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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)

the whole DAADD file.

12/31/09 the man went to earth and looked again.
fresh-bread nostalgia.

02/11/10 daadd part ii kitchen photo.
with madeline. several other photos are here
passed over in silence. well, almost.

03/11/10 daadd v. photo: flower & ingredients.

03/31/10 daadd vi. against kitchen cabinets.

04/06/10 daadd n+1. selfie with “legion” the mac-book.

01/10/13 for dishwasher pete dishwashing ramble.

01/11/13 kitchen-sink stirfry. verbose recipe.
followed by a concise recipe.

01/13/13 the right tool for the job. photo: big enough beer-glass.
ramble: all the arts are one art.

01/14/13 spicerack closeup. photo; “spices” ramble.

02/03/13 first-ever fried drumstick. my next one will be better.

02/13/13 two guys named ray, long ago. also potatoes.
the 60s; the 70s.

08/31/13 cooking is a better fate than grading.
longish. “revenge” salad.

03/12/14 impossible things before breakfast.
one of a series of “drying dishes” photos.

03/12/14 later there was stir-fry.
shot of sunlit shelves; short “shelving” ramble.

03/19/14 soup pot with love & squalor. home sweet home.

03/27/14 second load today. dishes again; recipe.

04/03/14 juice of 3 lemons. drying dishes; food ramble.
am i getting *through* to you?

04/13/14 dᴉlɔ-ƃɐq. cool trick, hunh. photo; lemonade.

04/13/14 my “peppers” technique is unstoppable.
dishes photo; stir-fry recipe.

… many more to go. stopping for today.

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the whole thing.

annotated contents

10/22/16 now with less spam: blue car, blue car (1998):
eleven “pushkin sonnets” of “auto”-biography. ran as installments
in _the_ten_page_news_. my longest verse effort by quite a ways.

06/24/19 “editorial”: if we had time enough, and money…
(andrew marvell take-off from _indy_unleashed_
[#9—spring ’99]).

06/25/19 essay on criticism: (1998)
alexander pope take-off. with zines.
forgiveness can be less divine than vain/
we shouldn’t err by being too humane.

05/26/20 …my favorite things: photo of shelves (comics etc.).

05/26/20 detail: close-up of previous setting.
(original art; bloomington zine; more.)

06/12/20 jung never did this: six-color i-ching.
(ten-year old “microzine” hand-colored.)

06/20/20 the abyss looks back: photo of me & shelves.
announcing 10pp/10y (the ten page ten-yearly).

06/22/20 the same old thing: a-four-hat four ways.
“an entire course in group theory
summarized on one page”.

07/29/20 the real is at war with the virtual: yesterday’s news.

this one is a little longer.

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mangled into text:

lost in trimming
front cover (banner)
the 8-page zine (title)
cover story: sam arr! (word balloon)
the DIY issue (subtitle)
“the back cover of the eight-
page zine, is, all by itself, worth
every penny—if i do say so myself”
—r.~parrotox, hired shill
cash $1 price
centerfold (handmade “handwriting” font)
the medium is the message! (word balloon)

the other side (four “page”s including
a how-to-do-it self-reference diagram)
is way too much trouble for this format.
just, let’s admit here and now.
i’m probably never going to do
another copy-shop run in this life.
here it is now for the god-damn net.

all from vlorbik’s diner
(blog by me 2009–2016). see yesterday’s post
for similar stuff from here.

08/03/09 no promises to keep: into the music.

08/12/09 blues of the hour: lyrics (12 lines).

08/19/09 lies of the program theory-&-technique in teaching.

09/02/09 letting i dare not… songwriting notes.

09/03/09 wet snotty bawling: french musical; 10-beat scansion.

09/09/09 a baby ovation: playing out; funny tunings.

03/05/10 365 days: a guitar named “woody”.

03/11/10 like it’s 2011: lyrics (12 lines). the party never ends.

04/10/10 not for auction:home-painted guitar (& link to a better).

04/10/10 front room (w/ guitarist): me & woody (photo).

04/24/10 4mad1: photo; lyrics (doggerel).

02/10/11 open a vein: me-on-“soundcloud” announced.

03/28/11 3 blind mice: new on s’cloud.

05/25/11 4-string guitar: s’cloud again.

06/12/11 like a frog: link to video of me (!)

08/24/11 your weary tune: once upon a time there was a robot.

quitting here for now. here’s
the whole thing.

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(with brief comments)

01/13/11 our medium is handwriting: (3) photos of hand-drawn fretboards; diagrams-into-code.

01/18/11 time considered as a mod-12 sequence: improvised web-typographic diagrams for the guitar neck; rambling.

01/26/11 music theory ramble: long. “sunshine of your love” in relative-vlorbik notation. (much) more.

08/19/14 songwriting 201you know my methods, watson.

11/28/15 mel bay upside down left hand photo’ed (repeatedly) fretting strings strung for the right hand; unrelated 10-for-maria math-ramble.

11/11/16 gaff my wheel (2009): song lyrics.

02/03/17 hell hound on my trail: big 2-tone chart: weird tuning.

02/05/17 down to the crossroad: another (“spanish” tuning).

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Photo 127

flicker daadd file and flicker more generally.
one can “download” a photo to the download-directory
of one’s nameless mac-book homebox to get a draggable
icon… as i’ve done in causing the ditko art to
appear below. i haven’t used this flicker account
in years. but if i don’t look at my own memorabilia
from time to time, who will. much of the photography
for the “cooking show” seems to’ve been processed through


stop making sense

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nothing is better than this… issit?

These are the fathers of Joseph the Carpenter:
Abraham, Isaac, and so on. Why bother?
None of it’s relevant genealogically
touching on Jesus if Joe’s not his father.

“Make straight the way for a voice in the wilderness!
Here comes The Branch! He’ll be King of the Jews!
I, John the Baptist, preach soteriology!
This is the end of the world! That’s good news!”

Verily, verily, Jesus of Nazareth
sat on a hill and he spoke from on high,
never once mentioning parthenogenisis,
reincarnation, or how he would die.

Andrew, Bartholomew, Matthew and Thaddeaus,
James son of Zebedee, John his dear brother,
Phillip and Thomas and James son of Alphaeus,
Simon called Peter, and Simon (the other)
followed him faithfully all over Galilee
hearing his parables all through the land.
“Why won’t he talk to us nonallegorically?
Sure, we can hear, but we don’t understand!”

Then in the city of Holy Jerusalem
Jesus’s enemy, Caiaphas, said
“How dare he speak to me authoritatively?
Infamy! Blasphemy! I want him dead!”

Treacherous wretchedness! Judas Iscariot
came to Gesthemane leading a mob;
tipped off the enemy osculatorily.
Jesus forgave him, of course; that’s his job.

Jesus was sentenced by Pliate the Governor;
tortured to death as he ranted and raved.
“God has forsaken me! Lama sabachthani!”
He is still with us. Repent and be saved.