Monday, June 30, 2008

Weapons of Math Instruction

The following disstressing news was spread to me through mailing lists.
NEW YORK - A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction. "Al-gebra is a problem for us," Gonzalez said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns,' but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle.' 'When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, "If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Math Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes." White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more profound statement ever made by the president.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Just Go Dutch

Normally I'm not much of a chauvinist... Or at least that's what I'd like to believe. But these days, with the Euro 2008 tournament and all, it seems to be not such a bad thing to be a bit in the "Oranje" mood. At least, that's what the people of Bern, Switzerland, think. And everyone seems to want to be Dutch (or learn it). This Brit (of all people) even has set up a website to help you to just go dutch:  Only the orange is not always appreciated, apparently... Funny! :D