# Easily Recall the Fifty States and Nine Divisions of the United States and the Thirteen Subdivisions of Canada using a “Perfect Pentasyllables” Mnemonic.

A New Mnemonic with Several Innovative Features.

Easy to understand version of the mnemonic (explanation and map below) note that each line is constrained to contain exactly five syllables:

WOC AN TL MA Flor’

WOC AN TL MAT Kent’

WOC AN Tl A Ok’

WOC AN CUN IM Wy’

WOC…

# How a math teacher should pronounce a binary number.

By ‘a math teacher’, I mean anyone teaching math, including a home schooler. I am not talking about a math teacher who is teaching computer science or some other subject. In computer science it often makes sense to pronounce binary numbers like telephone numbers; a mere series of numerals.

Let’s…

# A simple algorithm for naming all numbers in all bases that are a positive power of two, based on the Major System of mnemotechnics.

## Introduction.

The base ten counting system has a set of spoken names and rules for pronouncing them that works well, and that we take for granted. Other bases, such as binary, or base eight, or base sixteen seem inhuman, difficult, and useless mainly because they lack an analogous system of names…

# A new and improved version of my South America mnemonic and lesson and an easier puzzle.

This is my second published version of this mnemonic and puzzle. The mnemonic is essentially the same, but I tweaked it significantly. This article contains everything that was in the first article so there is no point in reading that one if you can read this one.

When the order…

# Roy G. Biv has an additional hidden treasure.

The mnemonic Roy G. Biv is the name of an imaginary person with the initials RGB, which recalls “red, green, blue” which are the names of the light primaries, also known as the primary colors, I noticed. This is in addition to its well-known function of recalling the classic seven colors of the rainbow “red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet”.

I published the ideas of this article about two weeks ago but I can’t find my way back to that account, and so I am republishing it here.

# The Rotation of the Earth Sucks.

That’s why I have a lot of sympathy for those who deny the fact.

It’s as if the creator of the universe, if there is one, wanted to humiliate the human race (and all life on earth, if it’s possible for it to be humiliated).

It’s awfully depressing and unpleasant…

# That Famous Nine Times Table Trick Sucks.

You know the one.

Seven times nine? Seven less one is six, nine minus six is three, so sixty three. This well-known trick for calculating nine times any numeral sucks.

The problem is that you end up not knowing your nine times table properly. If you had memorized “seven times nine is sixty-three” you’d know it. But because you always used a trick to calculate it, you never learn it.

The best thing is to just learn it by rote.

If you must use a trick, here is a better one: “Seven times nine is seven times ten less seven, which is seventy less seven, which is sixty-three”. This is better because it is a real calculation that has meaning, and not a senseless mnemonic trick that happens to give you the right answer.

# Pseudoprecise Statements.

They look precise, but aren’t.

It contains this statement:

A 2011 study by the California State University found that “Ridding the world of leaded petrol, with the United Nations leading the effort in developing countries, has resulted in \$2.4 trillion…

# Analysis of “Sunny Prestatyn” by Philip Larkin.

I will try to limit myself to original, nonobvious observations. I know that the following is highly speculative, and I risk making a complete fool of myself by revealing my personal analysis of this Larkin poem. Larkin’s poems are very easy to misinterpret, as I have found to my cost…

# Why Writers Should Always Acknowledge Informational Gaps.

The annoying gaps are everywhere and the authors never acknowledge them. It drives me crazy.