Category: stories

  • anyone interested

    I've been here before! I mean, I did try to set up non-commutative algebra&geometry sites before and sooner or later they always face the same basic problems : a : dyspnoea : one person does not have enough fresh ideas to keep a mathematical site updated daily so that it continues to be of interest […]

  • explaining symmetry

    PseudonomousDaughterTwo learned vector-addition at school and important formulas such as the _Chasles-Moebius_ equation $\forall A,B,C \in \mathbb{R}^2~:~\vec{AB}+\vec{BC} = \vec{AC} $ Last evening I helped her a bit with her homework and there was one problem she could not do immediately (but it was a starred exercise so you didn't have to do it, but…) :…

  • diy psychoanalysis

    After several years of total inactivity in the DIY-sector I managed to do the following over the week-end : Replace two bedroom reading lamps (at least two years overdue). We had a two-lamps-in-one IKEA thing but ThePartner’s side broke off two years ago and mine followed a year later. Since then one lamp hung in…

  • driven by ambition and sloth

    Here’s a part of yesterday’s post by bitch ph.d. : But first of all I have to figure out what the hell I’m going to teach my graduate students this semester, and really more to the point, what I am not going to bother to try to cram into this class just because it’s my…

  • groen moet!

    One week to go before the regional and European elections and tension is rising. For me there are two crucial questions : will a racist party get more than 20% of the votes? and will the green party get over the electoral threshold of 5%? If you are not Flemish both probably require some explanation.…

  • capita selecta

    Rather than going to the NOG III Workshop I think it is more fun to give a talk for the Capita Selecta-course for 2nd year students on “Monstrous Moonshine”. If I manage to explain to them at least something, I think I am in good shape for next year\’s Baby Geometry (first year) course. Besides,…

  • 25 years monstrous moonshine

    Writing a survey paper is a highly underestimated task. I once tried it out with \’Centers of generic division algebras : the rationality problem 1965-1990\’ and it took me a lot of time and that was on a topic with only 10 to 15 key papers to consider… The task of writing a survey paper…

  • artistic and other frustrations

    Yesterday, PD1 exhibited some of her paintings in the Antwerp Museum for Photography. Over breakfast this morning she was in a rare angry mood. No, she was satisfied with the responses she got on her work, the room was not ideal (lighting etc.) but that was not what mattered… Me : So? She : There…

  • the cpu 2 generation

    Never ever tell an ICT-aware person that you want to try to set up a home-network before you understand all 65536 port-numbers and their corresponding protocols. Here is what happened to me this week. Jan Adriaenssens returned from an extended vacation in New Zealand and I told him about my problems with trying to set…

  • one week blogging

    So far I found it rather easy to post one or more messages a day as I was installing a lot of software or trying to get things working and was merely logging my progress for future reference. These notes are useful to me but probably not to the rest of the world. Another thing…