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I Heart Bas

Posted in crime, math, politics, sockypuppets with tags , on October 7, 2011 by Qritiq

A screencap provided by @PruPaine shows that @starchild111 was following @SebastianBach.
Click the pic to see the sharper full image.

2nd row, 3rd column



Lisa Weiss is a huge Sebastian Bach fan and so also follows @SebastianBach.

twitter says there are zillions of twitter accounts, but the truth is closer to Business Insider’s estimate of 20 million active accounts.

@SebastianBach is followed by 170,222 twitter accounts.

@LiberalLisa follows 55 accounts.

According to the screencap, @starchild111 was following 26 accounts

(and assuming that the starchild111 screencap has not been doctored…)

You do the math.



(P.S. “starchild” is a reference to Paul Stanley of KISS. It seems the twitter account name “@starchild” was already taken when the @starchild111 account was created. )


Posted in math, puppies with tags , , on December 18, 2008 by Qritiq

Subject: 24 puns

1.    The roundest knight at king Arthur’s table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2.    I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3.    She was only a whisky maker but he loved her still.

4.    A rubber band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5.    The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

6.    No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

7.    A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

8.    A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

9.    Two silk worms had a race.  They ended up in a tie.

10.    Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.

11.    A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall.  The police are looking into it.

12.    Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

13.    Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, ‘You stay here, I’ll go on a head’.

14.    I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

15.    A sign on the lawn at the drug rehab center said:  ‘Keep off the Grass.’

16.    A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to the hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change yet.’

17.    A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

18.    It’s not that the man did not know how to juggle, he just didn’t have the balls to do it.

19.    The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

20.    The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

21.    A backward poet writes inverse.

22.    In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.

23.    When the cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

 24.    Don’t join dangerous cults, Practice safe sects!

Could someone explain this

Posted in math, spin with tags , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by Qritiq

Could someone explain how giving me a tax cut is socialism, but giving Wall Street $1 trillion isn’t?


oh if only i could be a plumber

How to Succeed in Math

Posted in education, math, solutions, teenagers with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2008 by Qritiq

VerrillMinimalSurface   I’ve noticed that some readers are looking for ideas on how to improve kids’ math scores, so here are some answers. These apply to teens as well as younger kids.

-kids generally need at least 9 hours of sleep a night. Teens too; their bodies are still growing and their minds are still growing. Make sure you (if you are the kid in question) or your kid (if you are the parent in question) gets enough sleep every night.

-make sure the student eats breakfast. And not cereal or pop-tarts. Get your ass out of bed and make them or buy them an egg McMuffin or some fruit and cheese, or minute steaks with peppers. With a large glass of milk. They must have protein in the morning. Make them eat at least some of it. It’s also a good idea to pack a lunch for them. Such as:

1. Peanut butter (or almond butter) with banana on whole wheat, grapes, celery sticks, a large thermos of milk

2. Sardines with lettuce on whole wheat, some cherries, some baby carrots, Hershey’s kisses, a large thermos of milk

You get the idea.

Also, provide an after school snack such as nuts and raisins or yogurt with fruit or brown rice crackers with cheese. Always have plenty of milk in the house. Stop buying beverages that contain sugar.  Kids (and adults too) need sunshine or they get sluggish; get them to spend some time out-of-doors daily, weather permitting (don’t forget the sunscreen.)  If you live in a cold or rainy area, spend school holidays in a sunny climate.

-make sure your kid gets to school ON TIME. Get your ass out of bed a half hour earlier if you need to in order to accomplish this. Lead by example and practice what you preach.

-make sure your kid has a quiet spot to do homework in. This spot should be free of siblings. This should be a comfortable, clean, organized, nicely decorated, well-lit, and pleasant work space away from distractions. Music is ok while studying for some kids (for some it is actually beneficial); tv is not.

-have your kid explain their math homework to you every night that they have homework. If (and only if) you know your stuff, help them out.

-If you understand the material your kid is studying, work with them one hour a day on it. And don’t be pissy with them. It should be a pleasant part of the day.

-ignore excuses and rationalizations like “the teacher hates me”, “I have a bad teacher”, “I’m a math-phobe”, “I can’t concentrate”. They’re probably all true; so what? The kid still has to pass math. So instead of wasting a lot of time delving into all these PROBBBLEMMMMS, just help the kid to get their homework done.

-play games with your kids like chess, checkers, Othello, bridge, scrabble, anything that uses logic. If their school or library has a chess club, encourage them to join.

-introduce your kids to different kinds of music, bring them to galleries and museums.

Ten ways to improve U.S. ability in Math

Posted in crisis, education, math on August 19, 2007 by Qritiq

U.S. woefully poor in Math

1-3. Students must be held accountable for disruptive behavior and disciplined immediately with detention and suspension. When students are disruptive, no-one in the class learns anything. If this one thing were upheld, U.S. math scores would be GREATLY improved.

4. Transfer teachers who are not competent in Math to another subject. Require that all Math teachers have an undergraduate degree in Math.

5. It is not necessary to pay Math teachers more than other teachers. What IS necessary, is to have the workday end by 3 PM sharp every day without fail, and to not require Math teachers to do anything unrelated to teaching Math (lunchroom duty, proctoring, detention monitor, calling parents of unruly students, etc.) You could pay a math major a ton of money, but if their job is not fulfilling and their lives are not manageable, many will leave.

6. Stop requiring Math teachers to have a Master’s degree in Education. It is not that useful and keeps competent people from entering the field, since math majors have many other more lucrative options that do not require an advanced degree. Of course, training in lesson planning and curriculum should be offered.

7. Technology in the math classroom is generally unnecessary unless students are being tested specifically on technology. The high school curriculum is not rocket science. It’s more important for students to understand math concepts and to apply them, than to learn how to use a computer program. Certainly technology can aid in learning, but it should be viewed as an extra, not a requirement.

8. Understand that “teaching to the test” is not all bad. Ideally, students should get 4 days a week of straight curriculum, and 1 day a week of Math games or projects for exploration.

Anybody have ideas for numbers 9 and 10?