Standard Non-Conformity | Sam Shepherd

As I’ve blogged about before, language standards are somewhat problematic: my definition of right can vary significantly from your definition of right, and the term “standard” is very often a lazy discriminatory euphemism for prestige: essentially “if you don’t speak like the rich and powerful, then there’s something wrong with you.” Language is a bugger to control, particularly when the standard being sold is fairly arbitrary, like the finally disappearing rule of not splitting infinitives. To dictate a specific form requires a belief in absolute definitions, incontrovertible rules, even…

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Practical Tips to Help Bridge the Gender Gap: For Men AND Women in the Workplace @WomenEd_UAE | @DrCWebbBAPhD

I’m inspired to write this based on an online newspaper article I read 2 months ago about a female, Emirati mechanical engineer who was making a plea for change in male dominated industries (see full article at http://ift.tt/2ihpuvx).

My starting point is to say that the WEF Global Gender Gap Report (2016) makes it abundantly clear that men and women and the whole of human society all stand to gain by achieving a Planet5050 and full gender parity in health, economics, education…

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Standard Non-Conformity | Sam Shepherd

As I’ve blogged about before, language standards are somewhat problematic: my definition of right can vary significantly from your definition of right, and the term “standard” is very often a lazy discriminatory euphemism for prestige: essentially “if you don’t speak like the rich and powerful, then there’s something wrong with you.” Language is a bugger to control, particularly when the standard being sold is fairly arbitrary, like the finally disappearing rule of not splitting infinitives. To dictate a specific form requires a belief in absolute definitions, incontrovertible rules, even…

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Tessellations and cuboids | Colin

On a recent1 episode of Wrong, But Useful, Dave mentioned something interesting2: if you take three regular shapes that meet neatly at a point – for example, three hexagons, or a square and two octagons – and make a cuboid whose edges are in the same ratio as the number of sides on each shape (e.g., 6 by 6 by 6 or 4 by 8 by 8), the resulting cuboid has a volume that’s (numerically) the same as its surface area (here, 216 or 256).
Let’s prove it!

The interior angle of a regular $n$-gon is $\pi – \frac{2n}{\pi}$, or $180 – \frac{360}{n}$ if you insist on silly angle measures. In fact, it’s…

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So, I Left Home (3) | charliecountryboy

“So put me on a highway and show me a sign

And take it to the limit one more time.”                                                                                     Take it to the Limit: Eagles: 1975.

The open road is such a cleansing experience. Everything left behind with only the future ahead, a future that is as exciting as it is unknown. Jersey in the summer of 1976 was a learning curve. The Master as he has now been deemed had agreed to take me on his forthcoming trip by camper van through France into Spain, culminating in Gran Canaria for a winter of spearfishing. He…

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So, I Left Home (3) | charliecountryboy

“So put me on a highway and show me a sign

And take it to the limit one more time.”                                                                                     Take it to the Limit: Eagles: 1975.
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The open road is such a cleansing experience. Everything left behind with only the future ahead, a future that is as exciting as it is unknown. Jersey in the summer of 1976 was a learning curve. The Master as he has now been deemed had agreed to take me on his forthcoming trip by camper van through France into Spain,…

Continue reading at:
http://ift.tt/2xFojbv