so my mum told me that as a kid she would peel an apple and throw the peel over her shoulder, and the peel would take the shape of the first letter of her future spouse. naturally, i decided to do it and
i’m fucking crying
it says ‘no.’
it literally says NO.
oh my god
So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.
YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE
Or maybe I’m just angry at the implication that quantity is more important than quality. ((for the record, neither are more important. I just want to make that clear.))
Today, during the conference, a math professor questioned the religious studies department on the amount of material being covered in the class. “How can you get away with that one project - aren’t the students not learning enough?”
The religious studies professor replied, “It is the nature of our discipline. It is better for students to act as anthropologists and be able to engage with the material. Each student completes a case study.”
The math guy retorted, “Well, in our department, we’re required to cover a large amount of concepts.” I guess he felt proud of himself. Kids are learning more in math because we can precisely measure each concept they are taught there.
I have so many problems with this video.
First of all, thanks for calling extremely hardworking people like me lazy. I truly appreciate being insulted. Can you call my disinterest in time-consuming and non-self-fulfilling equations laziness? You shouldn’t be able to. I am not calling people who have no interest in syntax/grammar or writing research documents lazy for not being fulfilled by my discipline.
Secondly, and this is from my own personal experience, individual math classes fail to develop any sort of meaningful connections between mathematical equations and real life contexts. That’s a major flaw with mathematics in our (American) education system. What people like me find so difficult about the “school subject” is that it is taught abstractly and proclaimed to vital for life.
It is true that math is a multidisciplinary subject (can it even be considered a subject when math is more like an ideology/methodology for problematizing?). It has applications in all fields. However, the distinction is that mathematical equations are not limited to algebra, calculus, and trigonometry, which we are taught in classrooms.
I had many problems in my math class (yet was a straight A student) because my teacher could not answer the questions, “What is this used for?” or “Why are we learning this?” The answer was, “…because this is on the test,” which is enough to convince any person that expending the amount of energy learning it will have no real world implications.
On the other hand, while I struggled with the equations in Chemistry and Physics, my desire to solve those problems because I could see the end goal helped me overcome the complexity of the equations themselves. I gain satisfaction from mapping the path and curve of a projectile yet feel nothing but exhaustion when I have graphed a line in a plane.
No math class has ever satisfied my thirst for knowledge because every single one failed to provide context. What’s more, the equations are never explained. No one tells us why or how it works. It just does, and we’re meant to take it at face value and feel good about it (you know, or else we’re lazy).
THAT is why I will say I am not a math person, but I WILL say I can speak 2 other languages and am a scientist, an artist, and a musician.
I use mathematical thought every single day, but I rarely use the math equations you think I’m too lazy to understand. But really, I can’t be bothered because the mental exhaustion is not worth the end result and no one, not even the guy in this video, has been successful in proving otherwise.
- To dwell too much on minor points. [W]
‘I say forgive this slight cheat, let’s not niggle — it helps sell the twist, and it’s a damn good twist.' [X]
Oh my gosh, what a lovely word! It’s so cute! And useful since I do this a lot.
I live on the internet, and I’m constantly searching for new information. If you have some other online resources that show innovative methods, please let me know!
Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year.
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.
But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)
At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.
Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”
Amen to that, Hugh.
i think about the 3d printed spider robot dancing to salsa a lot and im not sure if it’s because of the music or if it’s because of the hypnotizing dance moves
most likely both
this is the best thing ive ever seen in my whole life
oh my god…. i was feeling down and this absolutely 100% lifted me out of it. oh my god!!!! i love him!!!!!