## 01.30.2019: One Lesson of Math - Test Day!

Today's soundtrack is Mortiis: The Stargate, an epic soundscape of instruments and operatic vocals. This afternoon, I went straight from work to write my Unit 6 precalculus test, which was on trigonometry. I think it went well. I only have one more unit after this, then I'll be finished Precalculus 11! #Mortiis

## 01.29.2019: One Lesson of Math - Unit 6 Review, Part 2

Today's soundtrack is Cannibal Corpse: Gore Obsessed, my third metal album in as many days. I'm certainly not complaining! Cannibal Corpse was the band that got me into death metal, and they were the headliners at the first metal show I went to. Basically, I think that everything they do is awesome. They don't vary styles much; they know their sound, and they know their audience, and they do what their fans know and love them for. One of the things that they are known for is

## 01.28.2019: One Lesson of Math - Unit 6 Review, Part 1

Today's soundtrack is Engorged: Engorged, which is described here as a death/thrash metal album, but in my opinion would be better classified as grind/thrashcore. Though the album itself is pretty solid, I'm disappointed in the drum mix; the snare is often buried in the mix, and the hi-hat sounds weak, but the ride and kick do sound good. The bass guitar is super distorted, which I love, and the guitars sound like chainsaws. \M/ This afternoon, I'm starting to work on the rev

## 01.27.2019: Tidying Up With Steven Mills

Today's soundtrack is Arch Enemy: Doomsday Machine, a melodic death metal album from 2005. One of the things about the band that intrigued me was the fact that the powerful growled vocals were performed by Angela Gossow, one of the few female death metal vocalists that I've heard of. Last night, I decided to check out the show "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." I'm a pretty organized person, though having three kids makes keeping the house clean an ongoing battle, so I thought th

## 01.26.2019: One Lesson of Math - The Cosine Law, Part 2

Today's soundtrack is John Schlitt: Unfit for Swine, a solo album by Petra's lead singer. Even though Petra was my favourite band growing up, when I bought this album, I hadn't put two and to together; all I knew was that this guy sounded just like the singer from Petra, and I was hooked. A quick side note before we start today's lesson: last night, I started playing around with an animation app called FlipaClip, and I came up with a little animation. The app was pretty intui

## 01.25.2019: One Lesson of Math - The Cosine Law, Part 1

Today's soundtrack is Shania Twain: Up! (Green Version), the country-styled version of her classic album. Every one of the nineteen songs on the album is a modern classic; each one is so infectiously catchy, with sing-along lyrics and head-bobbing music. As we learned in the lesson about the sine law (part 1, part 2), if we know either the measure of two angles and the length of one side or the length of two sides and the measure of one non-contained angle, we can use the sin

## 01.24.2019: One Lesson of Math - The Sine Law, Part 2

Today's soundtrack is Triumph: Allied Forces, an album that I regret not giving its due up until recently. I got it with a few other CDs in one of those "mystery bag for $2" bins at Krazy Bob's Music Emporium back in the day, and because I'd bought it at a discounted rate, I unconsciously labeled it as a discount-level album. I've realized the error of my ways, though: it's a solid 80s rock album! It reminds me in a really good way of Journey's album "Eclipse," one of my favo

## 01.23.2019: One Lesson of Math - The Sine Law, Part 1

Today's soundtrack is Darkthrone: Goatlord, a unique release from the black metal band of one of their rehearsal tapes from back when they did death metal, with black metal/operatic vocals added after the fact. It has a very raw, dark atmosphere. This afternoon, I'm learning about the Sine Law. When labeling a triangle that is not a right triangle, we will label the three angles as A, B, and C. The sides opposite from the angles are respectively labeled a, b, and c. The sine

## 01.22.2019: One Lesson of Math - Angles in Standard Position in All Quadrants, Part 4

Today's soundtrack is The Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer, their "greatest hits" album. The majority of the songs feel very formulaic to me, especially in contrast to yesterday's prog rock masterpiece. Four times through this album was quite enough for me. I wasn't able to finish the whole assignment yesterday; I finished it today. #TheBeachBoys

## 01.21.2019: One Lesson of Math - Angles in Standard Position in All Quadrants, Part 3

Today's soundtrack is Opeth: Sorceress, the third 70s-style progressive rock album in a row from the Swedish progressive metal masters. I really like this (relatively) new turn that the band has taken. This afternoon, I'm doing the assignment portion of the lesson I've been learning about angles in standard position in all quadrants. Links to previous sections: Part 1, Part 2. I learned today that when sketching an angle, we must draw an arrow showing which direction the angl

## 01.20.2019: One Lesson of Math - Angles in Standard Position in All Quadrants, Part 2

Today's soundtrack is Rebecca St. James: If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something. She is such an incredible singer; I've loved her music ever since I got her album Transform when I was in my teens. Today, I'm continuing where I left off yesterday in learning about how we can measure and work with angles in all four quadrants. When dealing with angles in the first quadrant, we often represent them as θ (theta); however, when we look at angles in quadrants 2, 3, or 4, we repr

## 01.19.2019: One Lesson of Math - Angles in Standard Position in All Quadrants, Part 1

Today's soundtrack is Our Lady Peace: Clumsy, a unique, grungy album by the Canadian alt-rock band. I've already learned about angles in standard position in the first quadrant; I'm now learning about how we can work with angles in any quadrant on a graph. There are four quadrants in a graph. The origin of the graph is where x 0 and y 0 meet. The quadrants ascend counter-clockwise - another thing that makes no sense. The first quadrant is the northeast quadrant; the second qu

## 01.18.2018: One Chapter of Nonfiction

Today's soundtrack is Cannibal Corpse: Evisceration Plague, another solid album from the masters of death metal. This afternoon, I'm reading the sixth chapter of the second book of Aristotle's Ethics. To be called excellent, says Aristotle, any object must do two things: it must be in good repair, and it must function well. Virtue in man is excellence. A virtuous man will be good, and he will function well. When we consider what is good for each person, we must not simply mak

## 01.17.2019: Special Edition - Right Angle Trigonometry Flowchart

Today's soundtrack is Burzum: Filosofem, a classic album that set the standard for atmospheric black metal. This evening, I put the finishing touches on my trigonometry flowchart. I had so much fun putting it together. Click the image to check out the high-res version! Another fun project I did was building a monitor stand and then setting up my second monitor in a vertical orientation. I then used Gridmove to set up the grids how I wanted them. I'm happy with the result!

## 01.16.2019: One Lesson of Math - Trigonometry Flowchart, First Draft

Today's soundtrack is Steve Earle: Copperhead Road, an awesome bluesy country southern rock album. This evening, I tried my hand at creating a flowchart, and ended up having an absolute blast. Making it was at least as fun as playing Factorio. What I wanted to design was a flowchart that will take anyone from start to finish in solving a right angle triangle using trigonometry. Tomorrow, I'll give it a test run while I do my homework so that I can make any tweaks needed befor