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What’s with the keyboard, Titus? November 14, 2006

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Titus has developed an obsession to my laptop. The second I open up my laptop, he will jump on to the desk, sit on the keyboard and rub his head on the computer. I have to shut the door if I want to get any work done. I am not sure what makes the laptop so interesting to him. Is it because the flashing display? The beeping when he holds down a key? The warmer temperature? Or, the most possibly, just pissing me off? What makes it even more absurd is that he is not interested in a closed laptop at all.

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Crazy Russian kids. Reminds me Jacky Chen movies. November 11, 2006

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A math fiction, short, interesting and refreshing. November 4, 2006

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“… I came increasingly to view the great practitioners of the Queen of Sciences as moths drawn towards an inhuman kind of light, brilliant but scorching and harsh. Some couldn’t stand it for long, like Pascal and Newton, who abandoned mathematics for theology. Others had chosen haphazard, improvised ways out – Evariste Galois’ mindless daring that led to his untimely death comes immediately to mind. Finally, some extraordinary minds had given way and broken down. Georg Cantor, the father of the Theory of Sets, led the latter part of his life in a lunatic asylum. Ramanujan, Hardy, Turing, Gödel and so many more were too enamored of the brilliant light; they got too close, scorched their wings, fell and died. …”

“Uncle Pretros & Goldbach’s Conjecture”, the story about a fictional mathematician’s obsession to the 264-year old Goldbach’s Conjecture, and his life-long pursuit of the absolute truth, the mathematical truth.

Although the main characters are fictional, the story interwinds with true mathematical history, which makes it a charming and informative reading.

CatCam Exhibit #1 November 2, 2006

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On the third day, they came out of their hiding place. November 1, 2006

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Finally Titus and Siena stop hiding when I am in the room. Right now, I’m working on my laptop, they are playing by themselves. Even Siena doesn’t get scared by my slightest movement anymore.