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MathCats Blog Entry III: 10/21/2021

To kick off this week's blog post, I will start by attaching the club photo, which I forgot to do last week.

What a nice looking bunch of math people. Anyway, on to your regularly scheduled nonsense.


Weekly Meeting Recap

We had two main topics of discussion at this week's meeting, namely stuff about arranging your schedule for the upcoming semester and the slightly less practical (but infinitely more amusing) Ig Nobel Prize.


If you're in need of a bit of amusement, you can check out the list of all previous winners of the award here. The subjects change a bit each time so there's a great deal of variety. Here are a few more highlights.

  • Physics, 2012: Keller, Goldstein, Warren, and Ball, "for calculating the balance of forces that shape and move the hair in a human ponytail."

  • Literature, 1996: "The editors of the journal Social Text, for eagerly publishing research that they could not understand, that the author said was meaningless, and which claimed that reality does not exist."

  • Biology, 2000: Wassersug, "for his first-hand report, 'On the Comparative Palatability of Some Dry-Season Tadpoles from Costa Rica'"

  • If I am interpreting this correctly then this man ate a bunch of tadpoles, said "yep, this is Science", and did a paper about it.

  • Ornithology, 2006: Schwab and May, "for exploring and explaining why woodpeckers don't get headaches."

Yep, these are pretty weird. If you guys track down any other good ones then please feel free to share at next week's meeting.


Also, we're doing a hike this weekend! I have sent out information to the email list and posted it on the club Discord server. If you're somehow looking at this post but not on either of those, first of all I am impressed and second of all feel free to contact me via the box-thing on the home page of this website if you would like more details.


Some Random Stuff

  • Music Recommendation, Attentive Listening: Black Midi - Cavalcade

  • I thought maybe I would change things up and suggest something that came out recently (this year, actually). Probably my favorite album of the year so far, though there is one that is at least a very close second. Check it out if you would like to listen to something that expands your definition of what "rock" actually is. Super crazy stuff.

  • Music Recommendation, For Background Enjoyment: Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music for Airports

  • Contrary to popular belief it is okay to listen to this outside of an airport, or at least if you do nobody's going to get upset with you. Probably. Anyway, it's really good stuff and, as far as I know, the reason ambient music is called ambient music. Perfect for if you want to study and can't stand having an air of ominous silence about you, but don't want to get distracted either.

I am having a hard time thinking of a good video to post a link to this week. Please lambast me in the Discord if you were looking forward to seeing one and this disappointed you, I can always try and find one and edit this post later.

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