We are Forerunners. Guardians of all that exists. The roots of the Galaxy have grown deep under our careful tending. Where there is life, the wisdom of our countless generations has saturated the soil. Our strength is a luminous sun, towards which all intelligence blossoms... And the impervious shelter beneath which it has prospered.
It's been quite a while since I last did one of these, so I figured I might as well take a few moments to put together a few interesting tidbits discovered from across teh interwebz that do not individually merit a full-blown post. And we start with:
Dat Ass Doe...
Our favourite bro-scientist, Brother Dom himself, breaks down the perils of dating a fitness chick:
He's not wrong there. The problem with Instagram fitness bunnies- I mean, beyond the narcissism, the attention-whoring, the endless stream of "accidental" I-just-happened-to-wake-up-looking-absolutely-perfect morning bed-based selfies, and the even more ridiculous "hey look I totally DO eat burgers haha lolz!" Instagram posts- is that the only upside is that you get to show them off as arm-candy.
Don't get me wrong, that is a massive upside. And no doubt sex with such fit women is amazing. But, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch- and with fitness chicks, the price can be potentially steep.
The New New NEW Math
There was an old joke circulated back in the early 2000s that went something like this:
1. Teaching Math In 1950s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
2. Teaching Math In 1970s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?
3. Teaching Math In 1980s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100.
His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit ?
Yes or No
4. Teaching Math In 1990s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.
5. Teaching Math In 2000s
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the
preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of
$20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class
participation after answering the question: How did the birds and
squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong
answers, feel free to express your feelings e.g, anger, anxiety,
inadequacy, helplessness etc.)
Should you require debriefing at conclusion of exam there are
counsellors available to assist you to adjust back into the real world.
6. Teaching Math In 2050
هاتشيرو تبيع كارلواد من نهاب100 دولار. تكلفة الإنتاج هو80 دولاراً. كيف
الكثيرمن المال ولم؟
(The version of this that I remember had the question from 2050 written in Spanish, but you get the point.)
The joke was based around the quite observable decline in the standards of maths teaching in the United States over the last fifty years. It has gotten so bad that even The Simpsons did a good job of mocking the situation:
Mathematics anxiety has been defined as feelings of tension and anxiety that interfere with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in a wide variety of ordinary life and academic situations Math anxiety can cause one to forget and lose one’s self-confidence (Tobias, S., 1993).
Research confirms that pressure of timed tests and risk of public embarrassment have long been recognized as sources of unproductive tension among many students. Three practices that are a regular part of the traditional mathematics classroom and cause great anxiety in many students are imposed authority, public exposure and time deadlines. Although these are a regular part of the traditional mathematics classroom cause great deal of anxiety. Therefore, teaching methods must be re-examined. Consequently, there should be more emphasis on teaching methods which include less lecture, more student directed classes and more discussion.
Given the fact that many students experience math anxiety in the traditional classroom, teachers should design classrooms that will make children feel more successful . Students must have a high level of success or a level of failure that they can tolerate. Therefore, incorrect responses must be handled in a positive way to encourage student participation and enhance student confidence.
Studies have shown students learn best when they are active rather than passive learners (Spikell, 1993). The theory of multiple intelligences addresses the different learning styles. Lessons are presented for visual/spatial, logical/mathematics, musical, body/kinesthetic, interpersonal and intrapersonal and verbal/linguistic. Everyone is capable of learning, but may learn in different ways. Therefore, lessons must be presented in a variety of ways. For example, different ways to teach a new concept can be through play acting, cooperative groups, visual aids, hands on activities and technology. Learners are different than they were forty years ago. These learners today ask questions why something is done this way or that way and why not this way? Whereas years ago learners did not question the why of math concepts; they simply memorized and mechanically performed the operations needed.
I say this as someone with two degrees in mathematics: MATHS IS SUPPOSED TO BE HARD AND SCARY.
Much as I love this country and its people, I have never been able to understand its positive obsession with getting everything now. That culture of instant gratification has never made any sense to me. I just don't get it.
To me, everything good in life comes as a result of built-in talent, nurtured skill, and enormous amounts of very hard work.
Look, if you want to get good at something, you don't get good at it by reading about it, thinking about it, fantasising about it, or having your self-esteem bolstered by a bunch of chuckleheads who clearly weren't spanked enough as children.
You get good at something by just shutting up and doing it.
I used to stink at maths. I used to study the subject in the very bottom-ranked class at the school I attended in Sydney, years and years ago. I only got good at the subject when I started to put in the work- because I was tired of being mediocre, I was tired of looking stupid all the time, and I was tired of being mocked by my more skilled and talented peers in an environment in which science and mathematics were considering the worthiest things that we could study.
In the process, I discovered the single most important lesson of my entire life thus far: you will not get anything in life if you don't put in the damn work.
That has been true for me no matter what I have done. Whether it was maths in high school and university, or programming after it, or powerlifting, or martial arts, or coming to a deeper understanding of God, or writing, every single one of my skills and achievements has been the product of very hard work and recovering from often quite painful setbacks.
The precious little snowflakes of the modern American school system would be well advised to remember that their feeeeeeeelings don't count for a damn out in the real world. All that matters is what they deliver.
All Your Blowjobs Are Belong To Us
As creepy and weird as it looks when you see what goes on behind the scenes of this particular sexbot, you have to admit... sexbots are, unquestionably, going to change the world:
(Via the Chateau)
The really important question, though, is whether they will change the world for good, or ill.
Preach It, Reverend
Dirty Harry is, of course, one of my favourite movies of all time. You simply don't get a more badass Alpha male than Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan. (Actually, it's difficult to think of any Alpha male more badass than Clint Eastwood in the flesh... except, perhaps, the very sadly departed and sorely missed Sir Christopher Lee.)
The sequels to that legendary film were nowhere near as good, but The Enforcer came close in certain spots.
The one thing that I loved about the series, particularly in the first three films, was its absolute refusal to kowtow to the fashionable politically correct bromides of the day- which, unfortunately, have now become the only acceptable opinions to hold in public. And nowhere did the series make that more clear than in that classic scene where Dirty Harry interviews a candidate for a job as a patrolman:
At Least They Ain't Boring
I'm probably in something of a minority among fans of symphonic metal fans when I say this, but... I don't like most female-fronted bands.
There are a couple of exceptions. NIGHTWISH is of course one of them- and so too was frontwoman Floor Jansen's previous outfit, REVAMP.
Oh, and of course there is BATTLE BEAST, who are always good fun.
For the most part, though, I find female-fronted heavy metal to be downright BORING.
Case in point: LEAVES EYES, with their new Finnish singer Alina Siirala- who, I have to say, is a hard 9, especially in a tight leather bodysuit and swinging a sword around- opened up for SABATON on Friday night, and during their entire 40-minute set, I could not wait for them to get the hell OFF the stage so that the main act could do their thing. They were just a snoozefest.
There is, however, one other exception to this general rule: a Dutch symphonic metal outfit called DELAIN.
I've seen them live a few times. They are really quite good- and their albums are solid too. The last one, Moonbathers, wasn't quite up to the standards of its predecessor, The Human Contradiction, but it wasn't too shabby either.
The fact that the frontwoman, Charlotte Wessels, looks like... well, that, certainly doesn't hurt their cause.