March 01, 2006

Is this some brand-new fetish?

From Amber (who saw it at Bitch Ph.D.), it's the Sarong Theorem Archive.

Although I heartily approve of this page in concept, I feel that some of these people are not getting into the spirit of it, and are thus bringing down the overall quality of the enterprise. Draping a sarong around one's neck may be "wearing" it -- I'm looking at you, Noah Snyder -- but this is clearly an example of following the letter and not the spirit of the law. And what's going on with Brenda Fine? If the only way I can deduce that there is a sarong in a picture is that I have been told so, that is lame. Come on, people! I may not know much about higher mathematics, but I know hot sarong-wearing theorem-proving action when I see it, and Brenda Fine, that is not it. Look at Alice Medvedev! She is wearing the heck out of her sarong. I think we could all learn a lot from Alice (and not just about the compactness theorem).

(Side note: I am peripherally acquainted with Noah Snyder -- he helped run this year's Mystery Hunt -- and when I see him I will be sure to suggest that he be less timid with the sarong next time.)

Posted by Francis at 11:34 AM

Speaking of the Mystery Hunt, we were told we could expect a fuller update later. /em taps foot

Posted by: Jim at March 1, 2006 04:02 PM

This is not a time for this administration to dwell on the past. President Heaney is focused on the future. Next question, please.

Posted by: Francis at March 1, 2006 04:11 PM

And what about the rest of Crossworld? That book isn't going to eviscerate itself, you know.

Posted by: Eric Berlin at March 1, 2006 05:00 PM

Honestly, I needed a break from Crossworld. It was starting to feel like I was telling the same joke over and over. But maybe it's time to get back on the broken bicycle.

Posted by: Francis at March 1, 2006 05:13 PM

I vote for leaving that broken bicycle to rust in the rain. Save your critical thinking skills for reviewing other crossword books—which will hopefully lend themselves to thoughtful discussion rather than disemboweling.

Posted by: Orange at March 1, 2006 05:40 PM

But you haven't gotten to the part where they call me an actor... :)

Posted by: The Dan at March 1, 2006 09:18 PM

I'm glad you like the Archive. I'm a big fan of your Holy Tango of Literature.

Posted by: Ari Nieh at March 3, 2006 12:46 AM
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