Soooo, it's summer, and because of the baby, there's not nearly as much time to work on the blog as I'd hoped. I'm slowly but surely transferring all of the significant math posts from the blog pages to the Advanced High School Math project (see the link on the right—your right, my left as I look at you from here (the comedian David Brenner used to have this bit about the brawls in old Westerns: when the hero says to his sidekick, "You take the one on the right," how come the sidekick never whispers back, "Wait, our right or their right?")). I've had one e-mail expressing interest in contributing, and I hope that I get a submission from that, and I'm still hoping for more. In the meantime, I will slowly but surely add more pages to that project.
I hope to have at least 3 or 4 more pages up in a couple of weeks when I'm hosting the Carnival of Mathematics, in which I compile a list of links (sent by authors or finders) of interesting math-related posts. Apparently, I don't have to actually understand the posts, which is good, considering the pretty advanced stuff that gets linked there.
The worthwhile read mentioned in the title is here. One of my favorite bloggers explains how he thinks the current administration gets away with lie after lie after misstep after misstep after incompetence after incompetence. His thesis, basically, is that our attitude of American exceptionalism (that we're the greatest nation in history and can't really ever be wrong) prevents serious confrontation of the administration, since then we'd have to admit that, indeed, our government might actually be corrupt and in the sole business of trying to stay in power, which would make us seem no better than an African dictatorship. So instead we give them the benefit of the doubt. Whether or not you agree with the thesis, he's an excellent writer, and you should read it.
Okay, that's all for now...I'll put another page up on the Project and then get to some work around the house or nap or something.