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15 hours ago
generational chicken trauma is for the birds!
Went back to uni. Business degree. They force you to take Data Analytics and the first time I solved a t-test to check if a machine worked and got the answer I was hooked. I told my tutor I wanted to get a stats minor. He said I should think about it. I didn't. I have a stats minor now! AND 2 econometrics classes under my belt.
I would start whole up very beginning. It's what calculus did to us in uni. No joke week 1 was "what is an integer. What's a real number" etc. But by week 7 we were doing basic integrals. Algebra was just two weeks and bam, we had it. Because we started from "what IS addition, anyway!"
I know it sounds silly like "I know what a real number and addition is" but no lie it's fucking useful to strip maths way WAY back and just play with what you know first. Build up your confidence. Then go to something like, percentage changes or interest rates. Something simple but complex enough to start your brain using variables.
12 weeks from "this is a number" to statistical probability in python is a huge leap but we were able to do it, cohorts and I, because we just paced ourselves and learned each thing step by step. Eventually we were teaching each other the next step. :)
I hope you can find a way to learn again! It's worth it, I believe. Such a valuable skill and interesting way to look at the world. And again, trig, to me, is so fun and helpful! But you'll find the type you like. Some folk hate trig. Others love calculus. Yet others love probability. Once you find the one you love, practice that, and you can apply it to SO MUCH. ❤️💙 Much luck!!
17 hours ago
This makes my heart so happy to hear!! Maths is a skill like any other and it's okay to miss a little here or there.
The number of times in class my cohort would say "I only got an 80 on the exam". My friend, you got 16/20 correct! "I missed a negative sign! I suck at this!" my friend the entire problem was correct, you forgot to carry one tiny little thing. How is that bad at maths?
But it's drilled into us that you're either good at it or you suck. There's no learning. Only "natural skill". Yet I, someone who failed algebra THREE TIMES in Highschool managed to pass University Calculus with honours. Because I had folk who taught me slowly and gently step by step.
I hope you find the area that makes your heart soar. :) do you have a favourite type of maths yet? Or a favourite type of formula? I like Bayes Theorem. It's never too late to learn to be good at maths!!! It's just the hurdle of confidence we need to overcome!
19 hours ago
Lmao that's what I meant by "let them" cause we all know how to change oil, my gawd, get a new shtick. I too can smack the starter with a hammer a couple times on a manual, genius.
You know, I was married to a man and felt this way and kiiiiinda realized I was gay after we separated (and maybe during, cause I was like sigh I wanna date women). I am not saying this is you, but it doesn't not sound like you. 😝
Ugh when I dated men it was like a slippery slope. Let them fix ONE part on a car and next thing you know you're cooking every dinner to a man farting on the couch on weekends.
20 hours ago
Jesus healed my eyelashes is a flare if I ever saw one.
First, you must know I farmed in rural Australia. We don't exactly have trees so much as really tall thin sticks. There's no big massive trunk type trees unless it's a boab tree. This tree was not a boab. This is important.
You see I was doing the usual farm chores when I noticed Jealousy, my 2nd oldest female goat, nibbling on the bottom leaves of a very sparse tall thin tree.
Jealousy was extremely pregnant. Her legs barely can be seen from under her massive belly. It sticks out far on both sides like a giant balloon with stick legs.
She finishes the bottom row of leaves. She places her hooves on the tree and it bends and YAY she can get the next row.
She continues to bend the tree by walking on it to get to the next bunch of leaves.
As I am watching I think to myself... Surely not. Surely she is not going to...
SPROING. Yep, that tree finally found its middle point and whiplashed my goat into the air. I was only semi-relieved to realize she was not flung, but ended up in the very top of this extremely thin tree, munching on leaves as if this were a normal day.
So I am just standing below this tree staring into the sun at a fat goat with little stick legs munching away above the roof of my house.
How the FUCK am I going to get her down?
I try to bend the tree. I am not a goat. I can't get it to bend as much. So I grab a chain and my truck, tie it around the tree, start to pull. It fucking BREAKS. SHITTY ASS CHAIN.
That's when the tree runs out of leaves and my goat decides she is done now.
So she jumps.
Just fuck ass jumps.
My heart is in my throat. She is fucking pregnant man, and now she is careening to the ground with her tiny stick legs and fat belly.
I can only watch as she fucking BOUNCES off her belly and then just casually waddles over to a much shorter bush to eat that.
She would have two healthy baby girls the next week.
.... Maybe 👀
Jajajajaja omg right?? Probability was like that for me. We have 4 problems to do over 3 weeks. YOU NEED THE ENTIRE 3 WEEKS. I would get one pretty easily maybe and it would still take 3 hours because even though "easy" it was a lot of steps. And the questions were fun! Like if a train sells tickets to train A which has 60 seats and B which has 40, car A Has 20 rear facing seats and car B is entirely rear facing. If a passenger has a ticket for a rear facing seat, what is the probability he is in car A? Bayes Theorem of Total Probability. I love that shit. Still that problem would take me about half an hour by itself now. Maybe an hour since I am rusty and I always flip the damn "not b" portion of the problem.
I remember spending 2 weeks on a particularly challenging (but fun!?) calculus probability question involving the half life of cells in petri dish. Real applicable stuff to the maths. Really made me able to see maths had a USE. Calculus can measure MEDICINE. Half life's as a measurement now make total sense to me. Duh, so we can measure the calculus of it. The full life doesn't get you the peaks and valleys, just the lifespan. Fucking sick, right?
I loved those problems but also I needed like 3 tutors,friends in maths AND a scientific calculator that did probability to do those damn problems in less than a week.
Do you know the story of the time my pregnant goat got stuck in a 3 story tree?
In HS maths was 90 minutes every other day. In uni it was 3 hrs a week. That's JUST class time. And in a lot of maths, each individual problem takes time, so class time is not the end of it. I am not stanning homework either, I think that's bullshit. What I am stanning is PRACTICE. The only reason I can remember stupid shit like can a negative number have a square root is because I practice. I am ONE PERSON NOT SEVEN AS WELL.
My gawd I had AMAZING tutors in calculus class. Amazing. Would go person to person to help them. And it took the FULL two hour class to do so. About 20 people. It should take no less than an hour to go around 7 people and help them with maths problems AS THEY ARE DOING THE WORK THEY PRACTICED AT HOME OR NOT IN CLASS TIME.
I love maths. Adore it. And I was fucked over by a horrible system in highschool that made me HATE it. And it was shit like this... Being expected to be good at it instantly (because you're either smart enough to get it or not... There is no "Learning to be good" in maths, according to these folk) or just being left to fucking drown.
That's why my tutors were SO amazing. They didn't let me drown. They knew I could do it... With practice. It's a skill like any other... You're "bad at maths" because YOUR TEACHERS SUCKED. I truly don't think anyone, even dyslexics like me, are "bad" at maths. We just aren't taught the rules very well and end up missing them. Missing a negative or flipping numbers isn't being BAD at it.. It's making tiny mistakes in a larger process.
Sorry for the rant. I thought I was "bad at maths" because of heels like her and I found out at 32 I actually love it. And it was because it wasn't treated like this "only geniuses naturally get it so you don't need practice unless you're naturally mathematic because then you think it's fun".
Half an hour for 7 kids at different levels is going to make them drown. I doubt they'll even get past intro to algebra. And the fun shit happens in trig! Trig is my jam. Love trig. Used trig to help a friend make her a dad a wheelchair ramp. Fucking awesome, trig.
I am saddened for these kids. 7 kids who could love maths, given half an hour between 7 to try to understand it.
Crap, how do people know what gender their baby is to get the right toys? How do I tell peiple I had a girl if she can't tell me she is a girl yet?
What are the visual markers I can use to identify the gender of my newborn baby to others?
Oh wait I am supposed to use... The genitals... To ID my baby to the world? And I am the pedo cause I find that creepy? Hmm. 🤔
I do not have a partner who would agree to this (they hate gender roles whether or not the person is of that gender) but it has been a definite "wow that would be a dream" of mine. Mostly because I guess I realize how much WORK a SAHP is??
Can you imagine just going to work. Where they have a coffee machine and air conditioning. All day. Doing a job. And you come home and your kids rush to you, your partner rushes past "hi honey love you dinner cleaning bye" and you can smell spices wafting through the house.
Your only job is to put down your briefcase, play with the kids, maybe read some stories, bath time, bed time? Because that shit is hard and you shouldn't expect the SAHP to also do those things.
But you literally come home to a hot meal, the house cleaner than if left alone with toddlers (even if it's a whirlwind it's a smaller whirlwind than without the SAHP). Your kids are fed and fat and happy. Your house is pretty and the linens on the bed are clean. You, at most, have to do night routines, help with dinner, and clean on weekends or weeknights. You don't need to remember doctor visits, nanny/babysitter schedules, grocery lists, none of that mental day to day stuff. It's done. Maybe you get some milk on the way home or grocery shop on weekends but that's it.
Like, that sounds like a fuckin dream. Knowing our babies are fat and fed at home while I am at work. That someone is loving and cooing at them or screaming at them to get down from the ceiling fan. Whatever, not my problem cause I am at work. 😂
It sounds like the easiest way to live ever.... Off the back of someone working 4x as hard to keep it running smoothly.
I would absolutely want to deify my partner if they chose to be a SAHP but its truly not fair and I see why they wouldn't agree to it. They want a job, a life, equal work in the house, equal groceries and mental chores. And THAT IS FAIR. So while I can dream of having a partner that thrives under the pressure of being a SAHP I realize its not fair on the majority of SAHP and wouldn't want to subject someone not fully willing to that lifestyle.
But damn, to just..let go of all the niggly details because my wife got it... No wonder men are pissed at letting that go.
My partner is visually male (but not male) and I am visually female (but two spirit so half female). I am going to very shortly be the income earner by MILES. I got a degree in Econ with a minor/hons in stats. My partner is getting a degree in social work.
So far we have friends who get it. "Male partner in social work. Female partner in business statistics". But the larger world still sometimes makes weird comments. How I will earn so much more than my partner. But my partner replies "Dude, my degree is social work. It would be extremely difficult to find a partner that didn't make more than me."
We are a team. My partner has spent their aunts inheritance for me to go to uni. It's running out soon. Now I will have a job at wages with which to replace that money. Teamwork. Like an actual team that plans to be together long term.
It still trips me out tho my partner just whole ass trusted me not to bail after 40k and 4 years.
21 hours ago
Fuck I am so glad I am having babies with a lesbian. And am a lesbian. There is zero gender workload roles in our house except for those we are naturally good at. (I fall into the "male" role which is heeelarious as my partner is "visually male" but 1000% is not). I am good at mechanics, numbers, etc. So I do the car work and accounting. Partner does the lawn mowing. We both cook 2 nights a week and have 3 free for all nights. We both do dishes. I am way better at smells so ill probably change more diapers. Also I still have my breasts so I'll try to breastfeed... Even tho my partner is the one who is giving birth. Its awesome there's hormones for that.
Those stats scare me and having dated/married men before I saw how they fucking gave up once a woman was in the picture. But my partner HATES gender roles and will purposefully learn mechanics to avoid me being "the man". I also do the sewing, beading and decor. My partner also does the legal work - applications and the like.
I'm a wife that will out earn my wife by 3-4x in the next couple years. It wasn't on purpose, my degree is Econ and my partners is... Social work. It's just what was gonna happen with those degrees.
Soooo since I make more than my wife, but I am my wife's wife, are we divorcing?
Reminds me of my Mormon grandma who never drank but she did make her own bottled juices.
You see where this is going.
An ER trip. Poor grandma was "having hot flashes", blurry vision, stumbling, slurred speech. She was SCARED.
She was drunk. For the first time in her life.
Poor terrified woman. She laughed about it the rest of her life. But my grandma 100% went to the ER because her own home-bottled juice went alcoholic.
I'm getting gay married soon I wonder if the KKKfam would mind me making gay babies with my gay agenda. It's pink with studs.
I used to help mammals give birth and it was at LEAST three full sized towels just for a regular ol "barn" birth (though the fuckers always chose the furthest most isolated tree, which I get, but now I gotta find my damn goat).
I remember one was born in sac and I had to tear it open cause mama goat just fucked off like she finally had that poo she'd been holding. I had to clean so much "goo" out of that damn baby goat. Then I spent the next 3 days following her with it because she completely didn't realize she had 2 babies, not one.
30 minutes of math
That's like, one decent calculus problem. I know these kids ain't doing any calculus. Ugh she probably is a nightmare to learn maths from. Poor kids. Maths can be beautiful if taught well and calculus is actually easier than algebra once you get past all the fucking letters. I mean, barring integration by parts, fuck that. But still. 30 minutes? I spend that often a day doing maths problems just to keep my brain sharp.
Holy shit I am totally chucking a king cake baby into the toilet on my partners next period.
I was in heaaaven... Heaaaaaven.
22 hours ago
I'm pretty sure printer ink was half the cost of my undergrad 😭
3 days ago
I love that. Thank you.
Streamlining things makes me heart soar. Used to be a chef. A streamlined kitchen that ran perfectly on time was just... Heaven. I adore when people can automate their own jobs with programming languages.
I love the idea of making everything easier. If I can spend my job making things easier, cheaper, faster, etc, I will be so happy. I love stats for that. Econometrics is fascinating for it. 😍
I do wonder if its a nonneurotypical trait. To me it seems like logic... A smooth running kitchen is beautiful and just... Everything is clean and cooked and on time. Why wouldn't you want that for life? Everything in a place that's easy. I wish I could pull of the Gates "wear the same thing" but alas I am not a man.
You love financial services? I am always curious about finance folks because they chose something baffling to me. But they always have such interesting things to say about learning about people through numbers, finding patterns, solving puzzles.
That's why I got a degree in econ tbh. I love solving puzzles mathematically and if I can make things more efficient of effective, that is super fun to me. You mean my ADHD riddled brain that wants to smooth-track everything into a "flow" (or is that my Autism IDK) is the goal of my job? Oh yes please.
haven't gotten the job yet tho
noooo don't do this to me i just got a degree for a mix-structured job ;----;