September 9th, 2003

beartato phd

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Ahhhhh, sweet, sweet wireless. Some conference attendee brought an airport or some such, so it now exists. I love being able to use my laptop rather that big the klunky sticky cluster keyboards they have here.

Last night: had dinner with Renato, his wife Ana, and mother(-in-law?). Malfacile estis daŭre paroli esperanton, sed mi sukcesis sufiĉe :) Later on in the evening his son Fabiano came home - didn't really get a chance to chat with him until this morning on the train: the one towards wherever he's going to school (I guess he's a senior is HS?) and the university was the same. Seems like a cool kid: a big radiohead fan, and looking to study physics.

Gotta find Carsten now...
beartato phd

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Tried actually plugging my laptop into the wall for the first time. Everyone has been telling me I don't need to worry about voltage conversion with laptops, and the iBook is apparently fine with 220V so far.

The talks this morning were kind of bleah, but I met Dale Miller of Lλ fame and talked unification with him and carsten for a while. Carsten also mentioned something about how Frank and he were trying to rethink block variables and signatures themselves in terms of sigma types. I'd like to see how that plays out.
beartato phd

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So I want to assert the proposition that, according to my experience so far, "the vast majority of italians are better looking than average". Now clearly I cannot consistently interpret that average there as being a median, and taking a mode doesn't make much sense in a continuous domain where the distribution does not seem necessarily unimodal, so I think I must mean "mean". Thus, I deduce that the distribution is terribly skewed. I like to imagine it involving a single, epically hideous guy stuffed in a Venetian broom closet somewhere.

The place where they serve the food is a big open courtyard, which is nice as long as the weather is. What it is is alternately sunny, rainy, and windy. It's doing the windy thing now. I caught myself pushing my trackpad-thumb just a bit harder when I moved it against the direction of the wind, as if the cursor would be blown about otherwise.