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  1. Landscape: Tennessee highway, too fucking early. Digital photograph, 2014

    Landscape: Tennessee highway, too fucking early. Digital photograph, 2014

  2. Look, I know common core is clearly killing this country and making coming up with arbitrary intermediate results is the dumbest thing ever invented by dumb people.

    Except.

    That intermediate result? Not arbitrary.

    Since we count in base ten, the natural way we group things when we add is to put them in groups of ten, so the thing you the smart smarties do in their heads, the dumb “common core” folks have to do by putting things into groups of tens. Or hundreds, if you’ve got a hundred of them.

    To cite the chapter and verse of the “Common core” standard:

    Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100. (Third grade)

    Is it more advanced than what I was learning in third grade? Yes and no. I was doing long division in third grade, and stopped doing long division shortly afterward forever. I use the “grouping things into tens” skill pretty regularly.

    Maybe when the apocalypse happens I’ll need my long division skills to rebuild civilization, but until then I’ll use my grouping and rounding skills to manipulate numbers quickly in my head.

    In the meantime, folks who want to can take some extra time at home and teach their kids long division just in case.

  3. brilliantorange:

    mubiblog:

    The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

    This looks really good.

    Dammit, ANOTHER book I bought with every intention of reading and never got around to. My book report is gonna suck.

  4. ☛ But [Ayn Rand] is something you're supposed to grow out of like ska music or handjobs.
  5. Today on out of context fan mail theatre.

    Today on out of context fan mail theatre.

  6. venomoustart replied to your photo “Don’t let any of the shitty reviews by idiots dissuade you. The Box…”

    But they totally ripped off Land of Og right? I feel like the only person who remembers that movie.

    Haven’t seen Land of Og, so I can neither confirm nor deny whether one ripped off the other. Looking at synopses, I’m inclined to think they’re substantially different.

    In any case, this might be be best Sir Ben Kingsley has ever been, and the man has four Oscar nominations.

  7. neuski wrote...

    I wasn't plugged into pear pie possibilities. How does it hold up?

    I use Keiffer pears, which they don’t sell in grocery stores, but lots of folks grow in their yards, and can occasionally be found in the farmers market (they were a dollar a pound at the Nashville farmers market Saturday, but she warned me I couldn’t eat them.)

    They don’t break down the way an ordinary pear or an apple would, so you need more thickener than your apple pie recipe calls for, but cooking leaves them crisp and solid in the way cooking turns other apples or pears into applesauce.

    I guess that’s where it breaks down—half the stalls at the farmers market get their produce from the same distributor as Kroger, so the hardest step is finding an ingredient Kroger doesn’t carry.

  8. Dinner was more shades of brown than I intended, but it was still tasty. Pork roast, October beans, potatoes, pear pie.

  9. Making pear pie this afternoon. Mid September for two weeks you can find keiffer pears in the farmers market, so that’s the time to make pie.

    Making pear pie this afternoon. Mid September for two weeks you can find keiffer pears in the farmers market, so that’s the time to make pie.

  10. Of course, not everybody in the house cares for oatmeal, so there’s also a breakfast sandwich option.

    Of course, not everybody in the house cares for oatmeal, so there’s also a breakfast sandwich option.