Friday, August 24, 2007

Happy Birthday Shawn!

My best friend. My partner in crime. My tragic self. My smarter self.

If only I had 1/100th of your talent, I'd be a lucky gal.
If only I had 1/100th of your compassion, I'd be a better person.

So on your birthday, as shitty and stressful life may seem right now, just remember you make the world a better place for a lot of us simply because you exist.

I love you man, I really do. Even though you're a basket case sometimes, I totally get you and damnit, you've got great taste in music.

Listen to:
"Happy Birthday" - Teeth
"Happy Birthday" -The Birthday Massacre
"Horror of Birthday/Drive-Thru Marriage" - Happy Crayon

Hope 31 is a better year for you and finish your doctorate ASAP so I can call you Dr. Westmoreland!

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Anonymous dasMobius said...

Thank you Cindy.

But my life isn't shitty or stressful right now. I've passed all my quals finally. This is the happy time when I'm pretty much allowed to do whatever I want. I just have an inferiority complex of some kind, and I'm sorry it makes people worry about me.

In a few years though, *real* stress will come back when I start trying to get a postdoc. Until then, I really do have it pretty easy when you look at it objectively.

Friday, August 24, 2007  
Anonymous cchang said...

Alright, enjoy your happy time and when the shitty part of being a post doc comes remember that we're thinking of you. How about that?

Friday, August 24, 2007  
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Friday, August 24, 2007  
Anonymous cchang said...

BTW, Shawn, how's the Fire Exit song coming? I already showed Tim the "almost finished" version since I wasn't sure when you'd have time to work on it next.

Friday, August 24, 2007  
Anonymous Sammi said...

WOOOOOOO Happy Birthday!!

Friday, August 24, 2007  
Anonymous dasMobius said...

I still need to record the distorted guitars for Fire Exit. Sorry I didn't do it last weekend like I said I would. I was thinking about a new approach to the connection concept for manifolds - which turned out not to be fundamentally new, unfortunately. It was essentially the idea of a "geodesic spray." Maybe this weekend I'll record the extra guitars between studying gravitational lensing and stuff.

Thanks for those birthday songs by the way. Those have to be the strangest and coolest birthday songs available!

Saturday, August 25, 2007  
Anonymous cchang said...

I don't think I've heard the term "geodesic spray" before. Derivative of some sort of tangent bundle...I don't see quite the connection with connectivity except that you can take a derivative on the surface. I'm confused and really rusty.

Sunday, August 26, 2007  
Anonymous dasMobius said...

:) My idea was to just set up a vector field G on the tangent bundle, so that you can pick a point p on the manifold and a velocity (tangent vector v) at p. In the tangent bundle, there is then a unique maximal curve through (p,v) that is tangent to G. Define the projection of this on the base manifold as the geodesic through p having velocity v. Once the geodesics are determined, a connection should be determined as well (modulo torsion issues?). There are certain restrictions that need to be placed on G in order for this interpretation to make sense. Anyway, after I found out that the basic idea wasn't new, I dropped it and went on to other things.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007  
Anonymous Randall said...

You guys aren't talking about music.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007  

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