Friday, June 21, 2013

Request: Can we please stop teaching cross-multiplication?

I don't usually write blogs out of annoyance and frustration (not since I grew up anyway), but if there's one thing that annoys me more than most things in mathematics education, it's the retention of such a worthless "tool" as cross-multiplication.

Cross-multiplication is the quintessence of why people are crap at math in America.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Dark Knight Rises and a Memory of Light: Spoiler-warning

I know I'm late to the party. "A Memory of Light" came out back in January and "The Dark Knight Rises" hit theaters almost a year ago and has been on DVD since December. I won't structure this as a review then (although I will give my ratings), and instead focus on what I took away from both works. I'll assume everyone has read "A Memory of Light" and seen "The Dark Knight Rises". If you haven't purchased them yet, here are the Amazon links:

Both works are the long-awaited conclusions to their respective fantasy series. AMOL is Book 14 (15 if you count the prequel) to the acclaimed "Wheel of Time" (WOT) series, and TDKR is the end(?) of the trilogy of Batman films done by Christopher Nolan with Christian Bale playing the eponymous superhero.