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.