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Biting the hand that helps me feed myself

First things first: yes, that is a copy of Landing a Job For Canadians For Dummies on my nightstand. Because, well, I’m trying to land a job, and I’m Canadian, and although I’m not a dummy, I’ve been advised not to look a gift horse in the mouth – another adage that I shall now proceed to violate. First thoughts: they take their demographic very…

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The Canadian military: officially irrelevant

Ooh, lookie here, it’s another disputed island. This time we’re duking it out with Denmark: Defence Minister Bill Graham says Canada will assert its sovereignty over Hans Island in response to a letter of protest from the Danish government. …There is concern that global warming has made the Northwest Passage more accessible to shipping and Graham says Canada needs to act. …The United…

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Success is the best revenge

Daniel Lemire says I’m the funniest math geek on the web. Y’hear that, everyone who ever called me a nerd back in middle school? The funniest math geek on the web.

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I feel so unclean

O, the moral depths that a woman will plunder when she’s desperate for money (*): this morning’s tutoring session covered the topic of How to Use Your Fucking Graphing Calculatorto Find the Roots of a Goddamned Quadratic, For Crying Out Loud. And I taught it. Without snark, flailing of arms, or even a modicum of political commentary. And, so help me God, I…

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One could argue that I went into it with a negative attitude

Because I don’t think I want to spend the rest of my life teaching precalculus to students who can’t compute 5*0 without a calculator, and because the local colleges don’t seem intent on letting me do that anyway, and because a temporary lapse of self-awareness made me completely forget the “independent to a fault, don’t need nothin’ from nobody” aspect…

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Is there a cognitive psychologist in the house?

The comments to my post on math prerequisites that aren’t being met are the reason that, despite all of the comment spam, I leave these pages world-writable. Some excellent stuff there, and I hope that some curriculum developers in my province are reading what my readers have to say. I have more to say in the prerequisites thread, but first I wanted…

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Prerequisites for college math

Are there any high school math teachers – or, better yet, developers of high school math curricula – who read this blog? I’ve decided to take a break from my usual undirected griping about how woefully unprepared students are to do college math, and divert those energies into something more productive – a working list of what students should be learning in…

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Dispatches from the library

Apparently my computer has some hard-to-diagnose computer ailment. In a sequence of events that bears striking parallels to those often experienced in my country’s health care system for humans, this has resulted in the blasted machine being discharged – thrice – from the hospital for sick computers before it was fully cured, only to be sent back for more tests…

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Transition

Greetings from the happiest place on earth – Mathcamp – where I just realized that I’ll be spending ten consecutive days in the same place, the longest stretch of time I’ll be in one place in two months. Meanwhile: all of my material possessions (except for the goddamned computer, goddammit) now reside in a storage locker in Vancouver. When you…

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