How not to make a fraction smaller
From Halfway There. The highlight:
The court solemnly pondered the petitioner’s request, noting the necessity of proportionately balancing the petitioner’s well-being against his responsibility to discharge his legal obligations. Upon consideration, the court ruled that the distrainment of 1/6 of the petitioner’s assets had been too severe and ordered a relaxation of the order. The new order instead stipulated a seizure of 1/5 of his assets.
It’s a cool blog that I haven’t plugged (in a long time? in forever?) Zeno Ferox, the author, teaches math at a college, used to work as a civil servant, and is the liberal son in a conservative, Portuguese farming family in California. Oh, and most of all, is an amazing story teller. About teaching. And about his family. And about crazy republicans. About creationism. I like the one about the cows. A blog of well-told stories.