Let felons vote and let them carry guns — the ultimate left-right compromise reform? Why not? Everybody believes there’s some core of constitutional rights an American doesn’t give up, no matter what they do. Felon or no felon, you have the right to free speech and the right to a trial by jury. I think voting belongs in that inner circle. I don’t really feel that way about gun ownership, but I get that a lot of people do. And — purely as a practical matter — the typical felon who’s served his time is surely more correct in feeling he needs a firearm to protect himself than, say, I do.
“Pinch my cheeks and call me gorgeous — it’s Raven!” This panel has been floating in my memory for about thirty years. CJ really likes the Teen Titans show that’s on Cartoon Network now, and watching him watching it inspired me to see if I could actually find an image. Thanks, tumblr.
Pretty sure this cartoon calculus book is the very one that was sitting on the shelf in Mrs. Levin’s 6th grade classroom, which I became absolutely obsessed with.
Do you think the most Shazammed songs are the most popular songs, or songs that best combine popularity with being a song no one knows the name of? I like that you can see the country-by-country charts: here’s Thailand, where they love Meghan Trainor, or don’t know her name.
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.”
Philipp Habegger just proved that the field F obtained by adjoining to Q all torsion points of an elliptic curve E/Q has the Bogomolov property; the logarithmic height of a non-torsion element of F^* is bounded away from 0. About a year ago I was going around asking a lot of people whether this was true, and no one knew; at some point I’ll write a longer blog entry explaining why I wanted to know.
From Baseball Reference: on August 18. 1998, the Braves got nine hits against the Giants, all doubles. Will this feat ever be repeated? About 20% of hits are doubles. let’s say that for some ballparks, or some batting lineups, the chance a hit will be a double goes up to 1/4. Then you might figure the chance of nine hits all being doubles would be (1/4)^9, about one in a quarter-million. (If the chance of a double is 1 in 5, this goes down to one in two million.) From that point of view, it’s not so shocking; there have been about three hundred thousand MLB games played this century, so why not? Two problems. 1. Doubles used to be a lot less common then they are now. 2. If you hit nine doubles off a team’s pitching staff, it probably means they’re having a terrible day, and it probably means at some point you’re going to hit a home run. I think a much better way to assess whether another team’s likely to match the Braves is to check how many times a team has managed eight doubles without a hit. And nobody has. Not seven, either, or six. And just five teams have had 5 doubles in a game with no other hits. I think the Braves are safe here. And I think this is a good example of a question where just looking at the data gives you a much more robust answer than a half-assed probability calculation.