It’s a date: Happy Addition/Multiplication/Division/Subtraction Day!

I like dates that make nice patterns, so I was quite pleased to notice that yesterday’s date made an addition statement. I wrote 14/1/15 on the board, spotted the pattern and then changed what I had written to say 14+1=15 Happy Addition Day!

Quite a few students remarked on this and started to think of […]

Maths photo: 123454321

123454321 is a rather aptly named sculpture by Sol LeWitt, which can be found by the lake at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It has a tempting stepped shape, but there is a notice asking visitors to refrain from climbing on the sculpture. Despite this prohibition, the grass around the lowest cubes is suspiciously well worn. Hmm. […]

Everyone thinks they can act

“Everyone thinks they can act. You would never go to a classical concert, see the most difficult violin solo and think, “I could do that!” But people do about acting. […] The better the acting, the more real it seems, and the more people think it must be easy.”

Viggo Mortenson, quoted in […]

I’ve been CAPTCHAed

I really do not like CAPTCHAs.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve found myself shouting with frustration, whilst peering at blurry images of made-up words that I have to decipher, just so I can leave a comment somewhere or submit a simple form. CAPTCHAs are a Very Annoying Thing.

Despite […]

I’ve been CAPTCHAed

I really do not like CAPTCHAs.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve found myself shouting with frustration, whilst peering at blurry images of made-up words that I have to decipher, just so I can leave a comment somewhere or submit a simple form. CAPTCHAs are a Very Annoying Thing.

Despite […]