Today I gave a math lesson to my five-year-old son and stumbled upon a mathematical property that I did not know of. It turns out that any square number is a sum of two triangular numbers. …

One-sentence summary: I explain why an exponential scale was invented, and how it compares with the older scales based on ratios of integers.

It is the continuation of the article on the mathematical nature of musical scales. In that article, we have used ratios to come up with a division of an octave. …

Blaise Pascal studying the cycloid, 1785, Louvre

Here is the story of how I became an atheist and stopped fearing God. My transformation occurred through exposure to three philosophical ideas over several years. The first idea was that I could rely on my mind rather than on a say-so of experts. The second idea was that arbitrary…

Raised by Wolves is a science fiction TV series directed by Ridley Scott, the same man who directed Blade Runner. The setting is a devastating war between Mythraics versus atheists. …

This article goes into technical details concerning Elliptic Curve encryption.

Public and private key cryptography is a recent invention from the late seventies that did not occur to our creative predecessors. Instead, they relied on symmetric encryption schemes which requires both sides to know the encryption key.

The earliest of…

At Smarking, we use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure. We help organizations improve the efficiency of parking lots, and to do that we need to communicate with their computing systems. However, these organizations, which include hospitals and universities, often run closed private networks. …

Religion is a Ponzi scheme, whose currency is faith. And, I am not talking about money. Although money is a key factor driving religion, I want to focus on faith alone. There are two levels to my claim.

The first level is individual. The longer a person stays within the…

Names of keys on a piano

One-sentence summary: In this article I will explain the math for the Just intonation and Pythagorean tunings for the diatonic major scale (all the white keys on the piano).

In the preceding article The Physical Nature of Musical Sound I have talked about how air vibration affects a human eardrum…

At Smarking we receive data from third-party vendors. This data comes in various formats: XML, CSV, Excel, PDF, and JSON, and we use an Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) process to store the data in our database. This kind of ETL process is used by many organizations that ingest data from external sources…

Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman are researchers who invented a safe method to communicate a password. Their 1976 paper opens with the following:

WE STAND TODAY on the brink of a revolution in cryptography.

The development of computer controlled communication networks promises effortless and inexpensive contact between people or computers…

Boris Reitman

The course of history is determined by the spreading of ideas. I’m spreading the good ones.

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