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Thane Plambeck
math-y, computer-y, nebraska-y, palo alto-y
math-y, computer-y, nebraska-y, palo alto-y
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While solving one of Hot and Trazom's recent perfectly-clued, cleverly thematic cryptics in The Nation magazine this morning, I actually thought for a moment that I missed Frank Lewis's style (more idiosyncratic with some bizarre convention-breaking clues). Then I noticed that I still had a little stack of Lewis puzzles on my desk and looked at them again. I rapidly changed my mind. Why is it so easy to get nostalgic about unpleasant experiences, even those that went on for years?

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OK—my 15 year-old son Cole has qualified for the 2012 USA Men's Platform Diving Olympic Trials to be held in Seattle in June 2012. I didn't even know this was a possible outcome of this Junior Olympic meet he's been in this week in Knoxville, Tennessee. He finished 6th (of 29) in the finals of the meet today and they take the top six.

hey: it was good day for bonds.

No sooner had we made our bow to Mr. Cambridge, in his library, than Johnson ran eagerly to one side of the room intent on pouring over the backs of the books. Sir Joshua observed aside, 'he runs to the books, as I do to the pictures, but I have the advantage. I can see much more of the pictures than he can of the books.' Johnson, ever ready for contest, instantly started from reverie and answered, 'Sir, the reason is very plain. Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. When we enquire into any subject, the first thing we have to do is know what books have treated of it. This leads us to look at catalogues, and at the backs of books in libraries.' Sir Joshua observed to me the extraordinary promptitude with which Johnson flew upon an argument. 'Yes,' said I, he has no formal preparation, no flourishing with his sword; he is through your body in a moment.'

Boswell's Life of Johnson

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Another nice little house in my neighborhood in Palo Alto bit the dust this morning. It was built in 1934.

Thinking about writing an article with title "Asymmetric Friending, the Algebra of Galois Connections, and You: Why Your Ex-Girlfriends are Not on Google+", but since my ex-girlfriends are not here to be impressed, why bother?

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The discovery of the one-time pad, moved back some 30+ years.

anyone know a compact fluorescent or LED light bulb that is truly as bright (or even brighter) than a 60W incandescent? I love the idea of such a thing but in trying out several "60W equivalent" ones I'm still in the dark (so to speak)
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