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…beneath the blast, thou thought to dwell…

November 18, 2007 pm30 8:23 pm

My weekend plans got turned upside down. Instead of going to the math conference, I made my way for a long walk, and then off to visit a friend. He fell off his bicycle and is mending, slowly. It’s 3 weeks now. Rib broke clean in two and shifted, so that the bottom of the front half is just barely in contact with the top of the back half. Ouch. And louder ouch. He needs company.

Yesterday we watched Finding Forester. There should be a category, “movies that continue well past their ending”. The last Lord of the Rings movie would of course lead the list. I do like the soppy Forester storyline. Later another friend came over, and we watched “300” which was hardly better than those claymation space movies I grew up with. I said goodnight in the middle.

Earlier his kid made brownies (Sprinkling grated dark chocolate halfway through baking? my idea!). We played 4 games of blitz. With white I won once, and then lost on time with 2 seconds on her clock, but blundered badly once with black, and the other black game she dominated completely without me knowing what I did wrong. A few more of those sorts of games and I will know that I no longer can play with her (she’s like 12, at ~1750, and improving).

Most fun was chatting with my friend. Flat on his back, what is he doing? Math. I will post a nice problem he shared.

Title refers to the “plans” in the poem “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest With A Plow” (Burns, 1785), whence “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…” It’s much more than one line, and the Scots English is not impossibly difficult. Sounds better than it looks.

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