Homeward bound.

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I listened to four entire Sleater-Kinney albums (Dig Me Out, One Beat, The Woods, and No Cities to Love) just while doing the outlines. The colors are devoted to Smashing Pumpkins (Adore).

Love, Life, and Fishies

Homeward bound.

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I listened to four entire Sleater-Kinney albums (Dig Me Out, One Beat, The Woods, and No Cities to Love) just while doing the outlines. The colors are devoted to Smashing Pumpkins (Adore).

If she’s trying to cheer Amanda up, I think it’s working. ðŸ™‚

Just out of curiosity, how long does it generally take you to do a page?

Around 4 hours usually (not including the penciling, which is done piece meal on lunchbreaks and on off days). I’m a bit slow.

As I mentioned once or twice, Dave, it takes me 3-4 hours myself. I dunno how to make it go any faster:( Wish I did! I’d crank ’em out! And I only manage one a week as it is. Yer doin’ good.

And you have small children, too. That makes it a TON harder.

Why do I keep hearing about people being bad at and/or hating math? For me math is easy so I wouldn’t know what that’s like.

Well some of us have discalcula (like dyslexia but with numbers) I can’t even keep phone numbers straight. Also Algebra is like “might as well be Klingon and written in cuneiform”. I’m not stupid, the numbers just shift and run around on the paper like demented ants.

Math has always been a problem for me. I equated it to Math being a dance in which I could never get the steps right, even with an instructor leading me through. The answer always came out wrong. Inexplicably. Makes no sense but there it was.

It is not, in my case, about the teacher or the system. I had the exact same problem in Chemistry and Physics. Great at lab. A+ in lab. But I still cannot balance an equation to save my life. I have no idea why. It is so simple! I get it! And yet, it is wrong when I do it LOL.

I learned math as a language skill while I was still a wee bairn, so I don’t know how other people have to do it. Mom was advanced like that, but then again I was reading Reader’s Digest Condensed Books by age 3 so maybe I was advanced like that, too? But, seriously, teach math like a foreign language to people who don’t “get” math.

I have discalcula. The only math test I ever got 100% on was in high school, when the teacher decided to let us work in pairs. I knew how to do the problems, and my partner watched over my shoulder and stopped me every time I switched numbers around.

It’s because of the way it’s taught in the US. In a lot of other countries people seem to like it.

Math as taught at schools in groanworthy boring, that’s why. Ugh. I wish there was more media representation of actually /good/ math teachers and kids who like and are good at math, but it’s not really the most pressing issue.

Math isn’t taught well in American school systems, so even if kids happen to be good at math but have different learning styles, the teachers don’t really strive to make it accessible for those students and vice versa. I hated math and thought it was really boring until I got into College and had professors adapt to my learning style. Math can be really cool, but it just isn’t taught well.

IN my case I thought I sucked at math and hated it because I had a bad teacher. I later discovered that much math is easy for me and can actually be fun.

In my daughter’s case it’s because she has a nonverbal learning disability which makes math hard.

Then there are the societal messages that you’re supposed to dislike math, especially if you’re a girl.

Almost no one in the US actually has a _math_ teacher until high school. Most of those elementary and middle school teachers had to take two or three math classes in college, and once you get to about fifth grade, you’re probably getting close to the end of what your teachers remember at the end of the school year.

My dad has a degree in math (though he went into engineering rather than teaching), and I had three months of home schooling one time (apparently, my parents were convinced when my English teacher told them “We done did that”), and came back two years ahead of everyone else in math.

For me, math is pretty easy too. (Except word problems. I cannot for the LIFE of me figure out how to get most of them into equations. Just give me a nice equation, and we’ll be good.)

But I am a very analytical type of person, and I very much like to have rules to follow. This is why math works for me, because it always follows the rules. My sisters, OTOH, are much more creative thinkers. They don’t do well with lots of rules to memorize and follow. Math is a lot harder for them, simply because their brains don’t work the same way.

BTW, if there’s any homeschooling parents out there looking for a good math curriculum for a struggling child, the Life of Fred series is GREAT! My mom/sisters (and I) have used and loved both the elementary set and the upper level set.

Because math is boring and you only get good at it by practice.

My issue wasn’ t with math, it was with algebra. It wasn’t even actually with algebra, it was with being forced to write every stinking step down because stupid teachers had to have proof nobody was cheating-as if my test scores wouldn’t have proven what i retained. That put me off all higher level mathematics. Equations were interesting but not so interesting that i was willing to put up with finger cramps from an extra page of makework baloney. Didn’t help that i wrote hard enough back then that my writing was readable three pages down when i had to use pencil. It was never dark enough.

…man, i haven’t remembered that in ages.

Did the Sandersons ever face charges for the abuse? I don’t think it’s been stated either way, yet.

In comic 135, we saw that the school is named for former Mayor Marla B. Sanderson. Same family? Did the parents use political connections to escape justice, I wonder?

I just think Dave had the name in his head and forgot he used it before.

Also possible that they’re not even distantly related, but the School Sanderson is descended from immigrants whose names got morphed into “Sanderson” because it was easier, whereas the Twit Sandersons were descended from Some Other Line. And that’s not even counting people who took last names around the Civil War era.

Well, at least there is SOMETHING that Amanda and Selkie can Bond over… their mutual hatred of Carrots! if i recall, doesn’t Selkie LIKE Math? that could be another way as well.

But math and carrots are both amazing! As amazing as Keisha’s enormous furry Russian hat!

True, i like all three myself, but Amanda and Selkie… well, they don’t like either, and that’s what i meant. no clue as to their opinions of Keisha’s hat.

I now realize I didn’t read the 4th panel very closely and am now QUIVERING IN DISGUST at the thought that my bones could come alive.

Although remember, inside every person is a happy skeleton just waiting to get out.

Your bones ARE alive (unless you have a serious immune system problem). Marrow is your friend!

“Tain’t no sin

To take off your skin

And dance around in your bones.”

http://www.gocomics.com/lio/2015/03/09

Nothing but happy lil’ skeletons all around~

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoX_2DK1pTk

Fun prank: Tell a child “The doctor wants to take an X-ray just to make sure there isn’t a skeleton hiding inside you”.

Keisha is like the best, best friend EVER. We should all be so lucky.

There are almost always worse things that could happen. Except for working on research papers. Over Spring Break.

About really pointless topics.

It can always be worse: hardest lab report of the year due after Spring Break, you’re bad at lab anyways, and to top it all off you have the flu.

This is true.

Interestingly, my family all have the flu this week. There is something to be said for going to school far enough out of state that you can’t go home for Spring Break.

Eeeuuugh, homework!

Ugh stop dragging it out I want to see them meet already! ðŸ˜› LoL

… I like Keisha more and more. ^_^