Hello from the Silver State


I’m now in Las Vegas, as of something like 1:00 this morning. The conference doesn’t start until noon, so I have a bit of time to kill now. The city scares me a bit. It’s so bright and illuminated, and the only reason is because of gambling. I find it hard to believe that a city can be so centered on such a frivolous activity. Of the seven of us, only one can gamble, and I don’t plan to go to any casinos. (What’s the point of going to Las Vegas to be around drunk people when there are always plenty of them in Isla Vista?) At any rate, it does seem fitting to hold a conference on probability in Las Vegas. I have to be back here in December for West Coast Number Theory and possibly the North American Open (although I haven’t decided whether I’ll stick around for that yet).

We listened to the debate on the way over here. As expected, Bush stuck with his one-argument platform (vote for me because Kerry changes his mind too often). I can’t see how people can fall for such a weak platform. He’s the president. He should be displaying his strengths, rather than his opponent’s weaknesses (although I think more people are learning that Bush is just twisting facts into lies to use them against Kerry). Unfortunately for Bush, he doesn’t have any strengths to show off. Anyway, Kerry is ahead now, and Bush has one more opportunity to make a fool out of himself.

I managed to get into counterpoint and therefore dodge the bureaucracy of the music department. Now my parents and Prof. Feigin are telling me to become a music major. I doubt I will, if only because they’ll probably make me go back and take their lower-division classes that I would like to avoid at all costs.

There is a graduate class in number theory next quarter. I’m very excited about that, even though it means that I have no choice but to take four graduate classes. I’ll live. I have prerequisites for them.

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About Simon

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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4 Responses to Hello from the Silver State

  1. confuted says:

    Of the seven of us, only one can gamble, and I don’t plan to go to any.
    We either need another noun at the end of the sentence, or an appropriate predicate noun.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure you can take tests to place out of courses that are too easy. At least ask.
    Love Mummy

  3. incroyable says:

    My favorite part was when Bush said “there’s rumors on the internets.” That really made me laugh hard. Yeah. I wish we could have the candidates just sit down and with no makeup, no scripts, no haughty attitudes just TALK to one another and the moderator and answer the questions and be PEOPLE. I hate both of them really, but I’ll pick the lesser of two evils, I think. My real concern is education and the environment. No Child Left Behind has left millions behind. Grrrr.

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