January 2006

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Trying something new:


No Ansel Adams yet…

While I always thought that mathematics is a kind of art, and that the creative act of creating art (especially composing music) is very akin to doing (real) maths, I did never link maths and dancing… But here you are:


Dance. You should be a Dance major! Like a lithe ballerina, you dance because you believe there is beauty in expressing the physical form.

Mathematics
83%
Dance
83%
English
75%
Engineering
75%
Sociology
67%
Psychology
58%
Philosophy
58%
Chemistry
50%
Theater
50%
Linguistics
50%
Anthropology
42%
Biology
42%
Journalism
33%
Art
33%

What is your Perfect Major?
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The “tie breaker” question for me was to select the most true statement of “I always find ways to solve problems.” and “I am passionate about aesthetics, forms, and movements.” The auther of that quiz (which one shouldn’t take to serious) probably though that the first is more linked to maths, while I think that maths is all about form and aesthetics.

From today on, The Economist’s "Global Agenda" online articles are only available for subscribers of the print or web edition of the magazin. If they think this move will get them more subscribers, I very much doubt it. Maybe some readers of the Global Agenda will now subscribe (I will not), but on the long run they lose one of their best advertisments.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

(Tolkien’s birthday was yesterday.)

Today I finally got my new Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens and I like it :) With the 1.6x crop factor on my 350D it is just perfect for taking portraits in low light conditions.

Moritz wants to show everybody how much he likes Algebra:

Doing Algebra

(he has explicitly requested that I put this photo here)

BTW: The book which he holds is "Algebra" by Serge Lang of which I got a copy just days ago. Though it is far to extensive for my curent course in Algebra, I think it is a good book to have for reference and further study.