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By Kim Voynar

Doodling Math

It’s not nominated for a SAG or Golden Globe, but I can’t stop watching this video.

We’re still stuck at the hospital, Neve is sleeping, and I’m watching this video over and over while listening to some soothing pink noise via my favorite EVER iPhone app, SimplyNoise, which you can also use for free on your laptop. If you’re prone to anxiety disorder and find the gently repetitive sounds of white or pink noise soothing, like I do, you might dig it. And you also might dig this video, which is repetitive and therefore soothing (to me at least) in its own way.

I’m totally using this as part of homeschooling math lessons. Which I GUESS can wait until after the holidays … or at least until we’re out of the hospital. I love the idea of this, teaching foundations of mathematics through simple doodles. Awesome. Check it out.

Via The Bloggess, who wants to invite the math doodler to a dinner party along with Neil Gaiman, Eddie Izzard, Traci Lords, Wil Wheaton, and William Shatner handcuffed to a chimp. She hasn’t invited me to said party, but I would come just to see the math class doodler render a drawing of Shatner and the chimp that utilizes mathematical principles. After which we could watch Shatner duke it out with Patrick Stewart, because I would have to invite him along, too. But I’d only invite Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry if we could put them in dancer cages in miniskirts, tassels, and white go-go boots and make them dance to The Doors all night.

Oh, c’mon. You’d totally pay to see that.

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