Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Best thing on Facebook:

A profile for Nietzsche (well, sort of) including the following:

Favorite Music: wagner before he sold out

Sunday, July 22, 2007

I couldn't help myself, you know? This is from the Monterey Aquarium, where Mom and I went during her visit last week. It was a blast having her in California; besides the Monterey trip, I showed her Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach, we visited friends in Moraga, we had an awe-inspiring meal (exquisite foie gras, unbelievable roast duck, and an adjective-defying orange and ginger pot-de-creme) at the restaurant owned by (deep breath) Katie's boyfriend's dad's brother and sister-in-law, and I helped her practice her lines for Plaza Suite (Mom's getting back into theater after a few decades' hiatus) with my Tolstoy finger puppet in the role of her husband.

In other news, now that I have my scanner working, I can show you the flash cards I made in the last two weeks of studying before the qual. I'd resisted the idea for a long time, until I realized just how dire my straits were: with two weeks to go, I couln't remember how most of the proofs went in even the most general scope. So I went kind of berserk with the index cards; there are about 60 of these. Take a look:

Friday, July 13, 2007

It wasn't pretty, but I passed.

As you can see, my panic these last few weeks was kind of necessary after all (even though nobody asked me about the really awful stuff- it was all a trick) so that I would be ready for the qual. In the process, I unlocked some mathematical beast from the deeper recesses of my subconscious (you know, like Sing unblocking his chi), and learned more in a few weeks than I had in all the time previous. It remains to be seen whether I can replicate these results without the panic state.

Other blogging to resume in good time. Tonight is earmarked for BEER.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

That's it, I'm grounding myself.

Until next Friday the 13th, also known as my personal mathematical Ragnarok. Wish me luck.