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Orbifold uber alles!

Posted on February 18th, 2011 at 7:58 am
Mood: Megalomaniacal
Apparently I'm a "maintainer" of the math_research livejournal community, and hence I'm one of the candidates to become "owner" in an LJ-held election.


I'd forgotten I was even a member of that community, and I had absolutely no idea that I'd somehow been promoted to "maintainer". Now the community...with three whole posts in 2010...can be mine! All mine! Mwu ha ha ha!


In case anyone else sees the election notice and wanders by, here's my platform: if I become owner of the math_research community I promise to neglect it utterly until it dies a slow, miserable, protracted death and all of the members wander off to mathoverflow.com or something.

Stay the course, in other words.

I have found the motherlode of cheese

Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 9:56 pm
A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon a bunch of Doc Savage paperbacks in a second-hand store in Gravenhurst and bought one on a whim: "The Man of Bronze". I only just now got around to reading it.

Oh. My. God.

It is like the purest essence of fanfiction, distilled and injected straight into the WTF-lobe of the brain.

Doc Savage! World-travelling polymath genius super-strong bronze-skinned two-fisted fightin' surgeon, friend of world leaders, admired by men, loved by women, righter of wrongs and helper of the helpless!

Doc Savage! With his companions, five world-class fighting army men, each a genius in their own field, each the second-greatest in the world! All surpassed by Doc Savage of course, but Doc allows them to think they're the first to discover some things, for it's Doc's modesty which helps endear him to everyone he associates with! It says so on page 21.

Doc Savage! Who can weigh a bullet in his hand almost as accurately as a chemist's scale (page 14), who can understand and speak ancient Mayan (page 25), and who can hold his breath fully twice as long as the most expert pearl diver (page 119)!

Doc Savage! With his five male companions, travelling the world, having long ago made up his mind that women were to play no part in his career! (Page 79.) Whose shirtless torso so impresses male Mayan warriors that they "eyed Doc's bronze form in open wonder, marvelling at its perfection. [...] Doc's bared arms looked like those of an Atlas. The muscles, in repose, were not knotty. They were more like bundled piano wires on which a thin bronze skin had been painted. And across his chest and back great, supple cables of tendon lay layer upon layer. It was a rare sight, that body of Doc's. The Mayans' eyes popped." (Page 102, I swear.)

Doc Savage! Who, on page 48, punches a shark.

Best fifty cents I ever spent.

Message to people on the internet

Posted on September 25th, 2010 at 8:28 am
Mood: ranty mcrant-rant
So you've just learned the term "opportunity cost", have you? That's great. I've seen many, many people using that term around the internet lately. One of them used it in a way that made me think "yes, that makes their point clearer" and not "someone has a dictionary and isn't sharing".

Remember, just because you can use a fancy term doesn't mean you should. I'm firmly of the opinion that when you sacrifice clarity for making yourself look clever, your writing has lost something.

There's a term for that, I'm sure.

Week one of the career

Posted on September 17th, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Week one of the new job is in the books. I have not yet touched a single line of code, nor do I even have the permissions to do so. That's cool, though; it's all going according to plan.

I've already had more than enough of this commute. Traffic going into Kitchener Waterloo is in-sane. The problem is, the Grand River is a moat and there are only so many ways to cross that moat, and every one is bad. There is no solution except to move to the correct side of the moat. This project is now ongoing.

I have so few toys, compared to my co-workers.


Posted on August 19th, 2010 at 3:06 pm
Outrage over plans to build library next to Sarah Palin

"Campaigners have described the project as insensitive and a deliberate act of provocation by people with brains."

From here...

When asked if he has ever participated in interfaith dialogues, Jones said “of course” and said he has talked to the CAIR director in Tampa, Fla. He also said he has invited Muslims to come to the 9/11 Quran burning event and is willing to dialogue with them during the activity.


Not dead, just moving

Posted on July 14th, 2010 at 9:10 pm
Yeah, I've been out of touch. And my internet access is going to be flakier than usual for a few days, so I should probably update now...

The flight went...it went. There was a moment of terror at the airport when we had to rearrange the stuff in the bags because one was overweight but we couldn't find the keys. I was freaking out, needless to say. Then Cheryl found the keys and everything went better after that. Even U.S. Customs was alright: they've re-arranged things at the international terminal at LAX so that it's almost bearable now.

Apartment? We got that. We pick up the keys (and move the first batch of our stuff in) tomorrow, and the next batch of stuff in Sunday, and then next batch probably the weekend after that...man, our stuff got scattered everywhere four years ago. We should have phone/internet/cable in the new place on Friday.

Job? Working on it. The interview at Google is Thursday, and I'm continuing to job-hunt when I'm not studying for the Google interview. CS 101 was a looong time ago, I'm realizing. At least the office where I'm interviewing isn't hard to find.

I'm renting so many cars right now. It's definitely time to consider joining the ranks of car owners once again. Ontario is pretty good when it comes to public transit, as long as you never leave the city you start in, or if you only need to go to/from Toronto. (Hamilton to Guelph? 45 minutes by car, three hours by bus, and you have to change buses in Mississauga. Although that apparently gets better during the school year.)

Oh, and horror stories! I now know what it's like to have a tire blow out on highway 400 at 110 km/h. Okay, it wasn't a horror story: I didn't lose control and I was able to pull over without any trouble. Would you believe I'd never changed a tire before? I managed well enough, except that somehow I scratched up my right arm something fierce and didn't even notice until it was pointed out to me.

So yeah, busy few weeks. What's new with you?

Going dark...

Posted on June 25th, 2010 at 9:48 pm
...we're in hard-core packing-and-moving mode now. Internet access will be sporadic for the forseeable future. Anyone in Melbourne wants to get in touch with me or Cheryl before Tuesday, best do it by telephone. Anyone not in Melbourne wants to get in touch with us, send us an e-mail but don't expect us to reply quickly.

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