There's less than a month left till reunions.

That is all.

Interesting: the first marathon winners around 1900 ran just under 3:00. A few years ago, there was a 70+ old dude who ran under 3:00. I guess people train a bit more these days...

Also, apparently John Edwards and George W Bush and a bunch of other politician types have run marathons. Pretty fast, too.

Some 5 year old girl ran one in 4:45. Ridiculous :P

This makes me want to jump into the Boston Marathon on Monday. Which would be a terrible idea.
For those of you who are missing out and don't have [ profile] officialgaiman on your friends list, I thought I'd forward a post on how to wake up.
and the one after it. What have I gotten myself into?
Apparently it might snow this weekend, which led me to wondering:

Has there ever been a day when no snow fell anywhere on Earth?

Let's make this a bit more concrete: restrict attention to the recent past, say 2 billion years. Day=24 hour period. Snow=1 inch or more. And lets say we only care about areas below, say, 12000ft.

Anyone want to do some estimation of the relevant probabilities? If no one replies I'll be sad :P
...and I really want to go there this weekend :) Check out the photos. Yay snow! I can't wait till winter!
It's Friday night again, and the mail server is down again. You'd think they schedule this. Sigh.

In other news, wish me luck. :P
"I'm not going to do my math homework. Look at these unsolved problems. Here's a number in mortal combat with another. One of them is going to get subtracted. But why? What will be left of him? If I answered these, it would kill the suspense. It would resolve the conflict and turn intriguing possibilities into boring old facts."
"I never really thought about the literary possibilities of maths."
"I prefer to savour the mystery."
Now I understand why my turkey sandwiches have been so tasty:

I'm leaving in a few hours to run the 200 mile Reach the Beach relay ( It should be really fun. Especially if my old man joints don't complain too much. Wish me luck :)

In other news, classes start next week. I'm excited.
My old roommate moved out a few weeks ago, so I'm finally cleaning out the kitchen. It's great-I've found stuff in her cabinets, the fridge, and the freezer that has expiration dates in 2001. No 90s yet though :)

My kitchen is going to be clean again! Huzzah!

Also, FOP was awesome! And by awesome I mean totally sweet. Even though I don't think any FOP people will read this, I'd like to say thanks to everyone who made the trips run so well.
I just got the letter below. Just in case you know anyone who might be interested.


Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina have stunned us all. The
loss of life, destruction of property, and unimaginably severe
conditions that remain in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
are profoundly saddening. Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathies are
with all those who have suffered from the storm and its aftermath. How
can we as a university help? Let me outline several ways.

First, we are contacting our undergraduate and graduate students who
live in the region to offer any assistance we can in helping them
arrive safely for the fall term. We also stand ready to lend support
to any member of the Faculty or staff who has family members displaced
by the storm. Any faculty or staff in need of such support should
contact my office at 617-495-1566.

Second, Harvard College will admit 25 additional students from colleges
and universities that will not reopen this term due to the storm into
our Visiting Undergraduate Student Program for the Fall Semester.
Applications will be processed on an expedited basis. No tuition will
be charged. On-campus housing will be provided on a space-available
basis and priority will be given to students rendered homeless by the
storm. Students interested in being considered for the Visiting
Undergraduate Program should contact Marlene Vergara Rotner in the
Office of Admissions at 617-495-9707 or

Third, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will admit into the
Special Student Program for the Fall Semester, 25 additional students
from colleges and universities that will not reopen this term due to
the storm. As in the case of Visiting Undergraduates, applications
will be processed rapidly, and no tuition will be charged. Students
interested in being considered by the Special Student Program should
contact Sue Wood at 617-495-5392 or

Fourth, the Harvard Extension School, which has led Harvard's outreach
efforts for more than a century, will allow enrollment in up to four of
its fall courses to those students living within commuting distance who
would normally be attending college in the flooded areas. For those
students who are not within commuting distance of the campus, HES will
make available enrollment in any of its 36 fall online courses. In
either case, HES will waive the tuition for these students and require
only the $50 registration fee. Scholarships for online courses are
limited. Further, high school students from the flooded region who can
come to the Boston area and live with relatives may enroll in Extension
School courses that meet AP requirements, such as Introduction to
Calculus, introductory science course, and introductory language
courses. Students interested in these opportunities should contact
Christine Santos at 617-495-5850 or
Hi everyone,

My roommate just let me know that she's planning on moving out at the
end of this month, so if you know anyone who is looking for a nice
place near Harvard to live in for the next year, please let me know. The "official" ad my
roommate wrote is below.

We are looking for someone to share a very nice apartment with a
quiet graduate student [that's me! heh :) ] from
September 1st to August 31st, with the possibility to remain beyond.

This two-bedroom apartment, on two floors plus the basement for
storage, has two bathrooms, a large kitchen, and private (read: free
and convenient) washer and drier in the basement. It is located on a
back street near the Kirkland-Beacon intersection in Somerville, north
of Inman square. It is a quiet neighborhood, a few blocks from
restaurants (Dali's, Kebab Factory...), a nice cafe (Toscanini), a
liquor-and-cheese store (Wine and Cheese Cask), a convenience store, a
dry cleaner, two supermarkets, etc. It is just the right distance from
the Harvard campus (a 15-minute walk to most points), close enough to
be convenient but far enough to feel outside of the ivory tower.
There is street parking available.
 The rent is $700 a month plus utilities.

 For more information, please email Diane Tucker ( or Victor Shnayder (shnayder at eecs harvard edu), or call us at 617-233-2627.

Happy birthday Melanie!!!

Translation is funny. Thank you hubba.
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Old age

Jul. 11th, 2005 12:51 pm
Girl from work (to me): "You're like, way old"

Doh! Old age crept up on me while I wasn't looking. I'm not ready to be old yet. There's still too much to do before I get old. Nooo!!

Ok, I'm done now :)
...that a 3:10 marathon is conceivable sometime in the future. Yay running.
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