What is precisely the ideal amount of work? I’ve been asking myself that during paternity leave. I’ve sometimes thought the best job in the world would be part-time teacher, but maybe that’s too much work. During leave I’ve had lots of little things to do, and at times that’s felt like too much – along with taking care of a baby. All in all, I think I’d be happy with two days a week of full-time work. I would kindly accept triple pay for this arrangement.
Your links, my liege:
- I’ve been blogging every week over my parental leave and I’m worried about keeping up the pace when I return. This week I wrote about irrational numbers and the particular joys of learning from stuff that you’ve taught.
- My favorite currently running music column is Tom Breihan’s “The Number Ones,” and this week he tackled Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name.”. I was placed on this Earth with one mission, and it is to make sure people know that the Bon Jovi song was a rewrite of a strange non-hit titled “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man).”
- From NRich: “A quadrilateral can have four right angles. What is the largest number of right angles an octagon (8 sides) can have?” What if we require the octagon to be convex?
- My six-year old has been fabulously cranky lately, but math is something he’s eager to do so we’ve been doing a lot of it. We’ve been playing Mastermind and doing Beast Academy problems. I also busted out Joel David Hamkins’ “Graph Theory for Kids”, and will probably revisit his Math for Kids series on other Sunday afternoons to come.
- “When intuition supports two opposing conclusions, don’t use intuition—use math.” (twitter)
And that’s all I’ve got for now.
By the way, it seems most think the English word “liege” has its origins in various Germanic words having the sense of “free,” “flexible” or “empty.” Nobles distinguish themselves through their freedom and being empty of obligations.