Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 20

It is a crazy-busy time right now with school winding up as it winds down - cram night, exam writing, exam grading, finalizing records, trying to assuage student distress, etc., etc. It's also kind of a special day - my grandpa's 98th birthday, and the anniversary of the day David and I got engaged :-)

In the midst of the craziness I still couldn't resist driving 90-ish miles to go to a math lecture at Stanford. The title Linguistics, Poetry, and Mathematics (my three very most favorite topics) just made it too tempting to me to resist. Not only that but the speaker, Dr. Majul Bhargava of Princeton, got his Ph.D. under Andrew Wiles (of Fermat's Last Theorem fame), so that added to the draw for me. Besides, I hadn't been out of town in as long as I can remember, so it was time for an adventure.

As part of the adventure I arrived a bit early and just enjoyed Stanford's beautiful campus - with my eye and with my camera.

One thing I was very pleased to see is that the speaker used overhead projectors - my favorite, yet much maligned, mode of presentation! (Note the good-sized crowd.)

Here's a close-up (note that the poetry he focused on was Sanskrit poetry):

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Case for Obscurity (or Good Advice!)

On Thoughts and Words I.

If no thought
your mind does visit,
make your speech
not too explicit.

Piet Hein (1905-1996)

Friday, April 08, 2011

MysteryGuitarMan Fractal

...self-similarity...detail at all scales...hmm...seems MysteryGuitarMan is channeling fractals...

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Music to Grade by

After dinner, conversation and play with extended family tonight it was hard to come home and get into grading. I've been using YouTube as my "playlist" tonight - just searching as I went for what seemed would make me feel happy and take my mind off of work. Music to grade by:

Beethoven's 7th Symphony

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata

Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor

Bach's Now Thank We All Our God

B. Marcello's Psalm 19

Lemmens' Fanfare and Toccata

And (thanks to Caleb) The Theme from Super Smash Bro's Luigi's Mansion (below). Does anybody know if this is based on a piece of classical/baroque music? It sure sounds like it (especially right around 0:40).

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Friday, April 01, 2011


I opened the paper today and found this! How can it be?!
I LOVE the Jumble!