Well now that 1998 is 2/3 of the way over I've decided to update and
improve my web page. It now even has capital letters! As always it
remains lynx friendly, and please feel free to email me any reports
to the contrary. Interesting note, blind people appreciate alt text
(which lynx friendly html tends to have), so writing standard html is
not only browser friendly, but person friendly too.
To the right you'll see a picture O'Connell St. Bridge in Dublin that Deborah snagged for me. The hilighted
blue smudge is me.
I just finished reading "Fermat's last Theorem," by Simon
Singh, and loved it. In particular, this quote stood out [Carl Gauss's
response upon learning that the brilliant "Monsieur Le Blanc" was actually
- "But how to describe to you my admiration and astonishment at seeing my
esteemed correspondent Monsieur Le Blanc metamorphose himself into
this illustrious personage who gives such a brilliant example of what
I would find it difficult to believe. A taste for the abstract
sciences in general and above all the mysteries of numbers is
excessively rare: one is not astonished at it: the enchanting charms
of this sublime science reveal themselves only to those who have the
courage to go deeply into it. But when a person of a sex which,
according to customs and prejudices, must encounter infinitely more
difficulties than men to familiarize herself with these thorny
researches, succeeds nevertheless in surmounting these obstacles and
penetrating the most obscure parts of them, then without doubt she
must have the nobelest courage, quite extraordinary talents and
superior genius. Indeed nothing could prove to me in so flattering
and less equivocal manner that the attractions of this science, which
has enriched my life with so many joys, are not chimerical, as the
prediliction with which you have honoured it."
Pretty insightful for a guy at the beginning of the 19th century. The
book goes on to mention Germain's contributions to the more practical
portions of science (Fermat's last theorem is important, but her
contributions to physics have more obvious applications).
who, what, whereWell, after almost 5 years in Boston I decided to move to a better
climate. Then on a whim I moved to Dublin. Actually the weather
here isn't as bad as people make out. It's been sunny several days
in my first month here. I'm still a software engineer, but I'm
now at DreTec's Irish office
(and we're hiring).
outside of work
Moving to a new place, you get to meet new people and do new things.
But move to another country, and you run into a few Cultural Deltas.
After work I've been doing research into Irish culture. I haven't been able to play
volleyball lately, but I have a field behind the house
that seems pretty open to the idea. I enjoy travelling, and obviously
have some more pictures to put up along those lines. For now I just
have my Buffalo/Tampa trip and
the day trip to Howth I took the other day.
I'll put more here, but I'm a bit lazy at the moment.
history, or "how did this all happen?"In case anyone I knew long ago happens by this page, I marched forth in
Brooklyn, NY. Of course, if you remember me from there, pardon if I've
forgotten since I moved away at three. I lived in Salina, Kansas (and
before anyone asks, Toto ran off and is living with a cat in Amsterdam)
and went to Lowell Elementary school. I then moved to Huntington,
Long Island (and even picked up an accent though I've thankfully
lost it) where I went to Huntington High School. After that it
was off to school at SUNY at Buffalo where I majored in computer
science (never would have guessed, eh?) and then moved to Boston.
I've been in Dublin for just over a month now (August, 1998)