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Spiderman’s Dad an HP Calculator Fan?

Spiderman’s Dad an HP Calculator Fan?

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I was watching The Amazing Spider-Man for the first time last night (yeah, I know, but with two small children, I don’t get out much any more). I just about flipped my lid when I saw Peter Parker in his bedroom with what appeared to be an HP 48GX, or a closely related model. As a University of Illinois freshman engineering major in 1995, this very model was my graphing calculator. I almost hopped to my feet as I pointed it out to my wife. She was quick to tell me how cool she finds me when I notice these things.

On the first viewing, I was so puzzled. Why would Peter Parker have a mid 1990′s graphing calculator for school? It seems like such an odd choice. On a second viewing, I’m pretty sure that he’s looking at it among his father’s possessions. He’s got a row of items lined up, including a newspaper clipping with his dad and a colleague (no spoilers here), his dad’s Oscorp ID, and what I think is some kind of pre-Palm Pilot PDA.

So if I’m interpreting the scene right, and that is Richard Parker’s HP 48GX, kudos to the movie producers for plausibility. In my experience, engineers and science folks often hang onto their last graphing calculator from college. If Peter Parker is 17 when the The Amazing Spider-Man was released in 2012, then he was was born in about 1995 under this movie’s timeline. It’s very believable that a research scientist like Richard Parker could have picked up an HP 48GX while working on his graduate degree.

Here are a couple of screen caps of the calculator from the movie. Apologies for the quality.

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Microsoft Wedge Mouse Unboxing Video

I’ve done a Dell Venue 8 Pro unboxing video and a Microsoft Wedge Keyboard unboxing video. The last video unboxing I’m planning for now is that of my new Microsoft Wedge Mouse. It’s a Bluetooth mouse that is optimized for Windows 8 and features Microsoft’s patented Bluetrack technology that is designed to work on justContinue Reading

Microsoft Wedge Keyboard Unboxing Video

First came my Dell Venue 8 Pro unboxing video. Now I’ve got the first of two unboxing videos for accessories I picked up for my tiny tablet. This is the Microsoft Wedge Keyboard. It is a 10 inch Bluetooth keyboard optimized specifically for Windows 8. As you can see in the video, it’s a veryContinue Reading

Nexus 5 Review for MVNO

Nexus 5 Review for MVNO

A few weeks back, I explained why I was sacrificing my teacher discount on cell phone service to pick up a Nexus 5. In short, the Nexus 5, a high end phone with a mid-range price, allows me to buy service on a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). These discount cell service providers resell serviceContinue Reading

Math Gifts for 2013

Math Gifts for 2013

Christmas will be here before you know it. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and older siblings (even significant others) are always looking for ways to encourage students and lifelong learners to foster their mathematical learning. One way is a Christmas math gift. Continue Reading

Nexus 5 Unboxing Video

UPDATE: I’ve posted my Nexus 5 review for MVNO’s. Here’s my unboxing video of the new Nexus 5 smartphone from Google. I was lucky enough to get my order in before it was back ordered for weeks, so it arrived earlier this week. I do plan to do a review once I’ve had a littleContinue Reading

(ENDED) Win a TI-Nspire CX Graphing Calculator Accessory from Guerrilla

(ENDED) Win a TI-Nspire CX Graphing Calculator Accessory from Guerrilla

UPDATE: The contest is over. The winners are Carol of College Station, Texas, Melissa of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Donna of Evansville, Indiana. Thanks to everyone who participated! About a month ago, I did a review of Guerrilla Graphing Calculator Accessories. If you’re looking for the short version of that review, I think they’re going toContinue Reading

Interview With Texas Instruments President Melendy Lovett About Hollywood STEM Initiative

Interview With Texas Instruments President Melendy Lovett About Hollywood STEM Initiative

Yesterday, Texas Instruments revealed that it has been hard at work creating a series of supplementary curriculum STEM activities connected to movies. STEM Behind Hollywood is TI’s new program of TI-Nspire activities.  The first of these activities is Zombie Apocalypse, an activity inspired by zombie movies. The activity works on the TI-Nspire handheld, iPad app,Continue Reading

Why High School Students Should Learn Computer Programming

Playing games on my old gaming systems and the new ones on my smart-phone has entertained me for a long period of time, but I soon ask myself, “How did they make this?” You see an amazing app on the App Store and tell yourself that this app had great marketing, user-experience, and a beautifulContinue Reading

Top 10 Math Movies

I’ve been thinking about putting together a list of the best math movies of all time for a while now. Such a list is sure to create some controversy, so I decided it was important to be as objective as possible. As a result, I created a couple of rules before I got started. TheContinue Reading