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So the abacus is making a comeback in Japanese elementary schools! I'm really enjoying this; I truly truly hope it will spread back into common use because it busts wide open plenty of dumb myths about math being hard. Learning your times tables by rote is hard. Using an abacus - including a mental one - is easy. And hey, helping our kids focus and use their right-brains in math class? BONUS PLUS.

I guess it must seem like I'm just adding images in my posts to spice them up now, but I really DO come across a lot of good ones at work. Here's today's winner:
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[ profile] hezul turned me on to this excellent card-game-to-be entitled Cards Against Humanity, which I went ahead and backed because, Apples To Apples for horrible people? Hell yes. You should back it! I want my special print copy of this stuff and so do you.

While I was dinking around Kickstarter, which is a neat use of the internet if there ever was one, I came across this stroke of genius and was very tempted. My only obstacle: I don't have an iPod nano. I WOULD ALMOST GET ONE JUST TO HAVE IT AS A WATCH. it would be faster at playing my tunez than my PHONE, anyhow. Rrgh.

Today's post was brought to you by the word concupiscence. There is really nothing like translating art film reviews from Japanese that got there by way of Czech.

The NYC Commission On Human Rights is apparently investigating Continental. That's the 5 shots for $10 bar at the mouth of Astor Place, the one you always saw and thought 'oh hey, cheap booze' but never went into because it was too early in the day, or it looked skeezy, or the bouncer gave you the evil eye for no good reason. ANYway, they're under the microscope for accusations that they turn folks away at the door on account of being black. And/or Indian. In Astor Place, New York City, twenty-first century.* There's a protest before the bar tonight, waving signs, chanting slogans and raising awareness; organized by Answer Coalition. (Looks like a bunch of students, all geared up and ready to Stop War and End Racism!! Well... godspeed, kids.)

Maybe 30-40 noisy folks were staring down the bouncer across the wide sidewalk? Not even blocking ped traffic - in fact, making a friendly effort to direct spectators not to! - but definitely drawing attention. Also 3 or 4 NYPD out behind the parked plain car, behind them all in the street. All these were big white guys, couldn't help but note.

I asked after the commission's report, and the organizer said I could find it on their website; can't seem to find a listing there, though. Or even a good idea of what it will do, should it come out negative.

*I'm absolutely aware that there's racism in the 21st century. What boggles me is these people seem to think they can get away with a particular and very visible type of segregation that went out of style and out of favor decades ago. They should have the report come down on their asses for being racists, but they should get extra penalties for being dumb as new shit.
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and I feel really, really good. Damn, it's nice to get 8 hours a night.

Runaways has been pretty reliably fun- I finished volume 4 last week. Want moar. Jack of Fables did not entertain.

Still watching Teen Titans. Avatar goes but slowly, but TT goes down like popcorn and it's just so stunningly well-done. Except for the bits that aren't, but now that I'm on Season 4 I haven't actually seen any of those anymore.

Kingdom Hearts 2 is lovely to watch from the beginning once you've seen enough plot to know what's going on. It's really nice to be living with fellow gamers, and I don't appreciate that fact often enough.

Beat Prince of Persia again, because lol time travel.

ICO is incomprehensible and I can't deal with it for very long at a time. It's beautiful when I can though.

Smith and Wollstonecraft share this annoying habit of blathering on about whatever they feel like without demarcating their main points clearly. Mill is pretty alright though, and what little I read of Toqueville wasn't too bad.

I get to lecture for two hours on knot classification next Tuesday evening. It'll be fun. I'll use colored chalk.

I have gingerbread cookie dough and trufflestuff chillin' in the 'fridge.

I guess that concludes your irregular State of the Lina address. Needs moar language and arting. =/
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Is Z/n actually distinct from what normal people generally refer to as Z/nZ? Munkres is being vague and I'm stalling on brainpower, so I'm going to take a grocery break and come back to the mathiness of things later. Still.

Z/nZ, people. It is not that hard.
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Well, that was mildly discouraging, given how much I studied for it. I didn't come close to finishing the thing, even- started the last problem having skipped two pieces of earlier ones, and barely had time to dash down an idea of how I would solve it before we had to hand the papers in.

What's really disappointing is, I do still feel as if I have grasped the relevant concepts for this unit. After five or six days on it, I was actually able to parse all three chapters and their homework assignments. And yet, I have probably still failed this test.

It would be frustrating, if I let it. As it is I just don't have the time to be frustrated over this class any more than I already have been- particularily now, when there's nothing more I can actually do.
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Reasons why I wish I wasn't a math major, #62: Problems in which the index m is used for two different things and the index n is used for three.
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Reasons I'm a math major, #6:

I much prefer reading five pages of extremely dense and complicated information which, when parsed, reveal absolute truth via cold hard logic in a good solid language. Particularily over reading a hundred pages which tell me what an ancient philosopher thought about concepts too vague for language to hold in an imperfect translation of a dead language.

It's like playing Phoenix Wright. The effort is all in my head.

As opposed to, say, playing Xenosaga. In which the effort is in figuring out why I care.


And then of course there's the eighty pages about how an artist's life is paaaain and his sufferings are almost beyond human imagining, because when he was 17 he embarassed himself in front of the girl he liked and when he was 14 the boy he liked said his name was weird. In German.

I'm not sure if there's a videogame analogy for that.
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Icon meme, you know the drill. Comment and I'll pick 7 that you have to explain. Possibly.

Hit up from [ profile] eva_kasumi. ♥

The goggles! The kittens! The GAY. )

Okay guyz

Oct. 8th, 2007 07:22 pm
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Yeah so

I woke up this morning after about 4 hours' sleep and made myself a breakfast of egg yolks and grated cheddar, holywow. Talk about ways to start your day. I hugged a lovely lady goodbye and went to

Class 1: Return of the First Midterm
They posted grades over the weekend and today we got to hear from the prof about it. My score was a 37 (Q: oh shit do I really suck?) which turned out to be exactly the class mean. (A: No. HAHAHAHAHA.)

He then told us anyone under 45 had done badly, and it was like bitch you just told us where the mean was, if you don't want us shooting in the dark on your test then do not make your test fucking midnight-on-the-new-moon target practice. Anyway then it was a call to my mommy (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAMA!) and off to classes 2-4, which were pretty usual except I lost consciousness at a crucial point in German Lit, THAT WAS FUN. Turns out I can still read a play quite smoothly approx 8 seconds after jerking awake, though, so. Also HEY [ profile] catsprite: it was a botched abortion that killed the 14-year-old raped girl. Her mother gave her a 19th-century medicinal cocktail. Fuckin' Germans.

Anyway then there was Class 5: Return of the First Paper
Hey guyz remember that Plato/Aristotle paper that I spat out in the three hours before it was due? The one I was doing to test the teacher, because if he gave me an A on that scrap of overpretentious philosophical kleenex I was going to laugh a lot and blow off his class for most of the rest of the semester?


Ahee hee hee.

It's early to bed for me.
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So something cool happened in Topology today.

We were setting up this set:

X= {x ε (0,1) | x has no 9 in its decimal expansion}

and the prof explained that this was to avoid numbers like .3419999999... = .342

and I was all 'oh that makes sense, what with the infinitely small difference thing' and somebody else raised his hand and went 'wait, what? Why is .88888... okay, but not .999... ?' And I was all, 'oh shit, I get it!' Which is unusual!

Usually I am the one who does not get things, you see.

I don't get why we discussed Hitler in Plato-discussing class, though. I think for that it is just going to be a long year.

Y'all should have seen the omelet I made tonight. Brussels sprouts and mushrooms and onion, and I fried bacon in the same pan just to prove that I could. I don't understand why all this hate for brussels sprouts, they are awesome. Srsly you guyz.
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HUaaaaaghh, done for the week nao.

I ♥ topology. It goes, and I get it. And the homework this weekend looks easy, which good, because I'm going to have a fun enough time analyzing German poetry. Yeaaaaahuh.

Why the shit did Abe resign from Prime Minister? I mean I know J-politics isn't normally covered in our channels and lord knows my news exposure has been nil for AWHILE, but I thought LDP was The Establishment and he was The Man. Srsly, what in hell is going on over there? o.O
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Teach me to take a break over spring break.
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Dec. 15th, 2006 03:42 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Zoro's cleaning.)
Done with one class, at last! Three to go. But at least Lit Hum is OVER and no more Greek classics for me, no sir!

I ended up taking about thirty minutes to 'study'. I think I probably aced it.

My sparkly blue socks are falling the hell apart. Another couple of wears and the heels will be worn straight through. D=

So much math to learn before Wednesday. RAAAAA.

Why would someone tell me 'Expect a package in ten days! I sent it to your college address!' on December 15th?

oh god it's December 15th my Christmas offerings are going to suck so bad this year DDD=


Oct. 12th, 2006 03:14 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Zoro's cleaning.)
I can't post on 2ch.



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