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Busy, Busy Day

- The Math Department has a set of programs for TI-calculators that spread, virally, throughout our student body. These programs simplify the very tedious calculations of business math. Especially for those students whose arithmetic is a bit shaky. Crisis of the day: someone's class has some students with Casio calculators. The syllabus says only that the TI is highly recommended but not required. Must these students with non-mainstream calculators be forced to write their own number crunching programs? Calculate by hand? Demand the teacher to only assign simple problems? Compromises were reached.

- I trusted iTunes to convert my video to iPod-compatiple .mv4. Alas, but iTunes did not include the SOUND with the video. Fortunately, I still had the original quicktime and was able to hook the laptop back up to the projector in class. Annoyed at iTunes; happy that it wasn't a hardware problem. Scrambled to keep everything together in class. Didn't help that I had already set up the laptop for playing torus games and had to fuss with moving around windows and navigating the Finder. (My goal is to have my computer-based classroom presentation be as seemless as possible; you should be able to forget I'm controlling a computer to make it all happen.)

- People who are teaching engineering calculus for the first time came to my office looking for wisdom, tips, or whatnot.

- Bought some mildly ugly shoes because they have removable insoles and are orthotic-compatible. Bleh, bleh, bleh. I'm thinking that I will keep them under my desk and not wear them out of my office. Missed out on going to the gym because of that (took up my usual time-slot).

- Ninety bazillion students wanted to talk to me about all sorts of things. I dispensed wisdom about calculus textbooks, math-related movies, the value of getting a minor, and where one might get an internship in [student's major]. Also thought about what I might do with a possible independent study student who wants to meet a few times this semester to see if an official independent study in the fall would be a good idea.

- Going out to dinner! Sushi!