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on the resumption of intellectual pursuit [Nov. 13th, 2003|10:52 am]
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

I feel there's at least one good outcome of the abysmal physics program, "the elegant universe"- it's got me thinking critically about mathematics and science again, and it feels like a long time since I cracked the spine of a book that had anything more complicated than could be done with a four-function calculator. I find myself wanting to yell at the screen- and realising that I have no weapon other than ten year old memories of what the underlying equations might be. This is an unaccceptable state of affairs.

I was browsing semagic's friends interface and noticed that I could sort by date of birth. I found it fascinating that my friends list is a fairly normal distribution, centered around 1971 and skewed slightly younger, with a standard deviation of about five years. Of course, because of my general grumpiness and lack of patience, the sampling size is rather small.

I find myself wishing I had a copy of Mathematica.

I've decided that before I go for my 9i OCP (i.e., ORACLE DBA), I'm going to detour and get an ACE (i.e., authorized Crystal engineer). This is a worthwhile interim alphabet soup addendum.