Monthly Archives: April 2011

Things that are cool: gigantic crossword puzzles

A gigantic crossword puzzle in the shape of a portrait of Will Shortz: (Okay, to be perfectly honest, I think it looks as much like Einstein as like Shortz.  But not quite as much like Einstein as his likeness … Continue reading


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Choose a vertex at random

If you choose a vertex of a graph uniformly at random, 52% of the time it’s a “she”.

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“Picasso’s One-Liners”

Okay, this third short, shallow book review is a cheat: “Picasso’s One-Liners” doesn’t really require any reading.  Instead, it’s a collection of drawings by Picasso, each consisting of a single stroke of the pen (or pencil, or crayon, or whatever).  … Continue reading

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Just a regular Sunday afternoon

Four hours, two cab rides, eighty dollars, and three attempts to clean the dirt out from under my nails later, and D and I have a window-sill garden: That’s cilantro, tomatoes, hot banana peppers, and scallions.

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Happy Patriots’ Day!

Things I learned today: Patriots’ Day is not, in fact, designed solely to allow the Boston marathon to take place on a holiday.  Rather, it celebrates the battles of Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775).  Apparently, it’s a state holiday … Continue reading

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Women in math/math history

I recently went to a talk by Margaret Murray; she is the author of Women Becoming Mathematicians, a history of 36 of the 200 or so women who got Ph. D.s in mathematics in the United States in the years … Continue reading

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The Hindu holiday Navratri began on Monday. It’s tied to the changing of the seasons and focused on the female goddesses; D celebrates twice a year (though the poorly-written Wikipedia article suggests that some people may also observe it around … Continue reading

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Sloane House and the fall of Richmond

This month marks the 146th anniversary of the fall of Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, the end of the Civil War and the assassination of Lincoln. This inscription is on the foundation of Sloane House, the current home of … Continue reading

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