It’s high time I got back on track with my Alexandria Jones posts, so I’ve been working hard on a short introduction to probability, to go along with The Birthday Surprise. Or, more honestly, I’ve been procrastinating on a short intro … well, anyway, here’s a little of what I’ve been reading around the interwebs lately.

## Fantasy Fiction, Interior Decorating, and Very Dry Humor

- Magnisi: The Nightengale Club and Fantasma

“My favorite place to enjoy an evening when I visit Magnisi is a small night club in Columbia. The food is good, the dancing is fun, and the music is beautiful. Most nights, Fantasma comes out to sing a few songs with the band …”

[From my daughter, Moonlight.]

- How my name nearly changed, the spiced-up version. Pt 2

“Now mountain ogres have very poor aim, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t sometimes get a throw in — and when they do, you’d better hope you have paid all your debts and stuff. As the boulders started coming in around me …”

[From Princess Kitten.]

- Color Psychology

“… So spend a little time sitting in your room, considering the color swatches you’ve brought home from the store. Think about the feeling you want for that room and what you do in it. Then grab a paint brush and dare to be dramatic with the colors.”

[From my daughter, Niner.]

- An Interview with a Critic

A new video from my son, Chickenfoot:

## Browsing Bloglines

- Stacy’s Math Blog Survey

Take a few minutes to help out a fellow math blogger.

- Math is not linear

Wonderful!

[Hat tip: Research in Practice.]

- Beautifully Simple Algebra

A challenging puzzle, and a cool solution.

- Dispelling the Great Math Myth: Effort Trumps Ability in Mathematics Achievement

“It’s the mystery of the century. How has an entire nation of children come to believe that people are either good at math, or they are not? …”

- Math problems of the week: 6th grade traditional math vs. Everyday Math

and Math problems of the week: riddles in 2nd grade Investigations vs. Singapore Math

I do my best to stay out of the Math Wars, but I always enjoy the bad-homework-vs.-good-homework comparisons at Out In Left Field.

- Ten of the greatest: Maths puzzles

How many of these have you tried?

- Adventures in Pedagogy: Lessons From Limes

I’ve been loving the*Adventures in Pedagogy*series.

- To Each Their Own Place

Despite the pronoun problem, I could easily get addicted to this sort of logic puzzle.

- Book Review: A Nation Rising

This one goes on my library loan request list, for sure.

- Summer Homeschooling CurrClick Contest

From one of my favorite homeschooling blogs.

And, of course, the new Math Teachers at Play carnival …