Saturday, May 22, 2010

Colored fruit

There were mutant cherries at PPPCon. Each came with a conjoined twin:
And another color-highlighted photo of fruit:
This post's theme word: smalto, "colored glass or ceramic used in a mosaic."

Monday, May 17, 2010


Another acceptance, at a big conference this time. Whoo!

This post's theme word: convoke, "to call together for a meeting."

Sunday, May 16, 2010


I made focaccia.
This post's theme word: cosset, "pamper."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Git r done

This month feels like an aggregation of small and irksome tasks -- emails to act upon, articles to read, travel to arrange, deeds to follow-up, essays to write. I keep making ε-progress on the small tasks, context-switching too rapidly to accomplish something meaningful, juggling these many things while also trying to make large progress on my large task (research!). It takes a lot of brain space to keep so many things loaded in my RAM.

In the spirit of Merlin Mann's Inbox Zero, my rallying cry for the remainder of the month is thus: git r done! I aim to finish these tasks and clear all the irritation out of my mental cache.

This post's theme comic is from SMBC:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! Be nice to a mother today. Don't wait! Belated wishes just aren't as good:

This post's theme word: homologate, "to approve officially."

Friday, May 7, 2010

Schur's lemma

Last night, I had a dream. I found myself being interviewed by various professors. One of them told me it was vital that I understand and present a proof of Schur's lemma. I did not remember what Schur's lemma was until I awoke, anxious, and looked it up.

Why do I never (remember) dream(s) of relaxing things? Flying. My dreams are fraught with tension.

This post's theme word: pother, "(noun) a commotion or fuss; mental turmoil; a smothering cloud of dust or smoke," or "(verb tr.) to confuse or worry someone; (verb intr.) to worry or fuss."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

First acceptance

It's just a workshop, but still: first acceptance. Yay.

This post's theme word: legerdemain, "a slight of hand" or "a display of skill." Very apropros for imposter syndrome.