Writing fourth species is not much fun. It’s especially not much fun when the cantus firmus has a 4-note descending sequence and we can only use 3-note descending sequences. I have managed to write three out of twelve without breaking very many rules, although they sound awful (at least to me). I can’t wait to finish them so that I can get back to second and third species, which are fun to write.

I’ll be off to Las Vegas next weekend for the MAA SoCal/Nevada conference. I have a funny feeling that I might be able to understand much of it, unlike the other conferences I have attended. I won’t gamble, as I have better ways to deplete my money supply, such as ordering books from Amazon every week. (I had better stop that now, hadn’t I?)

The internet was down for about ten hours yesterday. I went to the ResNet office twice to complain, and they basically said that they didn’t really care. I don’t understand what is wrong with these people. The only possibility we have for getting an internet connection is through ResNet, so it seems to me as though it is their duty to make sure that it works. But a lot of the time it doesn’t, and they don’t even care.

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Hi. I'm Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo. I'm a mathematics postdoc at Dartmouth College. I'm also a musician; I play piano and cello, and I also sometimes compose music and study musicology. I also like to play chess and write calligraphy. This blog is a catalogue of some of my thoughts. I write them down so that I understand them better. But sometimes other people find them interesting as well, so I happily share them with my small corner of the world.
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9 Responses to

  1. aaronlehmann says:

    Have fun in Las Vegas. I don’t recommend you gamble, especially because it would be against the law (Nevada feels that you’re old enough to murder Iraqis but not old enough to gamble). However, if you have time you should walk down the strip and marvel at the sheer absurdity of the city.
    Most ResNets are terrible. As monopolies they have no incentive to provide decent service. UCSC’s ResNet always quotes the fact that they only get ~$20/mo from each student as an excuse to be mediocre. Recently they have instituted a draconian system to reduce the manual labor involved in kicking infected hosts off the network at the cost of student convenience, network stability, and system compatibility. The system has made many people very angry and there has been a lot of protest, but ResNet is not receptive to the criticism. At least they promised to exempt incompatible devices from the measures, i.e. my MP3 player, however after weeks and multiple emails I have not been able to get any action from them.

    • Simon says:

      That’s pretty much what I figured. Our ResNet also kicks people off the network at will. Fortunately I managed to escape being kicked off even when I was still using IE and getting viruses regularly. Anyway, for $20 a month, I should be able to get pretty good internet service. That’s far more expensive than a month of DSL service for an individual in a family of four, but the service I get is far worse. If nearby cities were better places to live than Isla Vista, I’d probably take this as reason to move out next year.

  2. yuethomas says:

    A large portion of the internet was down the morning of 10/3/2004. Apparently a patch of fiber was cut. Could that have been what happened to your ResNet?

  3. hitodama says:

    Blame the users.
    While I worked for Resnet they were understaffed, overworked, and underpaid They deal with a huge number of people who do not keep their computer secure, and have to do a balancing act to satisfy the people who handle the network for all of UCSB and the students who install Gator and other such crap on their machines. If you come across as being technologically proficient in your dealings with them, then you will have a lot more luck.
    Too be truthful, I think it’s more of the fault of an uneducated user base connected to a high bandwith connection than the fault of Resnet. This is compounded by lax programming at Redmond.
    -Ajay Chandra
    Burned out ex-RCC

    • Simon says:

      Ban Microsoft?
      I don’t imagine ResNet would be more unpopular than they already are if they forced users to use Linux. Speaking of Linux, stop by some time to install Linux on my desktop.
      Shouldn’t the increased number of banned users make the internet connection better for the rest of us? Or maybe it does. It would seem to me that the illegal users are the ones who suck up the greatest amounts of bandwidth. On the other hand, I use up very little bandwidth and therefore shouldn’t be a problem to anyone.
      Incidentally, why is it that I can see other computers (that aren’t my own) on the network? Fortunately other people can’t see much of my computer, but I think I can access the entire hard drives of some people.

      • okb says:

        You will generally be able to see other computers on the network if they are on the same subnet as you. For Manzanita, I think that means anyone in the same quad. Of course, smart people don’t share anything on the network, but sometimes people had a small network at home, had file sharing on for that, and just didn’t realize they left it on when they brought their computer to UCSB.

  4. mathfanatic says:

    Enjoy Nevada. I generally tell people that there are only two things there: dirt and casinos. And occasionally a snake or a scorpion. Say hello to the silver state for me.
    What books have you been ordering from Amazon? Math, or other subjects as well?

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