March 19, 2005

Everyone Hates Sitemeter

And Technorati. And The System That Shall Be Neither Named nor Linked Here. Yes, yes, but sometimes it pays to check one or the other of them anyway, just to see who's linking you.

I have no idea why this writer is linking me, for example, but I also do not care because I am in love:

Yes, if there’s one field that has evolved beyond recognition in the past quarter-century, it’s introductory calculus. Why, back when I was a tot, the area of a rectangle was length plus width, the derivative of sin x was 5, and we only had whole numbers, so whenever we needed to compute the area of a circle we had to use pi=3, AND YOU NEVER HEARD US COMPLAIN.
You want more? I want more. Let's have more!
According to one of my precalculus students, a girl apparently unacquainted with the notion of the self-fulfilling prophecy, I “derive pleasure from seeing [my] students fail.” This, I am told, is a consequence of my gross narcissism, which leads me to show off in front of the class and on tests by demonstrating what a mathematical genius I am, instead of giving tests that everyone (even the students who don’t always come to class or do their homework) can do.
I think the author's a woman, but I'm not sure--anyway stuff this good could be written by a hermaphrodite for all I care. It's hysterical. Now go enjoy Tall, Dark, and Mysterious. It's lovely. Posted by Ilyka at March 19, 2005 12:18 AM in hell is other people

Yes, I am female, and I link you because I have a thing for bitingly funny prose, which you provide in droves. Haven't commented before because I generally can't come up with anything more profound than "yes! I agree!", but I'm reading. And enjoying immensely.

Posted by: Moebius Stripper at March 19, 2005 12:43 AM

Hey! I linked to her first! :)

Yep, I love her stuff. Especially the Test Bingo cards she posts.

Posted by: Dr. Alice at March 19, 2005 03:41 AM

I'm all over the archives, myself.

Right now, I'm enjoying the linkage to Conversational Terrorism - How Not To Talk! provided.

I think you'll see some familiar themes there. (Examples provided ad nauseum via The Blogosphere.) Brilliant stuff.

Posted by: Margi at March 20, 2005 09:07 PM

As someone who is big on the subject of Pi=3, I thank you for the referral.

I used to make my living calculating the length of a piece of steel required to bend a chain link. The steel would stretch, and a correction factor was required. after much research and analysis, I determined that for the purpose of my calculations, Pi=3.

Posted by: triticale at March 20, 2005 10:05 PM

She makes me want to enroll in some math classes.


Posted by: Margi at March 20, 2005 10:33 PM