Didn't see the race!

F1: Massa wins Turkish GP
Felipe Massa claims his first victory while Fernando Alonso gets the better of title rival Michael Schumacher. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]


It is not often that I can say that partying all night made me miss the race...


The Best Museum in the World!

That's what my kids think about the Museum of Science in Boston. We arrived at 11am and after surveying the place I thought we would have to eat there and we would leave around 5 with my kids exhausted. Boy was I wrong! We stayed until 7pm, and we left only because it closed! My kids couldn't take enough. We did have to rush in the last few rooms, but it was so hard to make them move on! Amazing place. But of course, if the store has a Einstein Action Figure, the place has to be great. My only criticism is that, because of the choice of Operating System, some exhibits were non functional. I advised them to change computers and suggested using this one. Despite all that we has a great time and my kids, and I, learned a lot.


They keep at it...

Venezuela says US was smuggling
Venezuela accuses the US embassy in Caracas of importing cargo illegally after seizing diplomatic baggage. [BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition]



Grigory Perelman declines Fields medal!

Politics in math is a high stake game... not! The phrase of George Bernard Shaw applies perfectly to it: "The fights in academy are so fierce, because the stakes are so insignificant." After years of giving the Fields Medal to almost any promising mathematician Grigory Perelman rejects the prize and refuses to receive all of the 12.000$ involved... To be fair, the Fields Medal is no Nobel equivalent. It has a condition that the recipient has to be younger than 40 years old, that makes it very hard and harder as math gets more complicated. It comes from a believe that the best work is done before 30, that creativity is a young person's game. It is false and stupid, but makes for good copy. Now, as a consequence of how mathematical politics is played, the most deserving recipient of a Fields medal in recent years has rejected it... To be fair, mathematics recognizes talent and knows how scarce it is, think of Ramanujan and Perelman as examples, it isn't perfect and it si tough on the mathematicians. With sweet easy rewards elsewhere, it is very hard to attract the young and bright, so only the very quirky and persistant will remain at some point.
Later: Seconds after posting I see Jordi had the goods earlier on.


Buckminster Hotel in Boston: A Miserable experience

If you purposely designed a Hotel so that the guest had the most miserable experience, without being allowed to sue, you wouldn't have a worse hotel than the Buckminster Hotel at Beacon Street in Boston. I like old style hotel, my favorite type of place is a non renovated 5-star place with internet. When my travel agent recommended the Buckminster it seemed to fit the bill. This review seem to indicate I had found a bargain. Let me start with some truths. The place is dirt cheap, it is also non renovated in the sense of old and unkept. The internet is there and it is fast. Unfortunately, the place is also dirty, understaffed and pretty hostile. The toilet wouldn't flush, but there isn't maintenance until two days from now, they told me they don't even have plunger. I solved that with a bit of Geek ingenuity that they will pay later. We have asked for extra towels, but unless we go downstairs to picke them up they never get here, even though they say they will. Now, this wouldn't be so bad if the un-helpfulness of the staff could be ascribed to anything other than bad faith. Actually, it is one person on the staff, that seem to be the night manager, and for the way he treated a german customer my guess is that he has some kind of racist bias against us. We thought about leaving, but we decided to stay because of the price (we have two rooms for what I thought was the price of one), the fast internet (the best thing about the place), the location, the hassle of moving, and the fact that it is only for a few days. I have already contacted the person who wrote the review above, I will talk with my travel agent to recommend he drops this hotel from his list, and I am posting this, so that you, dear reader, can avoid this horrible mistake...


Heard from a Red Sox Fan...

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"There can't be two number ones!" He yelled...
"What aabout eleven?" I asked...
A fight ensued...


Tired of living like a primitive...

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I'm heading back to civilization!


What are you talking about?

So this girl I know from a while back calls me and says: you never call me! I feel abandoned!, I, sincerely baffled, answered: Huh? What are you talking about? and she says: What? You're going to tell me there hasn't been some chemistry between us?. I yelled: Chemistry? There hasn't even been Philology between us!. She hanged up... finally! But to tell you the truth I still don't know what either of us meant.


Weapons of Math Instruction

NEW YORK -- A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement.

He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a problem for us," Gonzales said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.

They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.

As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle'."

When asked to comment on the arrest, George W. Bush said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes."

Aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President.

[Thanks Gregorio]


Bye, bye Woodstock

"When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. - When you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz."


Should I go Web 2.0?

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I guess not...


Lieberman is the republican candidate.

This is one of the biggest dangers in democracy and fair government. Candidates disguising themselves as what they are not. Later they get their prize. After Bush basically endorses Lieberman, who is to say how long this has been going on? Perhaps it was Lieberman the key to the 200 election? A Benedict Arnold? Clearly, Lieberman doesn't believe in democracy...


Muslim Myopia

Op-Ed Contributor: Muslim Myopia
Whatever their imperial urges, it is not for Tony Blair or George W. Bush to restore Islam’s better angels. That duty — and glory — goes to Muslims. [NYT > Opinion]



Grigory Perelman proofs the Poincare Conjecture!

Editorial: Of Math Proofs and Millionaires
We just want to celebrate the dedication — some might call it obsession — that led a reclusive Russian mathematician to solve a problem that once seemed insoluble. [NYT > Opinion]
This time it seems everybody agrees the proof is correct. It will be published and the Millenium prize will be awarded to him. Math makes the world go round!


Esféricas Interviews Arangol!



Wow! Esféricas has an exclusive interview with the best Venezuelan football player ever: Juan "Arangol" Arango!


Trolling for hits...

It's been a long time since I mentioned Dave Winer, but I see that he is trolling for hits with an ambiguous story about his Mac crashing often. This is trolling in the way John C. Dvorak taught him. He said he didn't agree with him then, I guess he has changed his mind. Of course, Robert Scoble catches the trick and trolls too... Except, his new Mac, which he hadn't mentioned before, has not crashed, so he relays even more ambiguous stories of somebody else's Mac crashing. It is not surprising Robert can't get his Mac to crash, since he can't even make Windows crash, and we know how effortless that is. And I know why Robert didn't mention his new Mac before... just so I couldn't gloat about being so right, well, I am gloating now. My advice to everybody is to ignore the trolls. By the way a Windows XP machine crashed today on me... twice! The second time just upon restarting from the first, and with very few programs installed, let alone running. But if everybody that had a Windows machine crash today wrote about it, the whole internet would crash... By the way, Dave, you could always take your mac to a Mac Genius... What should I do with my Windows XP machine?


GWD: Genuine Windows Disadvantage

All I Want To Do Is Activate Windows! I don't understand why people put up with this... Come'on! Just get a Mac!


I just have to say...

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... we are very lucky that MacGyver is not a terrorist...


Is nice to have friends when you are sick...

Image I am glad at least Raul has decided not to fall for the red shirt fashion. He looks so handsome in his over condecorated tyrant uniform!


A false sense of insecurity?

We don't know how to assess risk, the Cato Institute says so.
Assessed in broad but reasonable context, terrorism generally does not do much damage.

The costs of terrorism very often are the result of hasty, ill-considered, and overwrought reactions.
Sounds familiar?


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