...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...

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Holy crap. It's snowing again. This winter is ridiculously cool.


I'm currently concentrating on working my way through Schutz's Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics, along with a PDF book on vector spaces. They are both good stuff. Schutz's book is kinda hard, but doable, which is probably good. I wish I was reading it as part of a course, though, since every once in a while Schutz says something I just can't follow (or, more accurately, can't follow without investing several hours into decryption), and it would be really nice to save myself some time by asking questions. Ah well. The vector space book isn't very hard, so far, but it's well-written, and quite enlightening. I'm currently reading the chapter on inner product spaces, and while it is good overall, I have to say the discussion of Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization is very confusing - probably because it doesn't use any pictures, and has little motivating a few of the definitions. Luckily, I've seen this particular bit of material before in another text, so I'm able to muddle through. This is really the first time I've got any complaints with this book, though. It's good stuff.


Meanwhile, I'm trying to suss out Lie derivatives in Schutz's book. It could be going better. Sigh.

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Damn. I'm sad to report that a rabbit who may have been known as "Mr. Thumpy" is no longer among the hopping, having been hit by a car. I saw what was left of him on the side of the road while jogging tonight. :(

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Hmm. underthumb's web log seems to have disappeared into 404-land. What happened?


Sunday, March 02, 2003

Well, this has seen no updates in a long, long time. The sad thing is, I don't really have anything to write about, even now. Unfortunately, I don't see that changing in the near term.


I saw the "Daredevil" movie, and I'm afraid it more or less sucked. I didn't particularly care for the action sequences, mostly, which doomed it for me -- the only redeeming thing about comic-book movies can be action sequences, and if they suck...


The above might sound like a slam on comic books, and to some degree it is (I'm not particularly fond of the medium myself), but it more an observation - I've never seen a comic-book movie have any redeeming features whatsoever apart from the action.


And I've totally run out of things to type about now. Darn.