Saturday, December 20, 2014

Revisiting the not-so- Amazing Spider-Man 2

There'll be spoilers here. I mean, whatever's left to be spoiled after one of the worst ad campaigns I can imagine. Literally EVERYTHING was given away in the commercials, even some scenes that didn't make it to the film. I suppose that's a spoiler too.

So I watched the Amazing Spider-Man 2 again tonight. I promise I'm not a masochist, really, but it's Spider-Man.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yes Virginia, multiplication is repeated addition

In my opinion, it's pretty stupid to not acknowledge this fact. Multiplication is repeated addition, it works perfectly fine as repeated addition, and that is just as true for natural numbers as it is for rational and irrational ones.
What's 3∙4? 4 + 4 + 4
What's 3∙2/7? 2/7 + 2/7 + 2/7
What's 1/2∙4?  Count four half a time, 2.
What's 1/2∙2/7? Count 2/7 half of a time, 1/7.
What's π∙3? 3 + 3 + 3 + (π - 3) ∙ 3, which is the irrational bit of pi times 3, so count 3 the irrational bit of pi times. 
. . . err, yeah, so . . .

Doctor Who Series 8 Finale Lookback

THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.

So vamoose if you don't want to be spoiled. Spoilers after the jump:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Thoughts on Zelda 2014-2015

First, I love the Legend of Zelda. My only tattoo is a Triforce and my next tattoo will probably be heart containers. That said, the upcoming Zelda for the Wii U (2015) marks the first time since the Gamecube that I've owned a current Nintendo system when a Zelda game came out.

I've made a playlist of the current game footage and will update it when I see new videos:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

thoughts of the day

This week I somehow managed to pull three all-nighters.

There was some blank spaces in there where I'm pretty sure I lost consciousness or at least all rational thought, but I pulled through it and thankfully had most of a weekend to coma my way to functioning again.

I'm pretty impressed that my almost-30 body was able to do something that I doubt I would have been able to do as a teenager. So yeah, go me.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Argument Against the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

If I had to summarize all of the somewhat cogent arguments against the CCSSM, they appear to sound something like, "We've done it this way and it works, so why would we try anything else?"

This is how their argument is posed, but it makes a pretty LARGE assumption, that being that mathematics education in America has worked.

It doesn't work.

Status Update

Hi everyone,

It seems like I'm never meeting any sort of deadline when it comes to the creative parts of my life. It's unfortunate, but my day jobs have to take priority.

There's a chance, and I'm hesitant to believe in it because I've been burned so frequently before, that this next semester will be the first semester where I will be paid a living wage for an amount of work hours that is sustainable AND have job security. I've never had two of the three, let alone all three.

If that ends up being the case, there will be a lot of updates and changes 'round here.

If it isn't the case, then well, I'll still be working somewhere in the realm of 80 hours a week for barely over minimum wage—because that's how much we value college instructors in America—and this aspect of my life will continue to atrophy.

Here's hoping.

One thing I am planning on doing though is to have more "mini-blog updates" and treat this as an extended Twitter for those thoughts and rants that I have that I used to deem too short to share on here but are too long to share on Twitter.

That way at least, it won't be dozens of days between updates.

I will mention that in the last year I've gotten about ten times better at teaching and explaining mathematics from my curriculum developer job so whenever I have the time to continue Zero's Mathematics the quality will be significantly improved.

Thank you for reading,
~Zero