Miscellaneous #socs

The prompt for today is “open book, point, write.” I opened a book and pointed at the word “miscellaneous.”

Miscellaneous stuff. Image by shell_ghostcage from Pixabay

Did you know that various and sundry are synonyms for miscellaneous? I did. (No idea why I found that statement so hilarious, but I’ve been sitting here for several minutes laughing at it.) So miscellaneous items are the same as various items, which in turn are the same as sundry items, and therefore miscellaneous items are the same as sundry items. In math, that’s called the transitive property: if a=b and b=c, then a=c.

Pi to 173 decimal places. Source: aitoff on Pixabay

The other day, I posted this one-liner, which apparently made it sound as though I didn’t think there was much value in taking Algebra 2 (or, if you prefer, Algebra II). Several of you (including my uncle Jack and Dan) pointed out that math classes are great for learning problem solving, which of course they are, and solving problems is a big part of being an adult. My point was that high school prepares a student for adult life as well as for college, so it makes sense that we give them a feel for what they’re up against when they leave school and take their places in the adult world, whether that day comes when they graduate high school or college. I don’t think we do that very well. One of the first things we should talk about is “how do you pick a major in college?”

Now, we lost rock and roll and New Orleans legend Dr. John the other day. In his honor, here he is with the Sunday Night Band (Hiram Bullock and Jeff Healey, guitars; David Sanborn, alto sax; Marcus Miller, bass; Omar Hakim, drums; and a keyboard player I don’t recognize) playing “Iko Iko.”


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You can still get the original flavor Listerine, but I think most people prefer the flavored ones these days…

23 thoughts on “Miscellaneous #socs

  1. Hi John – well I enjoyed this … very quirky content … and now I’ve heard Dr John sing, as well as play … I’ve never fully got with it re algebra or music! But yes we should help our kids to learn more about the world out here! Make sure they’ve alternative roads/choices ahead … Cheers Hilary

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    1. Alternatives are important, because the cost of a bachelor’s degree is skyrocketing, and for no good reason. I’d say half the kids in college now have no idea why they’re there and don’t want to be there, but they’re going because they don’t know what else they can do.

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  2. Looks like your mind wandered in various and sundry ways, John. Which, if I understand you correctly, is that same as various and various ways. Maybe that should be various and variouser. Nice of you to mention Dr. John.

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  3. I’d heard the name but couldn’t remember Dr. John songs so I had to Google. Right Place in the Wrong Time is what I am familiar with. Good stream.

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  4. RIP Dr. John.

    Nice stream today. I missed your 1liner while traveling but I’ll check it out soon. Algebra was awful. Nothing about it helps me solve problems in the real world. Though there was a tremendous sense of accomplishment having passed the dang class. In college that meant taking Pre-Algebra and Intermediate Algebra before College Algebra. The first two didn’t even count toward my degree.

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  5. I didn’t even think about Native Americans and Mardi Gras and that that song was a Native Amercan song but I just googled it. Wonder if it was the Seminole? And I think kids should be given better counseling on how to match up themselves with college plans or not.

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    1. I think the Seminole are mostly in Florida; maybe the Choctaw. And I absolutely agree that, especially with the cost of a college education, they need plenty of alternatives and some guidance on how to select a major.

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          1. I will check it out. I did do some research and the ‘Indians’ referred to at Mardi Gras are African Americans dressed up in Indian costume. I read about the song and the man who is claimed to be the writer of the song says he thinks the words came from Native American language?

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