...Prove Their Worth...

"Problems worthy of attack
prove their worth
by hitting back." - Piet Hein

A kind of running diary and rambling pieces on my struggles with assorted books, classes, and other things, as they happen. You must be pretty bored to be reading this...

Monday, January 20, 2003

Hurrah! I finished my linear algebra textbook tonight. All in all, it was a pretty good ride. The text I used was Lay's Linear Algebra. It's very clear, which is good, and has lots of examples, which is also good, and is nicely integrated, which is a plus. It doesn't have all that much theory in it, though, which is bad for my purposes, and was so easy to work through it felt too easy, which is scary: I don't know whether it prepared me sufficiently for my plans for world domination, which involve learning various obscure bits of math.

I should note that I'd tried using this text once before, in different circumstances, and hated it with a passion. At this point, I'm pretty sure the problems were all on my end (it helps to actually do the fucking exercises - shocking but true), and the text is mostly blameless.

Thursday, January 16, 2003

Oh dear. This thing has gone a long time between updates. My excuse, such as it is, is that I've been busy (and am still, and hopefully will be, for some time to come). There's a large amount of stuff I could write about, but laziness is likely to prevent me from writing much.

I've read two very good fiction books lately. One of them is called "Not the End of the World", by Chistopher Brookmyre, and the other is called "The Scar", by China Miéville. The Scar is highly recommended if you enjoy really weird fantasy, with high-quality writing (with pretentions to being literature ;) ). I liked it.

Brookmyre's book is so wonderful I don't quite know how to talk about it. So I won't, save to say that you should run out and try to find a copy. To get a quick taste, check an excerpt from the book, available at the author's web site. Word of warning, though - if you watch and like TV evangelists, you're quite unlikely to like this book.

Perhaps later I'll be a bit more descriptive - but I've to run now.