Thursday, June 14, 2007

Educational TV

For some reason, as I was blogging about Mr. Wizard, the Square One Television theme song popped into my head. Then it was 3-2-1 Contact! And now I have Conjunction Junction from Schoolhouse Rock in my head. It's kind of scary how quickly all this stuff comes back to you. If I'm not careful, I may start singing the Nations of the World next. They just don't make educational television like they used to. Darn you, Blue and Dora!

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Quote of the Day - Jun 14, 2007

Exam question: “How would you use a programmable calculator to solve the following problem…”

Student's answer: “I would go to someone who took this course before and say, ‘Dude, if you tell me the answer to Professor Post’s question, I’ll give you this programmable calculator.’”

- found in this thread on why math teachers get grumpy

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Mythbusters Wish They Were This Cool

Don Herbert, better known as Mr. Wizard, has died. There's a nice blog eulogy (blogulogy?) here. I remember watching Mr. Wizard as a kid, probably the same repackaging that the Unapologetic Mathematician watched on Nickelodeon. For some reason, a lesson on how ice is less dense than water, so water levels would actually drop when the ice in a glass melted stands out in my mind. Oh, man, now I'm going to start having educational television flashbacks...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Quote of the Day - June 12, 2007

Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads.

- Doc Brown, Back to the Future

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Quote of the Day - June 11, 2007

Teriffic. I'm about to get killed a million miles from nowhere with a gung-ho iguana who tells me to relax.

Alex, The Last Starfighter

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