1. Steven Weinberg on the “Final Theory”.

  2. Installing C++ Boost Libraries on the Mac

    If you have all the compiler tools installed and work with the Boost libraries, install Boost through macports:

    sudo port install boost

    then symlink the boost folder from /opt/local/include/boost to /usr/include/boost, where /usr/include contains the c++ STL libraries.

    sudo ln -s /opt/local/include/boost /usr/include/boost

    This will properly resolve boost dependencies without adding additional arguments to g++.

    Happy compiling.

  3. Could it be that the Genesis planet’s instability and eventual self-destruction in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, aside from using unstable protomatter in the Genesis torpedo, was that Khan’s fury was somehow integrated into the terraforming matrix?

  4. What a computer is to me is, it’s the the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with. And it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds. - Steve Jobs

  5. Calculus like slippery fish. Hard to grasp!

    — Calculus professor

  6. Raw Thoughts #5

    1. I saw Neil deGrasse Tyson at the APS Conference in April. He’s a rockstar in the Physics community and was constantly swarmed by students wanting their photos taken, along with their laptops and iPads autographed. The takeaways from his talk were:

      • Communicate science to the public as best you can, without sweating the details. When talking about science, it’s OK to call the Earth a sphere, even though it’s not a mathematically perfect one.

      • Learn about what’s going on in pop culture and build bridges between it and science. This is what he does on his Twitter feed, all while never advocating a certain position. Let the science speak for itself. Read more about it here.

    2. Jespyr Kyd, known for his music scores in the Assassin’s Creed game series, is quite good, even though I’ve never played any of the games.

    3. I ended spring semester with 3 B’s and a D+ in Ordinary Differential Equations. I had a lot of trouble balancing my time studying for all the exams. The ODE final was very fair, so it was due to inadequate preparation with the time I had left. Aside from that, it was a good semester. I’ll be taking ODE again in the fall, with the same professor. Should be a funny conversation. You win some, you lose some. But always a good thing to win more than losing.

    4. Work and classes are keeping me busy this summer, along with a decent-sized reading list. Hopefully I can do all this, while also staying active outdoors.

    5. I’m convinced that I’ll be leaving this area once I finish school here. Having been spoiled by California’s mild weather, winters are too harsh and depressing for my sensibilities. Yet at the same time, Germany also sounds exciting, but for different reasons, and certainly not for the weather!

    6. A recent conversation with international exchange students that studied here at MU found it interesting that some American students found them to be overdressed in class and parties, when in fact they just dressed nicely by default. I suppose someone wearing sweatpants to class would think they’re overdressed.

    7. According to Physicist David J. Griffiths, Brian Greene is “an outstanding Physicist and author”. I agree wholeheartedly!

    8. I’ve been enjoying reading Walter Isaacson’s biography, Einstein: His Life and Universe, and have grown to admire him beyond his great scientific achievements. He was a simple man, of simple pleasures, who since childhood, enjoyed contemplating deep fundamental questions. His mindset was grossly misinterpreted by his parents and teachers, and even by the family maid, who referred to him as “der Depperte” or “the dopey one”. He wasn’t interested in doing ordinary childhood things, often distancing himself at parties, and learned to speak later than others his age. But most importantly, he believed that authority in all forms had to be questioned and challenged, never taking anything at face value.

    9. For the past 8 months, I’ve been experimenting with a 4G Retina iPad mini and using it as a phone with Google Hangouts. The whole purpose of the experiment was to stay out of a contract and not pay ~$100/month on a smartphone plan, and paying for a voice plan component for which I hardly ever used. Financially, it’s a much better deal, paying only $40/month on a 4GB pre-paid data plan on Verizon. However, I’ve found it cumbersome to carry around, and as it won’t fit in any of my pockets, I must either carry it at all times, or keep it firmly tucked under my arms. Aside from size, there are other feature-related drawbacks to using an iPad as a phone, but I think these could be resolved in future models. Long story short, I’ll get an iPhone again with a $30 T-Mobile plan. And with iOS 8 coming in the fall, it will support Wifi calling for the first time, which should help with coverage issues.

  7. Ever hear the story that Einstein was bad at Math? From Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson:

"Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus."

    Ever hear the story that Einstein was bad at Math? From Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson:

    "Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus."

  8. A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.


    Albert Einstein

    From “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson.

  9. Chinese Fortune Cookie #2

    Your luck has been completely changed today.

  10. Chinese Fortune Cookie #1

    Only the person who risks is truly free.