The Unapologetic Mathematician

Mathematics for the interested outsider


So I’m up at 03:00 because of an unexpected nap this evening. When I got back from dinner, there was a blackout that included my building. So I slept a bit, then woke up completely a few hours later. Having little else to do, I finally hunkered down on some tweaks to the site.

I moved the tagline a bit and dropped the “rant” phrase. I wanted to change “outraged” to “outspoken”, but even then it wouldn’t really look nice where it now goes. Actually, not only have I not been that outraged, I haven’t been as ranty as I expected I’d be.

Over the last seven months this place has gone in directions I didn’t really expect, and it’s really taken on a life of its own. As for myself — the nominal author — I find myself taken along for the ride. I’m reminded of the apocryphal story about the university that planted grass everywhere, waited to see where it got trampled from people walking across it, then put the sidewalks where people naturally walked. Making predictions is difficult, especially about the future. Unless you’re an anti-blogger, in which case I suppose it’s difficult to predict the past, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

In the place of the old tagline, I’ve got a more robust (and appropriate) “about” panel. It should give a better explanation of what the hell is going on here, and how to read the page for newcomers.

I haven’t started tearing through and restructuring the “categories” panel in the sidebar, but I’ll hold off on that until I get the cable modem set up here rather than the slow and buggy “Mu-Fi“.

I’m also going to see what I can do about getting a search panel set up, but without paying for the capability to edit my CSS directly (in both money to WordPress and time invested in learning how), I’m not sure what I’ll be able to cobble together.

Finally, inspired by the adventures this evening, I’m starting a more “bloggy” weblog about my life as a Connecticut Yankee in the Lower Garden District. I’m using a phrase I picked up from Nick Maggio (a grad student here) for the title: Yankee Freak-Out. There’s not much there yet, but I’ll start posting tomorrow afternoon.

Assuming, of course, that I’ve got the power.


August 14, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hi, maybe you’ll want to update the link to “The Everything Seminar” on “Links”, since right now it sends you to the Secret one.

    Comment by Eme | August 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. Fixed. Thanks for the pointer.

    Comment by John Armstrong | August 14, 2007 | Reply

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