Nuestros hijos no son superfantásticos - El Blog de las Matemáticas El otro día hubo entrega de medallas en el Patronato deportivo de la ciudad donde vivo. Se hizo larguísima la ceremonia. Hubo medallas para todos. Goblins Rosscott, Inc. I just know I’m going to see this thing on the Internet without my name on it very very soon. Oh well. If you want a 11″ x 17″ poster of this, it’s a mere $10 plus shipping! You can buy it with the big yellow button on the side OR just click here. I’ll be bringing the new book (soon to be in the online store) to a bunch of conventions, along with t-shirts, ties, prints, and tote bags. Oh, and my charming personality.
the impossible cool. Updated Mondays Why Nerds are Unpopular February 2003 When we were in junior high school, my friend Rich and I made a map of the school lunch tables according to popularity. This was easy to do, because kids only ate lunch with others of about the same popularity. We graded them from A to E. A tables were full of football players and cheerleaders and so on. SmarterEveryDay Twitter SmarterEveryDay Loading... On “Geek” Versus “Nerd” To many people, “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, but in fact they are a little different. Consider the phrase “sports geek” — an occasional substitute for “jock” and perhaps the arch-rival of a “nerd” in high-school folklore. If “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, then “sports geek” might be an oxymoron. (Furthermore, “sports nerd” either doesn’t compute or means something else.) In my mind, “geek” and “nerd” are related, but capture different dimensions of an intense dedication to a subject:
The Origin of the Nerd Introduction In the little more than a decade since I created my original web page here about the origin of the word nerd, it has grown considerably, in part due to various controversies about the word's origins as well as to new information and speculation about its history. My views on the term's origin have not changed much, as you can see by the fact that Dr. Seuss's Nerd has joined me in the page's icon (assuming that you're not viewing the page in the "Full Width" style), but it does seem like time to reorganize the material. The factor that made me decide that nerd might be a label worth reclaiming was its early association with Dr.
100 word wednesday: wise words… Wisdom is hard to find. Truly. Just ask me. Simon & Garfunkel & Me A great day in the park Do you remember where you were on September 19, 1981? I sure do. To this day, I can close my eyes and feel the damp late-summer air, smell the wet grass and the weed, and feel the joyously communal vibe of the 500,000 people who surrounded me that day. To back up just a little bit, let's remember that September '81 was only nine months removed from the day John Lennon had been murdered outside the Dakota. I had spent three full years of my childhood hoping every single day that the Beatles would get back together, and now it was never, ever going to happen.
Form in Paul Simon's music Abstract: Songwriter and performer Paul Simon has been actively creating music for over five decades. While he has embraced elements of a variety of musical styles, at least one element has remained constant—his attention to formal construction as an important part of his songs' aesthetic quality, as evidenced in the songs themselves. This dissertation examines form in Simon's music throughout his career, finding that while most of the songs are based on well-known formal types, his clever manipulation of numerous musical elements imbues them with freshness, particularly in the most recent material. Chapter 1 provides an overview of Simon's life and career, considers his critical and peer acclaim, and examines some of his own words concerning the study of music theory. In Chapter 2, I provide a scholarly context for the dissertation, by reviewing popular music scholarship generally, and approaches to form in particular.