- According to Nielsen, nobody watched the Astros play the Indians.
- The Golden Goose award, a project of Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, honors federally funded research which was apparently without application at the time of funding but which has turned out to be massively useful. Seems like great public relations for basic science.
- Did you know The Number Theory Web is still there? Young folks, let me tell you about the days of Web 1.0, when we used to scan the new listings here all the time to find out about interesting upcoming conferences. Actually, even now, what’s the right way for young number theorists to find out about interesting conferences?
- A UW-Madison undergraduate is paying his way through school with his success as a competitive eater. “[H]e eats no more than 3,100 calories a day, mostly vegetables to avoid increasing his waistline, and stretches his stomach by eating 10 pounds of cabbage or broccoli in a single sitting followed by a lot of water.”
- “When pitching a science story to a news editor, a science correspondent soon learns that the answer that gets airtime is either “yes”, or “no”” Very true! Though there is also much to disagree with in this Guardian piece on scientists as cranky priests.
- “Vegetable Soup” was a weird psychedelic cartoon I used to watch as a kid, and here is the theme song, which I often sing to AB as a lullaby.
- M. Ganesalingam and Tim Gowers have built a computer program that produces proofs hard to distinguish from human-written ones (the sort we will someday call “artisanal proofs,” I suppose.)
- There’s a new Fatty Acids record out!
- Ever wonder what happens if you accept one of those spammy conference invitations you get in your e-mail? It isn’t pretty.
- Three minutes of footage of a window washer on State Street, Madison, WI, 1977.
- Some good responses to latest science/humanities poo-flinging, from John Hawks and Gary Gutting.
- Can mastery of the concepts of calculus be tested?
- From the Washington City Paper, possibly an even more depressing Maryland story than the Orioles’ late-season fade: most Maryland crab isn’t from Maryland.
- All DC-area people will wish to know that Captain 20 will DJ your wedding!

## September linkdump

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For conferences I think most people check Kedlaya’s list:

http://scripts.mit.edu/~kedlaya/wiki/index.php?title=Conferences_in_Arithmetic_Geometry

I like the idea of “artisanal proofs.” Will we get booths at farmers markets?

Um, I stay totally up to date on the Number Theory Web new listings, and I use it in conjunction with Kiran’s list for conferences.

I guess the upshot here is that I’m probably missing a lot of great conferences!