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Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.

Friday, March 31, 2006

12:51
Friday random 10 

  1. "Staring into Nothing," Kevin Gilbert, Point Blank
  2. "Amigos(acustico)," Enanitos Verdes
  3. "Don't Panic," Low Sparks
  4. "My Father's Son," Dillon O'Brian, KSCA Live From The Music Hall, Vol 2
  5. "Mayfair," Nick Drake, Made to Love Mag
  6. "Between the Cold Moon and the Earth," Steve Hackett, A Midsummer Night's Dream
  7. "The Carpet Crawlers," Giraffe, The Lamb '94 ( Boot)
  8. "Self 'n' Other," Mike Keneally, Nonkertompf
  9. "The Night Is Still Young," Billy Joel Billy Joel: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2
  10. "Africa," Toto, The Essential Toto

Friday, March 24, 2006

02:26
Now there's a movie I'll pay to see 

"The film-makers have reportedly added more gore, more deaths, more nudity and more snakes to the finished product."

Thursday, March 23, 2006

07:28
100 things about me in 100 days [or more]: #39 

39. I was given an independent study assignment to write a novel in place of senior AP English. I think, though, that part of it was the teacher's desire to not have me in his classroom.

Monday, March 20, 2006

13:11
100 things about me in 100 days [or more]: #38 

38. As a high school sophomore, I took three classes simultaneously. I read the prerequisites for classes like a lawyer and since our high school had students who took algebra in 8th grade take Algebra II as Freshmen, I realized that I could take Geometry and College Algebra/Trig simultaneously. Then I realized that College Algebra was largely a rehash of Algebra II and I talked the math department into letting me do College Algebra as an independent study while I took College Trig. Heaven knows what would have happened if my grade school had let me take Algebra in 7th grade like I'd wanted to.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

09:15
100 things about me in 100 days [or more]: #37 

37. I did no homework in my 8th grade algebra class. We were asked to grade our own homework and then the teacher called out names and had us report our scores orally.* I figured that I was at least as smart as Cindy, who was a few names ahead of me in alphabetical order, so I would take her grade and add a point or two if they were available when I reported my grade.

* A practice which clearly would not be allowable today. It might not have been allowable in 1981-82.

09:11
Things I've learned from the tutoring center: #1-3 

  1. Calculus students generally don't have much idea of what the derivative means. If you're teaching Calc I, for the love of God, assign the problems in the textbook where students graph the derivative based on the graph of a function.
  2. Don't assume that calculus students remember slope=rise/run. They don't.
  3. Another tip for calculus teachers: spend 5-15 minutes and teach your students Pascal's triangle so they can quickly find (x+h)n

Friday, March 10, 2006

  1. "Etceteraville [live]," Random Hold, The View From Here
  2. "Addicted to Love," Robert Palmer, Riptide
  3. "Ain't No Cure For Love," Aaron Neville, Tower Of Song - The Songs Of Leonard Cohen
  4. "The Majesty Of Rock," Spinal Tap, Break Like The Wind
  5. "Hallelujah (Live)," Jeff Buckley, Live at Sin-é
  6. "Fly By (06)," Steve Ball, Fly By
  7. "The Lucky One," Alison Krauss & Union Station, New Favorite
  8. "Symphonatic," Infected Mushroom, Tsunami
  9. "Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 "Black Mass"," Vladimir Horowitz, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
  10. "Inside Out," Phil Collins, Poplar Creek '85 (Disc 1)
The closest thing to a pattern this week: 3 out of 10 songs are live. 2 out of 10 are Leonard Cohen songs. Beyond that, I've got nothing.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

09:01
100 things about me in 100 days: #36 

36. I've always been a bad student. The recurring theme throughout my career as a student, from Kindergarten to now, is that I don't manage to live up to my potential.

08:42
You think your life is a sham 

You scored as English. You should be an English major! Your passion lies in writing and expressing yourself creatively, and you hate it when you are inhibited from doing so. Pursue that interest of yours!

English

100%

Psychology

92%

Art

83%

Philosophy

83%

Linguistics

75%

Journalism

75%

Engineering

75%

Sociology

75%

Anthropology

67%

Theater

67%

Dance

67%

Biology

58%

Mathematics

58%

Chemistry

17%

What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
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Yes, I was an English major as an undergrad, but I wouldn't have guessed that math would come out that low. Via Halfway There.

Friday, March 03, 2006

16:20
The challenge, day 3. 

The log of cooked meals appears in the next post, although I'll let it move up as I add to it. Wednesday we were at an Ash Wednesday service at some friends' home, so that doesn't enter into the challenge. Yesterday, my wife wasn't up to cooking, but I'd prepared. I picked up a frozen lasagna on the way home, just in case. Unfortunately, it turns out that the spinach and mushroom lasagna is mostly spinach with just a little tomato sauce, noodle and cheese. They used more spinach for a small lasagna than i use for a large one. And my wife doesn't like spinach that much (alas, she's getting more with tonight's dinner).

11:06
100 things about me in 100 days: #35 

35. I was not raised Catholic. But since I'm trying to do things in roughly chronological order as much as that makes sense, you'll have to wait until later to figure out how that fits into much of the rest of my life.

11:04
Friday Random 10 

  1. "Matte Kudesai," King Crimson, Oct. 14th, 1981 StadtHalle
  2. "Warning Siren (Featuring Matty Safer)," Tiefschwarz & Matty Safer, Eat Books
  3. "In the Light of the King's Countenance," Randy George, In the Light of the King's Countenance
  4. "Old Hat," Glass House/Scott Richards,
  5. "The Lucky One," Alison Krauss & Union Station, New Favorite
  6. "Es Una Maquina," Enanitos Verdes, Solo Exitos Con Los Enanitos Verdes
  7. "Night Wall (15)," Steve Ball Roadshow, Night Wall
  8. "'s Wonderful," Monica Lewis, My Favorite Things
  9. "Love Came," Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life
  10. "Discipline," King Crimson, Sep. 29th, 1994 Prix D'Ami

No real patterns this week, although King Crimson and related ggroups manageg to score 3 spots.

10:38
Strangest math site ever 

Via Not Even Wrong, the strangest math site ever. Anyone have a sarong I can borrow?

Thursday, March 02, 2006

08:23
100 things about me in 100 days: #34 

It being Lent, I'll stick with a religious theme for a while.

34. In the highly Catholic neighborhood I grew up, the names Martin Luther and Lucifer were generally said in the same tone of voice, creating some confusion for me as a child between the two.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

08:52
100 things about me in 100 days: #33 

33. When I was a kid, I thought that if you gave up something for lent, you gave it up forever.

08:47
Lenten sacrifices 

The way that I've come to understand Lenten sacrifice is that it's not about self-improvement in the secular sense: You're not trying to lose weight or save money. That's not important.

I think that it's about prayer. What you sacrifice should be something that you do habitually. So that when you want to have that cup of coffee, for example, you're reminded to pray. When you reach for the snooze button, you're reminded to pray.

But of course if you were to do sacrifice something permanently, then you'd lose the habit.

So the ideas is that the sacrifice is temporary, and because it's temporary it can be extreme.

My sacrifices for Lent this year:

08:43
100 things about me in 100 days: #32 

32. I learned to play low brass to play in the marching band. I've never owned my own tuba or baritone, although I did borrow one a few years ago for a recording date, so I guess I was even briefly a professional tuba player. The liner notes on the CD when it was released were full of errors though, so I was only credited with playing bass, not tuba. But at least they spelled my name correctly (which wasn't the case with many of the other musicians on the album).

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