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Old 06-02-2020, 05:43 PM   #251
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Home is where the limbic system gets to take a little bit of a break from freaking out about dangers
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Old 06-04-2020, 05:06 PM   #252
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Old 06-04-2020, 05:35 PM   #253
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i dont want to change the world. it changes often enough on its own. it will all end at some point anyway so what does it matter.
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Old 06-23-2020, 05:43 PM   #254
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No problem with that at all, Zeno.

The expert replied. The n-cube is worth thinking about, and there are plenty of open questions. Well I am working through the proofs, which provides a modicum of structure to the days.
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Old 06-23-2020, 06:13 PM   #255
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Prof. Las Vergnas. I had never met or contacted him and had no right to be there. Here is a pass to the library, here is a pass to the cafe, because this is France, and here is the key to the department. His wife cooked some French meat dish with prunes for Sunday lunch.
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Old 06-24-2020, 08:07 AM   #256
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That is great
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Old 06-24-2020, 09:57 PM   #257
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Las Vergnas was very kind to me, but he also had what seemed to me a typically French disdain for bullshit. He was not about to pretend to like things he didn't like. I had been working on a topic that he had helped to create. A couple of months in, I had to give a talk at the group's weekly seminar. If it turned out that I were some clown, they probably would have gotten around to politely showing me the door. "That was a good talk", he said to me afterwards. Twice!
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Old 06-25-2020, 12:13 AM   #258
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Did he give you a bottle of wine?

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Old 06-25-2020, 08:34 AM   #259
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A few months later, they held a conference in honour of Claude Berge, the recently deceased founder of their group. Berge was a member of the French upper class, who apparently would play the game of Hex all day, before knocking out some massively influential paper in the evening. The free Conference Dinner was held at La Coupole, one of the grand old cafes of Montparnasse, where Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald would spend their last centimes on oysters, while bickering about Art Nouveau. Owing to a slightly nervous disposition, I was always wary of abusing their hospitality, and so did not attend. Hey, Charlie, where were you... ?
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Old 06-26-2020, 11:59 PM   #260
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Just read the essay Twenty-four Hours in London, by Richard Steele. Very good. Link below. For your enjoyment, Lastcard.


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Old 07-17-2020, 04:50 PM   #261
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I have lived in three places on the Harringay ladder, and in various other addresses nearby, and I understand the difference between Haringey and Harringay. The New River is ubiquitous, and my first pint since lockdown is in The Cricketers in Enfield; a bastion of conservatism. A lot of rules are going on, for the sake of doing something, and it is a sky blue July day and evening.
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