Friday, November 17, 2006


PlayStation 3 mania

Armed Thugs Shoot 1 Person Waiting in Wal-Mart PlayStation Line

That's bad but from further along in the article:

In West Bend, Wis., a 19-year-old man was injured when he ran into a pole racing with 50 others for one of 10 spots outside a Wal-Mart.
LOL! What a dumb cracker.


Poisoned cookies sent to Supreme Court Justices (and others)

Half-baked attempt to kill Supreme Court crumbles

Apparently, the cookies contained enough poison to kill but the sender was kind enough to include a note stating they were poisoned. What a looney tune.


Term for the day

Least concave majorant--The smallest concave function lying above a function of interest. I learned about the concept today in my stochastic differential equations class, specifically in the context of optimal stopping times.



Saturday, November 11, 2006


Rogue Scientist Has Own Scientific Method

"...[W]asn't Einstein ridiculed when he unveiled his theory of relativity, or Copernicus when he posited that the Earth revolved around the sun? True, I have since proved them both wrong, but at least they took risks."



Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Lebesgue v. Riemann integration analogy

One of my (favorite) instructors compared Lebesgue integration to Riemann integration with the following analogy:

Say you dump your change jar on the floor. Riemann goes along and adds up each coin as he picks it up; whereas Lebesgue counts the number of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, etc. and multiplies each total by its corresponding value.



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