Learning Maths, Making Money And A Random Post

Okay guys, I’ve been away from blogging for a while (like I said I would, even though I keep coming back) but I thought I would share a few random things with you while I am gone. Okay, well one of them relates to my mental health (no, two actually – I’m making this up as I go along) but the others things are things that I know several of my readers may enjoy. You should all learn something by the end of this.

How To Multiply Any Two Two-Digit Numbers In Your Head
While I’ve been away from blogging I have told myself to learn some new pointless skills. On my list of pointless skills I already have beatboxing, rapping, shuffling (dancing – but I’m not very good at it so maybe it doesn’t count), knowing very little words in various languages, memorising the words to several Taylor Swift songs… The list goes on and it only gets worse. I just want to add I do have some useful skills but I don’t want you to be jealous. Anyway, I have now added a new skill to my list: multiplying two two-digit numbers in my head.

Here’s how to do it:
1) Multiply the first digit of both numbers – and stick a zero at the end
2) Multiply the first digit of number A with the last digit of number B, and vice versa
3) Add those two numbers together
4) Multiply the last digit of each number and stick it at the end of your previous answer

Here’s an example as those instructions probably didn’t make sense:
52 x 34
1) 5 x 3 = 15 (with the zero at the end becomes 150)
2) (5 x 4) + (2 x 3) = 26
3) 150 + 26 = 176
4) 2 x 4 = 8
5) Stick it at the end to get 1768

You can use your calculator to check it if you don’t believe me. This skill takes a lot of practice, first I had to memorise the actual method of doing it (I was very confused at the start – like most of you are now). Then I tried get very fast at working it out on paper, then finally moving to doing it in my head. I can now do all of the multiplications in less than 10 seconds in my head providing the numbers are written down somewhere (so I can see them). Sadly I can’t do this trick if someone just tells me two numbers but I’m working on it. I hope you all enjoy this pointless new skill.

So I Can Now Learn Lots Of Languages… But Not Become Fluent
I’ve been using this website recently called Duolingo which teaches you another language, but in a game sort of way. They have lots of languages including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Swedish. They have recently added Ukrainian and Norwegian with Esperanto on the way but there are many more languages that I haven’t mentioned, with even more on the way. They have an app too which you can download on most OS’s, and I would recommend this website to everybody. If you are learning a language at GCSE or A-Level (based on UK qualifications, these are taken between 14-18) then this site will definitely help you, but the only problem is it wont make you fluent (which I guess you have to speak to people to do). Check it out!

While We Are Advertising Websites… I Made Money!
For a 17 year old guy with no job and too lazy/depressed to leave his room it comes as a miracle that people can earn money online. I don’t think I could pay my way through university through this website and I hope no one quits there day job just for this but I discovered a website called Swagbucks which rewards you for doing small tasks or searching the internet. In my first month on the website I made enough money to buy 7 books from Amazon (all ranging between £4 and £20). A majority of them were either maths or computer books to add to my already large collection, which is great! I’d recommend that everyone signs up to the website to even get a small amount of money, and if you are a jobless teenager like me then this website is like heaven.

My Friendly Non-Friendy Friend Is Going To Learn About My Illness
Well, as you all know, I have depression… Maybe, not so certain, my stupid CAMHS counsellor wants to diagnose me with everything at the moment. Anyway, my friend is still talking to me and they said they will look up depression and things to do with mental illness so that they can better understand what I’m going through. I asked them to look it up a while ago but we have fell out in that time. I have also recently tried to explain some of the things I think. I just hope that they don’t get angry at me and we can stay friends, but if they don’t understand what I’m going through then it might be hard for them.

New Counsellor?
Yeah, end of June is the new estimation. That’s, well, only 2 months after the original estimate…