My Best Teaching Is One-on-One

一対一が僕のベスト

Of course, I team teach and do special lessons, etc.

当然、先生方と共同レッスンも、特別レッスンの指導もします。

But my best work in the classroom is after the lesson is over --
going one-on-one,
helping individual students with their assignments.

しかし、僕の一番意味あると思っている仕事は、講義が終わってから、
一対一と
個人的にその課題の勉強を応援することです。

It's kind of like with computer programs, walking the client through hands-on.
The job isn't really done until the customer is using the program.

まあ、コンピュータプログラムにすると、得意先の方に出来上がった製品を体験させるようなことと思います。
役に立たない製品はまだ製品になっていないと同様です。

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Need a good pocket calculator?


Wayne Madsen linked to Cory Doctorow's post on pi day, and I, like the fool I am, posted a bc session calculating pi to 1999 good digits. It goes like this:

$ bc -l
bc 1.06.95
Copyright 1991-1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
For details type `warranty'.
pi=a(1)*4; pi
3.14159265358979323844
scale=2000
pi=a(1)*4
pi
3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307\
81640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058\
22317253594081284811174502841027019385211055596446229489549303819644\
28810975665933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610\
45432664821339360726024914127372458700660631558817488152092096282925\
40917153643678925903600113305305488204665213841469519415116094330572\
70365759591953092186117381932611793105118548074462379962749567351885\
75272489122793818301194912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719\
07021798609437027705392171762931767523846748184676694051320005681271\
45263560827785771342757789609173637178721468440901224953430146549585\
37105079227968925892354201995611212902196086403441815981362977477130\
99605187072113499999983729780499510597317328160963185950244594553469\
08302642522308253344685035261931188171010003137838752886587533208381\
42061717766914730359825349042875546873115956286388235378759375195778\
18577805321712268066130019278766111959092164201989380952572010654858\
63278865936153381827968230301952035301852968995773622599413891249721\
77528347913151557485724245415069595082953311686172785588907509838175\
46374649393192550604009277016711390098488240128583616035637076601047\
10181942955596198946767837449448255379774726847104047534646208046684\
25906949129331367702898915210475216205696602405803815019351125338243\
00355876402474964732639141992726042699227967823547816360093417216412\
19924586315030286182974555706749838505494588586926995690927210797509\
30295532116534498720275596023648066549911988183479775356636980742654\
25278625518184175746728909777727938000816470600161452491921732172147\
72350141441973568548161361157352552133475741849468438523323907394143\
33454776241686251898356948556209921922218427255025425688767179049460\
16534668049886272327917860857843838279679766814541009538837863609506\
80064225125205117392984896084128488626945604241965285022210661186306\
74427862203919494504712371378696095636437191728746776465757396241389\
086583264599581339047802759008

You don't have to store pi in an intermediate variable, of course.

Doctorow's blog had a lot of feedback, and some of that inspired me to calculate the pi moment:

scale = 31
pi = a(1) * 4
pi
3.1415926535897932384626433832792
date = (pi - 3) * 100
date
14.1592653589793238462643383279200
hour = (date - 14) * 24
hour
3.8223686155037723103441198700800
minute = (hour - 3) * 60
minute
49.3421169302263386206471922048000
second = (minnute - 49) * 60
second
-2940
second = (minute - 49) * 60
second
20.5270158135803172388315322880000

(Notice the woops with minnute, there. Also, notice that I have changed the evaluation between the date and the hour.)

March 14, 3:49:20.53 in the morning. FWIW.

bc allows defining functions, so you could write a general function that takes any decimal fraction and turn it into a moment.

Well, maybe not any. e, 2.7182818284590452353602874713526..., for instance.

There is, of course, no February 71st. Proof that it's easy to attempt to apply a system out of context. (I'm looking at you, Bill Gates. Take that abomination you call MS Office back off the market.)

Well, so bc is a pretty neat little calculator. (And so are Ruby and Python, among other full-blown languages.)

How do you get bc into your pocket?

Jailbreak your Android.

Don't try it on your iPhone, because you have to pay Apple something like a hundred dollars a year just to do things like this. And you have to have a stupid Intel processor Mac to do the development, last I heard. (I could almost forgive Intel the 8086 if they would just quit trying to kill the market for other processors and other companies, and if they would quit trying to take over the internet. Almost. That 8086 is never, ever, going to be power efficient, and we need power efficiency now. Intel, it's time to move over, get out of the way.)

Jailbreak your Android device, and if Android is too limiting, install Linux on it.

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