April 21st, 2005

Didymus

Ms. Milles was right

In 8th grade when I took Algebra I, I pretty much refused to do my homework. I distinctly recall telling my teacher, Ms. Milles (who I had a terrific crush on because of her habit of wearing sheer blue stockings and mini-skirts...well that and being hawt) that I would never use algebra, that it was a pointless skill that I was being forced to learn for sheerly bureaucratic reasons.

But, Ms. Milles was right. I just used algebra skills to work out how long it would take to transfer the data from a webserver in Herndon, to its replica (not replicant, that's totally different) here in Tarzana.

Mind you, I had to cudgel my brain pretty hard to get it to work like that... but hey, it finally came up with the answer. (Which is 96 hours, by the way - unless the rate of data transfer changes. But to calculate that and come up with an accurate answer, I'd need to use calculus. My brain has been cudgeled enough for one day.)
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Poetry Apotheosis

Here is an article, by one of my favorite poets, about one of my favorite poets: Billy Collins, "Is That a Poem? - The Case for E.E. Cummings"

Oddly, he doesn't mention "Somewhere I have never travelled" - a personal favorite, and the sort of work that gives a Chinese lunch-special treatment to Modernity and Romanticism - one choice from each column. (Plus eggroll, white rice and soup.) In a work about the modern relevance of e.e. - and specifically mention the sort of works that "are kept breathing due to the life-support systems of anthologies and textbooks" - to neglect "Somewhere" as "a signature number" seems like a major oversight. True, e.e. might have been best known for typographical hijinks, but he amply demonstrated his mastery of the classical forms. He just didn't care to focus on them.

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