January 2016 Posts

“Lebron doesn’t run this organization.”

After getting out of a movie1 at the Drafthouse this evening, I checked my news feeds, and that was one of the first headlines that I saw.2

Having always been of the “more action, less words” ethos, it reminded me of a moment towards the end of the 2012-13 school year, when a very nice and humorous student of mine exclaimed during class,

“I’m precious!”

I gave her a half-sarcastic smile, and said — in good-natured jest:

“You know… if you have to TELL people that you’re precious… you’re not precious.”


So on that note,

Here’s a short list of similarly duplicitous statements that I’ve compiled:3

I’m not violent. I’m gentle.
Another female student, after punching a male classmate in the shoulder full force during a friendly dispute)

Read: I’m violent.

We care about our users’ privacy.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

Read: We don’t give a $*** about your privacy. Actually, we make TON$ of money by violating your privacy, so we DO care about violating it.

Lebron doesn’t run this organization.
Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Read: Lebron runs this organization.

I care about getting my teammates involved in the flow of the offense.45
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Read: Just get the damn rebound.

  1. “The 5th Wave”, if you’re curious. Decent. Well… a little better than the 18% it had on the Tomatometer when I walked into the theater. []
  2. Yes, the Cavs fired David Blatt. Finally. []
  3. I’m sure to add to this list as I remember more []
  4. I don’t’ know if Kobe actually said this, but is anybody going to tell me that this is outside of the realm of plausibility? … Didn’t think so. []
  5. I also throw this one in here because today is the 10th anniversary of Kobe’s 81-pointer against the Raptors. []

I told my students today that the lottery is a tax on the uneducated. And that I was also thinking about buying a ticket — and that if I won, I probably wasn’t coming back.1


Apparently, nobody won the Powerball lottery on Saturday. Thus, this Wednesday’s drawing will be for an estimated $1.3 billion.2

While at lunch this weekend, me and a half-dozen buddies picked this apart:

What if we pooled our money together and bought EVERY single number combination to pounce on that 1.3 bees?

I did the math — I teach the stuff, after all — and quickly came up with (69 C 5) * 26… which comes out to 292,201,3083 different combinations.4

At $2 a ticket, it would cost just short of $600 mill to buy up every single ticket. Almost sounds like it might be worth it, until two factors foiled our plan:

— the “T” word: TAXES.5
— If anybody else wins the jackpot, you’d have to share it with them.6

There was a third concern, which was so distant a thought, it never came up during our lunchtime discussion:

We don’t have $600 million.7

So much for the dream…

  1. To which a student asked, “If you leave, can you give us all 100’s in your class? That way you’re happy, AND we’re happy!” :) []
  2. That’s with a “b”… “B” as in “Brian”! []
  3. I actually had to double-check that, as for some reason, 1-in-292 million didn’t sound hard enough to me… []
  4. We actually debated for a moment if all of the numbers had to chosen in the right order — of which I had to assure them that no, that would make the odds wayyyyy worse. []
  5. Strangely, an anagram for “Texas”. By the way, how many people realize that “veto” is an an anagram for “vote”? []
  6. As I explained to my students, if I was a rich multi-gazillionaire, I’d be tempted to buy up all 600 million combinations just to screw with people. []
  7. Technically $584,402,676… but at that point, who’s counting? []