|Friday, August 13th, 2010|
|Friday, August 6th, 2010|
|Thursday, July 8th, 2010|
|Saturday, December 26th, 2009|
|Thursday, December 24th, 2009|
|Wednesday, November 4th, 2009|
After doing some country dancing on Monday, I was thinking about what skills I don't have which might have been useful ...
Which of these should be required classes?
A basic course in standard duelling weapons
|Wednesday, September 9th, 2009|
Do you hate the magnolia shade of paint?
Something else I will explain in a comment
|Thursday, August 13th, 2009|
I was reading about Cheddar Man
, and was amused by the fact that the schoolteacher relative of Cheddar Man was offered money by a tabloid to take his clothes off. This motivated me to ask the question:
Would you pose naked in a national newspaper for £100,000?
|Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009|
|Wednesday, July 1st, 2009|
|#I thank the Lord for the harvest moon and the girl from the hiring fair
Some friends and I were discussing how to choose new employees, and one of the people there said that one of the things that he decided on was whether they had showered that day, on the grounds that if they didn't shower on the day of a job interview then it was likely that they would never shower and this would not make for a pleasant working environment.
Is this a legitimate hiring criterion?
|Saturday, June 27th, 2009|
On Sunday I visited New York
, which needs no introduction. The main purpose of the visit was to watch the British Grand Prix with a university friend of mine, but I found time to do some tourism as well.
I had a wander through Central Park, passing the memorial to John Lennon:
and I also saw these little guys in the lake near to the memorial:
My destination was the New-York Historical Society
, one of the oldest New York institutions, which has a fantastic collection of historical paintings relating to the city, including a lovely and dignified picture of the unfortunate Dred Scott
. Among their treasures is an antique carriage:
After watching the Grand Prix and having dinner, I had a walk around Times Square before heading back.
There is a regular and fairly fast train service from Princeton to New York (arriving at Penn Station).
My pictures are all available here
|Wednesday, June 24th, 2009|
|Trenton, New Jersey
On Saturday I visited Trenton
, the state capital of New Jersey.
The Capitol building
was very interesting; it had decayed to a very bad state in the 1970s, but money was raised to re-gild the dome and restore the painting and glass of the interior to its former glory. The tour guide was very informative although it was quite annoying that he (whose day job was as a State auditor) had heard about the late unpleasantness at Westminster and that I had to try to explain exactly what had happened there.
The State Museum
, which is next to the Capitol, was also interesting, with a display about New Jersey during the ice ages and the changes in fauna since then; unfortunately much of the museum is currently being renovated so many of the other treasures were absent.
The major tourist draw is the Old Barracks Museum
; these date from Colonial times and were used as a barracks and then a hospital during the wars, and later on part of the building was used as a brothel, conveniently located next to the statehouse. The guides there give a very coherent account of the Battle of Trenton
, which changed the course of the Revolutionary War.
Finally I went to the Trenton Battle Monument
, from which one gets a very good view of the city.
Trenton is not the wealthiest of cities (there are a large number of pawnbrokers and cheque cashing establishments on the main street) but there are enough museums to make it an interesting place to visit. It has a regular train service.
My pictures are all available here
|Friday, April 10th, 2009|
|Saturday, March 21st, 2009|
|A Day of Firsts ...
Yesterday was quite a good day. I got my first royalty cheque for the book
and I danced out for the first time with these guys
: Current Mood: hopeful
|Tuesday, February 17th, 2009|
|Tuesday, February 10th, 2009|
|#We are Britannia ...
This weekend I played a board game called Britannia
; it's an epic game which covers the history of Great Britain from the Roman invasion to the Norman Conquest. Each player controls various smaller nations (the Saxons, the Danes, the Jutes, ...) and gets points for meeting historical objectives like holding relevant territory, killing other players' war leaders, that sort of thing. It's great fun even if it does take 6 hours to play a game of it!
There is some railroading in the game; some of it is perfectly reasonable, as invasions from the rest of Europe happen due to events outside the scope of the game. Some of it is built into the actual rules; it is partly there to keep the game balanced and enjoyable, but sometimes you do want to do something that won't be rewarded in game terms.
Railroading --- good or bad?
|Thursday, January 22nd, 2009|
|Wednesday, December 24th, 2008|
|Friday, December 12th, 2008|
A friend of mine introduced me to the following interesting problem; you and a friend are meeting for lunch at a particular time in an agreed city (in the original it was Cambridge, England).
However, you have failed to agree where to meet, so you each have to decide on a place to be independently, and only if you are within sight of each other will you be able to meet up. Where do you choose?
(I think that "outside King's College Chapel" is a common answer to the problem as stated).
Can you think of other places in Cambridge, or places in other cities that would be as canonical?
|Tuesday, November 4th, 2008|
The book meme, from tree_and_leaf
* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.Ahem
.You may wish to consider how many cusps Gamma_0(2) has; does this knowledge help you here?