Funny about Money

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke

Why, Exactly?

WHY, seriously, does Word have to crash every time I’m about to hit the final “save” on a client’s manuscript, take everything down with it, and disappear a chunk of work? How does it know when I’m at my most hurried, most sick, most harassed and pick that moment to pounce?

Nineteen pages of calculus arcana, converted from LaTex into a very confused Word.

A team of the Chinese mathematicians are emitting a full-length book, and they’ve secured a convincing expression of interest from Springer. Being young mathematician things, naturally they’re very excited about this. Springer is a top-level publisher: that alone is enough for a promotion. Add to it that the text revolves around partial differential equations and that as you read it and as what they’re actually saying sinks in, you think hmmmm…i know some politicians who would like to meet you before November 2020, and as you can imagine this is a bit of a big deal.

It is wonderful and amazing stuff to read, in its way.

The math itself, equations pristine as snowflakes, is strangely beautiful. The narrative, its logic hammered into place with the precision of fine tilework, fascinates and astonishes. You can’t keep from wondering: What human mind could make this?

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

No doubt about it!



Author: funny

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  1. Growing up in Canada, with 2 official languages recognized by the feds, my mom put her kids into French Immersion from kindergarten onwards. I walked into school at age 5, my new teacher smiled and said “Bonjour!” – she just started off by speaking French at us, and using gestures and everything she said in English was repeated in French. Slowly she stopped speaking English at all.
    It wasn’t until Grade 3 that we started having ANY “english” lessons in school at all – 1 hour, three times a week. Otherwise, we were Not Allowed to speak english in class, unless it was to ask “how do you say X”.
    The class was made up of the usual assortment of students – from the academically inclined, to the ones who struggled – but they all had basic fluency in French – it was the academics that were challenging – math, science, reading. Not the language itself.
    The hardest part, was that neither of my parents spoke a word of French – my poor mom struggled to help us with our homework, when she couldn’t read the word problems in the math book 😀 When helping your kid with their work, often includes helping them to understand what the question means or what the requirements are – it doesn’t work if you have to rely on the kid’s translation of the question/requirements 😀
    A couple of years ago, my friend and I both took a beginner’s Spanish class – she definitely found it much harder to pick up the vocabulary – I found that I could “map” the Spanish words to equivalent words in French – I had always been told that if you learn a second language, the third and fourth are much easier – and it definitely seems to be true -at least for languages with common roots!

    • When I was a kid in Araby, a Dutch couple showed up in camp, bringing their young daughter with them. She was our age, and so the Company just plopped her into our grade. And teaching her English became Our Project. 😀

      Every kid in the class took on the job of teaching the kid to speak English. Not surprisingly, she picked it up VERY fast. At least one of the parents must have spoken English — the father, presumably — otherwise he couldn’t have gotten hired.

      It’s believed that learning a second language, especially when done early in life, alters the way your brain works — for the better. In effect, it makes you “smarter.”

      Hmmm…suppose that’s why the Canadians have yet to elect their Donald Trump? 😉