Friday, October 14, 2011

Fridaygram: we want your videos, learn math from chocolate, puzzling with wood

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By Scott Knaster, Google Code Blog Editor

Last month we asked you to upload videos telling us what it’s like to be a Google developer. We really want to hear from you, so we’re reminding you again just in case you haven’t submitted your video yet. This is your chance to let us know what inspires you and what you’d like from us, so please fire up your phones and cameras, and visit our developer stories page for more info.

We hope you come up with some clever ideas for your video. Here’s something you can use for creative inspiration. Tim Chartier of Davidson College takes advantage of candy bars and chocolate chips for math instruction, starting with simple concepts that lead toward fundamental calculus. And when he’s done, there’s dessert.

After you’ve eaten your math homework, here’s a puzzle: see if you can figure out how this block of wood got a nail through it. When you think you know the answer (or you give up), watch the video to see how it was done. So there’s your potential weekend project.

Fridaygram posts are just for fun - and sometimes they tell you about cool ways to mash up calculus with chocolate. Each Fridaygram item must pass only one test: it has to be interesting to us nerds.


  1. Irony alarm: The Nail in the Wood Trick video has been taken down off Youtube due to a copyright claim.


  2. @XanderXAJ: Ah well. Imagine a block of wood...