May 6th, 2002



magid brought in some leftover bread to work and sent out an email to the department saying that it was all vegan. I overheard someone ask her, "What makes it vegan?", except she pronounced vegan like "vaygan". No dictionary I can find has this is a legitimate pronunciation, yet I have heard at least 3 people use it in the past several months. Is this just pronouncing it like people would pronounce "vega" in Spanish? Or possibly the star Vega (which, after looking it up, the pronunciation with the long-a sound is actually 2nd to the pronunciation with the long-e sound)?

I did find that, according to one dictionary at least, "vejan" (pronouncing it like "vegetable) is also an acceptable pronunciation.

*not vegan, but I should play one on TV*

All in a Day's Work

So, my supervisor is retiring, so Dennis, the supervisor I had when I first started working here, is my supervisor again. I'm going through his comments on The Chapter That Wouldn't Die. This is the first time he's seen it, so there are a decent number of comments.

Anyway, he wants me to change the wording on one of the question. It's an Error Analysis question, where it talks about someone's mistake and asks you to identify and correct it. The last sentence of the question is "How would you help the student write a correct proportion?" Dennis wants me to change it to "Then write a correct proportion." I agree that it's the better wording. To point out why he thinks this is a better wording, he wrote next to the old wording: "Hand him a pencil? I don't know." That just cracked me up.

In the same chapter, there is a lesson that is title "Draw a Diagram and Solve a Simpler Problem". Next to the lesson title, Dennis wrote "and then Do a Little Dance". For such a serious guy, he can really crack me up.

More work silliness

In a problem talking about pulse rate, it describes how to take your own pulse. "To find your pulse rate, you place your index finger and middle finger of one han over the underside of your opposite wrist. When you find a pulse, count the number of beats in 15 seconds and write a proportion."

Dennis wants me to change "When you find a pulse, count . . ." to just "Then you count . . ."

I couldn't help thinking about a funnier change: "If you find a pulse, count . . ."

Current Mood: way too giddy for work, or possbly just about giddy enough

Just . . . can't . . . stop

Description of what an amusement park designer does. Dennis's comment: "can you make this a little lighter? Kinda dry."

Okay, how about:


These are the rewards of being an amusement park designer. If you are a masochist who enjoys tormenting little kids, then maybe this is the career for you. You can use all sorts of math to make kids wet their pants. "I'll give you such a cosine, you little bugger."

Oh no

"In a pair of similar triangles, explain why the ratio . . ."

Dennis: "It's hard to explain when you're inside a pair of triangles."

Is it just me being weird, or are these really hilarious?