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The blog is back

I finally figured out a concept for this blog. My attention has always wandered between “the two cultures” as C.P.Snow called science and the humanities. The previous blog title was too far into the science camp. I’d like to write about fiction, too. Lately I’ve been thinking about the physics of fiction. If every story has a protagonist and a force opposing the antagonist, then every story can be described as a protagonist in a potential. Etc. More on this later. Goodnight.

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Just a little thing that I did using Flash. Roll your mouse over and see what happens. If that doesn’t work, then click.

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The future of this blog and website

From what I’ve read in books about Asperger’s Syndrome and girls, it appears that there is a measurable difference between boy and girl geeks. Boy geeks tend to focus mostly on numbers. Girl geeks apparently divide their focus between numbers and language.

That describes me pretty well even today, when I’m trying to divide my time between keeping up with theoretical physics, expanding my website, working on this blog, and writing a novel.

It takes a lot of time to write a novel. So periodically I have to just forget that physics exists and enter the brain state necessary for writing fiction.

This blog is still in what I would consider a rough draft. I’m still going to experiment with themes and styles and features. I might move the location as well, so the url could change.

In the future, there will be more physics and math. I intend to blog through The Black Hole Wars chapter by chapter, starting in a few weeks.

I’ve migrated the Superstringtheory.com website to a new server and fixed many of the broken links and features. Eventually I intend to update the page code and the content and add new content on loop quantum gravity and so on.

I’ll be taking a fairly demanding fiction writing workshop over the summer, so the website update will probably not be happening until next fall.

WP LaTeX is installed and enabled for comments. You may read more about how to use this plugin here.

The input

[latex]e^{\i \pi} + 1 = 0[/latex]

is rendered by the plugin as

e^{\i \pi} + 1 = 0

The input

[latex]R=\frac{\displaystyle{\sum_{i=1}^n (x_i-\bar{x})(y_i- \bar{y})}}{\displaystyle{\left[ \sum_{i=1}^n(x_i-\bar{x})^2 \sum_{i=1}^n(y_i-\bar{y})^2 \right]^{1/2}}}[/latex]

turns to

R = \frac{\displaystyle{\sum_{i=1}^n (x_i-\bar{x})(y_i- \bar{y})}}{\displaystyle{\left[ \sum_{i=1}^n(x_i-\bar{x})^2 \sum_{i=1}^n(y_i-\bar{y})^2 \right]^{1/2}}}

Note that there should not be any line breaks in the LaTeX code you place between the [latex] and [/latex] tags.