the first day of spring
on the way home form the pub i spent roughly 6 hrs in a twilight zone being kidnapped by aliens, who stole from me everything i own that is of negligible replacement value, but of significant emotional value, that i ever take out of the the house:
one 'deutsche bank' laptop bag
course notes to my favourite course this yr
my mini a-z (london road atlas)
also 'men of mathematics 2', after i'd read the 4 chapters on my heroes, and hadn't got around to reading 'kronecker', my anti-hero.
and further copious other things which are precious to me and provide ample proof of intelligent life on earth...
this week i have mainly been reading
Abel - Genius and Poverty
Galois - Genius and Stupidity
to read next:
The Big W (& Sonja Kowalewski) - Master and Pupil
Riemann - Anima Candida
'men of mathematics' by e. t. bell
Piracy creates JOBS
Pirates pay TAX on goods bought
PIRACY DOES NOT SUPPORT TERRORISM
the three most annoying things customers do
- i'm sorry? a pint of stella, did you say?
- that's right.
- no, mate, i asked for a bottle, not a pint.
(putting down two pints)
- that's the carling, and that's the fosters
- [vacuous inattention]
(five minutes later, when i'm serving someone else)
- oi, mate, which one's the carling?
most annoying of all:
- back in the 1950's, when i was a young man[sic], the barmen would add everything up in their heads and never make a mistake. you wouldn't be able to do anything if you didn't have those electronic tills.
sort it out, springer.
what so few of them have however, is an index of symbols, with the number of the page they are first used on. it's very useful! they do it in every book for the words used in the book, so why not the symbols?
hunter s thompson still dead
incidence of all numbers in a 3 hr analysis lecture
1 - 55 times
2 - 19 times
∞ - 6 times
3 - 4 times
e - 3 times
-1 - 3 times
½ - 2 times
4 - 2 times
π - 1 time
i - 1 time
5 - 1 time
all other numbers - 0 times
Could language and maths be processed by the brain in entirely different ways?
from Guardian Education
the italicized words on p 27 of 'junk mail', a collection of essays by Will Self.
the good news
it's just enough to know...
although they do seem to be sociologists.
So that's my view of Hunter S Thompson. People who know about drugs think he was a little optimistic about them, people who don't think he was some kind of messiah. Such people usually go on to ruin my life. On par, I didn't really like him.