By having the same class 2 years in a row, she commented how much they (we) bonded. She also remembers Harrison and myself arm wrestling with 2 minutes to go in the period. There's a long story behind that. My motto I borrowed from Jon Taffer, "I embrace solutions, not excuses" taught her responsibility she said. Awesome!
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
So before I moved in 2 years ago, my uncle Mike M and I setup a retaining wall and dug up the backyard and dumped dirt under the huge tree in the back which had big roots sticking up. We put rock pathways, seating, small lawn, and a firepit. The top right quadrant was a blank canvas. I tried growing vegetables but they either died or got eaten up by animals, possibly gophers.
We thought about hiring a landscaper, but for what we wanted, it was beyond what we were willing to spend. Luckily my dad had some pavers from my uncle Mike J that were leftover from a commercial job site in the city. Here's what they look like:
We then decided we would make a 13 foot by 13 grid of these surrounded by a square framed with treated 2 by 4's. We also decided to make a pathway from the side gate to the front of my house, rather than have overgrown uneven grass on the side of the house.#mathphoto16 #lines #symmetry #multiples my uncle had extra pavers. Going into my backyard! Concentric circles! pic.twitter.com/SubJE3WttS— Martin Joyce (@martinsean) July 4, 2016
As you can see, with manual labor help we dug out the area and tried to make it roughly level. Then we framed a square. We made sure that the lengths were equal and forming four right angles. Then we cut and set rebar and tied off where it crossed.
My dad, the finisher, and El Chapo.
3/4 of the way there.
When you finish pumping concrete you can't leave the cement in the hose or it will harden and be stuck there. Big Paul has an ingenious method. He gets a wet sponge ball and sticks it one end of the tube and attaches a water hose to it to push the ball through the hose getting all the cement out.
Instead of having dead muddy grass on the side of the house, we now have a cement pathway. Makes it easier to take out garbage, recycling weekly and also to get in and out of the backyard quicker. Ideally I'd like to take the gate out and move it up to near the garage in the future.
Laying it down.How many squares do you see? Hint: 1 layer will fit in the large cement square. Estimate. Reasoning? @Estimation180 pic.twitter.com/tEzNWTYGn0— Martin Joyce (@martinsean) July 15, 2016
And the final patio! My father in law planted some succulents and a lemon tree on the border of the patio area.
We also painted our fireplace with this brick cleaner goopy adhesive. After a day and a half it was completely dried and I peeled it all off. I'd advise to put it on thick in between the bricks because it's hard to pull it off when it's thin.
Coming soon: a complete screencast on HOW to make a screencast after completing a Desmos challenge.
This one is from Markos and Zoe.
I made a screencast of how Ss & parents can navigate to @CPMmath homework help online. https://t.co/uX7vBos7ys #mtbos— Martin Joyce (@martinsean) July 26, 2016
I made a screencast of how to solve equations with @CPMmath algebra tiles. https://t.co/gmNk2bUj80 Feedback welcome #mtbos— Martin Joyce (@martinsean) July 26, 2016
I made a @zaption of solving an equation without algebra tiles https://t.co/dMdt0YcwEz #mtbos feedback welcome— Martin Joyce (@martinsean) July 26, 2016
The dialogue between the 2 Ss is amazing #marbleslides 4:05 mark, "so fun!!" https://t.co/83im87exg4 via @YouTube @desmos #loudclass— Martin Joyce (@martinsean) March 31, 2016
This one is from Markos and Zoe.
Monday, July 11, 2016
As you may or may not know, my wife and I have a newborn, now over a month old, Everly. Prior to her birth Jess thought that I slammed the kitchen cabinets hard and loudly. When the baby was born, it also startled her. I had a problem and I wanted to find a solution. Exactly the feeling and growth mindset I want my students to have. I don't recall what I exactly googled, but I googled something to the effect of "How to make kitchen cabinets close quietly?" I believe I also looked on Amazon, and found the following product, Blumotion Hinge adapter which are 35 dollars for a pack of 10. I have 20 cabinet doors. Also, it seemed to be the highest rated at 4.5/5 stars.
My dad had one and installed it in the top right corner of the cabinet, and it did not produce the same effect. With the plastic adapter in the second photo below, it brings the device away from the closing door so it catches it quicker before it gets more momentum.
So, moral of the story is: if you want to fix something, search for an answer. Look what's out there. See what is rated highly. I also provided these photos of the process, but in the Amazon reviews a buyer posted a great how to video, which was also a reason that I was motivated to purchase this particular product.
Why am I posting this on my math blog? One it's one of the many jobs I have done to stay busy and I also believe it's an analogy for the type of outlook we should have in our lives. See a problem, avoid fixing it for a bit, and then doing something about it.
Oh yeah, I'm ordering more and installing them in my parent's kitchen as well as my wife's parents house!