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by kira
Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Spam Posters Changing Titles
Replies: 6
Views: 1421

Re: Spam Posters Changing Titles

Yes, threads in S/FI really should have descriptive titles, not ones that make me want to delete them to kill the spam. Now that we're clear on how the titles of threads work, I'm going to go ahead and lock this.
by kira
Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Planning Semesters
Replies: 5
Views: 945

Re: Planning Semesters

Since I'm no longer in college, I can't test this one, but it's the first thing I found in a quick google search. Others may have better suggestions.
by kira
Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the square root of -i?
Replies: 31
Views: 3546

Re: What's the square root of -i?

And IMO it all has to do with money. Why would I get a job teaching and facing the frustration that has to do with kids if I can get a job at a software company or consulting company. I get better pay, more interesting jobs, and do not need to face the frustrations that comes with having to deal wi...
by kira
Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 461300

Re: Favorite math jokes

It's less of a joke and more of a "they're so stupid" story. The post office only accepts parcels with a length of 4ft or less. However, you can easily ship something larger than 4ft (up to about 5ft 8in) by using the diagonals, thus proving their restriction to be ridiculous. However, yo...
by kira
Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Florida people
Replies: 231
Views: 52267

Re: Florida people

I teach 8th grade math. It's pretty awesome, but since I (in the deepest cockles of my heart) like math more than I like the students, I've been contemplating moving up to high school once I have some more experience with the whole teaching side of it.
by kira
Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Florida people
Replies: 231
Views: 52267

Re: Florida people

Western Volusia area (near Sanford, specifically). I teach so I'd only be available Friday evenings, Saturdays or Sunday afternoons.
by kira
Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: fay = cos(y)
Replies: 2
Views: 1510

Re: fay = cos(y)

Randy noticed the similarity to Hurricane Screw-It-Let's-Just-Trash-Florida-Again, so I guarantee you that you are not the only one.

He controls the weather.

With his brain.

Also, why is this in math?
by kira
Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 461300

Re: Favorite math jokes

It's less of a joke and more of a "they're so stupid" story. The post office only accepts parcels with a length of 4ft or less. However, you can easily ship something larger than 4ft (up to about 5ft 8in) by using the diagonals, thus proving their restriction to be ridiculous. What about ...
by kira
Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Dropping out of grad school (and becoming a teacher)
Replies: 10
Views: 1759

Re: Dropping out of grad school (and becoming a teacher)

but any advice for a first-timer would be quite welcome! Since no one else stepped up, I thought I'd throw out my smattering of advice. First off, if they haven't been recommended, you can't go wrong with buying The First Days of School or Discipline in the Secondary Classroom . Both give great tip...
by kira
Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Request: m.xkcd.com
Replies: 1
Views: 1575

Re: Request: m.xkcd.com

This has been discussed. See relevant link here:
http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=25054&hilit=mobile+xkcd
by kira
Sat May 17, 2008 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Advice for math tutoring
Replies: 23
Views: 2639

Re: Advice for math tutoring

I think the best advice anyone could give about teaching math is to prepare in advance. If you have a way of knowing what part of the text they are covering each week (maybe a copy of the syllabus?), you'll be able to go through and at least glance at the content. The point of this exercise is not t...
by kira
Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where's the math*? Kira?
Replies: 31
Views: 4133

Don't look at me! I am not responsible for any of that. I don't even teach elementary grades.

Additionally, I don't agree with her first premise. I think students should be learning mastery of multiplication and division by fourth grade at the LATEST. Preferably third grade.
by kira
Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is Randall atheist?
Replies: 59
Views: 5659

Im just saying a group of atheists is just as bad as a religion defeating the point of being atheist. It is not everyone's purpose in "being atheist" [sic] to hate on religion. My purpose in being AN atheist (alternately, being atheistic) is to let myself not believe in god. That's all. I...
by kira
Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Custom titles
Replies: 2761
Views: 244334

Re: Custom titles

What Fearbears?! wrote:Want one? Ask for it here - put what you want as a title in bold. And say please.


What silly forumites hear wrote:Want one? Ask for it here - and while you're in the thread, go ahead and make some comments that are funny to no one but you.


Sounds like it's cut and dried procedure to me. :evil:
by kira
Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gordon's back is hairy!
Replies: 101
Views: 7301

Gordon owes me chocolate.
by kira
Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: They Might Be Funny Comics
Replies: 17
Views: 4046

It made me giggle, but then it made me google "loathe" to make sure I didn't have the spelling wrong. If you're going to take the time to make comics, please don't make the mistake of not spell checking. It can ruin a really good joke!
by kira
Mon Jul 02, 2007 1:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Legos!
Replies: 60
Views: 8909

What constitutes a technological personality type?

My sister and I loved legos, but usually tended to play doll house with them. That said, we made very intricate houses out of legos. I remember one particularly well-made design had an espresso machine and a couch with throw pillows.
by kira
Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Custom titles
Replies: 2761
Views: 244334

Which, naturally, leads us back to Belial.
by kira
Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Weird, crazy ass-music (titled fixed by mod)
Replies: 54
Views: 7933

I don't know if you'll necessarily say "I need to download more of this as soon as possible." but the other two apply.

Twink!
by kira
Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Basic question
Replies: 14
Views: 3271

Waffle House used to have on their menu the number of ways (not a lower limit) one could order one of their waffles. It was some number in the millions they clearly just made up: ISTR its smallest prime factor was 17. I do not know about the waffles, but I remember they have a version about their h...
by kira
Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hot Library Smut
Replies: 28
Views: 9010

What's in the suitcases?
by kira
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 132070

Jauss wrote:Elisa Maza from Gargoyles.


That show is made of sweetened condensed win.

Mine is a caricature one of my students did of me.
by kira
Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: *win*
Replies: 46
Views: 12663

Win?
by kira
Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The difference between religion and mental illness.
Replies: 318
Views: 46226

Hello, Trog! If you plan on sticking around, you might want to make a post in the introductions thread.

Thanks!
by kira
Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Epic Facepalm
Replies: 123
Views: 13748

Not to say that I'm not ashamed of my fellow Americans, but I wonder what would come out if we asked Americans what weird questions they get when they travel abroad. There are stupid people all over the globe (sadly) and while the concentration may be higher in America (as it seems to be), I'm sure ...
by kira
Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: homework help please
Replies: 33
Views: 5981

Alpha Omicron wrote:@ Oort: depends on type of board and markers. Test it by erasing it, if it won't come completely clean, it's wrecked.


Make sure you try the cleaning solution, though. It works wonders.
by kira
Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: math notation book
Replies: 4
Views: 2160

It is by no means exhaustive, but wikipedia has a list of mathematical symbols and their various uses. If you want to start small, you could start there. If you don't want to start small, ignore it!
by kira
Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2000 acre mushroom.
Replies: 15
Views: 3893

the article wrote:To go into the forest where this giant makes its home you would not look at it and see a huge, looming mushroom.


How did they know exactly what I wanted to see? This is the biggest disappointment of my life.
by kira
Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Amazing Superpower
Replies: 290
Views: 33318

SamanthaRose wrote:Hahaha what does it mean to 'Lay the Smack Down'?


My amazing superpower is the ability to google phrases that I am unfamiliar with. These phrases sometimes include "sigged", "lay the smack down" and "jfgi".
by kira
Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Propranolol: The Memory Pill
Replies: 54
Views: 9574

But if it helps... I'm no expert on brain chemistry, but is Propanolol similar to Prozac or Valium? It seems like it detaches emotion from memory, allowing one to look back without the stress. That could help to cure or lessen the effects of such things as PTSD. I don't think it's the same as tryin...
by kira
Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Propranolol: The Memory Pill
Replies: 54
Views: 9574

But, I'm just not sure whether the benefit is substantial enough to outweigh the screwing-with-your-mind aspect. I think this is one of those things that people have to decide for themselves on a case-by-case basis. Personally, I wouldn't say that the benefit to me is substantial enough to warrant ...
by kira
Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Propranolol: The Memory Pill
Replies: 54
Views: 9574

I guess you were more aiming for discussion of the morality of memory erasure that the legitimacy of the drug. (I remain skeptical) It's perfectly reasonable to be skeptical, as long as you are skeptical of the results rather than the method. I think it's ridiculous to say memory dampening is immor...
by kira
Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Propranolol: The Memory Pill
Replies: 54
Views: 9574

Are you sure you have the right drug? My mom says Propanolol doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier, and only reduces physical problems. Take it up with MSN and 60 Minutes if you have a problem with their science. Did you even bother to read the article? Propranolol can blunt this. It is in a class ...
by kira
Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Propranolol: The Memory Pill
Replies: 54
Views: 9574

Propranolol: The Memory Pill

I just saw a piece on 60 Minutes about propranolol, a drug that may help to weaken the memories of traumatic events. Apparently it was declared by governmental bioethics committees to be unethical to selectively lessen a person's memory because it would somehow remove part of their identity. The two...
by kira
Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hello, guests
Replies: 14
Views: 2608

In total there are 83 users online :: 11 Registered, 0 Hidden and 72 Guests

Seriously. What is up with all the guests? Do you become a guest if your browser logs you out while the page is still open? Maybe people go to sleep by the glow of the xkcd forums.
by kira
Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: homework help please
Replies: 33
Views: 5981

Whiteboards: -sometimes squeak -eye-jarring -can be ruined if not erased regularly -have markers that run out on a regular basis and cannot be seen from across a classroom -markers or cleaners can cause allergic reactions -puts a fine, dark, disgusting dust into the air Chalkboards: -can make variou...
by kira
Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America Finally Wants To Be Smart!
Replies: 64
Views: 11712

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
kira wrote:In similar news, should the clever car ever show up, it'll be awesome.

Ooo! Me wanty.... where do the kids go?


On the roof? Under the tires?
by kira
Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: America Finally Wants To Be Smart!
Replies: 64
Views: 11712

In similar news, should the clever car ever show up, it'll be awesome.
by kira
Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25768
Views: 2073158

Granted. But now all your misspelled words show up in red.

I wish everyone would use spell-check.

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