Gray vs Grey

As a follow up my Black and White vs White and Black Google image search comparison, I decided to do a “gray vs grey” Google image search comparison. Here are the results:


Search filters that showed up include:

  • silver
  • titanium
  • pewter
  • aesthetic
  • charcoal
  • metallic;
  • dark; and
  • transparent.

I spy “Whistler’s Mother.”

Compare this to a search for “grey” (the British spelling of the word):

Search filters that showed up include:

  • charcoal
  • shades
  • solid
  • ash
  • metallic
  • aesthetic
  • steel; and
  • medium.

I spy a wolf.

Try this comparison yourself, and tell me what filters you found.


993Q @ 208

View inside a classroom


View inside a classroom

View from the River and on the Ferry

I was leaving a school in Long Island City, Queens, and took the ferry back to my office in Manhattan. As I got closer to the city I zoomed in a bit on this cool skyscraper by the East River.

And what do you think of this view of the New York skyline?

ADL Room

Here are some photos from an Activities for Daily Living classroom in Long Island City, Queens. There are centers for copying papers, shelving groceries, making change, and doing laundry.

Check out the computer closet too.

Black and White and Black

I was thinking about Google searches. I searched for “Black and White” and “White and Black.” Look at the different suggestions? filters? that Google adds to the search bar.

“Black and White” image filters:

  • woman
  • baby
  • instagram
  • snapchat
  • trippy
  • photoshoot
  • cityscape
  • reflection
  • etc


“White and Black” image filters

  • abstract
  • love
  • romantic
  • clipart
  • rose
  • radha krishna
  • pattern
  • background
  • etc

There was some overlap in the images, though.

Sanford and Son?

You be the judge!


Kos-Kee-OOO-Sko Down!

The Kosciuszko Bridge (pronounced by some as “kos-kee-OOO-sko,” and by others as “kah-SHUS-ko”) connects Brooklyn with Queens. It is miserable. And now it is dead, having been replaced by a newer bridge to the side of it. The City imploded the bridge.

I passed through there last week. The traffic was so slow that I could take these photographs of the sections of the old hulk that was the Kosciuszko.


A Student (okay, my son Sammy, who is a 7th grade student), gave me this math puzzle:

“Use 6ix (sic) nines to equal 100, you can use +, -, x, ÷, ( ). [No exponents]. 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9. Good Luck, Sammy”

Welp, I was stumped and had to have him give me an answer.

This was his solution:

(9 x 9 + 9) + (9 ÷ 9 + 9)

which equals

90 + 10 = 100

I brought the problem to some colleagues of mine, and here are their answers:

Dennis wrote:

(999 – 99) ÷ 9

which equals

900 ÷ 9 = 100

Greg wrote:

(9 ÷ 9 + 9) x (9 ÷ 9 + 9)

which equals

10 x 10 = 100

I don’t remember who gave me this one:

99 + (9 ÷ 9) x (9 ÷ 9)

which equals

99 + 1  x  1

which equals

99 + 1 = 100

I finally came up with my own solution:

(99 ÷ 99) + 99

which equals

1 + 99 = 100


I happen to like my solution, since it uses the same numbers each time (99). However, Dennis’s is lovely, since it goes from three digits (999) to two digits (99) to one digit (9).

Which do you think is the most beautiful solution? The one that uses the most operations, or the one that uses the fewest?

Some Honor

It is common to find that certain enormous high schools have been subdivided into several smaller ones, all housed within the same building. At one such site in the Bronx, I saw these Track and Field awards for a competition that had been held at the University of Pennsylvania. If you zoom in, you can see that these relay runners are completely nekkid, and they seem to be coming up to say hello to Ben Franklin. I know that during the ancient Greek Olympics the athletes were naked, but during the American Revolution too?

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