Calculation Theme by Metric is a song that consistently makes me happy it exists, and I have no better definition of awesome.

I'm convinced it's about someone in a tragically one sided love affair with mathematics. In her head their relationship is supposed to be all the dance of inspiration and long, intimate nights exploring secrets and universal truths... but instead it's *hard*. At this point mostly she's fighting burn-out and insomnia and she still can't. let. go.

Why must you be so pretty, mathematics! It isn't fair! Um. Yes. It very well could be that metaphor *is* lost on me. But my interpretation is still more fun.

(Also, every time I hear it I think of you, [ profile] foreverdirt, and that's never a bad thing.)
[ profile] brown_betty gave me this link, and in doing so totally made my evening.

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Scientists in Canada have discovered the exact spots hockey goalies need to watch to successfully block shots.
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I wonder if, in exchange for the grant, the researchers promised we'd *finally* win the Stanley Cup.
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Miss Rosa Cootes' Correctional Academy)
( Oct. 17th, 2006 04:41 pm)
A couple of years ago I took a course on the use of statistics in psychology.* The following paragraph has stuck with me longer and *sharper* than almost anything I've read since.

      Wainer (1999) tells a story from World War II that reminds us of the sometimes perverse aspects of selection bias. He describes an aircraft analyst who was trying to determine where to place extra armor on an aircraft based on the pattern of bullet holes in the returning planes. His decision was to put the extra armor in the places that were free of bullet holes on the returning aircraft that he analyzed. His reasoning was that the planes had probably been pretty uniformly hit with bullets. Where he found the bullet holes on the returning aircraft told him that, in those places, the plane could be hit and still return.

- Stanovich; How to Think Straight About Psychology (7)

When I think of it currently, I'm almost certain that tangled in this idea is a thick and twisty piece of meta on alternate universes. DCU, because that's where I am, and the universes that exist beside it in canon and in fandom. The ones we read about, the ones we write. The ones we don't.

Or possibly just an essay on Tim Drake.


*A course usually taken by Arts students who imagine they are on track to cutting up the brains of mice and such. I took it because I liked statistics and thought psychology was rather neat as an idea. Why *wouldn't* the two go great together!

The fact that my course picking logic has not really improved since then is a lot of the reason I don't have a pretty piece of paper yet.
I almost didn't actually click on the headline, because I didn't want to ruin it with *context*.

Rare Meteorite Found in Kansas Field.

In the next week or so, I fully expect to hear that the rock was stolen by a mad scientist in a giant robot suit.
I got one wrong! How embarrassing. )

ETA: Okay, after some guess and checking, I find I missed on the origins of the Fibonacci sequence. But that's not math. That's *history*.
odditycollector: Text: "Oww! I'm Hertz!" over a portrait of  Heinrich Hertz. A cautionary tale about paying attention when you spellcheck (Physics vs. Spellcheck)
( May. 25th, 2006 02:42 pm)
Quick House question, for those who watched this last one...

Sort of vaguish spoilers beneath, but... )

Yes, yes. I'm sure there were other interesting mysteries to be found in the episode. But we all have to fixate on *something*.
Today is Earth Day, so this week's thing worthy of glee shall be thematically appropriate (as well as still not requiring a lengthy writeup, but I am sure that is simply coincidence).

When I was much younger, I was given a stuffed globe as a present, and it is still absolutely awesome.

I spent many happy hours staring at the countries, coloured in purple, green, yellow, and red. While I somehow managed to pick up *no geography whatsoever*, I did come to some basic conclusions about planar graphs long before we broached the subject in class.

(Graph theory, by the way, is also a thing that is awesome.)

The globes are made by a company called Hugg-A-Planet, as I found out by dint of looking at the tag. They've got other stuffed planets as well; however, I must warn you that the picture they have up for *my* Earth is slightly frightening. I could be wrong, but I'm fairly sure human children aren't meant to have solid black eyes. (Hugg-a-planet! Perfect for the budding galactic dominator. Give your pod-spawn an early taste of planetary possession! Doesn't break like a real planet!)

Also, for people who *really* love America. The family friendly version, at least.
Goal State: Karen is in Residence with Coffee.

Path Transversed:

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I'm not sure which part of this is sadder. That my internal heuristics are so pathetic, or that I'm considering my behaviour in these terms.

Or possibly that I tried to do debugging on the way home? If we run it again...


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