I’d like to welcome you to my new blog. Let me explain a little of what’s going on here, and what hopefully will go on here once the ball gets rolling.
I’m a mathematics professor and avowed geek, teaching in a small liberal arts college in central Indiana. Casting Out Nines is a weblog that focuses on a few related topics that I find important enough to think about a lot:
- Education, particularly higher education from an insider’s viewpoint, with occasional punditry about secondary education, homeschooling, and school choice issues;
- Math, with particular biases shown toward areas of my expertise and/or interest, including but not limited to cryptography, number theory, and algebra;
- Teaching, particularly the teaching of mathematics and computing, especially stuff that I happen to be experiencing as a classroom teacher;
- Technology, including Linux and open source software, personal technology (i.e. geek gadgets), and how the use and advancement of technology affects us; and
- How all these things interact with each other. How does technology shape teaching? How is classroom teaching in college affected by what’s going on in high schools? How is what’s going on in high school affected by technology? And so forth.
Casting Out Nines is a spinoff of my previous blog, brightMystery, in which I treated not only all of the above topics but also topics about Christian faith, parenting, fatherhood, and anything else. Brightmystery got a little crowded with all that content. So the edu/techno/math stuff is now treated here. If you want to read about faith, fatherhood, and parenting, you can check out my group blog Daddyspeak.
So welcome and enjoy. Also be aware that I’m open to format changes at this point; so if there’s some bell or whistle you’d like to see here, leave it in the comments and I’ll do my best.