strength in numbers

posted at 6:35 pm by brandon in math class is tough!

“By the time I was about to graduate, I had a fellowship to graduate school, because I wanted to be, of course, Dr. Long… But you had to take the GRE! That’s a big test, right? And a third of it’s math. Let me tell ya: I can’t do math. I had put it off every year until I couldn’t graduate unless I took the idiot math, and in the first day of the class, they said, you know, ‘Integer.’ And I’m like, ‘What?! What’s an integer?!’ And they said, ‘It means number.’ I said, ‘I am in so much trouble….'”

— the hilariously brilliant Pamela K. Long, former headwriter of “Guiding Light,” discussing her college days on Brandon’s Buzz Radio. (This is for you, A, my all-time favorite math genius.)

2 responses to “strength in numbers”

  1. the buzz from A.:

    This is a fantastic quote from a very insightful interview. Wait until you get to the parts where Ms. Long discusses trying to save “Texas” and “Santa Barbara”!

    As to the mathematical conundrum presented in “idiot math,” at least it was not as daunting as the one in the following tragic speculation from my new favorite show, The Big Bang Theory: “What if she ends up with a toddler who doesn’t know if he should use an integral or a differential to solve for the area under a curve?”

    (A quote like that in the first few minutes of the pilot indicates great potential for the rest of the season!)

  2. the buzz from Sherry Ann:

    See A, I told you that you would love The Big Bang Theory!!! My six year old walks around asking people what kind of computer they have and then telling them to please don’t say a white one. My favorite quote is this one: “I believe the appropriate metaphor here involves a river of excrement and a Native American water vessel without any means of propulsion.” Can’t wait until Christmas so that we can watch it together!!!