In my dealings with the internet this week, I am reminded of a quote by William Arthur Ward, the professional inspirator:

We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.

In particular, I have been notified by two different math-related things. Firstly, most importantly and more interestingly, my friend Diana Davis created a video entry for the “Dance your PhD” contest. It’s about Cutting Sequences on the Double Pentagon, and you can (and should) look at it on vimeo. It may even be the first math dance-your-PhD entry! You might even notice that I’m in the video, and am even waving madly (I had thought it surreptitious at the time) around 3:35.

That’s the positive one, the “Building with the Internet,” a creative use of the now-common-commodity. After the fold is the travesty.

On the other hand, I have also been nominated for a blog award… but not in a good way. I received this email and notification:

Hi there,

An article you wrote in 2011 titled 2401: Additional Examples for Test 3 has earned your blog a nomination for a Fascination Award: 2012’s Most Fascinating Middle School Teacher blog.
The comments posted in response to your post prove that your content not only inspires your audience, but it also creates discussion around your posts, both of which are requirements for the nomination of a Fascination award.

2012 Fascination Awards Rules & Prizes.

To get started:
1. Accept your nomination by replying to this email by August 15 (11:59 PM EST).