Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Google Search Engine's Calculator

As Justin Pot writes in How To Use Google As A Calculator, the Google Search Calculator associated with the Google search engine is particularly helpful because that search page is often already up on most peoples' web browsers. This makes it easy to perform different calculations without having to bring up different, separate tools.

I include several screen snapshots in this post to illustrate different mathematical computations that can be performed using the calculator built into the Google search engine. The first examples show basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and use of parentheses.

The calculator built into the Google search engine can do more than basic arithmetic. The next examples demonstrate use of exponents.

The next screen snapshots demonstrate Google search calculator's support of the keyword "Pi", square root functionality, and imaginary numbers.

The Google search calculator also supports trigonometric functions such as sine, cosine, tangent, and the inverse/arc versions of each of these. Radians are assumed unless degrees are explicitly specified. The following screen snapshots demonstrate these concepts.

The Google search engine's built-in calculation capabilities go beyond the simple mathematics shown above. The post Google Is Now a Graphing Calculator discusses this more and provides an example that can be pasted into the Google search engine.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Blue Willow (Tucson)

As I blogged on previously, I like to stay at the Westin La Paloma when I'm in Tucson. One of my favorite places to eat breakfast while in Tucson is Blue Willow.

The Blue Willow includes a gift shop that you walk through to enter and leave the restaurant, but it's the food and atmosphere of the restaurant that I truly enjoy. I especially enjoy breakfast (such as Fresh Fruit Crepe and Blue Willow Special) at the Blue Willow, but they also serve lunch and dinner.

There is both indoor and outdoor seating available at the Blue Willow. Even on warm days, the heavily shaded patio is comfortable. The Blue Willow is located at 2616 North Campbell Ave in Tucson and having breakfast at the Blue Willow is a great way to start off a day in Tucson.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Westin La Paloma (Tucson)

I don't travel to Tucson, Arizona, very often, but when I do, I like to stay at the Westin La Paloma. There are numerous accommodations closer to the Tucson International Airport, but I think it's worth the approximately 40 minute drive to stay at the Westin La Paloma.

My favorite thing about the Westin La Paloma in Tucson is the landscaping around the buildings. There are numerous species of cacti and other desert-friendly vegetation. These plants attract numerous birds and wildlife, making even a simple walk to one's room an opportunity to experience nature. This resort has numerous other activities as well, but my favorite part is the beauty of the landscaping and the surrounding area in that part of Tucson.

The rooms themselves are fairly basic but comfortable and clean. The resort has a long list of things on hand in case you forget small items and toiletries. The exterior, especially in the front, is also attractive and the very large swimming pool is nice. The main lobby area is very nice and is spacious. They also have conference rooms.

When I do get that rare opportunity to travel to Tucson, staying at the Westin La Paloma is one of the highlights of the trip that I look most forward to. I really enjoy seeing the the lush desert landscape and the associated wildlife that seems to like it as well as I.