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Now For Something Completely Different,

As they used to say on Monty Python.  An old saying  “when pigs fly”  was a sarcastic way of saying something was impossible and ridiculous.  But what about “when dogs fly”  Well, dogs don’t  have wings either, but can they learn to … Continue reading

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David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers

I’ve done my share of reviewing of books and music on Amazon’s site, but I’ve been giving more attention lately to my site.  I’ve also been busy writing my own book.  This book was a gift, so I’ll give it … Continue reading

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Teen Pays for College Tuition with a Jewelry Business

According to Chanel Parks of the Huffington Post, LeiLei Secor started an online jewelry shop in 2012.  She began it while she was still in high school instead of looking for a summer job.  She makes and sells her own … Continue reading

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Fats on Friday: on the radio with James P. Johnson

Fats Waller is joined here on his radio program by his friend, mentor, and piano teacher James P. Johnson, the “Father of the Stride Piano.”  There is no air date listed but I’m guessing some time in the late 1930’s. … Continue reading

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Stephanie Trick, Stride Piano, “Keep Your Temper”

Back in June 2013, I introduced James P. Johnson’s Carolina Shout, a piano roll he cut that had been converted to a MIDI file. That same week I demonstrated a Synthesia track by Stephanie Trick which was marred by production difficulties. … Continue reading

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Remembering Don Brown and the Jazz Man Record Shop

After my visit to Cousin Walter’s house, I started making a monthly trip out to the Jazz Man Record Shop in Santa Monica near Pico and Sepulveda.  Cary Ginell has written Hot Jazz For Sale, a great book on the Jazz … Continue reading

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Polynomials

I have concluded after trying to make sense of how this topic is taught in Algebra classes, that it should be a separate subject like Trig or Geometry.  Instead, I get the impression not only from W. Michael Kelley’s books, … Continue reading

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Further thoughts on Photomath

  In a previous post, I  linked to a video on Photomath, the ipod Algebra app. I also posted the above picture showing an equation and its solution.   I have some further thoughts about Photomath after I took the … Continue reading

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Children Learning on their own

  On a happier note, this is an old story now, but I think it bears repeating.  In this linked article from some years ago by Nicholas Negroponte, he writes about children in Ethiopia who were given tablet computers to … Continue reading

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Common Core Follies

The video of an Arkansas woman protesting Common Core math is blocked but it is amazing to me and it is only one of a  great many out there on the follies of Common Core math.  The woman is addressing … Continue reading

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