I got so thrown by ‘orphanage’ I forgot this was still taking place in America…

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]]>I’m fond of geometry. I play a lot of billiards and if you understand even basic geometry you become a much better player. And if you understand advanced geometry you can make the balls do tricks that almost break the laws of nature. Applied math is incredible. The stuff you do to get there is far less fun.

]]>Also, algebra is way more awesome than arithmetic. I’m teaching it to my nephews (started when they were 9) and niece (about to turn 8). I learned it early without realizing it because I was learning how to program, back in GW-Basic… any type of programming requires variables, and getting that concept straight (the use of a symbol to represent a number you don’t yet know) is a big help when it comes time for higher math.

I didn’t realize that some people reach college age without understanding this concept until I was trying to sign up for programming classes and discovered that the prerequisite for the easiest class (Visual Basic) was Math 65, which I was nowhere near at the time. Turns out I was way ahead of my other math skills when it came to variables ðŸ™‚

]]>Math is the more all-encompassing term, which includes areas like geometry and arithmetic. Actually, if you look up the Quadrivium, you’ll find mathematical science to be divided into four major parts: Arithmetic and Music (the study of quantities, and then the relationship between quantities), and Geometry and Astronomy (magnitudes at rest, and magnitudes in motion).

If you’d like to get more fluent with the arithmetic side of things, there’s Lumosity’s Raindrops game (tiny math questions are falling, answer them before they hit the ground! starts out very easy, like 2+3). Lumosity takes a subscription (you can have a free account and get about three semi-random games per day… I’ve been trying to persuade them to change their business model), but there are also free variants out there that are a bit less polished. There’s also Khan Academy, which is a decent way for a student of any age to drill themselves on whatever part of math they want to get better at.

A few months ago I concluded that my ability to add numbers if I stopped to think about them was more than adequate, and that the way to improve my work was actually to make faster guesses and get good feedback about how close my guesses were. This has helped significantly in how quickly my head visualizes the correct answer for a lot of problems.

]]>You do have a large and pretty well-developed cast. A cast page would be useful for both new readers and long-time readers who’ve lost track.

If possible, after you’ve got the base page up, see about adding links to a character’s first appearance, and maybe (depending on how large a role they have) one other major moment in their development so far. But if it’s too much trouble to go that far, don’t worry about it. Far better that you have a fully laid-out cast page than that you get bogged down with extra features and don’t get it done at all.

]]>Ditto on that one. Math is actually pretty fun, and pretty easy if you don’t assume that you can do it all in your head without writing anything down or anything. Arithmetic is just plain tedious.

]]>For those going “huh?”, arithmetic is the stuff you do within math, the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, whether it’s with whole numbers, decimals, or fractions. If all you’re doing is one or more of those operations, it’s not math. Graphing is the first actual math any student learns. Well, that and simple equations.

]]>Oh man I haven’t touched that in forever, have I… O_o

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