Apr. 19th, 2006

chickenfeet: (mew)
We have reached that point in the kittencycle where the small furry ones feel the urge to test out their predator nature by ruthlessly hunting down monkey servant appendages. It is very hard to sleep when sharp pointy kitten teeth are inserted into ones toes at regular intervals. It doesn't help that Jane just attempted, clumsily, to jump into my lap while I was typing this. She may be having stitches out tomorrow but I may be needing them instead.
chickenfeet: (spin)

JN Gillespie 5-2-11-3
JN Gillespie n.o. 201


NZ top 5 - first innings 41
- second innings 37



Apr. 19th, 2006 10:52 am
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gacked from [livejournal.com profile] lisekit

Your Dominant Intelligence is Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

You are great at finding patterns and relationships between things.
Always curious about how things work, you love to set up experiments.
You need for the world to make sense - and are good at making sense of it.
You have a head for numbers and math ... and you can solve almost any logic puzzle.

You would make a great scientist, engineer, computer programmer, researcher, accountant, or mathematician.

The people who write these things have no idea what accountants do. I would be an absolutely awful accountant. Most mathematicians make awful accountants. We make much better lion tamers.
chickenfeet: (ilp)
[livejournal.com profile] frankie_ecap asked:

1) How do you think your political beliefs were formed?

Half sense of justice, half chip on shoulder? I'm two generations removed from the industrial working class. Both my parents went to grammar school but left school at 16. One of my grandfathers left school at 11 to be a slaughterman's boy, one of my great grandfathers walked from Essex to Manchester to find work during the depression of the 1880s. By dint of various scholarships and grants I went to a public school and a good university so, by and large, I spent my teenage years with people who were much wealthier than my family. They weren't any brighter or any harder working than the kids I had gone to school with in classes of 45 five year olds in Bradford in a school next to a stinking chip factory but the world was built around them. I hadn't heard Leon Rosselson's Palaces of Gold then (maybe he hadn't written it yet) but I can relate to it well enough. Add to that that the country was going to hell in a handbasket. In the first 25 years of my life unemployment went from essentially nil to three million and the north of England was destroyed as an economic entity. Surely, my teenage self, said, there was a better way?

Somewhere along the line the vague aspirations and resentments coalesced into some sort of ideology helped by some quite fantastic people, notably [livejournal.com profile] wandra's parents.

2) What's your answer to the maths ed question? If you were in charge, what would you change about it and how would you go about it?

I really don't know. I think a large part of it must be getting mathematicians (not BEds with a working, or not so working, knowledge of elementary maths) into the classroom earlier to try and communicate the beauty and excitement of the subject. In practical terms I guess that means roving maths specialists who really know their stuff. Maybe this could be linked to my other pet educational idea of closing half the universities and putting the money into early childhood and primary education.

I also like [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball's idea of teaching probability through discovery to help kids understand why math matters.

Finally, I wouldn't mind making the university entrance standard more like Germany where a decent level of mathematical competence is required whatever one is going to study later. It's amazing how much better people perform when they have to.

3) How did you and lemur_catta meet?

For lots of reasons I'll answer that in email.

4) How did you come to learn to cook?

Osmosis. My mother taught cookery to adults. I had to feed myself at university. I spent time in the food industry (really useful training in how food works from a physical and chemical pov). I spent years on the road eating in good restaurants. I like food. I like to cook. So, summing up, I've been exposed to a lot of excellent influences and I have a theoretical framework to relate to. The rest is practice.

5) What do you think was your most formative experience and why?

I don't think there has ever been a "Road to Damascus" moment. To quote a mutual friend, "It's always more complicated".

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