20140411 @ 0722
ahoy-ladymagenta asked: Hi Joe!! Right now, I have a really horrible Calculus teacher, and I was wondering if you knew of any websites that can help me learn everything he didnt teach us before the midterm!! Thanks!
Eesh, I haven’t thought much about calculus since calculus class. Sorry your teacher can’t derive their way out of a paper bag.
I recommend everyone check out Open Culture’s list of free online courses (scroll down for the math courses). It puts a cornucopia of learning at your fingertips. Bookmark that page. It’s glorious.
I highly recommend khan academy. When I have students who need extra help and can’t make regular tutors’ hours because of work or childcare issues, I send them to khan and purple math. Unfortunately, purple math doesn’t do calculus.
Khanacademy.org and purplemath.com
20140410 @ 1149
On the upside, I just got my order of worms! They are now snug and cozy in the composters.
In theory, the eggs left over from last year’s worms should have repopulated the composters, but we had a really warm winter, then a week of nights below freezing. So they may have all hatched and then froze. I haven’t seen worm activity in the last two weeks, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to order more.
I am really hoping for a good garden this year.
20140410 @ 1145
So, Craig is working overtime in April. He is approved for 40 hours of overtime for the month with the possibility of more. He leaves 45 minutes early and comes home an hour to an hour and a half late and he worked a few hours last Saturday.
I know in the rational part of my brain that the last thing I should do is complain. This time last year he was on 80% time because congress couldn’t get their shit together and my car needs some fairly major repairs, so extra money is super good. Plus he earns extra leave and extra retirement on top of the extra money.
But, I seriously miss him. It has only been two weeks. I just want to snuggle up in my chair with some knitting and TV until he comes home and never let him leave again. Unfortunately, I’ve got shit to do, a car appointment, and class this evening. :-(
20140409 @ 1310
Seriously though, I don’t have to leave my house on Good Friday and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.
Our campus is a stone’s throw from one of the big pilgrimage sites. Good Friday is fucking horrible. Dumb-asses who haven’t walked to their own mailbox in the last year are walking down the middle of the road carrying giant crosses for 20 miles. Children of all ages are being drug along by their parents and goofing off and jumping out in front of cars. People are passing out all over the place so there are fire and emergency personnel everywhere.
My 15 minute commute turns into an hour commute.
I think I hate Good Friday more than any other strange Hispanic Catholic tradition. I grew up with Italian and Irish Catholics. They didn’t really have strange traditions. They just sinned, said “Hail Marries” and “Our Fathers” and told the rest of us we were going to hell because we weren’t Catholic. It was simple. I will never get used to Catholicism here, it is a whole different animal.
20140409 @ 1300
I am very much against the religification of my commercial holidays. I don’t want to hear about your saviors, or penance, or miracles. I just want gimmicks and decorations and food and gifts and parties without any meaning or deeper significance.
However, Easter candy makes it almost worth putting up with the horrors of New Mexico from whenever the hell Lent starts clear through to Easter Monday. And I don’t care if it is in the shape of a cross. I will still eat it and have foodgasms.
I do stringently observe the Easter Monday trip-to-the-grocery-store-to-buy-all-the-leftover-candy-at-half-price tradition. So I guess that is something.
20140409 @ 0748
I mean, I seriously, emphatically, HATE grading.
I keep telling myself I’m going to get to work early to catch up. It never happens.
20140408 @ 0928
My parents just left for vacation in Aruba. So my dad calls me this morning (seriously, if they man understood how the internet worked, he would be one of those people I block on chats. The man can not not be connected) and is telling me about all the stuff my mom won’t do. She has a severe fear of heights and a nearly as severe fear of water, so there isn’t much for her to do in Aruba. My dad is Mr. Daredevil. Why are they in Aruba?
He said she agreed to a jet ski if he promises not to tip her off of it. There are so many ways that could go horribly wrong. The least of them being I’m not sure that is a promise my dad can keep…
20140405 @ 2143
I’m laughing so hard is this supposed to be “impressive” or something, because it’s really just the Quadratic Formula?
WHYD IDNT SHE JSTU FACTOR IT
If you’ve gone to the trouble of memorizing the quadratic formula, you may as well use it.