austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Ah, what's puzzling you is the nature of my game

I finished, despite the irresistible urge to clean my apartment, about five pages -- mostly expanding notes on two- and 2.5-dimensional fluid flows, but including some lovely Fourier transformations along the way.

One of the joys of writing is another thing I get from Isaac Asimov. In most of his science essays on introducing a person he'd include a biographical sketch, and I love this. It's not easy -- there's no end of things to say about Isaac Newton, so what to pick? Where can you mention he was in 1689's Convention Parliament, which ruled King James II had vacated the throne and skipped the contentious issue of whether he abdicated or was overthrown?

More modern figures get obscure. What do you know of Carl-Gustaf Arvid Rossby? (1898-1957; he founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Meteorology -- the first in the country -- and the first U.S. civil aviation weather service. He identified the jet stream, and Rossby waves -- waves occupying appreciable fractions of the hemisphere, which drive the Gulf Stream.) The habit of many authors of giving only last names makes it harder (who authored the Taylor-Proudman theorem?), but even more fun to find something.

I went to the plaza for dinner, and saw a half-dozen Buddhists in the video CD store. I'm inexplicably happy I live someplace I can see Buddhists get together on Hari Raya to ponder a VCD of A Hard Day's Night (the movie).

Trivia: Annual festivals called Nemesia were held in ancient Athens and Smyrna to appease Nemesis, the goddess of punishment. Source: Who's Who In Mythology, Alexander S Murray.

Currently Reading: The Struggle For Mastery In Europe, 1848-1918, A.J.P. Taylor.


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