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Part math book, part online event, Punk Mathematics is an introduction to mathematical thinking for people who question everything.
Part math book, part online event, Punk Mathematics is an introduction to mathematical thinking for people who question everything.
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the new timeline of suck

I believe that in the first year of this project, I have committed most creative sins Merlin refers to in this talk, with the happy exception of activities worth promotion to the rank of Salami Commander. The result: tens of thousands of words, which are totally not a book.

I tried a few more things that didn't work during my internet fast, before discovering that writing longhand is awesome. There's time to think. I can't back up to reorganize. I can't get distracted by research notes. I have to just sit there, sucking at writing, and in doing so, getting better very slowly.

I'll be sucking at writing in this fashion until October 31, at which point I'll set that draft aside to marinate. From November 1 to the solstice, I'll be pounding out 50,000 words of unrelated drivel (and won't you join me?), and getting the interactive site to work like I want. (If you're Ruby-on-Rails-inclined, here's the zeroth draft on github.) After the holiday break, we'll start making the book better: I want to have the site's tires getting kicked starting January 6th, and the first missions starting a week later. I'm fully anticipating being humbled by my software naivete, but the basic idea is to give you one or more ways to read and annotate as I edit and add supporting material. 

That's the state of things. In short, make it, then make it better. I'm still vulnerable to clicktrance (so... many... tvtropes...) so I'm trying to be online minimally, but I will shout for help on twitter if needed, or maybe hold some stalker office hours. See you in the world.



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    1. Ron Bassilian and Jim Wheelock on September 21, 2011

      You make me feel so bad for doing all my writing on the computer ...

    2. Adrien on September 21, 2011

      Keep going. Creation is 5% inspiration 95% Persperation.

      I know a couple of people in here (Paris, France) who are waiting for you. Namely my daughter who's birthday is today and who was expecting this book as a present as the timeline was saying it would be out kind of now. She had "Good Will Hunting" instead. I could cover your ass up this time but your new deadline now is a year from now (shipping included) or you deal with my daughter, not me.

      Make this book good. Maket it f***ing good! Take the time you have. Ask some proofread, check your punx atittude. Make it rebel and cool. Make people cryyyyyy they didn't know math was that orgasmic! Math with some loud guitar. The punk way!

      Tell us in an update what we can do if we're not happy with the New Timeline of Suck.

      Punk's not dead!

    3. Janna Ostoya on September 21, 2011

      You're NaNoWriMoing this year? Awesome!