October 1st, 2004

Wonderfalls Flamingos

On Math

Math should not be something you are proud to be incapable of doing.

I work as an engineer, so I use a lot of math every day - calculus, trig, linear algebra, combinatorics - the works. But for "everyday" math, knowing basic statistics and algebra is just plain expected in every job I've had, from office work to food service. I echo the sentiments of reading Innumeracy - math skills are critical when making complex choices that involve numbers. Reading statistics in the paper, applying for a loan, or planning a budget all require math, and the less comfortable you are with it, the more likely you are to screw it up.

What I never understood was why math became the subject everybody loved to hate. I rarely heard people ask why we have to learn history or English. All of these subjects promote critical thinking, which is why you're in school in the first place.

(This was originally a response to this question, but it's late and I'm not fleshing it out more til I can think straight)

In poker news, I came in second in the tourney tonight. Now I'm going to collapse.
Wonderfalls Flamingos

Assorted randomness before the box goes down.

Conservatives have made their own Ben and Jerry's to fund conservative causes, which they call (since they have some kind of monopoly on those three colors) Star-Spangled Ice Cream. (original source) They also assert that it's better ice cream than Ben and Jerry's or Haagen-Dasz because it has more butterfat in it. "We have kept our promise by donating to the Oliver North / Sean Hannity Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund . . ." Honestly - when Ted Nugent endorses an ice cream, I really have to think twice about not liking it. How much meat do you think is in it?

Also, Kitten Vs. Puppy Vs. Baby vs. Video Card.