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From patsmor and cvirtue

April 12th, 2007 (10:28 am)

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished,post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.


Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: April 12th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)

I think my earliest clear memory of you is outside the barbeque/ribs place, before you went off to Pennsic, shortly after you'd moved to California.

I thought you were very geeky (your social polish wasn't there much, even by geek standards), and somewhat interesting.

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Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: April 12th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Memory at Northwestern

Yeah, but I seem to recall that it worked as a study session, too; we all came out of it with better understanding.

And you could've done worse—as I recall, something like 2/3 of the class just dropped out. C37 was most people's first exposure to pure navel-gazing math, math that didn't have anything to do with numbers; it made for quite the speed bump.

I wish I could remember what the Washing-Your-Face Theorem was. Do you remember that? We were all studying in the French Suite in ISRC; Steve decided to go to bed; while he was washing his face, he figured out something that we'd all been stumped on.

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Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: April 12th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Naval-gazing math

My dad didn't tell me what he got the first time he took group theory until after I had gotten my report card. *He* failed it.

He's got a PhD in math, right?

You know if I had had the book "Chemical Applications of Group Theory" then, I might have done better. I would have translated everything into symmetry groups. Of course, not every kind of group works as a symmetry group.

Yeah, but most of the groups we dealt with in C37-1 were either symmetry groups or modular arithmetic.

I am sure that I couldn't remember the Face-Washing-Theorem. Things that don't make sense are hard to memorize.

Heh. I wrote Steve to see if he remembers—long shot, of course.

Posted by: Pooh Wei (poohwei)
Posted at: April 13th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)

I remember the first game of ... Illuminati? ... at your parents' home in South Augusta (?) back in '92 with Fred and your brother(?) and really enjoying it and feeling welcomed. I remember helping you "clean" your apartment as we loaded it into a truck and then moved it up to my apartment in Mechanicsbur a few years later. And I remember learning a cooking technique from you, of blowing on boiling pasta to keep the pot from over flowing.

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