## Carnivals and Miscellany

There are a number of items I want to write about but each one is not a post's worth so I'll just list them out Vlorbik-style.

The Carnival of Homeschooling #105 - 2nd anniversary edition is out. Here are the comments on the Math-related posts from the editor of that Carnival - not my words.

- Maria has some thoughts upon an article that compared Russian and American word math problems at Homeschool Math Blog. You can guess that the former were far more advanced than the latter.
- Sol of Wild About Math! has some nice Sudoku sites that are kid-friendly. He found some Free Sudoku resources. Sudoku is a great game to build logic skills and an interest in Math.
- Denise of Let’s play math! in Word problems in Russia and America also writes about Andrei Toom extended version of a talk he gave a few years ago at the Swedish Mathematical Society.

Someone submitted a post of mine about the connection between good storytelling ability and math skills to the Carnival of Storytelling #8. Very cool!

My friend Birney published a post I wrote specifically for his blog, Energy Boomer. Birney's blog is all about how to be conscious of energy use and how to save energy. The post is Drive or Bike: Do the Math. It's not the kind of Math I typically write about so go check it out.

The upcoming Carnival of Mathematics will be hosted next week at Ars Mathematica.

The 360 blog had a post on 12/24 about someone who has a dodecahedral calendar generator. It's very slick and very convenient given that a dodecahedron has 12 sides and a year has 12 months! You enter the year and select a language and the program generates a PDF file with the right shape pieces that you can fold together into a dodecahedron. So, if you don't already have a dodecahedral calendar for 2008 here's your chance to make your own!

The outstanding Spirit of Mathematics blog has a reference to this outstanding 11 page article by Paul Dawkins: How to Study Mathematics.

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