January 5th, 2004

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Maths breakthrough, while neat and important, has a spin that is overlooked.

http://www.google.com/groups?selm=telecom23.2.5%40telecom-digest.org&output=gplain http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2003/12/30/century_old_math_problem_may_have_been_solved/

While it looks like Grigory Perelman may indeed have solved the Poincare Conjecture, much of the news reporting is glossing over an important part of the story, maybe in part because it is an example of Yet Another nail in the coffin of mainstream journalism, this time for academic journalism.

Mr Perelman did not "publish" his paper, in any of the "accepted" journals. He just uploaded it to an online archive. This was all that was sufficient.

Of course, maths papers are somewhat of a special case, in that classical academic journals provide both too much and too little peer review.
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So the power came back on at about 5am this morning. Right after my Really Fast Shower (given that there was only a limited supply of hot water, and I had to save some for my couch-surfing house guest).

The second piece of shit for the day was a nasty passive-aggressive note from my property manager on a semi-official "violation of lease terms" form, complaining about cat litter in the dumpster.

Despite my accidental attempt at having a completely random sleep schedule these last two weeks, I have indeed lagged myself 3 hours Eastward, as I was at work at 6am fully awake. The parking lot was Completely Empty.

I wish I had had these antinoise headphones much sooner. Making all the fan noise and overhead light buzz Go Away is Very Nice. While I'm dealing with little nits, maybe I shall open a ticket with IT about the fan on my linux PC that is about to die...

In 3 hours will be my first gym appointment in 3 weeks. This is going to hurt.
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