Monday, October 25, 2010

Math for People Who Don't Do Math Good

I don't need to tell you that the state of our mathematics education is deplorable. For some reason New York Magazine does need to tell you. A few days ago they released an article entitled "The Ten Most Ridiculous Classes Currently Offered at Liberal-Arts Colleges" that showed the terrible state of mathematical literacy amongst writers New York Magazine.

In order to find the ten (10) classes in question, the magazine assembled a panel of five (5) experts to read random course catalogs until they found something that sounded ridiculous. How ridiculous are they? So ridiculous that the authors filed their article under the New York Magazine sections for fuzzy math and math for people who don't do math good.

Actually, the classes they found weren't very ridiculous at all. But the fact that they didn't realize these were perfectly legit shows the disconcerting lack of mathematical understanding in this country. It's sort of like how Iran-Contra proves that Ronald Reagan was write about the evils of big government. The fact that the article decrying the state of mathematical literacy demonstrated a complete lack of mathematical literacy shows that the authors' hysteria was justified.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

3.5 Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong


Living in America can sometimes give people a skewed idea of the way things are. For instance, one might get the impression that it's normal to refer to a health-care bill that forces people to buy health insurance from big HMOs as "progressive". You might think it's normal that when the government introduces austerity measures that the only protesters are Teabaggers demanding more austerity. And yet, in France, the government austerity measures that pale in comparison to Obama's have provoked a 3.5 million to take to the streets in strikes and protests.

Seriously, the French worker's willingness to take to the streets to defend their standard of living makes us Americans look like a bunch of Cheez Whiz-eating surrender monkeys.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The REAL 15 Manliest Movies


Recently I discovered an entry on the movie website Rotten Tomatoes entitled Manliest Movies. This is allegedly a list of the 15 manliest movies of all time, as compiled by a panel of five experts (they're all men), Ryan Fujitani, Jeff Giles, Luke Goodsell, Tim Ryan, and Alex Vo.

Disappointingly, all they came up with were a bunch of movies about guys shooting people. I must say, this gives a completely unrealistic portrayal of what it means to be a man. The notion that men only care about violence stems from a misinterpretation of Desmond Morris's book The Naked Ape. Specifically it stems from the interpretation that the book isn't a load of hokum.

With that in mind, I thought I'd compile a list myself of the real 15 manliest movies.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

COTTIFOTI: Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck

Hey, everyone! I'm starting a new feature on my blog called "Check Out This Thang I Found On Teh Internetz" or COTTIFOTI, for short. The purpose of this of this feature is to mooch off of the hard work that other people did.

For our first entry, I will be mooching off of one Jonathan McIntosh of the website Rebellious Pixels who has created a video called "Donald Duck Meets Glenn Beck in 'Right Wing Radio Duck'". It's a great mash-up of Donald Duck cartoons and Glenn Beck. It starts with Donald getting fired and having his house foreclosed (based on real Donald Duck cartoons where this actually happened), and he finds solace in Glenn Beck's seemingly populist messages. Then Glenn Beck starts acting like Glenn Beck, and then, well, why don't you just check out this thang I found on teh internetz . . .