Sidewalk stamps of Corvallis OR

Sidewalk stamps of Corvallis OR
100 years ago, the concrete contractors of Corvallis Oregon signed their work
when they made sidewalks in town.
Today, these sidewalk stamps provide a
small amount of history as you walk around the older parts of town.
This site is an attempt to catalog all of these Sidewalk Stamps throughout
town.
There is the main map where you can move around and click on the
stamp location to get a picture of the stamp.
At the bottom of this page
are cross index lists by contractor and by date.
You can turn on or off different types of features
such as the main sidewalk stamp collection,
stamps that homeowners made on their walkways,
modern inscriptions,
historical plaques around town,
and other artifacts.
You can zoom in, and pan the map much like any other Google map.
If you click on any of the features, you will get a separate window
with the detail photo of that feature.
Sidewalk Stamps of Corvallis OR
If you find any other sidewalk stamps (I know I’ve missed some), or find
any other errors, please let me know so I can correct them.
I can be reached at
sidewalk@armoredpenguin.net.
Dave Regan…

Ellen Brown — Sculptor and Papercutter

Ellen Brown — Sculptor and Papercutter
“Sea Witch”from a driftwood stump
Ellen Brown
Ellen Brown graduated from Philadelphia College of Art in 1942
a Crafts major with honors in Ceramics.
In 1946 she studied sculpture at Alfred University in New York.
She has done further study of both sculpture and
pottery over the years.
She taught wood shop to boys aged 7 to 11 at the Telegraph Hill
Neighborhood House in San Francisco.
She taught pottery, sculpture and stage make-up for 35 years
at Westtown School, where her husband was a mathematics teacher.
The Browns retired to Maine in 1986 and now live in Wiscasset.
Ellen is an artist member of the National League of American Pen Women.
She has won awards in state and national shows of that organization.
She is also a state-juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of
Craftsmen in pottery, sculpture and papercutting.
She has had best-in-show awards and the craftsmen’s vote in
several state shows sponsored by the Guild.
Her work has been shown at the Kennedy Center, D.C., the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Delaware Museum of Fine Art,
Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, Chester County Art Association,
Atlanta, Sacramento, and Boston, the Chocolate Church in Bath,
the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, Round Top Center for the Arts
in Damariscotta, Augusta, Colby College Craft Show,
and Camden Arts and Crafts Fair.
She is a member of the American Papercutters Guild,
Maine Craft Association and the United Maine Craftsmen.
Ellen is a potter turned sculptor.
She works in wood and stone as well as clay, which was
her original medium.
“A Pile of Pigs or a Heap of Hogs
or a Line of Supine Swine.
Introduced to paper-cutting in 1983, she has not only mastered traditional
techniques but has expanded the art into fresh contemporary designs.
Line and motion are important elements in her work,
be it papercutting or sculpture.
She captures the personality of her subjects with simplicity of line
and gentle humor.
Her love of nature and animals is reflected in much of her work.
“Otter Play”
“Geese on the Pond”
In 1987, her papercuttings were used to illustrate a book,
Collected Poems, by Louis W. Flaccus.
Her “Beachcomer Collages” are unique assemblages of shells,
sand, driftwood and trash collected from beaches of Casco Bay
and other shorelines.
In these abstract constructions the balance of color,
texture and depth lend a three dimensional quality and
a timelessness which is unusual.
“End Grain”…

Make your own cipher puzzle

Make your own cipher puzzle
You can use this page to create your own cipher puzzle with your own phrases.
The basic idea of this puzzle is to convert your encrypt your words or
phrases into something unrecognizable via a simple cipher.
The person
solving the cipher will need to recognize patterns in the cipher text
which will help them pull things apart.
Those patterns may come from
the description that you give (which will clue them in as to what the
answers might be), and doing some simple character frequency analysis
(the letter ‘e’ is very common in English, while ‘x’, ‘z’, and ‘q’ are
infrequent).
I expect that this puzzle will be used more for entertainment and
puzzles, and less for education.
However, I’d be happy to be shown
wrong.
If you do use this in an educational fashion, please let me
know what you’re doing, and how you present it.
For more information on what these ciphers are, and how to go about
solving them, please see:
Note that these are very weak ciphers and shouldn’t be used
for anything other than entertainment.
See some of the comments in
the wikipedia article which talk about people using these sorts of
ciphers in real life, and found out that they are not robust encryption.
There are various options to make the puzzles easier or harder to solve.
Read the descriptions for each of these options.
If you stick with the
default values, you will get a fairly simple puzzle to solve.
If you
use some of the optional values, you will get puzzles that will cause
people to work rather hard to pull apart.
This is an entirely new puzzle.
Because this is new, and much of the code is new, I expect that there
are problems and places where the instructions aren’t clear.
If you see any problems, please let me know by using the “Report Bug”
button to the left.
At this point, it’d be hard to argue that this is even “Beta” quality.
If you want to play with this, consider yourselves as guinea pigs where
anything can happen.
Please enter a set of words, phrases, or paragraphs.
When you are done, hit the “Make Puzzle” button to generate a puzzle.
Once the puzzle is displayed, you can use the “Printable HTML” or
“Printable PDF” buttons to get a clean page suitable for printing
with your web browser.
The puzzle that is generated will remain on this server for
about two months.
If you want to ensure that you have
a copy of the generated puzzle, make sure you save a copy.
Some users list their puzzles for all to see.
If you want help with international characters, you can call up an
Alphabet chart
to use for cutting and pasting letters that are hard to type.
This chart will
come up in a separate window.
Tip:
To make puzzles harder, use the
alternate
input form, and create misspelled words.
Use the checkbox next to …

Make your own Word Scramble Puzzle

This page allows you to create Word Scramble puzzles using your words.
I created this at the suggestion of some of the Word Search puzzle users.
If you see any pieces left over from the word search puzzle, let me know.
Please enter a set of words.
When you are
done, hit the “Puzzle” button to generate a word search puzzle.
Once the puzzle is displayed, you can use the “print” button on
your browser to print the page on your printer.
The web page generated will remain on this server for about
two months.
If you want to ensure that you have
a copy of the generated puzzle, make sure you save a copy.
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave
a message with:
wordscramble@armoredpenguin.net
When you generate your puzzle, you will have the opportunity to see
an answer key as well as list the puzzle where others can
see it until it evaporates from the server.
Please keep the listed
puzzles to a “G” type rating so that people of any age can enjoy them.
Also, only list puzzles of general use.
Classmate names are not interesting
to anyone outside of the class, while a vocabulary test might well be
interesting to the general public.
You can see the
currently listed puzzles.
I have taken some of those puzzles that people have listed, and
put them into a Best Of… listing.
You might find a premade puzzle here that is interesting.
Enter a word list.
If you want, you can call up an
Alphabet chart
to use for cutting and pasting letters that are hard to type.
This chart will
come up in a separate window.
There is a word search program at:
http://www.armoredpenguin.net/wordsearch/.
There is a math program at:
http://www.armoredpenguin.net/math/.
There is a crossword puzzle program at:
http://www.armoredpenguin.net/crossword/.…

Bagels

A long time ago (around 1974) when I was in high school, I learned a logic
game called Bagels.
The board game Mastermind uses
very similar rules, but you don’t need any props to play this game.
This game was developed by Lawrence Hall of Science and Math in Berkeley
and is documented in the book named
Family Math.
The game is deceptively simple.
If you play well though,
it can be fairly deep.
Do you want to take the role of
choosing a number
or guessing my number?
Rules:
There are two opponents.
One picks a number, and the other one
attempts to guess the number.
The person picking the number must
give accurate answers to the guesses.
The person picking a number picks a three digit number.
In this version, there may be no leading zeros, and digits
may not be repeated.
The person guessing the number gives three digit numbers.
The person who picked the number answers:
Multiple answers may come out of a single guess.
For examples,
look at the table below:
Picked NumberGuessAnswer
123456Bagels — None of the digits match.
123345Pico — The 3 matches, but is in the wrong place.
123543Fermi — The 3 matches, and is in the right place.
123321Pico Pico Fermi — The 3 and
1 match, but are in the wrong place, and the 2 matches
and is in the right place.
Players take turns holding each role.
The one who averages the fewest guesses is the better player.
There is a word search program at:
http://www.armoredpenguin.net/wordsearch/.
There is a word scramble program at:
http://www.armoredpenguin.net/wordscramble/.
There is a math program at:
http://www.armoredpenguin.net/math/.…

Let’s Help: A way to organize volunteers

Welcome to the Let’s Help web site!
Our goal is to provide you with a way to coordinate the time, skills and
energy of volunteers.
The Let’s Help web site is a tool to make
communication and coordination easier between many people using a
convenient email and web page interface.
Background:
The Let’s Help project was conceived as a means to help a family dealing
with cancer. The cancer patient was consumed with doctor appointments,
debilitating medical care and fatigue. The spouse was focused on providing
health care for the cancer patient as well as the burden of additional
home chores done by the patient. Every day errands, home care and maintenance,
childcare and yard care became difficult to finish on a timely basis. Having
someone else get the weekly groceries or mow the lawn was a huge benefit.
Many friends and extended family members wished to help but the family lacked
the time and energy to coordinate all of their efforts. Friends and family
that live far away wanted to know what was happening and unknowingly increase
the volume of phone calls and e-mails to the household making it difficult to
respond individually. In addition, there was no clear means of communicating
with everyone so that willing volunteers would not double-up on one task while
neglecting another.
Let’s Help was born as a solution to this need. Although a family dealing with
cancer inspired this site, it can be used in other areas where you are trying
to coordinate volunteers. Examples might include school teachers managing parent
volunteers for the class room, playground construction projects, ongoing work
details at campsites, etc.
How we work:
This site centers around a set of Requests, Offers, and News items
managed by project coordinators. Information is sent out via email
to registered volunteers, inviting them to view the web site and
take ownership of a particular request. Owning a request allows
volunteers to help in ways they are most comfortable. It also lets
other volunteers know that a particular request will be finished,
so they can spend their time on different requests. The Let’s Help
web site allows for multiple coordinators. This provides a means
of sharing the effort of coordinating volunteers between a group
of people.
Requests:
Requests are the heart of the Let’s Help system.
By way of example, let us consider the cancer patient and
their family. Using the Let’s Help Web Site, the family or
a third party coordinator can make a set of requests as needed.
For this example, a lawn needs mowing request is posted on the
web site! The web site automatically sends email to a set of
volunteers that previously checked that they could help with yard
care. One of these volunteers checks into the web site and chooses
to sign up for lawn mowing.
The web site alerts the coordinators that the mowing request has
been taken.
While the family focuses on health care, the volunteers get to
help and the lawn gets mowed.…