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Monday, October 15, 2007




There's a hole in my counting argument, dear Liza, dear Liza...

Friday, October 12, 2007




It turns out the mantis is female. I feel pretty confident in stating this, since she laid eggs. I thought I remembered the one I had in high school laying them every two or three weeks, but now I realize even if that is the case they don't do it all year round. She started looking pregnant around the same time as she ate a bunch of crickets, so that threw me off. Also, I noticed that she was acting sluggish, but thought maybe it was just from having overeaten. I think her name is Matilda.

I didn't blog about this at the time, but I have a solution, of sorts, to the topology/combinatorics problem, although some of the results found on the way there are probably more significant. Turns out there's good news and bad news about my approach. The good news is quite a bit of it could be unique. The bad news is this is because it's in an area of study generally considered to be uninteresting. Dr. Kratz wants to see it anyway, as soon as I've got it all written up nicely.

I've moved the comics links over to the Stickromancer blog. Also, I've found a new comic called The Dreamland Chronicles. It's the first thing I've seen in a while that I think rivals Schlock Mercenary in quality.

Thursday, October 04, 2007




So I was solving a system of linear equations using an appended matrix, and I didn't want to take up the whole chalkboard with a series of matrices so I was just erasing entries and rewriting them as I went about the process of diagonalizing and normalizing it. You all relate, I'm sure. At one point I had just erased and rewritten a couple of entries and was unsure whether I'd gotten one of them right, so I wanted to see what it had been before I erased it. I felt my left hand automatically moving to press control-z. Unfortunately, the chalkboard does not support that feature. The secretary in the math department office says this does not make me crazy. She sits in front of a computer all day, so she may be biased.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007



3*3 : 2*3*3

I'm posting something, just to break the monotony of not posting and try to get back in the habit. I have class in ten minutes. Applied math homework is taking too much effort.

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