Pete's Log: biking gear, lunch, and thoughts on math

Entry #490, Fri, October 06, 2000, 12:09 EST (Life in General)
(posted when I was 22 years old.)
Got email from Nikki Johnson. Fun to hear from her again.

Today I broke out some of my biking gear. It's starting to get cold and wet, and I think it'd be better if I wore reasonable stuff to bike in and brought a change of clothes with me. So I think I'm gonna go by proform and pick up a helmet (if they have them) since I don't think I am willing to trust indiana drivers in winter conditions. And while I'm there, I might pick up a pump I can attach to my bike frame. I'm also considering looking at how much clipless pedals are. My toe clips are getting to be quite worn. And if I buy the shoes for clipless pedals, I should be able to, in theory, use those if I go home or wherever and rent a real bike. But maybe I should just look into how much new toe clips would cost.

Today for the second straight day I remembered to bring lunch. I wonder where this trend will take us.

I've been thinking about math of late and the process of math education. I'm very disappointed in my math education. I've been taught a lot of stuff that I've forgotten since I've never used it since. And the more I think about it, the more I think that the math I understand best is the math I had to use (and basically learned) in non math classes such as physics and circuits. For some reason applying math makes it easier to learn. I wonder why. But I wish I'd learned more of the math that matters to me. Calculus beyond stuff I learned in calc 1 and 2, and differential equations beyond what I used in circuits have never proven useful to me at all. So if those classes could have been replaced with cool logic, set theory, complexity, or algorithm type classes, I think I'd be much happier with my math education ... grrrrr....

saw George C. yesterday. talked to him about their little soccer games. looks like I'm gonna get to play soccer once or twice a week, which will make me very happy.
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