Friday, March 27, 2009

Going Professional!

Speaking of going professional (were we?), my adsense account just rolled over its very first CENT!

Thank you to all the people (27? or one person 27 times? I don't know how it works) who have viewed this blog in March. Without you, none of this would be possible.

If one of you (or all 27) would just take the time to click on an ad or two as well, I might finally be able to get off of the factory floor and focus on my writing full time.

I'm just gonna leave that bad boy in the account to accrue interest, although at the current exchange rate it might almost be worth cashing out. Very tempted.

Math is hard

Responsding to another One: Math and Science

Three words: Use Dependent Organisation. Your brain will do what you train it to do, and right now that is not what young American brains are being trained to do. I think some of the apologists above have got it half right - there will be a range of achievement, from poor to excellent, no matter what the approach. But many are fundamentally wrong in the belief, expressed in a variety of ways, that education is somehow too inclusive. Do you think the other countries are ahead because they are excluding the middle and bottom achievers? I doubt it - their middle and bottom achievers are simply outperforming the American elite. Who has got it right above? The people who have said, in a variety of ways, that math and science are undervalued. By the system, by society as a whole. That might be more than 60 seconds (and three words!), and I learned my math outside America, so I have no excuse.

An anonymous coward wrote:

Former President turned News Anchor: Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning math and science? Let's cross to our education field correspondent, Lauren Caitlin.
Lauren: Thankyou Mr. President Anchor, uh... Mr. Anchor President. I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because... uh... some people out there in our nation don't have calculators, slide rules, log tables, bunsen burners and beakers... and... uh... I believe that our math and science education, like such as in South Africa and... uh... the Iraq, everywhere, like, such as... And I believe that they should... our maths and science people over here in the U.S. should help the U.S... uh... or, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries... so we will be able to build up our math and science... for our children. Back to you, Mr. Anchor President Sir.
Former President turned News Anchor: Thankyou Caitlin. Learn me math and science once, shame on you... you can't learn, you can't learn math and science again.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

When Nature Calls...

Responding to today's One Minute Writer prompt: Tale

My grandfather was a navy engineer. He served on the bigger ships (carriers, destroyers) involved in Operation Deep Freeze in the 60s. During this time he met my grandmother and mother, and took them back to the states with him (and this was where my mother met my father but that’s not this tale). During the Vietnam years he was moved to inshore patrol boats – I picture him cruising up and down hostile riverways a la Apocalyse Now... One time he was answering the call of nature off the stern of the boat, when the bow of the boat hit a mine. He was the only survivor. I’ve always figured it is never a good idea to hold it.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Green with envy

Responding to todays One Minute Writer prompt: Green

What makes me green with envy?

One Minute Writer Winner badges.
Professional Firefighters (former volunteer).

To be fair, probably in the reverse of that order.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Responding to

Dear everyone, I only have a minute so listen up...

Parents and Quacks: Vaccinations do not cause autism, but homeopathy kills
Economists and bankers: Fractional reserve banking creates wealth out of debt - eventually it has to be paid back
Artists: You can't do extra poo every day in order to have less shit in your life overall (the artist's wank)
Business people: You are not a mouse, who cares where the cheese is?
Psychologists: You should be making the world a better place for people, not a worse place for rats