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We have a routine where we lay out toilet paper on public bathroom seats and I try to make it into a recognizable polygon.
Last time, some haste (due to rapidly increasing pee-pee dancing) caused me to lay down a form that wasn't even convex.  The 5-year-old dubbed it a whatdahectagon.
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This is some commitment to math education, I have to say.  : )
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"One causes a pause in my thought process, and the other helps pave the way for it."
I've found myself in a discussion about whether or not we should have students spend time memorizing things in math classes.

As it turns out, the only thing I could think of that falls into the category of "here's a bunch (more than 5) of facts - memorize them" is the multiplication table.

Spending some time with the 11x11 table, it turns out that there's probably only around 18 items that are of contention as to whether or not they're worth memorizing.  Here's the progression that arrives at the excerpted quote above.
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Memorizing (some of) the Multiplication TablesDo I really need to memorize multiplication up to 12×12? estimated reading time: 10 minutes (15 with contemplation) No. I’ll grant you that probably 11×11 is enough. You don’t think it’s worth your time? Let’s look at the task: You need to know that multiplication is commutative, which means the
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If it's an integer, I put a 0 on the end; mentally, I recognize that what I'm doing is moving a decimal point.
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I usually don't share website (because they're already there), but this XKCD was spot on
http://xkcd.com/1489/
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Dear
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I don,t seem to find you on Facebook very often. .
Thanks for the pics of the kids, nice to keep up on things happening to you all It is spring
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I hope you are well. it isa good time of your life when you have your little ones around you and safe. enjoy each day.
Great to still have your husband and protector. With you .You will soon. Be on your trip to
Scotland or are you already there..
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A conversation I recently had with a 5-year-old made me realize that talking about "real" vs. "not real" isn't a "real" conversation until later in life.  Children (I'd personally estimate even into early adolescence) don't have a clear binary distinction between "real" and "imaginary".  There is a fuzzy boundary and things can live in both worlds without any need for resolution.
So back to the 5-year-old: "Santa Clause is real.  He doesn't actually fly or do other things, but he wears the costume and lives in a house."  My inept response was "Many people dress up like Santa Clause."  Notice how this response confirms the existence of a "The Santa Clause".  A more accurate response would have been "Many people are really Santa Clause."  This would have recognized the child's notion of "real".  Clearly there really are men (and some women) who have beards and wear a red suit and even give gift bags to children who sit on their lap.  So to try and tell a 5-year-old "There is no Santa Clause" is to make a fool of yourself - because eyewitness evidence clearly contradicts that.
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Actually, my five-year-old has a very clear distinction between "real" and "imaginary". I'm not sure what his opinion on Santa Claus is, though, because I haven't explored it because I'm concerned he'll go tell his classmates that Santa Claus doesn't exist and we'll become the terrible parents who hate fantasy (we love fantasy, we just don't like actively lying).
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"We often mistake what is easily quantifiable for what is important."
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+Daniel Grieves, I can't actually measure how often we make this mistake, so I don't think it's really important to know the answer to that question.
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Hi.  Anyone know where the Falcon 9 launch will be visible from with the naked eye?
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"I'm looking in a virtual mirror" (2:24) - That's not thinking big.  He got it right that virtual clothes shopping would show you the clothes on an avatar of yourself... So why are we still looking in mirrors to see what we look like?  Mirrors are a current necessity and approximation to what others see when they look at you.  In fact, advanced VR technology to fix the problem of having to buy a new outfit for an " amazing Hollywood party" (1:53) really seems like a misappropriation of technology for solving artificial problems created by the elite for the elite.  What percentage of the world worries about getting tailor fitted clothes appropriate for a specific venue?  (Overall, not impressed by this big think video or the particulars of Diamandis's discussion here.)
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+Maurice van Creij - obviously there are people/cultures that will refuse just about any level of medical assistance.  The philosoraptor is wondering about people who mostly accept and use the institutions of modern medicin.
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Makes you really consider whether you want to choose to live in America.
Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals creeping aspects of war on terror in US city as accounts describe shackling and brutality without basic rights
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That's what I'm sayin' so why are you coming back to USA?
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After the snake missed the first time, why did the bird stick around?
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