Sunday, February 23, 2003

Beautiful beautiful snow

I walked home about an hour ago. Late night and all with some of the analysis and such things. But it was snowing. The snow sparkled on the ground, as if it were glittered with bits of shiny silvery glitter. I can tell this will be a wonderful day.

And regarding my last entry, it wasn't so bad. Apparently only 2 first yrs attended the party. Rob says I was missed at happy hour. But a lot of my favorite people showed up at the office this weekend.

All is copacetic.

Friday, February 21, 2003

In contrast...

This week was less eventful. Since my last entry, I did get my hair cut, we had the presentation, which went very poorly for me. We followed with a pub outing, which was definitely fun. Then everyone scurried about preparing for the algebra midterm Thursday which was worse than anyone's worst nightmare. After that we then sat through a little lecture thing, a lot of us ate dinner together at Hutch, and then 4 of us stayed at the office all night doing homework and playing worms. Interestingly enough, Karen and Anne stayed at the office late that day. It was noted later that if you put Anne and Karen together you have Anna Karenina... That was my favorite book in high school, even though I only got halfway through. Anyways, it was fun staying at the office, but I was too tired and thus went home and slept and missed happy hour and Haris' party, as well as whatever fun transpired in the office and class before that. For that reason, I feel sad. Anyways, I woke up recently, and I'll head to the office in a few hours and spend most of Saturday there. If other happy people show up, it will redeem the day.

In short it seems as if this week didn't even happen.

Friday, February 14, 2003

A week in the life of...

It seems to have been forever since I've posted, so a synopsis of the days past is in order.

Tuesday, where I last left off, Karen and I bowled. It was quite windy when I left (after playing in the snow). She had just cut her hair, it looked cute. All was fun. I managed to get a 142 on one game, good, but not my personal high score which is ... (drumroll) 187. I looked it up to be sure; I still have the score sheet in a box in my closet, along with other various trivia, such as my university diploma. I bowled most of the time that I have bowled during my senior year in college or so, against a fellow math major mostly. I had forgotten one irksome quality of the game when played with two players: it makes conversation more difficult than usual. I think therefore the post-bowling conversation was more fun, even if it may have been just idle chatter.

Wednesday, I went to the Blackhawks vs. Maple Leafs game with Elizabeth, Bert, Barbara, and Kevin. The Leafs won 3-1, and all goals were scored in the first 8 minutes. It was quite fun. There was a child behind us yelling things one wouldn't expect a child to yell, which gave us a laugh. I noticed that Elizabeth and Barbara both seem to be worriers, and Elizabeth was not pleased with this observation. Not that worrying is necessarily a bad trait. As she will surely not like that I mentioned it here, I should mention something rather good about Elizabeth to balance out the universe. I noticed a week or two ago, at happy hour I think, a weird sort of comfort around Elizabeth. It was as if we were old friends.

Thursday was a generally miserable day, and for absolutely no reason whatsoever. I woke up and did not feel like getting out of bed, or at least not going to the office. But my cadre of friends awaits at the office, so of course I go. But the day did not get better. I ate lunch solely because I knew I needed food, not because I felt like it. Near the end of the day I got a short nap and felt better afterward, but for most of the day I was without smile.

Friday was an excellent day likewise for no reason whatsoever. I woke up early, 5:30am or so, listened to NPR until it turned to the war-mongering and switched to the classical music station. I left for the office early, picked up a copy of the NY Times at the newsstand I pass daily, and had a very cheerful day. At happy hour, Anne was very happy and it was nice to see her happy. I, Kate, Anne and Erin managed to get through happy hour without talking about math or other equally boring stuff as the rest of the table did... Bert and Elizabeth were conspicuously absent, as Elizabeth's father is now in town. This should cheer her up quite a bit.

Tomorrow, we are meeting to discuss our presentation on Monday. I think I should also attempt to get my hair cut.

This is long enough for now.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003


Got to hang out with Karen today. We went bowling.

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Sunday, February 9, 2003

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People rearranged the office furniture to block the doors. The second years are evidently pissed off at us. Very annoying.

Also, Karen did not want to bowl.

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I had an excellent time yesterday. I came into the office and I got some work done, with Karen and Anne. Then we went to see "Bowling for Columbine". Very good movie, although its effects were greater than I imagined. Led to some tense moments at the pub (where we went after the movie).

Anyways, I probably can't make it to the office til 2pm unfortunately today, but I will be in.

Saturday, February 8, 2003

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After reading pessimysticism's recent entry, I think I should read some Calvino... or any fiction really. I noticed a conspicuous absence, that of Tolstoy, in his entry....

Anyways, last night bowling was fun. (Unfortunately) a lot of people left after the first game. But me and my peeps played a rousing second game. I got two strikes in a row and as I went up to make my next shot, the lane broke. We waited and it got fixed, and I of course did not get a third strike, and then it broke right after my shot, we waited some more and changed lanes and so on... In the end, we had fun (modulo a little waiting) and got bowling for free (modulo the shoe fees). Everyone owes Mr. G $2 or about.

Tonight we shall go see "Bowling for Columbine", a theme weekend if you will.

Meanwhile, I think I shall visit the office soon (noonish?) see if anyone's there, and maybe read a little fiction...

Tuesday, February 4, 2003


no really. proving all this analysis stuff related to poisson summation is kinda fun. still got to see if i can talk about riemann roch without introducing adeles...

if K is a function field over a finite field, A_K is a locally compact group, and K embeds in it, and A_K/K's dual is naturally isomorphic to K, so it's just like usual fourier stuff with Z and R/Z^ = Z ...


anyways, working on this, riemann roch is basically poisson summation over K and A_K/K^ with a (translation) twist... and then interpreted geometrically... and i want to talk about this, and it should be fun

Saturday, February 1, 2003

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Watched Patton today and did laundry. And a bit of math. Talked a little algebraic geometry online. Very anxious to get back into my fun math.

Yesterday was happy hour, fun as usual. Karen chose our table over the competing other half of the class. I was not feeling so happy; I think I subconsciously presciently knew about the impending shuttle disaster. Now I'm all better though.