Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

I’m in training today as part of my in-service to learn more about Excel spreadsheets. It’s fun; this is the second of three classes, and I’m learning a lot. I’m also having flashbacks to Grade 8 math class and Mrs. Burget (God rest her saintly soul) and remembering the mathematical order of operations: parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction, which we all memorized as “Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally.” Excel is smart enough to know the order of operations – so they say.

Now if only I could find a use for “Kings play chess on fiber glass stools,” but I don’t think there’s a whole lot of use for biological categorization in my job.