Meta, math, and 3 reasons to get Vista

By , June 11, 2008 9:50 am

061108_06511I begin this post with the following disclaimer: if you’ve ever found symptoms in yourself of ADHD, you’ll love this post!

First, on my way to work this morning, I laughed out loud as I passed billboard you see to your left, an advertisement for the local grocery store Vons, whose advertising department became the victim of incredibly and hilariously bad timing. Oops.

Also, as of July 1, California motorists will no longer be able to legally drive while holding a cell phone. Although I’m used to this (my home state of NY was the first to enact such a law), I find it ironic because I can think of about 5 things off the top of my head that I do while driving that are certainly more dangerous than talking on a cell phone (the above picture should give you a clue).

Funny math stuff. Today, received two humorous math images (seriously, most are lame…..these are good). The first was a cartoon off a blog that a friend subscribes to, describing the purity of the discipline.


The second was an email from my sister-in-law who forwarded an image entitled "How you can tell you’ve pissed off a mathematician", in which a disgruntled Verizon customer pays his bill.


More randomness. As you may recall, I got a new computer about 3 months ago, thanks to DHL who lost my old laptop in a shipping mishap. Interestingly enough, my new PC has been sporting Windows Vista, which I, while initially hesitant about, became more and more in love with due to some amazing new features.

image  First, is the extremely customizable Sidebar. Mac users will recognize this instantly as the Windows incarnation of the familiar widgets (small, lightweight programs that are designed to do only one thing). So now, on my desktop, I have instant access to the weather, my recent Office documents, the recently opening films, and an iTunes window which displays the current iTunes track (in this case, George Harrison’s country-ish Behind That Locked Door, off the best post-Beatles solo record of any of them, All Things Must Pass).

Second, is Windows Live Writer, a program that I am now using to write blog posts and publish them online to my blog. Much in the same way that Outlook is to Email, Windows Live Writer is to blogging. I’m super excited about using this tool to make my blog posts faster, quicker, and more exciting! This thing is powerful. Wow. Anyone who does blogging using any type of computer that’s actually useful (i.e. not a Mac), should consider using Live Writer.

Finally, thanks to the reminders of folks like Douglas Hofstadter, is what I used to actually take the photo above, the Vista snipping tool (to which I assigned a shortcut key), which is a fully customizable feature that allows me to take full or partial snapshots of whatever I’m looking at on my desktop. Very cool.

Anyway, that’s way too much for today….but that’s what happens when you have ADHD.

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5 Responses to “Meta, math, and 3 reasons to get Vista”

  1. Jose Arroyo says:

    Any computer company that advertises its operating system by stating: If you don’t like Vista, you can always downgrade to XP for free, spells: TROUBLE.
    Then there is the humorous comment about comparing Vista’s new features to already existing features in past versions of OS X in the mac, yet calling mac not useful. Hmmm, if mac are useless, stop copying their operating system. ;-)

  2. Hey there! Thanks for the link!

    That image of the Verizon check made me laugh out loud! (Not so much for the math, but for the note in the comment area of the check.)

  3. Andrew says:

    I have to point out that the caption to the check is wrong. It’s clearly e^{i pi}, not e^{2 pi}, and e^{i pi} = -1 so the check is actually made out for $0.002. Dr. Brabenec would be ashamed of you for not catching that one, Kyle.

    • Bill M. says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed that. Nevermind the fact that the number is called “pi”, not “pie” which is a round, baked dessert!

  4. Dad says:

    Actually, I think that the exponential written on the check is e^(i*pi), not e^(2*pi). The value of the check is then a bit less than the $500 some odd dollars noted in the caption.

    Remember the old equation that uses the 5 most important numbers: e^(i*pi) + 1 = 0.

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