Category Archives: meta

FARM 2013: call for demonstration proposals

Do you enjoy writing beautiful code to produce beautiful artifacts? Have something cool to show off at the intersection of functional programming and visual art, music, sound, modeling, visualization, or design? The deadline for submitting a paper has passed, but … Continue reading

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Straightedge and compass construction challenges

I haven’t written here in quite a while—I’ve switched into “work on research for my dissertation really hard so that I can actually graduate” mode, and with a 21-month old in the mix that leaves very little time for blogging. … Continue reading

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Workshop on Functional Art, Music, Modeling and Design

Wearing my PhD-student hat, I’m helping organize a workshop, FARM, to be held in Boston this September. I thought it worth mentioning since some readers of this blog—especially those interested in the intersection of math, art, and programming—may find it … Continue reading

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What I Do: Part 0

This is the first in a planned series of posts explaining what I do in my “day job” as a computer science PhD student. The idea is to write a series of posts of increasing specificity, but all aimed at … Continue reading

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How to explain the principle of inclusion-exclusion?

I’ve been remiss in finishing my series of posts on a combinatorial proof. I still intend to, but I must confess that part of the reason I haven’t written for a while is that I’m sort of stuck. The next … Continue reading

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Carnival of Mathematics submissions due in a week

I’ll be hosting the Carnival of Mathematics, and the submission deadline is coming up soon—Tuesday, May 1. Please submit something! It could be something you wrote, or something someone else wrote that you enjoyed. All mathematics ranging from elementary to … Continue reading

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New Carnival of Mathematics

The Carnival of Mathematics has been revived! A big thanks to Mike Croucher of Walking Randomly for organizing it for the past few years, and to Katie Steckles, Christian Perfect, and Peter Rowlett for taking over. The latest edition, carnival … Continue reading

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Four-figure offer

This just arrived in my inbox: My name is Becky Raymond, I’m a Domain Brokerage Consultant working on behalf of the owner of to sell this premium asset. While searching online I came across your domain; since both … Continue reading

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Old posts fixed

When I moved this blog from my own custom WordPress installation to last March, the formatting, , and images on a number of old posts got screwed up. I have finally finished going back through all my old posts … Continue reading

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Collatz conjecture: an apology

In the comments on my previous post about Gerhard Opfer’s proposed proof of the Collatz conjecture, several different people expressed the opinion that my tone was rather arrogant, and I think they have a point. So: I apologize for my … Continue reading

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