It has been a busy few days around here. The AMS section conference was this weekend, and I went to a lot of talks I didn’t understand and a few I did. Putinar invited all the functional analysis people over to his house on Saturday, so I went. There are lots of animals there: a two-digit number of finches, a cat, and a rabbit, at least. Apparently the limiting process will lead to a dog.
On Sunday I talked to Dave Patrick and Ravi Vakil, both of whom I had not seen for a while. That was nice.
As of yesterday, I’m back in the orchestra. The music department contacted me on Friday since they didn’t have any cellists this quarter, so I agreed to join. We’re playing, among other things, Beethoven’s 8th Symphony and the last movement of Haydn’s 45th (Farewell) Symphony. Many people were overjoyed to have cellists finally. (I wasn’t the only one; another one came an hour late.)