I have yet to read this, but the title seems quite provocative: https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.00601
For some reason, I've gotten drawn into reading Paul Graham's essays again. http://www.paulgraham.com/procrastination.html does jive with my experience of postponing sorting out my books (or actually, the room I'm in) just because I was obsessing over whatever I was working on at that moment.
Quite a while ago, @11011110 wrote about the Wankel rotor. That reminds me that I should really find the time to clean up my write-up on the Bernoulli-Euler double generation theorem for cycloidal curves.
My (admittedly very minor complaint) about #ISSAC2020 is that when you have papers of interest in different sessions, Zoom doesn't allow you to be in two different meetings. This makes me have to repeatedly leave and join sessions.
For all of the general crappiness of this pandemic, I have to admit that if not for it, I would not have been able to attend #ISSAC2020 otherwise.
From a monograph I'm currently reading: "(This book) has been written for the technologist, and is not addressed in any sense to the pure mathematician, for whom I am not qualified to write. Between the outlook of the two parties lies a gulf as wide as that between sinner and saint or vice versa!"
I'm sitting on a bunch of unpublished results that, to the best of my knowledge, aren't in the literature I've already thoroughly combed through, and yet I can't quite tell if they're worth the (nontrivial amount of) time to clean them up properly to be journal-worthy. Or at least arXiv-worthy, for that matter.
A stained glass window of a Latin square (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Ronald_Fisher_window) will be removed from Cambridge U. (https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/jun/27/cambridge-gonville-caius-college-eugenicist-window-ronald-fisher) because it honors prominent eugenicist R. A. Fisher (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Fisher).
The window visualizes a nice piece of mathematics, with a long history that surprisingly originates in Korea (predating Euler) but in context among windows celebrating Cambridge luminaries it could not be separated from Fisher's racist history, so it's sad but I think it's the right decision.
https://xkcd.com/2322/, done in Mathematica.
@JordiGH's recent poll on Japanese honorifics reminded me of another translation headache: pronouns. It's not always straightforward to deal with a character switching from e.g. 「僕」 to 「俺」 in English.
grad school dropout
knows a little math and some chemistry
will write code, prose, or both
for giggles or for cash
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