The Spectre of Math

December 28, 2008

SCV notes

Filed under: Mathematics,Teaching — jlebl @ 5:23 pm

I think I am finally giving up on either reforming or cloning planetmath.  I figure I could just take what I have and put it together into a set of notes on several complex variables and related topics.  Not a book, and not an encyclopedia.  I guess the encyclopedia format is too fragmented anyway.  I am thinking of a very simple format of notes using latex2html or something and I’ll just do all updates manually if people send me new things to include, etc…  quality over quantity.  The thing will be divided into short articles/lectures with some partial order, so that someone could read it in some coherent order to get an intro to SCV (or perhaps other areas if people contribute) or perhaps even too serve as curse notes.

This way I guess I can salvage the stuff I wrote for planemtath, and also parts of my thesis and such.  So I have a new project, as if I had not enough things to do after the holidays already 🙂

December 27, 2008

New title

Filed under: Uncategorized — jlebl @ 3:33 pm

I borrowed wording from the communist manifesto for a different title for my blog.  I think it is more appropriate.

December 16, 2008


Filed under: Politics — jlebl @ 9:29 pm

I am personally envious of al-Zaidi the shoe thrower.  He is my personal hero.  I still can’t stop giggling inside when I see the footage (it will never get old).

It would have been even better if the shoe actually hit and Bush had a shoe imprint on his forehead when he leaves office.

December 11, 2008


Filed under: Politics — jlebl @ 10:19 pm

Since I’m slavic I can’t be accused of racism when I say all slavic politicians are corrupt.  If I see a politician with a slavic sounding name, I just assume he/she is corrupt.  So I was not surprised that Blagojevich is corrupt.  No, I was surprised that someone who has such a nongrasp on reality has been elected governor.   Then again, Palin proves that being elected governor does not require being smart.  I don’t quite get this, but voters are willing to elect someone based on how they look.  Do you put your retirement savings into a fund because you like the way the fund manager looks?  I definitely can’t imagine someone wanting a dumb fund retirement manager.  How come when it comes to our tax money, we’re willing to elect complete morons to office and not care about it.

I may accept as an argument that people didn’t know that Rod was a corrupt moron.  But I mean come on, his first name is almost an insult on his inteligence.  If you call someone “a rod” you probably don’t think too highly of their intelligence.  By same logic, why would you consider Cheney to be a nice person.

December 8, 2008

… stupidity …

Filed under: Politics — jlebl @ 11:52 pm

A good reason not to move to australia … Given the argument the judge gave, I think I could get arrested for saying my pedofile jokes (Marketa says they are dumb, and that may be true, but still). Here goes one of them (ensuring I can’t travel down under anymore): Question: You know what’s the difference between a school teacher and a pedofile? Answer: The pedofile actually likes children.

So can I get arrested now?

December 3, 2008

No questions for FOX …

Filed under: Politics — jlebl @ 6:18 am

So apparently FNC isn’t getting its questions in now.  It does make me chuckle at least.  So the posts on that site tend to debate the morality of Obama taking fox questions or not.  It’s not a problem with whether Obama or Bush is an asshole.  It’s a problem with the setup of the government.  It simply is possible for the president to do sort of whatever he wants when it comes to talking to the press.  He could just as well make farting noises only during every press conference.  I secretely wish he would do that at least once.

Furthermore, you can’t expect one side to follow some set of rules while being OK with the other side not following them.  American politics is all about propaganda, lies, and bullshit, on both sides.  You can’t possibly win here while telling the truth, and most importantly the whole truth.  The candidate who would always take the moral high ground on every issue did not run for any office this season, and if he did, he would have lost.

Not to mention I don’t care if Obama is a dick to FNC.  I’d be an even bigger dick to them if I were him.

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