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Happy Pi Day!

Today is March 14th and that means it is Pi Day! (According to Google, this is the 30th year the day has been celebrated as “Pi Day.”)

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Celebrate by taking a mathematical constant to lunch.

Sadly, the world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76.

Somehow it almost seems fitting that Hawking would pass on this day – a day where many people stop to appreciate the hard sciences and scientific constants.

If it is possible to celebrate and be saddened by events, that’s what we are feeling today.



Christmas Christian (W)Rap.

(An annual favorite.)

Although the album Yo Ho Ho! from which all three songs below came from was released in the late 1980’s, we still love these songs.

It’s just fun stuff that you can hum and whistle while out and about.

D.C. Talk – Yo Ho Ho!


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Cocoa Beach: Raise Taxes, Spend More.

The City of Cocoa Beach Commission will hold a regular meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. You can see the agenda here.

There are items of interest on the agenda such as negotiating with the United States Tennis Association to run the tennis facilities.

What truly caught our eye was this:

Request to ratify a one-year contract between Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), Public Employee’s Local 6781, and the City of Cocoa Beach from the period of October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018. Article 19 (Wages) is changed as follows: Effective October 1, 2017, bargaining unit employees shall receive an increase of 2% to their base wages, up to the maximum of their wage ranges. Any portion of the 2% increase above the maximum of their wage ranges will be paid as a lump sum not added to the base wages. Wage minimums and maximums shall be 1% above those reflected in Exhibit A of the wage article. The City reserves the right to set the initial wage for new hires above the minimums established in Exhibit A. This is a budgeted item.

This item is on the consent agenda, which means it won’t even be discussed as a separate item.

The problem, as we see it, is two fold:
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It’s Not About The Nail.

If a man says something in the forest and no woman is there to hear him, is he still wrong?



Are Humans More Valuable Than Animals?

From the “Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm…..” department.

If you saw your dog and a stranger both drowning in the ocean, which would you save first? Your answer says, well, everything about how you see the world. Dennis Prager explains.




Menorah Technion Rube Goldberg Machine.

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah began at sunset on December 24, 2016.

According to Wikipedia:

Each night throughout the 8 day holiday, a candle or oil-based light is lit. As a universally practiced “beautification” (hiddur mitzvah) of the mitzvah, the number of lights lit is increased by one each night. An extra light called a shamash, meaning “attendant” or “sexton,” is also lit each night, and is given a distinct location, usually higher, lower, or to the side of the others.

Back in 2012, two students of the Technion school decided that if you are going to light a menorah, do it in a spectacular way that combines the holiday, the meaning of the holiday, and a love for your chosen field of study.

Thus was born the “Rube Goldberg device” of Menorah lighting.

Technion students Eyal Cohen and Tomer Wassermann from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan of Industrial Engineering and Management take on the challenge to build a Rube Goldberg machine that lights the Chanukah menorah. Hanukkah is the holiday of miracles and here is another one.




I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Bing Crosby.

Bing Crosby.

‘Nuff said.





Cocoa Beach: The Cost Of The Can Went Up.

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Editor’s Note: This is one of those posts we are somewhat leery of because in our minds, people may get the wrong idea as to what we are saying. While we are going to talk about money and costs, we don’t think (at least we aren’t sure) that should be the focus of what is wrong and where this subject jumped the rails.

A few weeks ago we posted an article on how Mayor Tumulty and others didn’t seem to care about the rules of meetings. One of our constant themes has been the lack of the City Commission, the Staff, and contracted workers seem to have little regard for the rules, regulations and laws they should be following.

As we said, during the discussion on the budget the following two exchanges took place:

COMMISSIONER SKIP WILLIAMS: Charles, are you prepared to discuss this (document) that you handed out to all of the commissioners?

ACTING CITY MANAGER CHARLES HOLLAND: I would say not as a part ….this is about the budget. I would have to say that the Mayor, of course, would be the, uh, but I would recommend that we not discuss that because I want to have some one on ones with the Commissioners next week so I would recommend that we not discuss that tonight because it does not have anything to do with this budget.

MAYOR TIM TUMULTY: Okay, thank you very much.

TUMULTY: Interesting Skip, so you don’t know what the budget is going to be for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 so we can’t close on this budget?

WILLIAMS: This budget has a number in it….

TUMULTY: Sure it does.

WILLIAMS: … that is based on $15,300 projected….

TUMULTY: Fifteen, fifteen.

WILLIAMS: Fifteen million five hundred thousand…

TUMULTY: Right.

WILLIAMS: That is right there in the line item and its kind of like that same number throughout the [INAUDIBLE]….

TUMULTY: Okay.

WILLIAMS: We know, based on this information that that is not a good number. We are going to pass a budget that doesn’t have a good number in it.

TUMULTY: I don’t know if we know if that’s a good or bad number, but I do know that debt service, we won’t start paying on that debt service this fiscal year. In the upcoming fiscal year.

WILLIAMS: I’ll refrain any further comments until we get to Item F-2.

What caught our eye was this mysterious paper that was distributed to the Commission members by Acting City Manager Charles Holland.

We wanted to know what that document was, so we asked for it under the Florida Sunshine Laws.

The document (embedded below and available for download here) is a letter from the Architect Design Group on concerning the cost of the planned City Hall, Police Station and Parking Garage.

The lead paragraph summarizes the contents of the document:
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