Jotting the Add

Additionally I must do this SoCSing thing and I think more like ADD, not me, but plenty of people in my life, distracting themselves while I’m over here like “FOCUS!” but then in truth, I could afford to not focus quite so muchly and that is the way of brains. So go our differences.

Adding is better than subtracting, because borrowing. I cannot borrow in my head. It changes two numbers at once. Adding only adds more numbers when you carry. But in subtraction, it’s borrowing and carrying. I can’t keep track of errant numbers wanderin round my head, runnin into lists and data storage. I don’t have a number lasso for fuck’s sake. There’s no border collie in there, herding the numbers around. By the way, it’s called regrouping now, the borrowing and carrying.

Also, math comes with properties now. I’m not sure when math got properties, but sometime after I got a bachelor’s in Not-Math and before Moo got to 4th grade. Her brother and sisters already knew about the properties, but I had remained blissfully unaware. Maybe it’s always had properties and they were withheld from me. No idea.

Sometimes I argue about math with one of my teacher friends. She contends the new math is awesome and I’m like how can you grasp that mystical sudoku bullshit computation and yet you struggle with the right usage of ‘your?’ and that, too, is the way of brains.

I have now written a post about math and so it’s time for me to go away and question who I am and what it all means.

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32 Responses to Jotting the Add

  1. Bill says:

    “The” new math? The? Seriously, which new math is this? The one that frustrated me when I tried to help my kids, or the one that is now frustrating my daughter trying to help her son? There is no such thing as “awesome” math. That is factoid. I had a friend who had a PhD is “theoretical” mathematics. Some peeps are just too damn smart for their own good. He was one. At the gym one day I told him, “two plus two equal four, but you will never be a normal person.” (For the record, he was also a Zoomie). Why do I hear the theme from The Twilight Zone?

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  2. loisajay says:

    My daughter is a CPA. She so did not get that from me……

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  3. bikerchick57 says:

    Oh my LOfrickinL! This is the best post ever. Your the best, Joey. I mean you’re. Effin properties bullshit math.

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    Now this is a day – Joey writes about math. Does that mean that math is now OK? Cause I got lots of math post ideas in my drafts folder. I like your explanation of addition vs. subtraction. In fact, there are computer processes that consider how many “operations” are required, so changing two numbers is more costly than changing one. For the record, I think math had properties when you learned it (cuz it had them when I did).

    I hope you enjoy the rest of this weekend.

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  5. J-Dub says:

    Regrouping … properties … sounds like Monopoly with funny money. Things that make me go huh? What will they think of next???! Lol :).


  6. Ally Bean says:

    Math has properties? Welp, news to me. Math and I have always had a difficult relationship so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that math withheld this bit of news from me. Sneaky little git.

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  7. rvpackard says:

    Go English!!!

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  8. JoAnna says:

    Borrowing and carrying are much more descriptive terms than re-grouping. It’s a good thing there are people who are good at math so I don’t have to.

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  9. Luanne says:

    Brains is more weird than some math.

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  10. Benson says:

    Joey and Math ?! Must look for more signs of the end times.

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  11. Joanne Sisco says:

    ummm – math has properties? wth!

    I now know that virtually anything is possible. Joey wrote a math post 😁

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  12. markbialczak says:

    I still prefer a pencil and straight columns to accomplish subtraction the way I learned in elementary school, Joey. Talk about old math!

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  13. marianallen says:

    Have you heard Tom Lehrer’s “New Math”? Lemme see….

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  14. What the hell are properties? I made a living with trigonometry for nearly twenty years, but I don’t know about properties. Is my math dysfunctional now? Are my answers incorrect? Are my calculations like the bell-bottoms and polyester of a bygone era?

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  15. Math makes my head hurt. Always has, always will.

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  16. Amy says:

    I like math. But I do not like new math. And I absolutely don’t like proving things for which there is no need (aka the annoying part of Geometry).

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