I am terrible about charity. I just remembered that right now, and I’m going to give some now. (How much? Not enough.) Just a reminder. Someone should figure out a way to give you ethical reminders. It’s so hard to remember. How much of being good is just remembering to do stuff?
Someone should make an app that reminds you do good stuff. But then I guess I would just get used to it. It’s a law of attention: every reminder system eventually loses its power and fades into the background. Man, it’s too bad.
Here are some things:
- I’ve been in an Agatha Christie mood and I’m reading my wife’s favorite Poirot, “Five Little Pigs.” You may be wondering, is there a lot of interesting data about Christie mysteries? Why yes, here is a data visualization project mapping Christie’s novels through the decades. Murderers seem to prefer posioning in Christie’s novels. You don’t hear a lot about poisoning in contemporary murder mysteries, do you?
- Oh yeah, I had a short silly piece published this week. Check it out, “A mathematical magic trick.”
- It was a good week for me on Spotify. Their algorithm offered me Nick Lowe’s “Jesus of Cool”, Los Lobos’ “Dream in Blue,” the original “Mr. Bojangles”, which was new to me. Could people are robots coexist? Whenever an AI is genuinely useful to me, my mind goes to Hannah Fry’s perfectly named “Hello, World.”.
- Math time!: Prove that the product of any three consecutive positive integers is a multiple of 6. Prove that the product of any four consecutive integers is a multiple of 24. Prove the product of any k consecutive integers is a multiple of k. Keep proving stuff. All of this is lifted from Joel David Hamkins exellent “Proof and the Art of Mathematics.” which is exactly what I need right now. Lots of problems, but when I want to just look at pretty pictures, well, this book has that too.
- This looks great: mini-math crossword puzzles.
- I’m thinking about controversies in education. Feel free to get in touch for literally any reason (I’ll eventually reply!) but especially to inform me what comes to mind when you think of educational controversies.
That’s all I’ve got,