Projectsdays until the end of spring semester.
days until Snakes on a Plane.
Math article project
Finished mathematical core of article. Next: Write analytical core of article.
Dummit and Foote, Abstract Algebra
Finished section 1.6 (86 to go)
Silverman and Tate, Rational Points on Elliptic Curves
FInished 2.5 (31 to go)
Conway, Functions of One Complex Variable I
Finished section 7.5 (27 to go)
Finished section 21 (60 to go)
Royden, Real Analysis
Finished section 2.4 (97 to go)
Non-fiction book project
To-do list up-to-date
Fiction book project
1443 out of 100,000 projected words written.
Top 100 novels of all time
IMDB top 250 films
Tengoku to jigoku next in queue.
This academic lifeAcademic Coach
Confessions of a Community College Dean
The Little Professor
My Hiding Place
New Kid on the Hallway
One Bright Star
Tall, Dark, and Mysterious
Math blogsArs Mathematica
Vito Prosciutto: Teaching community college math on the road to a PhD.
Friday, May 05, 2006
My research is beginning to reach a point where anonymous queries about mathematical topics might well point directly back to me, and I've not done a very good job of writing about my teaching life of late.
I won't delete the blog since that seems to be an invitation to have the URL taken over by webspammers, but I'm not sure I'm coming back either.
I'll probably still do the progress bars on the projects through the end of the summer (and I'll certainly write a post when I close that last gap on the top 250 films), but that's about it.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Alas, as far as I can find, no website for the second band which apparently only lip-syncs as opposed to the first which as near as I can tell actually plays and sings the material.
Friday, April 07, 2006
My plan is to do some heavy-duty math, including working on my thesis problem.
Meanwhile people who appled to PhD programs are hearing back from their schools. My personal favorite is the guy who has to decide between UCI and UIC. If he were dyslexic, it wouldn't make a difference.
- "In Your Eyes," Jeffrey Gaines, KSCA Live From The Music Hall Vol. 1
- "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel, Muppet 05 - Disc 2
- "Est-Ce Que Tu," Dusty Trails, Dusty Trails
- "dinner with drac," john zacherle, (126)
- "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole, The Capitol Collectors Series
- "Me and Sarah Jane," Genesis, ABaCab: Wrapping Up the World in Clothes of Brass and Cellophane
- "When We Collide," k.d. lang, Invincible Summer
- "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel, Stonybrook (Live)
- "Darkness," Peter Gabriel, The Full Moon Club
- "Flight of the Wild Goose," Iona, Iona
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
* -35dB left ear, -75dB right ear, for those who like numbers
** While going to class, I'd given up on hearing the lecture and would generally just work on my own, but I got a bit pissed after I was blindsided with a question during the course of class where because I didn't hear the initial posing of it, I didn't have a chance to think about and got lumped in with the rest of the class who had it wrong when I would have with just a little bit of time had it correct. That was enough to make me figure that class wasn't worth the effort, and in any event, Munkres works quite well for self-study.
Has anyone else noticed that a significant portion of the What's New at Snopes.com postings are clearly racist slurs against Katrina refugees (I imagine the forwarded versions of these tales come with comments along the lines of "look at how lazy those d--d n--rs are!" attached).
And then I got an e-mail sent to me today with a picture of the Mexican flag flying over an upside-down American flag with the caption, "the photo that should kill amnesty".
Assuming that the description is accurate, all I have to say is, "If you want to make decisions about immigration policy based on the actions of a couple misguided high school students, can you please not do it for a country in which I'm living?"
Monday, April 03, 2006
If you have strong feelings/opinions about the inviolability of marriage, do not get this movie for your kids. The main character makes a big deal of his compunction to take a girlfriend after he becomes a fish because he is already married but then his "feelings" change his mind and everything is suddenly OK. There are also strong evolutionist opinions expressed about how people descended from fish. I wanted to warn those who would find these themes offensive.