ladymercury_10: (Leia)
First final down, two more to go.  I wouldn't say it went well, but it also didn't go poorly, and all it really had to do was not be a disaster.  I think I just needed to pass it, really.  Or get a C on it if I wanted an A in the class.  Anyway, no more epsilon-delta proofs for a while, which is good.  Ugh, that algebra final, though, I can't even think about it.  I still have time to study, I still have time to study, I still have time to study....

In cheerier news, my fandom stocking is up.  I think I may have most of yours already (at least those that have already been posted), but if not, link away. :)

 
ladymercury_10: (NowThree)
Survived 3/4 exams including the weeklong abstract algebra Take-Home Exam of Doom.  Am supposed to be spending the weekend cramming for my analysis midterm, but I did a couple problems yesterday and then stayed up until 1 am reading Batman & Robin, derping on Tumblr, and watching Star Trek: TNG.  Heh.  Guess I know what I'm doing today.

ANYWAY.  Why am I here and not learning about the Mean Value Theorem...I actually don't remember.  OH!  Insta-rec.  If you would like to go back to crying about the Ponds leaving, and if you would like a story that reads like a cross between circa-S5 lyrical Eleven/Amy fic and current canon, you should read no one loves you like I love you by [livejournal.com profile] pyrodynamo.  It is excellent.


ladymercury_10: (Oswin)
Aaand once again I appear to have fallen off the planet.  I'm actually online a lot, I just don't have all that much to update about.  Anyway, things have been all right.  I survived midterms--my algebraic disaster was averted by a generous grade curve, and I managed an A on my analysis exam.  Today's adventure was that feeling when you think you're finally getting real analysis, and then you open your book and it isn't words.  Apparently my professor has an extremely subtle plan for us that involves spending two days on uniform continuity when the book cares waaaay more about set closure, compactness, and covers.  Or, at least, I hope he does, because the problem set he assigned for this week is looking pretty darn cryptic at this point. :P  

And then there was Visit All The Libraries.  I had to pick up holds at the public library and the school library.  I've been reading a lot of Batman and Bat-family comics, as well as some regular books.  The last comic I read was one I actually bought as opposed to libraried, and it was the 0 issue of the new Batman and Robin.  I must admit that while I am still irritated by the New 52, it was really good.  I am currently reading To Say Nothing of the Dog, by Connie Willis.  I think some of you guys ([livejournal.com profile] eve11 for sure) told me I should read Connie Willis a long time ago and I finally took you up on it.

Also: there has been a spate of ficathons lately, so although I have posted nothing lately I have been writing.  If you are interested in this recent commentficcery, here is the linkage.  Erm, I don't know about summaries--the first two were for an autumn-themed ficathon and the other was for an Eleven/Amy ficathon, if that helps.

Amy/Rory, for the prompt footsteps in the fog, smoke on the air
Amy/Rory, for the prompt don't you know I'm not your ghost anymore
Eleven, Amy, Rory, for the prompt I didn't want to know who he was, or what you did, or that it didn't mean anything.

That concludes this update.  *end transmission*

ladymercury_10: (PondsChurchyard)
Title: so long this year
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Amy/Rory
Word Count: 1,448
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I own no Who, as usual.
Warnings: Spoilers for DW 7.01
Summary: After all, he'd been wrong about the numbers.
A/N: Post-ep for "Asylum of the Daleks." This story brought to you by the review chapter in my analysis textbook and Emily Jane White's "Time on Your Side." If you'd like to know more about the math involved, the lovely people at Minute Physics have a very accessible and generally spiffy video on the subject.

below the cut )
ladymercury_10: (Default)
Internet has reached peak sketchiness, and I can no longer get online even with an ethernet cable.  Am currently in the basement computer lab of another dorm.  If I disappear, assume I've still no access in my room and am too busy with analysis homework to derp around in the lab anymore.  But analysis, scary though it's been, is getting better!  I got five problems done today, which is more than the past two days combined.  And I got a new library card and picked up some graphic novels--mostly Batman.  Have been managing to keep up with Pond Life, although if the internet doesn't come back that will be harder.

I wrote some fic last week before school started and it's just come out of beta (thank you, [livejournal.com profile] arliddian !), so I will try to post that eventually when I have time to make the changes.

Otherwise, carry on!  Have good starts to your school years, or whatever you're up to of late! :)

ETA: The internet appears to have come back on.  Fingers are crossed.

Pi Day!

Mar. 14th, 2012 01:27 pm
ladymercury_10: (XKCDMath)
Happy Pi Day, everyone!  I am off to bake a pecan pie.  I love nerdy holidays so much. :P

ladymercury_10: (rory skience)
The authors of my number theory textbook apparently like to make up ridiculous stories about mathematicians to illustrate various principles.  Right now I am reading about how Gauss was abducted by aliens from Venus, allegedly to help me learn about modular arithmetic.  I kid you not, this sentence comes directly from the book: "Gauss was surprised to find that life on Venus was similar to life in Germany--the locals worked hard at high-paying technical jobs, the beer was good, and all of the hovercraft ran on schedule."

Alternate history: check
Jokes about national stereotypes: check
Puns: check
Intermediate-level college math: also check

Other things I've "learned" from this book: 

Emmy Noether worked night shifts as a university security guard and employed the principle of induction to check IDs before a showing of "Raiders of the Lost Arctangent."
Euclid was a baker who thought that too much interest in pie was irrational.  He invented the Euclidean Algorithm to help him bake rectangular cakes using square pans.

This has got to be the silliest and most hilarious math text I've ever seen, but my professor says the mathematics is very good.  I can neither confirm nor deny this, but it is pretty clear about most things once it gets down to talking about them.  The really weird part is that these object lesson joke stories actually do sort of help.  
ladymercury_10: (Doctor Crusher squee)
...is actually tomorrow.  I am unlikely to have time tomorrow for posting, though, so have a post now!

Anyway, Ada Lovelace Day is a blogging holiday for celebrating the women of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).  For more information, see findingada.com.   What you're supposed to do is write about a women in one of the STEM fields who has inspired you.  There are a lot of amazing women in the sciences, and I really admire what they've done and how hard they've worked to get there.  I don't have a specific woman I want to write about, but if any of you lady scientists/technologists/engineers/mathematicians are reading this, I want you to know that I think you rock.  There are so many cool things to study, and I really admire people who find things they love enough to spend their whole lives studying and researching those things.  And especially ladies, because it's been an uphill battle for so long.  

You really do make a difference just by being there.  I've had the privilege to study under and work for two awesome lady mathematicians at my college, and I look up to them a lot.  It means so much to me to know that math is not just something men do, to have female role models in the department.  They're warm, quirky, funny, brilliant, hardworking, patient people, and it's really obvious how much they love mathematics.  And if you ever read this, MVA and LMC, I just want to say thank you.  

BONUS:  Because I love Marie Curie, Kate Beaton is a genius, and this is never not fantastic. 
ladymercury_10: (rory skience)
Happy Pi Approximation Day, everyone!  Because I am obsessed with math, today I wore a math shirt to work (it's still business casual if I'm wearing it with a skirt and cardigan, right? :P ), and I'm planning to bake a pi pie when I get home and work on my Möbius knitting.
ladymercury_10: (kaylee)
Today I read three books of poetry. Somehow, I feel mainlining that many in one day defies my professor's purposes in assigning them, but whatever.  Anyhow, when I return to college, I will be taking History of Mathematics (3 books plus a textbook), Poetry Workshop (10), and an independent study on C.S. Lewis (5-6), so I really do need to get started now.   That's like, 20 books.  Ouch.  

Which, belatedly, grades!  I got an A in Renaissance Lit, an A- in stats, and a B+ in Linear Algebra.  Man, did I work for that B+.  Linear algebra is one of the classes I dreaded taking the most, worked hardest in, and enjoyed the most in the end.  I am so glad I took it.  I really learned a lot.  

Anyway, I think tonight my dad and I are going to give Leverage a try.  He loves heist movies, so I think from what I've heard of it it may be a good fit.

blah

Sep. 21st, 2010 05:19 pm
ladymercury_10: (eleven ties)
I am a creative writing major.  Math is my life now.  I feel this is problematic.  It is all my own fault. 

You'll have to forgive me if I start speaking  in Mathematica code.  I love the math department dearly, but this is a bit of an overload. 

I have no ideas for fic!  I've got some good prompts, but I'm just not writing.  Maybe some math prompts would help? (*looks pleadingly at [livejournal.com profile] eve11 *)
ladymercury_10: (Default)
1. So I'm back at school now.  Renaissance lit/culture looks good--it's focused on travel and speculative fiction of the period, so it should be kind of fabulous.  Stats is going to be just fine.  Linear algebra....bah.  It's already eating my life.  I have no idea what's up with my homework.  And I need to take this class for my minor, so I guess I'll have to just muddle through and stick it out. 

2. My mom bought me a copy of The Book of Common Prayer.  I know there are some Anglicans/Episcopalians on my flist--what would you say one does with such a book?  I'm quite pleased to have it, I'm just not certain what its purpose is.

3.  If you haven't seen it yet, go watch [livejournal.com profile] saywheeeee 's video Starscape.  It's a Doctor Who-themed song she wrote, sang, and put together herself, and it's gorgeous

4. I'm bored and going through autumn Doctor Who withdrawal.  So let's discuss it!  Leave me your favorite theory, your most beloved moment, your personal canon, or a rec, and let's have a Doctor Who party in the comments!

Drift

Sep. 6th, 2010 06:58 pm
ladymercury_10: (Default)

Title: Drift
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Eleven
Word Count: 394
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I own no Who, as usual.
Summary:  It’s so quiet he’s certain the silence will kill him if the lack of air doesn’t get him first.  
A/N: Written for Challenge 3 at [livejournal.com profile] whoverse_las 

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ladymercury_10: (Default)
1. Anybody have strong feelings one way or the other about Merlin?  I keep seeing posts about it on LJ, and I can watch Season 1 on Netflix Instant Play, but I'm so bad at making decisions.....

2. Open letter to the universe at large: When you spell "Greek" with the "squiggly e," yes, the first time, it is cute.  After that, it's more like, "Do they not know they're spelling it 'Grssk'?"  Because sigma is, after all, equivalent to s and not to e....

3. Finally finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  It takes a while to really get going, but it is really sweet, and the characters are most endearing.  Isola Pribby in particular is truly hilarious.  Definitely recommend it.  It's a little predictable but the characters are all so good-hearted that I could forgive it for that. 

4. I go back to college next week.  Stats and linear algebra--what was I thinking?  And Renaissance lit/culture on top of that!  But it should be fun, if filled with homework.  If I disappear, assume I've been eaten alive by Mathematica....

5. I started my first [livejournal.com profile] calufrax rec week today!  I'm very excited, since there are some stories I've been wanting to share.  But a lot of what I want to rec has been recced already....although, I suppose, in a sense, that is a good thing.

6. I think I've finally found a default pic I really like.  It's a crop of a piece of a wallpaper by [livejournal.com profile] summerdisregard, and it has space and Amy Pond and I love it!

7. Doctor Who, when are you coming baaaaaack?

Waves

Jun. 29th, 2010 09:42 pm
ladymercury_10: (Default)
Title: Waves
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Eleven, Amy
Word Count: 469
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I own no Who, as usual.

Summary:The important thing, he thinks, watching Amy paddle in the sea, is to keep your head above water. Concentrate on the fixed points.  Post -"Cold Blood."

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