Peppers at 10, which seems low.
If you could only have one or the other
in your house, which would it be?
Personally, I was all Microwave all the time for many
years. Two years ago for a variety of
reasons, we ditched the microwave for the
toaster oven and haven't looked back since.
There is nothing we haven't been able to cook
without the microwave or felt inconvenienced by
the few extra minutes it sometimes takes.
Our food tastes so much better and we
just feel healthier than before. Has anyone else
made a switch either way?
Kicking back with a bad-ass nacho plate to watch
football has been greatly enhanced with the T.O, just sayin'.
It's finally here! Every dog's least favorite weekend of the year. Remember - shelters see almost TWICE the volume this time of year with the fireworks and dogs freaking out and running away. Take care of your pets! Let's see your MGoDogs and hope that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July.
Here's Maize in her natural position - messing up the bed. This weekend she'll spend with her Thundershirt on either under the bed or in the back of the closet.
As I prepare to commute home from my office through Seattle traffic I dread another afternoon of watching drivers around me move well below the speed limit on the freeway, entitled motorists merge with the expectation that moving traffic will adjust to them, approach four-way stops where no one seems to understand the basic rules of a 4-way stop, every teenager texting and driving, idiots driving 45 in my neighborhood and 50 on the freeway, and people unable to execute a left hand turn without a green arrow.
In the past I've commuted in Seattle, Detroit, Tampa, Austin, So Cal, and the Bay Area. I can say without question the worst drivers I have ever encountered are in Seattle. The best drivers I've ever seen are in Detroit. I feel like Michigan, in general, trains the best drivers.
What do you think? Where are the worst (or best) drivers in America?
In a move that should shock none of us, MSU has done away with requiring algebra to graduate. They claim that algebra is just too hard for their students, so they are implementing new "quantitative literacy" classes. And it's not like MSU's algebra course is rocket science. From one class's syllabus:
The topics of MTH 103 include linear & quadratic equations & inequalities, complex numbers, equations with radicals, absolute value, graphing linear and quadratic equations, transformations of graphs, polynomials, functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponentials, logarithms, and, most importantly, applications of these topics to solving problems outside of mathematics.
I do realize that math isn't for everyone (UM's calculus courses were the WORST), but come on. If you have a college degree, you're expected to able to perform simple algebra calculations. Luckily, one of MSU's leaders agrees with me:
But students aren’t likely to succeed in the new classes or in post-college life without some algebra fundamentals, said William Schmidt, director of the MSU College of Education's Center for the Study of Curriculum. “Students who come to college with real weaknesses on the formal math side may not benefit fully from the quantitative lessons,” he said. While every job doesn’t require a well-honed knowledge of advanced math, Schmidt said, learning the fundamentals is essential to problem-solving. “The logic of thinking algebraically builds ways of thinking about problems, allowing us to engage in the practical aspects of mathematics,” he said. “It’s pretty tough (to do so) without it.”
So maybe there is a small chance that eventually those quantitative literacy classes will end up resembling actual algebra. But until then, we just have to be content with "Go to school at MSU, learn to count to te-en!" being all too real.
I'm sitting here at work bored and I have the chorus to a song stuck in my head. It's from Revenge of the Nerds... "You've got to put one foot in front of the other
Put your other foot down, down, down."
This thread is for all the random thoughts and things we have going on. What say you MGoBrethren.