Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Art of the Day is: Maintaining Motivation.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

hello world.
(and other ways of starting over)


I thought that was going to be it. Just a brief comment (a tweet really) to let someone and myself know I am still here. I am still here, but I'm not sure I know where here is. Temporally, according to a GPS, it's June and I'm in New Hampshire.
I'm trying to clean my house before my sister visits. I don't feel bad, but I don't feel great (OK, so I must be somewhere on the spectrum of good, or at least grateful).
I'm looking for some structure, a job, a plan, a project, that I don't have yet. On the edge, on the verge, on the brink? What do I want to do when I grow up? What do I want to do in the meantime?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Take care of sounds /pounds and the sense /pense will take care of itself.


Check this out:
Algebra in Wonderland

Op-Ed Contributor - Algebra in Wonderland - NYTimes.com

excerpt:
By MELANIE BAYLEY

Oxford, England

SINCE “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published, in 1865, scholars have noted how its characters are based on real people in the life of its author, Charles Dodgson, who wrote under the name Lewis Carroll. Alice is Alice Pleasance Liddell, the daughter of an Oxford dean; the Lory and Eaglet are Alice’s sisters Lorina and Edith; Dodgson himself, a stutterer, is the Dodo (“Do-Do-Dodgson”).

But Alice’s adventures with the Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and so on have often been assumed to be based purely on wild imagination....

Yet Dodgson most likely had real models for the strange happenings in Wonderland, too. He was a tutor in mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford, and Alice’s search for a beautiful garden can be neatly interpreted as a mishmash of satire directed at the advances taking place in Dodgson’s field.

In the mid-19th century, mathematics was rapidly blossoming into what it is today: a finely honed language for describing the conceptual relations between things. Dodgson found the radical new math illogical and lacking in intellectual rigor. In “Alice,” he attacked some of the new ideas as nonsense — using a technique familiar from Euclid’s proofs, reductio ad absurdum, where the validity of an idea is tested by taking its premises to their logical extreme.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Happy (belated) year of the Tiger.


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Monday, January 25, 2010

sometimes it takes all the running you can do, the right drugs and good friends to stay in the same place.
Or maybe the neighborhood is changing.

The Art of the Day is: Being Amused