dimland radio 1-30-16 show notes

Work On Spec Sucks

I briefly touched on a video on the internets giving examples of how other businesses and professionals scoff at being asked to do work on spec. Working on spec is mainly something asked of creative people working in the graphic arts. They’ll be asked to do a design or illustration and, if it is liked, they might get paid. Or they get another project from the client asking for work on spec and that will pay. Maybe.

 
I can’t think of any other fields in which working for free to see if you’re any good is so prevalent as in graphic arts. Internships not withstanding.
 
Check out this video and you’ll get the idea.
The New X-Files And My Complaint About Men’s Suits

I also gave a brief mention to my excitement for and enjoyment of Season 10 of The X-Files. It’s great to see Scully and Mulder back and going after the truth. But, as a skeptic, the shows can be hard to watch. I keep rolling my eyes and saying, “Come on, Mulder. Really?”

 
Seriously, I am enjoying the show so far.
 
I made this to demonstrate that the suits are too small!
What I’m not enjoying is seeing how uncomfortable Duchovny (Mulder) looks in his suits. I’ve gone on about this before, but today’s “fashion forward” men’s suits are TOO SMALL! The jacket strains at the buttons even when the man is just standing. In the series so far, Duchovny has taken to not even buttoning the suit jacket. And his tie looks ridiculous.

Maybe not the best example, but you can see it’s unbuttoned.
More Problems With Skepticism/Atheism/Humanism/Feminism

I know I’m not going to have the answer to this schism that exists within skepticism, atheism, humanism, and feminism. It’s been rather frustrating watching all the sniping back and forth since “elevatorgate“. I find reasoned thoughts on both sides and unreasoned thoughts on both sides.

 
The latest outrage has centered around Richard Dawkins and his dis-invitation as a speaker at NECSS. NECSS is one of the bigger science and skepticism conferences taking place these days and it is in close association with the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe (SGU). One the January 23rd episode the speaker line-up for NECSS was announced on the SGU.
 
First name mentioned was Richard Dawkins (biologist, science popularizer, atheist, and one of the central figures of “elevatorgate”). The members of the podcast all “ooooo’d” with excitement as host Dr. Steven Novella announced Dawkins’ name. My reaction was, “Uh, oh.”
 
I knew of the rift between Dawkins and Rebecca Watson (former SGU co-host and originator of the story that sparked “elevatorgate”) and the subsequent side-taking of those in the skeptical movement, so I was doubtful Dawkins’ inclusion would go over well with Watson and her camp.
 
Days after the announcement, Dawkins retweeted an offensive (to many) video of a cartoon featuring a stereotypical Islamic terrorist and a specific feminist (Chanty Binx) singing a song about how similar Islamists and feminists are. The video goes so far as to suggest rape is OK when done by a Muslim. Huh?!
 
The video is supposed to be satire, but it is so very poorly done. It really doesn’t make sense, but Dawkins thought it was worthy of sharing. His retweet set off a torrent of internet complaints and counter-complaints and quickly led to Dawkins’ dis-invitation to NECSS.
 
What a mess. I’ve often stated that any group, movement, club, or society that consists of more than one person is going to have internal strife. Skeptics are not immune.
 
I found this examination of Dr. Dawkins and the incident to be the most reasoned. 


Common Core Math

 
I then discussed something a little less complicated and controversial: Common Core Math.
 
I’m not mathematician. I’m a cartoonist, so what do I know?
 
That didn’t stop me from discussing this image:
 
 
This image has a lot of people confused. By not doing math the way they were taught, many people are thinking Common Core math doesn’t make sense and is ruining our children. Not only did the kid not understand the task being asked of him or her, but most people looking at this didn’t get it either. It’s not saying the sum should be 13. It’s asking the student to demonstrate how to make a 10 as part of the process of getting to 13.
 
My friend Chris Brown brilliantly explained it this way
 
“QUICK! What’s 23 + 42?
 
 “You can do this the old paper and pencil way, adding the right side first, then the left OR you can take 2 away from the 42, add 23 + 40 to get a pretty easy 63, the add 2 to it to get 65.

“These CC Math problems that are so often derided as ‘ridiculous’ are NOT teaching the kids a ‘new’ way to do math problems. They are teaching the kids a whole bunch of different ways to do them, many of which are sill at this stage, but will be critical later. This is just one of many approaches.

“How about 4276 + 5964?

“You can do this fairly easily in your head if you try. Add 4276 + 5000 to get 9276. Now add 900 to get 10,176. Now add 60 to get 10,236, now add 4 to get 10,240. With a little bit of quick practice, you can add these numbers mentally far quicker than you can do it on paper.

“THAT’S what this lesson is trying to teach. It’s impractical for 8 + 5, but it’s extremely practical as the numbers get bigger. Teaching concepts at earlier stages sets the kids up for success in more advanced math.

“The U. S. is the wealthiest nation in the world, but has ranked around 30th in math scores for decades now. The math WE were taught as kids doesn’t work well, plain and simple. New teaching methods are going to seem strange to us. Instead of deriding it and lamenting the fact that our kids aren’t being taught the same way we were, why not make a bit of an effort to understand what’s going on?”

I then took this image:

 

And used it to verbally demonstrate how the Box method is quicker and easier explain.
 
Movie Recommendation: None

 
I ran out of time. You are on your own this week.

 

Music heard on the show…

Dimland Radio opening theme song: ‘Ram’ by The Yoleus 
First ad break bumpers: ‘How Soon Is Now?‘ by The Smiths &Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? by The Ramones
Second ad break bumpers: ‘Did You Steal My Money?‘ by The Who &  ‘Who Dunnit?‘ by Genesis

Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle

That’s it! See you next Saturday night for Dimland Radio 11 Central, midnight Eastern on www.ztalkradio.com you can also download my show from the z talk show archives page. You can email your questions and comments to drdim@dimland.com
 
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