"What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul." -Yiddish Proverb
I'm really going to try to be better about updating more often. But that might mean more dorky math posts. For that, I apologize, but that's where my head is all day long. Despite being set in a college math class, this is a little more universal... I think. I got a good laugh out of it at least.
By Matthew Weathers, a math professor at Biola University
"Someone who doesn't take herself too seriously and can be a goofball. Because everyone's a nerd inside, I don't care how cool you are." -Channing Tatum
Thinking about what a dork I am reminded me of this photo... My 8th grade MathCounts team...who dressed up like nerds to scare the competition at the state meet in Baton Rouge. Needless to say, the other teams didn't really have to worry about us. I think we only solved one problem correctly the whole day. But we had fun in our spectacles and Urkel-like pants.
"Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics." -Dean Schlicter
So I've always known I was a bit of a dork, and I'm sure that spending the last eight and a half months in a math class has only magnified the dorkness within. But aren't these cool....
[Awesome photos by Nikki Graziano (she's a photographer and a mathematician...now that's my kind of combination) found via Black Eiffel.]
On a related note, these days Rob always makes me figure the tip at restaurants, since I'm a math teacher and all. I'm also getting much much better at mental math--Rob used to always tease me about how numbers just didn't stay in my head long enough to compute them. But these days, that's part of my job description. However, I have to admit...part of me always knew I would be solving equations for the rest of my life. I mean, I am the girl who considered taking Calc III as a free elective her senior year of college! Luckily I was talked out of that!!
“I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” -Unknown
This past weekend we hit the third of the four Canyon Climbers State Parks. Providence Canyon is kind of in the middle of nowhere, so we took an overnight trip--we spent the night in the big ol' metropolis of Eufaula, AL.It was awesome--we ended up hiking about 15 miles around the rim and then down in the canyons.As we hiked we noted the stark differences between "Georgia's Little Grand Canyon" and the real Grand Canyon. While the Arizona canyon is 17 million years ago, made of hard rock, and reaches depths of up to one mile... Providence Canyon is only 150 years old, made of soft clay that brushes away if you touch it, and is only 150 feet. But that smaller scale makes it that much more accessible. And, it's amazing that as the walls of the canyon continue to erode, the landscape will change drastically over the next hundred years. Even now, there were places where the wall (and walkways!) had almost completely given way.