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Our power was out for about four or five hours today. Thankfully it was coolish outside because of the overcast skies or the flooding (it went back and forth between the two) and the wind blowing helped to keep the temperature down, as well, so even though we had no A/C it never got hot in the house. At one point the wind was so wild that I got really afraid and stood in the hall for a little bit. My husband, of course, went outside to watch the trees. After being assured it wasn't a tornado I gave up and went outside, too. It was really pretty.

I finished Number: the language of science ... , and while I did enjoy it, it certainly got a bit above me mathematically. Still, I quite liked most of it. My favorite parts were the idea of number sense, Gematria, and the many controversies and arguments as mathematics grew and defined itself. If only I knew how to do superscripts; I would love to share my favorite section from the book. I'm going to try... There is a formula: e/\i*pi + 1 = 0 that has actual mathematical use but was loved metaphysically because it can be called the mystic union "in which arithmetic was represented by 0 and 1, algebra by the symbol i, geometry by pi, and analysis by the transcendental e." All that math and I liked the crazy mystic symbology. Oh, also loved that in the "further reading" section the authors recommended Simon Singh. :)

**EDIT:** Down in the commentszarathud posted the equation with superscript as it is supposed to look. Yay! **end EDIT**

The other day I made a bunch of St Michael the Archangel icons. I want to make a nice cross and a nice nativity scene, too.

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But I wanted to try anyway.

And my reunion was pretty cool. I didn't see the people I most wanted to see; with the exception of two people, my best friends from high school didn't attended. But I did see three people I really enjoyed in classes even if we didn't hang out outside of school. I was really excited to see them. I also saw a couple I didn't know well in school but were friends with someone I dated in college, so I got to catch up with them. I got to see someone I was in college classes, and we swapped email addresses so I'm hoping to keep in touch with her. Best of all, I got to get better acquainted with someone I knew but was more friends with my friends than with me. I wish I had known him better in high school; he was really cool. He married someone who graduated two years before me so there was lots of catching up. He and Monkeys hit it off, I think, which was really nice. Anyway, the gatherings were nice but way too noisy, I was still too shy to converse with people, and I wish I had been braver and able to talk to the slightly familiar faces. Still, I'm glad we went. I'm even more glad that eight of us cut out early and went to Basken Robbins for ice cream and easier conversation!


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Jun. 30th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was us on Friday. Our power was out for several hours too. Glad you got it back. Would have sucked not to be able to take a shower before work tomorrow!

I LOVE your St. Michael icons! What inspired you to make em?

Missed ya at the rosary. There weren't a lot of people there tonight, prolly because of the weather. =o)
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh, btw... you wanna copy of the new coldplay album?
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
yeah, i was sorry about missing the Rosary tonight. i should have gone anyway but with the power out and the weather and we're down to one car (monkeys is in the shop) so I just couldn't get my act together. :(

Mass on Friday had a really cool message and I wanted to make an icon from the Creation of Adam (God's hand reaching out to Adam) in honor of the sermon and to use if/when I discuss RCIA or religion or cool sermon points, but I couldn't get something that I liked. So I decided to do St Michael because I love the prayer to St. Michael.

I love your angel icon, though!!!! I might have to steal that one.

And YES I'd love a copy of Coldplay!!!! Woot!!!
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Cool thanks. It's from a pic I took when I was in Rome.
I think it was in the Vatican somewhere...

Jul. 1st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
tada!! my new St Michael icon and the one I will be using....
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
ei * π + 1 = 0

(using html <sup> markup and the entity &pi;)

While this exact relation is not particularly useful, the general equation behind it (Euler's formula) is exceedingly useful.

ei * x = cos(x) + i * sin(x)
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
You are wonderful! URwonderful

Do you use a lot of mathematics in your career? Or is it a hobby/interest? I don't normally delve into mathematics; the only other math book I have read is Simon Singh's Fermat's Enigma which was actually more about the quest to solve Fermat's Last Theorem than it was about math itself. Oh, and I read his Code Book on cryptology, which was a bit mathy. I do love to read laymen's physics and chemistry books, and in looking through that section I discovered this Number book and it sounded interesting. I think I'm either going to have to go back to my baby physics books or take a couple refresher math classes because the last half of Number was difficult for me.
Jun. 30th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
B.S. Physics, M.S./Ph.D. Mathematics (thesis here)
Using none of it now. I work for a software company.
Jul. 1st, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Wow - I am impressed! I read the abstract and other than recognizing some of the mathematician's names I had no clue. I doubt I'd make heads or tails of your actual dissertation.

My BA is in Elementary Education and my MA is in Educational Leadership so I didn't have to do a lot of math. I did go up through Calculus I but about halfway through the class I suddenly realized, "Hey - I'm going to be teaching KINDERGARTEN. What am I doing in calculus??" and then I switched to finite math/math for education. I would like to go back and take some math classes, but it would be just for curiousity's sake to better understand some of the other books I've read, like the Physics of Superheroes, or to advance to more substantial books.

What do you do with the software company? (If you don't mind sharing.) I work for a college mostly doing enrollment services but occasionally teaching College Success courses.
Jul. 1st, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, my thesis is pretty arcane. It's inaccessible to most mathematicians, actually. Granted, I think quite a few theses are inaccessible outside of their sub-field (or sub-sub-field). It's unfortunate.

I taught a lot of calculus in grad school, actually. My advisor never had much in the way of grant money, so I had to pay the bills by teaching the whole time.

I didn't really plan my career. After I finished grad school, I chickened out of an academic career, mainly because I didn't want to leave the area. I took a temp job at Red Hat while continuing my job search. The temp job turned into a real job, and now I'm nearly the seven year mark. I started out in QA and shifted over to Release Engineering. Right now I mainly work on our build system.

There is something of a pattern. The last year of so of grad school, I designed and developed a automated grading system for the Maple assignments within the math department. Shortly after I started at Red Hat, I developed an automated testing system for the installer. Shortly after I shifted to rel-eng, I developed a new build system. So it seems I've been creating software automation systems for nearly a decade now.
Jun. 30th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
completely off topic..
send me your phone #.. sidkuhn@gmail.com

Jul. 1st, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: completely off topic..
sent! let me know if you don't get the email :)
my email address is losergamer
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