A Hideous Sentence

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I ran across a hideous sentence recently:

I know you thought you heard what I said but I think you didn’t understand what I meant.

Try diagramming that one! *giggle*

Can anybody think of a better way to phrase it?

[I can’t.]

When am I ever going to use this (math)?

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When I was a professional math tutor I was frequently asked:
“When am I ever going to use this?”


Well, I’ll tell you what I told them:


Proofing the Web

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I’m the sort of person who can’t avoid noticing spelling and grammar errors — They just shout out to me from the page/screen.  I know most folks lack this curse and can simply read along, overlooking any errors — but not me.

So, I drop notes to webmasters (example) to alert them to errors, explain the corrections, and point out any broken links.  Doing this redirects my annoyance, helps me stick to my principles (Be part of the solution.), and (I hope) improves the web.


Advice for College Success

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Advice for College Success:

30 Free Lessons I Had to Learn the Hard Way

  1. Not everyone should go to college.
    Some people just aren’t cut out for academic life.  This isn’t an insult — Some folks are just more “Doers” than “Studiers” and want to get down to business right away.
  2. You don’t have to go to college right after high school.
    Some people aren’t mature enough to do well in college at 18 years old.  You can always go back to school after you have worked in dead-end jobs for years and are better motivated to study.  Besides, older students often have better time management skills and have gotten past those first few “wild years” of freedom.
  3. Bigger isn’t necessarily better.

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