Monthly Archives: December 2014

First Days With A 3D Printer

My boys and I have had our eyes on 3D printing technology for awhile now.  We’ve noticed many news stories ranging from 3D printed prosthetics helping humans and dogs to ‘beaming’ a wrench up to the International Space Station.  Impressed by the geek factor and hoping to learn something with my kids, I picked up a […]

Thoughts on Lockhart’s Lament

I’ve finally read through all of Lockhart’s Lament, which was referenced in an earlier Decryptions post. Within, Lockhart tears apart what most of the population thinks of as “math.” He ponders, “I don’t see how it’s doing society any good to have its members walking around with vague memories of algebraic formulas and geometric diagrams, […]

Don’t choose a learning style…

…choose a set of learning styles. Hacker News has once again proved to be a fertile source for blogging ideas.  This post: Ask HN: Do you prefer to learn by watching videos or by reading books/articles? Reminded me of the different-but-related debate on how to find the best way of learning optimized for different people. […]

Can you really learn math by reading books?

I found this article, “Math 101: A Reading List for Lifelong Learners”, via Hacker News. I’m only familiar with one book on the list (A Tour of the Calculus) and my experience with it was a bit disappointing. It might not be the books fault, my expectations may have been unrealistic. I know there are limitations […]

Remote working isn’t about the tools

I’m currently working in a situation where most of the team is in India. This curiously puts me in the position of being a “remote worker” even though I have a regular office in our business’s office building. As a result I’ve developed a fascination with online collaboration tools. I have become more and more convinced […]