Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
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Random notes from Erbe's class back in 2001

Me:
All this rigamarole is to trick the computer into doing substitution/elimination, which you do easily.

Her:
So what relevance is it to know this incomprehensible garbage?

Me:
If you are programming a computer to do it -- he's showing how the computer does it.

Her:
If the computer does it, why do we need to know? And I'm saying too -- I have no clue how I'd be able to explain the procedure to anyone, let alone a computer.

Me:
Programmers work w/ it and love it. He hates it.

Me:
You don't ever have to deal with this crap unless you are dealing with a programmer.

Her:
Programmers make more sense than this.

Me:
He's a teacher.

Me:
In short, it's magic and he learned the words by rote and he's mispronouncing half of them and the gods have been pleased to grant his plea anyway.

[Her:
What's rote?]

Me:
Rote learning = examples -- multiplication tables, certain definitions, anything you memorize and rattle off and then they ask "What the hell did you say?" and they rattle off the same thing again.
6x6 = 36
6x5 = 30
5x6 = 30
You know it, but it's just stored in your head and you have no real clue what it means.
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