Author Archives: imaginarybeads

Observations from watching the election coverage

Where’s the swingometer?   You can’t tell which party someone belongs to by the colour of their tie.   Eeeeek.   Echoes from Brexit: Lots of first time voters. Lots of “timid Trumpites”.   Possible difference from Brexit: I’m not … Continue reading

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On Moving

Me, when packing: Why do I own so much stuff? Me, setting up a new apartment flat: Why are there so many things I need to buy?

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Reinforcing IKEA drawers

I like buying furniture from IKEA, but it doesn’t always withstand heavy use. Apparently the drawers I bought (MALM) are not designed to hold as many papers as will fit inside them, and within a couple of years the base … Continue reading

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Things you don’t want to hear from an airline

There’s a problem with your seat assignment: we have no seats. We will put you on a flight that leaves seven hours later. There are no seats showing on that flight either. Well, there are four, but I can’t seem … Continue reading

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My research in one sentence

Describing my research to non-mathematicians is tricky. The precise statement of my theorem usually requires a lot of background that even mathematicians in different fields may not have; much as I love explaining maths to people, it’s just not practical … Continue reading

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Corporations are people, and their rights trump yours. Welcome to America

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Hobby Lobby, a for-profit corporation, is exempt from the legal requirement to cover certain contraceptives as part of its health insurance plan for employees because of the Religious Freedom Restoration … Continue reading

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Rite of passage

Today I received my first unsolicited “proof” that it’s possible to square the circle. A footnote on the first page reads An advise: If you strongly believe that (1) 3.1415926… is the value of π. (2) π is a transcendental … Continue reading

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