June 25th, 2009

Can I criticize the bard?

Last night, I took Teen and Teen's BFF to see Much Ado About Nothing performed at Ashland's Shakespearean festival. I know Shakespeare was a genius and all that, but Claudio seemed far too merry after he learned of Hero's death (he falsely accused her of being unchaste at their wedding, stormed out, and her family pretended she had died from shame.)

I was sitting next to some boys who seemed to be part of some out of state school tour. (They were convinced there were seeing fire flies, something I've always wanted to see, but which don't exist in Southern Oregon. They were just moths fluttering in the footlights. Aside: where do fireflies live?) The first act was completely over their heads (they referred to Beatrice as "the old lady") but by the end they were chuckling.



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Anemia advice?

Okay, the Slow-Fe made me feel like I ate barbed wire. I found another type of iron that said it was "gentle on the stomach" - well, maybe but let's just say it's not gentle all the way through.

Right now, the cure seems way worse than the disease. Any advice before I see my doctor at the end of the month?



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Fractals - why I love my family

I just was part of animated discussion that included me, my nephew, and my mom.

About fractal geometry.

My nephew is 9 and home schooled and probably a little genius. He just learned about fractals from some materials his mom picked up. My mom went to florist school, but has always loved to think about things like Flatland, which is a novel set in just two dimensions. And me - well, I loved math in high school but I think I've forgotten most of it. I do remember I loved Fibonacci numbers. All I remember about Fibonacci numbers now is how they start, and that they had something to do with spirals.

My mom and I just watched an old video my sister-in-law loaned us about fractal geometry that featured Stephen Hawking and a very natty Arthur C. Clarke (attired in some sort of safari jacket/shirt cross) discussing the wonders of fractals.

Never say my family doesn't know how to have fun.



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