Archive for September, 2020

i mean it this time.

cut & paste

this is only a test. had i really known how to this,

that would’ve been an ordinary carriage-return-

-line feed the way boole intended. but *no*! instead we get this crazy horse-shit where the editor puts in the c-r-l’s like it knows better than one’s own living self where the damn things are supposed to go. so the whole thing’s off. it is impossible to work under these conditions.

below the asterisks, cut-&-pasted stuff. somehow this still works. not for long i bet. anyway none of my concern now. at long last i can drag-and-drop JPGs (or what have you) from web to mac-book to web & have it work pretty much (instead of driving me around the bend trying to figure out what they want me to do with that g-d d-mn mouse). no good to me now that i can’t enter copy in any of the interfaces without wrestling robots. just another lost blog-slash-soundcloud-slash-photothingum. fuck this forever.

stuff by me. go read some.


06/07/07 First Post hello, world
06/08/07 Why I Teach Such Good Classes (2003) short zine piece
06/12/07 Eliminating The Middle, Man “and” versus \cap
06/22/07 {X:X is full of baloney} abuse of notation
06/28/07 Contradictions of Ed Reform (1999) presented at joint meetings
06/28/07 Tutors and Teachers (1998) tale of two reforms

07/13/07 Tom Lehrer great songwriter
07/20/07 Con Report (2001) t-cubed calculator show

08/02/07 Learning Center easy money
08/08/07 Carnival of Mathematics XIV no “facts about 14”
08/15/07 The Pencil Rant why make things harder?
08/16/07 Jazz Math Ed go man go
08/23/07 Please Lie More Carefully impossible conditions

09/28/07 Maybe If I Ignore It… the statistics coup

10/11/07 ZBox Considered Harmful calculator (FTI)
10/12/07 Fisking Fennell NCTM
10/16/07 JAWOPPA just another way…
10/31/07 On Finally Teaching Calc II at long last

11/27/07 LEGO® Links very popular post

12/04/07 Open Letter To A Course Co-ordinator more calc ii stuff
12/06/07 I’ve Been Saying This For Years and i plan to go right on


02/01/08 Fractions and Student Incredulity trust no one
02/07/08 “Clearing Fractions” Clarified move your pencil
02/19/08 Radical Notations don’t overgeneralize

04/22/08 On Teaching Math Ed At Long Last boy it was great

06/05/08 Last Day Of Classes the beginning of the end?
06/06/08 188th Post one year old

07/16/08Section 1.1: Natural Numbers (1995) much my most-read post
07/17/08 Section 1.2: Modular Equivalences (1995) more from the same lecture notes

09/25/08 Wheee! back to work; textbook grumble

11/20/08 They Are Standing Still calculator code
11/24/08 Trust The Code. annuities

12/02/08 Fear And Trembling scheduling; politics
12/18/08 Why Live (x^4 + x^2 + 1) tricky factoring
12/24/08 Jeremiah 6:14 peace, peace


01/02/09 Introductory Remarks math 148 precalc
01/06/09 {(0,0),(0,1),(1,0),(1,1)} graph transformations
01/08/09 Capital-Script-D-of-f domain & range
01/13/09 What The Heck, Some Math piecewise functions
01/22/09 Big Day For Former Math Professor self-publishing
01/22/09 Message: I Care notation for transformations
01/23/09 It’s Not The Cheat, It’s The Futility needless case-divisions
01/27/09 Quadratic Formula Lore “complete the square” etcetera
01/28/09 Our Story So Far summarizing 148

02/09/09 Section 5.5: A Manifesto textbook rant
02/18/09 Bricks Without Straw compositions
02/20/09 And Into The Black rational functions
02/23/09 One Must Imagine Vlorbik Happy moebius transformations
02/24/09 I Quit: A Clarification mathblogging considered harmful

Math 148: Precalc too late to stop now
Community College Calculus (Spring ’09)


08/09/09 Open Letter At Random e-mail reprint
08/20/09 nobody writes to the kernel ramble of ex-math-teacher
08/20/09 this will all make sense later pedagogical content knowledge
08/23/09 the equality meaning of the equal sign try it you’ll like it
08/27/09 why we fight definitions are hard

09/21/09 look over there our medium is handwriting

11/09/09 notes for chapter zero blahblahs
11/12/09 classes, laws, and associations associativity
11/12/09 And Left Me In Reputeless Banishment “A” and “a”; page layout
11/13/09 testing testing boolean functions
11/14/09 in media’s rays ) cross-products
11/15/09 use the source luke permutations
11/16/09 never get outta the boat four 4’s
11/17/09 there is no frigate like a boat trees
11/18/09 the chinese room more permos

12/03/09 exercises at random S^ := S \cup {S}


01/27/10 Photo 96 MEdZ #0.1

05/07/10 pascal’s triangle (so-called) drawing
05/20/10 it said there’d be some thunder at the well i ching & binary
05/20/10 stop me if you’ve heard this more binary

11/23/10 trying again dammit P_2(Z_5)
11/23/10 perhaps *this* will refresh your memory P_2(Z_2)*
11/23/10 now here’s something you’ll *really* like more P_2(Z_2)


allegedly “classic”

here it is in code.

$latex ii =
\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 2 \\ 1 & 2\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 \\ 0 & 1\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 2 & 1\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 2 & 2 \\ 1 & 0\end{pmatrix}
$latex i =
\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 2 \\ 1 & 0\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 2 & 1 \\ 0 & 2\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 2 & 0 \\ 2 & 2\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 2 \\ 1 & 1\end{pmatrix}

$latex iii =
\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 2 & 2\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 \\ 1 & 1\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 2 \\ 0 & 1\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 2 & 1 \\ 2 & 0\end{pmatrix}
$latex iv =
\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 \\ 2 & 0\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 2 & 0 \\ 1 & 2\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 2 & 2 \\ 0 & 2\end{pmatrix}&
\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 2 & 1\end{pmatrix}

$latex II=
(mgy) (nrp) &
(ybr) (pog) &
(mro) (ngb) &
(mpb) (nyo)
$latex I=
(bo) (mpgnyr) &
(mn) (ygbpro) &
(yp) (mbrnog)&
(rg) (mopnby)
$latex III =
(mbp) (nor) &
(mor) (nbg) &
(yrb) (pgo) &
(myg) (npr)
$latex IV =
(rg)(mybnpo) &
(yp)(mgonrb) &
(mn)(yorpbg) &
(bo) (mryngp)

$latex jj=
hk &
g &
gk &
$latex j=
-gi &
h &
-hj &
$latex jjj =
gj &
hj &
-h &
$latex jw =
-hi &
-gh &
-g &

how about now

trying one more time.

uh-oh. carriage-return has been given a weird function.

*now* what? i clicked a +-sign button &c. supposedly

something about a block. nothing happened. trying again.


okay. putting in a graphics block works like that.

this is allegedly "preformatted".  which, 
okay, at least doesn't punish you with the
carriage-return-line-feed misfeature, but,
still, won't even let me write "preformatted"
without touching the mouse to tell the damn
thing i actually mean what i actually type.
over and over.  and this is a word i *copied*
from *this ghastly format itself*, which 
would make it even funnier if it were funny
at all instead of inspiring of rage & despair.

another block now. okay. maybe i’ll be back.

i can’t do this

as easy as i know how

Photo on 9-11-20 at 8.49 AM

so here’s the thing i’ve been in the process

of memorizing ever since i worked it out.

i *almost* know it now.  this interface sucks.

bye now.

an awesome work of scholarship.
by a great musician and lay leader.
but not my real subject.

(bait-and switch.) .  
(the editor hates plain-text and wants me 
to learn about "block"s.  not today.  
dates & titles; formatting not my fault.)

1/19/14 m.l. king.  
6/13/14 gospel exegesis.  
10/19/14 uu &uuce.  
5/24/15 number mysticism.  
11/15/15 schools & churches.  
1/24/16 arts & sciences.  
3/13/16  self-publishing. 
6/12/16 how to be interesting.  
3/3/19 vonnegut, uu, & me.  
3/24/19 library lore. 
5/5/19 maps of the world.  
7/7/19 philosophy & nonsense.  
8/18/19 the art of teaching.  
11/3/19 notes from the hymnal.  
12/18/19 uu & me.  
11/12/20 2020 vision.  
2/16/20 chinese philosophy.  
3/15/20  confucius, lao tzu, & me.  

american elephant (2020)

to show the world i am a gentleman

big pharma saw america/ the dying and the sick/ “we get it now:/ america—/ a place to get rich quick!”// religion saw america/ believing in a lie/ “come join *our* side, america/and fight the other guy!”// the lawyers & the media/ made a little note/ “we see it all. america:/ a place where people vote.”// the internet’s america/ was talking on the phone/ and left me in the library/ writing songs alone// so if you see america/ tell me where to find her/ the blind men found an elephant/ but these guys all are blinder// my living blood, america/ and this, my beating heart/ tell me my america/ has fallen quite apart.