Jason (jcreed) wrote,

Was fidgeting with hair-ties, and realized the thing I was trying to make out of them was probably topolgically impossible. Went to the library. Sure enough, on page 83 of Akio Kawauchi's "A Survey of Knot Theory",figure 3.4.4b is a picture of what I was trying to do. They mention that though it it a nontrivial link, it enjoys the property known as Brunnian, or almost trivial, in that every sublink of it is trivial. Which was why I was thought I could build it in the first place, and it would only take one cutting-and-regluing operation to make it.

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    Well I am certainly glad I saw Arrival so that I get the wug joke in http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=29480#more-29480

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    Saw "Arrival". It did have some nontrivial linguistics content, but it still felt kind of wrapped up in a discernible layer of Hollywood Woo. The…

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    Had some dinner at Aliada with akiva and sasha and K, and afterwards saw Herzog's "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" in Socrates park. Enjoyably bleak.

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