And so it begins... pic.twitter.com/9nwjb2mSes— I❤80s (@IL0VEthe80s) October 26, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
A Non-Maleficence Aphorism for Mentorship: "First, don't be an asshole." pic.twitter.com/4ne87JmG4K— Mason Porter (@masonporter) October 22, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Update: The co-most valuable players (co-MVPs) of the National League Championship Series, in which we just beat the Chicago Cubs, are Chris Taylor and Justin Turner. (I thought that Justin Turner would be the lone MVP, but this choice also seems sensible.)
Monday, October 16, 2017
(That is my spontaneous gem from today's lecture. We're doing Frobenius series.)
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Well kiss my grits!
Some of the alternatives (e.g., "cotton pickin" and some others) that are considered ok in this crib sheet are actually really bad if one thinks about them. And some of the ones to "handle with care" seem just fine to me. Also, I'm not sure what game-show hosts like Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, and Bob Saget have to do with any of this.
(Tip of the cap to Ajay Johnson.)
Update: Steve Van Hooser pointed out "son of a motherless goat" as a particularly good one. Indeed it is, and I fondly remember its use in the show Perfect Strangers.
It is a little-known—but not terribly surprising—fact that most mathematics papers have only a single reader, who may or may not actually be interested in further discussion.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Ancient roman dice tower used in the playing of dice games from IV AD pic.twitter.com/5TckuhqKqf— Museum Archive (@MuseumArchive) October 13, 2017
(Tip of the cap to Sydney Padua.)
Friday, October 13, 2017
(You're welcome. Tip of the cap to Ciro Cattuto.)
Sunday, October 08, 2017
(Tip of the cap to Lucas Lacasa.
Friday, October 06, 2017
This is a very big deal. (See the Wikipedia entry for a discussion of this professorship.)
I know Frances. (We were colleagues in the Mathematical Institute at University of Oxford, of course) She is awesome (both as a mathematician and as a person).
Frances is somebody who is well-known within mathematics but pretty much unheard of outside mathematics.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Infinite-series techniques: "a good psychological restorative"— Mason Porter (@masonporter) October 4, 2017
Prescribed by Drs Bender & Orszag. Take 2 of these & call me in the morning. pic.twitter.com/RH6gk9jh5k
Update (10/04/17): PBS is now involved (as you can see below).
We agree... 🙃 https://t.co/3wUoBjaUHU— PBS Infinite Series (@PBSInfinite) October 4, 2017
Monday, October 02, 2017
I got the chance to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in concert for the first time just 11 days ago, and they were awesome!
You can read more about Petty from Wikipedia page. He has a lot of awesome songs, and here's a link to Learning to Fly as just one of them. Because of the music video for Don't Come Around Here No More, Petty will also always be my vision of The (Mad) Hatter. There are many other awesome songs to which I could also link.
Here is the CNN.com obituary, which includes some interesting tidbits that are not in the Billboard.com article above.