Author Archives: Jake

Blocking Social Media

Wow. I had no idea that social media is such a drain on my work. The amount of work I’ve been able to accomplish since blocking a few particular sites has been stunning. Twitter, in particular, has been the big … Continue reading

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Lately

Math has lost some of its luster, lately. I’m still doing it, but at a slower pace. I think that’s fine. The main goal I have is not to stop. I just have other things that are interesting me right … Continue reading

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Saxon Algebra 2, 2nd Edition vs Saxon Algebra 2, 3rd Edition

I’m at the point now where I’m comfortable saying, “Don’t use the answer book for the second edition for the third edition.” More than 99 percent of the problems are identical, but since I’ve found at least two that are … Continue reading

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Losing Steam

No, this is not about losing steam in mathematics. I’m still chugging along. Finished lesson 23 in Algebra 2 today. But losing steam has been on my mind lately. It seems like guys have a tendency to do this. I … Continue reading

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Through Algebra 2, Lesson 10

So far, my trek through Algebra 2 has primarily made me laugh, laugh at those who say “You should skip the first 20 lessons of each successive Saxon book because it’s just review.” What utter nonsense. I *just* finished Algebra … Continue reading

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Saxon Algebra 2, Second vs Third Editions

I already had Algebra 2, second edition, but when I started it I was miffed to find out that the little subscripts that indicate which lesson a problem comes from was missing. Apparently, this was added in the third edition. … Continue reading

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Algebra 1 DONE

I should say “done again.” I did complete this book before. Probably the first math book I *ever* completed, back in 2010 or so. But yeah, it’d been a while. But it’s done as of 10 minutes ago or so. … Continue reading

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Home Stretch

Up to lesson 110 in Algebra 1. Ten left. Hoping to finish before May 1.

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Dad as Mom

My wife had been on bed rest for the last three weeks or so of pregnancy. We tried having her be at home alone with the kids, but that really didn’t work out very well. She had to get up … Continue reading

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Stupid Errors

By far and away the majority of the errors I make at this point are what I’d call “stupid errors.” Things like forgetting to carry a negative sign down when writing the final answer. Or (the one I hate the … Continue reading

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