Selected excerpts from Peg Tyre's post, The Math Revolution
"Parents have enrolled their children in ... programs to supplement or replace what they see as the shallow and often confused math instruction offered by public schools, especially during the late-elementary and middle-school years ... The roots of [weak math skills] can usually be traced back to second or third grade ... In those grades, many education experts lament, instruction—even at the best schools—is provided by poorly trained teachers who are themselves uncomfortable with math. [ed. Is the problem the teachers or the texts?] Children were being taught to solve problems by memorizing rules and then following them like steps in a recipe, without understanding the bigger picture. Learning math earlier is better than later: The subject is relentlessly sequential and hierarchical. Latecomers find themselves missing too much foundational thinking and struggle.
Students are being produced by a new pedagogical ecosystem—almost entirely extracurricular—that has developed online and in the country’s rich coastal cities and tech meccas ... lately, dozens of new math-enrichment camps with names like MathPath, AwesomeMath, MathILy, Idea Math, sparc, Math Zoom, and Epsilon Camp have popped up, opening the gates more widely to kids who have aptitude and enthusiasm for math ... Math Kangaroo, an international contest for first- through 12th-graders came to American shores in 1998 ... advanced-math learners’ Web site the Art of Problem Solving [is popular] ... Freewheeling collaboration across age, gender, and geography is a baseline value. [ed. baseline value?]
Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics provides a three-week residential math camp the summer before eighth grade, enhanced instruction after school, help with applying to math circles, and coaching for math competitions, as well as basic advice on high-school selection and college applications."
Spotify's algo continues to serve me music I like, in this case, Willy Mason's "Talk Me Down" ... I've embedded both an acoustic version and one where he has some backing:
No good live video of this so I'm forced to embed the old goofy video:
I like a couple songs from these sisters, Lily & Madeleine, including this one, Back to the River:
Experiment with embedding tweets ....
Recommended by my buddy at uglychart.com, but I wasn't thrilled. Fast forwarded after 20 minutes ... has the hot girl from Banshee in it (a fomer Ford model) ... two hours and 13 minutes means at least 35 to 45 minutes too long ... too talky at first (and throughout), story wasn't well-paced and was too contrived ... Kurt Russell looks pretty good for a 64-year old ... Indian savages absurd and offensive (and I'm not a PC guy, as my dozen readers know) ... gross-out horror porn in the end. Red rating, avoid.
Steven Rea got it right: "There's a difference between velocity and momentum, and while the chases, shootouts and close quarters combat rarely flag, our interest does."
Stopped after 30 minutes ... story didn't grab me or make any sense ... hate the constant, heavy musical dramatic cues from Lalo Schifrin ... hate the pandering to China with token Chinese actress (who doesn't speak) ... hate the BMW product placements ... it's a shame because I like Tom Cruise, he's talented and normally fun to watch ... really hate that it's 2 hours and 11 minutes long, which means at least 30 to 40 minutes too long. Red rating, avoid.
Kyle Smith got it right: "it has neither the wit of the best Bond films nor the grit of any of the Bourne ones."
Reversing the gold this week.
Why Facebook has a $300+ billion market cap ... it's all about cashing in on the precious information that "users have chosen to share" (bold and bold italics mine):
"We generate a substantial majority of our revenue from advertising ... We allow advertisers to select relevant and appropriate audiences for their ads ... We believe that a more valuable advertiser and user experience is created through our ability to match the most relevant ads to each of our users based on his or her connections, demographics, and expressed interests ... Advertisers can specify that we show their ads to a subset of our users based on demographic factors such as age, location, gender, education, work history, and specific interests that they have chosen to share with us on Facebook or by using the Like button around the web or on mobile devices ... Performance-based online advertising has typically involved advertisers seeking a specific user behavior such as a click on a search ad or a keyword-based content ad, a response to an email campaign, or an online purchase. We enable new forms of performance-based advertising, where advertisers can connect with users who are likely to have demand for their products based on the information that our users have chosen to share. We believe that performance-based campaigns on Facebook allow advertisers to offer their products to users with inferred intent and enhance users’ experiences by showing them relevant ads tailored to their specific interests ... We also have a global sales force that is focused on attracting and retaining advertisers and providing support to them throughout the stages of the advertising campaign cycle from pre-purchase decision making to real-time optimizations to post-campaign analytics."
(From their Prospectus)
I like quite a few of Elvis Costello's songs, including this one. No good live version so I'm forced to embed this:
Fleet Foxes ... I like several of their songs, including this one, Ragged Wood. Recorded at some Mighty White Festival. I bet that lead singer has a hard time finding girls: