Krazy ‘Katecture at the MOMA

A recent math and art workshop brought me to Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art. There I had the opportunity to see many models made with mind-melting minutia. The maker? Mr. Bodys Isek Kingelez.

Ideal Athletes, Ideal Parents

I saw this sign at Aviator Sports Complex out by Floyd Bennet Field, Brooklyn.

It reads:

Your child’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are.

But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and tries their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.

I like it.

Para Para Paradise

Nearly 750 people attended the new paraprofessional training held during election day. Here is the view from the bleachers.

The screen was completed unreadable.

Go Math Didn’t Add Up

Many schools use Go Math for their math instruction.

it is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishers.

I turned to a random page in a Go Math student workbook.

Question 28 states that 36 people are going camping for Max’s family reunion. They need to sleep in cabin tents (which hold ten people) and vista tents (which hold eight people). The student must determine the exact number of tents that the campers will need. If a student needs more help, they can use their ipad or phone to scan the QR code, which directs the student to an online video of “Math on the Spot with Professor Burger,” who helps explain how to solve the problem.

Here is a still shot from the video.

According to Professor Burger, there are only 34 people camping at the reunion. Two people are missing!

Bad math bro!

All I can think about is that two children must have wandered off into the woods, and instead of the adults sending a search party right away, they all want to get a good night’s sleep in their cabin and vista tents.


There are only a bajillion software developers and editors who work for Microsoft and all of them missed this!


Look closer:


Yes, it does read:

“Change the wy text wraps around the selected object”


This bug appears in MS Word for Mac 2011 documents, when saving files in compatibillity mode (i.e., .doc file types, not .docx).


You’re welcome.


Two random sightings in one day.

#1 Stuyvesant High School cafeteria

This sounded bad.


#2 Woodhull Street, Brooklyn

The one on the street sounded real nice.

Yeah, I walked it.

My choice for this year’s NYCDOE STEM Institute was on water engineering in NYC. We talked aquaducts, reservoirs, pipes, etc. The highlight was a trip to the Highbridge aquaduct that connects 173rd Street in Manhattan over the East River to the Bronx. The birdge scared the tar out of me when I drove underneath on the Harlem River drive.

Word Coding

In this activity, students use N(orth), S(outh), E(ast) and W(est) arrows to spell words off a letter grid.

For example, “JUMP” is E, E, E, S.


In this example, “ABOVE” is S, S, E, S, E


After doing several examples, give students a code (e.g., S, S, E, S, E) and let them figure out what word it spells!

Remember to specify the starting box (which is typically the upper left-most cell — like in a spreadsheet)

And all the rest of these ~some words

tiresome – me, now

meddlesome- those kids from Scooby doo

lissome – see lithesome

fearsome – scary, as in, “my, what fearsome teeth you have, granny.”

adventuresome – Jake and Finn, duh.

mettlesome – full of mettle (as in “good spirits”)

blithesome – breezy indifference

awesome – that which induces awe, such as a 30′ wave and me on the longboard

bunglesome – (this is a good one) always messing up

lithesome – see lissome

lightsome – the daring young man on the flying trapeze

wearisome – writing this list

darksome – the love-child of tall+dark+handsome


Full of beans.

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