you kids these days with your rapidly growing concern for the state of the world and your knowledge of important issues at increasingly younger ages despite having been told your opinions don’t matter by the adults who put you in these situations
It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.
You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything.
in a universe with just one qubit, there is no measurement basis
- (chiefly India) A bandit or armed robber, especially in India, Pakistan, and the surrounding region.
Things are bad when someone asks you what 15^2/3 is and you respond by asking over which field.
You know you need new friends when one of them asks you what 15^2/3 is without specifying a field.
after years of occasionally vaguely wondering about the symbol chemists use to denote reversible reactions, I finally bothered to look up the TeX for it, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s called
guess who has two thumbs, groks limited sheaf theory, and still has no clue what an etale space is
edit: OK I think I kinda figured it out
become as hard boiled as Problem Sleuth
if you read problem sleuth backwards its about 3 detectives and their female alternates setting up puzzles, summoning demons, bringing a god back down into their former mate and causing wars between 4 kingdoms and then locking themselves into their offices to escape the shitstorm they caused
I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of my parents or grandparents consider an ethical dilemma they were facing, or wonder whether they were doing the right thing, or talk about “being a good person”. In fact, it’s hard for me to imagine them considering such issues at all. Some of them think there’s some kind of god and some of them don’t, but all of them are pragmatists.
idk whether y’all know this, but
"gases expand to fill their containers"
is an approximate law of physics
so e.g. in general relativity it doesn’t apply
According to the limited experience that I had at the time, it really seemed that I was the only person in the world actually blessed with a curiosity for mathematical questions. Such, at least, was my unexpressed conviction, during those years which I spent in a total intellectual solitude which did not weigh upon me. As a matter of fact, I believe that I never, in those days, thought of exploring the question of whether I was or was not the only person in the world who might be interested in what I was doing. My energy was suﬃciently absorbed in winning the bet I had made with myself: to develop a theory which satisﬁed me completely. There was never any doubt for me that I would succeed, that I would discover the ﬁnal word, as long as I took the trouble to examine things closely and to note down black on white what they said to me, as I went along. The intuition of volume, for example, was undeniable. It could only be the reﬂection of a reality which remained elusive for the moment, but was perfectly reliable. It was that reality which I wanted to seize, quite simply[…]
When I started, at the age of 17 and just out of high school, I thought it would take me a few weeks. I worked on it for three years.