Friday, July 28, 2006


Another day, another "hmmm..."

I've spent the morning (you guessed it) putting together some more material for MATH 365.

The latest two team projects involve analysis of RLC circuits and computer graphics. The RLC project's not fully written yet, but I'm quite happy with the computer graphics project. Yay me.

By the way, I'm trying to decide if there's any purpose served by posting these project descriptions here, for the benefit of my wide readership (which at this point, confirmed...but she's been a supportive one!). I'm leaning towards not posting, since it's entirely conceivable that one of the folks who'll be in 365 could download the project description, read it ahead of time, and (quel horreur!) put more work into the project before class even starts! Okay, so that's not likely, but I'd rather not risk it. If you have any interest whatsoever in obtaining copies of the project descriptions, or any of the other course materials, drop me a line.

Meanwhile, I'm fine-tuning grading schemes. I'm not sure how that's going to work out yet.

I'm off to do some non-Linear-Algebra-related stuff (yes, I do have a life...).


Anonymous said...

Well, I think I may just have to check out both books and tell you what I think. :)
To answer your questions, I majored in both Theatre and Psychology. Now, I know what you must be thinking "what a strange combination!" I assure you, it's actually more common than you think. In fact, they go together quite nicely. I'd go into an in depth description of what I mean, but I figure you're a smart guy, you get it. I went to California Baptist University in Southern California and I graduated a year ago (wow, I cant believe it's already been a year!)
And yes, I am an instructor. I work with developmentally disabled adults one on one, but not in a classroom setting. No sir, I teach life skills to this population of people out in the real world, be it in the grocery store, the doctors office, a restuarant, their homes, you name it!
At some point Im going to go back to school and hope to continue working with this population through counseling. So far in my working as an instructor, Ive found that counselors (well the ones I've encountered anyway) have no clue how to provide the help this population of people need. They either talk to them like they are children, or refuse to get to know them as an individual and instead group them in a little "developmentally disabled adult box." So I'm hoping to counsel and write on the side.
oh, and thank you for the kind words about my writing! That's definately encouraging!!
And one more thing, it's probably wise not to write further about your "project descriptions" on the net...I was, of course, planning on selling it to very eager buyers all over the world...
hehe. Just joshin.
p.s. yay for getting mentioned in a blog!

Anonymous said...


It is a little known fact that I became a vegetarian for two months strictly out of boredom.

Anonymous said...

You know, that did cross my mind. I'd surely hate for you to comment on the same post over and over again. Why not a little variety, change of pace, or place in this case. (Check that! All this ryhming and I might just break out into song!)
Anyway Yes, life does seem to come full circle. When I first got this job, several of my friends in southern california happened on the same type of work. Needless to say we had lots of entertaining stories to tell each other.
As far as my thoughts on counselors Ive dealt with go, I think that many have trouble turning away or referring their clients to other people. I realize it's difficult to admit when one cannot do something or help in a situation, but in this line of work (that being counseling) I think you just have to suck it up and admit when you may not be the best person to help in resolving issues. Also I realize that my comment may have been a bit too narrow scoped, meaning I was probably a bit quick to assume that all counselors are like this just because the few I've dealt with were.

Theatre and Psychology: Yes, I enjoyed both in school. I participated in several plays and co-directed one as well. I think my favorite play I acted in was "Fools" by Neil Simon. If you havent seen or read it I suggest you do both. I enjoyed the play because I had a really fun part, (I played Lenya) and also because I got to utilize my various accents (this one being Russian)

What Im reading: Well, I just finished reading A Heart-Breaking work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers and I just started reading Love in the time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez a few days ago. I'm also working on reading Elie Wiesel's Memoirs. I started reading that months ago but put it down for awhile.
So you lived in Illinois? What made you move?
How long have you been teaching?