of creamy, light chocolate and almonds have an excuse to indulge. This is because on this day is a food holiday known across the country as National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day. This is a time for those who enjoy chocolate candies and candy bars with almonds to celebrate these sweet treats and possibly share their love (and their candy) with other people. Be careful not to confuse this holiday with National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, which falls on November 7.

It is very difficult to find a whole lot of information about National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day, as this holiday is simply not very well known. Therefore, it is not easy to determine exactly when and how the day came about. Other food holidays are sometimes created by manufacturers, and it can be speculated that National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day may one of these (although it is hard to know for sure).

Milk chocolate itself is attributed to a man who worked for the Nestle company in Switzerland named Daniel Peter. Mr. Peter developed the first commercial formula for milk chocolate in the world, and called his creation Gala after the Greek term for from the milk.

Although official celebrations for National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day may be few and far between, you may come across special deals on candy bars and other chocolate almond treats. You may also wish to share candy bars with your friends and family on this day, or simply treat yourself to one. Those handy in the kitchen may even whip up a batch of candy at home.

SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)

Drama queens/kings thrive on the melodramatic, but too much drama can really drain the life out of the rest of us. Take advantage of SCUD Day on July 8th, and engage in activities that make you feel lighthearted and cheerful. Try to avoid people and activities that zap your energy and bring you down.

Read on for suggestions on filling your day with happy thoughts to boost your serotonin levels. (If you loved MTV back in the 80's, be sure to check out the literal videos). Ditch the drama, and find your bliss - have some summer fun.

Who couldn't use more laughter in their life?
Okay, I realize some of the things I consider giggle worthy may seem a bit warped to some people. But I think I've managed to include something to suit everyone’s tastes. All of it is genuinely humorous to me, so it’s hand picked and nothing came out of left field.

Whether you prefer to pick up a book, look at media online, or watch television, there’s something hilarious here for you. So scroll down, check things out, and find out which ones work for you. Enjoy, and be sure to share what’s funny to you. I hope I at least manage to get a smile out of you.

Video Games Day

Video Games Day is celebrated on July 8th of each year. We were unable to discover the origin of Video Games Day, but we believe it had to have been created by a lover of video games.

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. The word video in video game traditionally referred to a raster display device, but following popularization of the term “video game”, it now implies any type of display device. The electronic systems used to play video games are known as platforms; examples of these are personal computers and video game consoles. These platforms range from large mainframe computers to small handheld devices. Specialized video games such as arcade games, while previously common, have gradually declined in use.

The input device used to manipulate video games is called a game controller, and varies across platforms. For example, a controller might consist of only a button and a joystick, while another may feature a dozen buttons and one or more joysticks. Early personal computer games often needed a keyboard for game play, or more commonly, required the user to buy a separate joystick with at least one button. Many modern computer games allow or require the player to use a keyboard and a mouse simultaneously.

Video games typically use additional means of providing interactivity and information to the player. Audio is almost universal, using sound reproduction devices, such as speakers and headphones. Other feedback may come via haptic peripherals, such as vibration or force feedback, with vibration sometimes used to simulate force feedback.