## Rabbit drives! http://t.co/2F0lNKGL7e

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## Five kosher sausages for SoCG 2014 http://t.co/P8m…

by on Dec.02, 2013, under Tweet

Five kosher sausages for SoCG 2014 sarielhp.org/blog/?p=8167

## Five kosher sausages for SoCG 2014

by on Dec.02, 2013, under Research

All submitted to SoCG 2014.

Vijay is applying to grad school, and Nirman is on the job market this year.

## Kepler mother was a witch. http://t.co/tkVPYpFPWM

by on Nov.25, 2013, under Tweet

Kepler mother was a witch. executedtoday.com/2008/10/04/162…

## http://t.co/tHcY439LRt Swift: A meditation upon a…

by on Nov.16, 2013, under Tweet

sarielhp.org/blog/?p=8155 Swift: A meditation upon a broomstick

## Swift: A meditation upon a broomstick

by on Nov.16, 2013, under Literature, Quotes

A short story by Johanathan Swift (copied from here. See the wikipedia page for more details.

This single stick, which you now behold ingloriously lying in that neglected corner, I once knew in a flourishing state in a forest. It was full of sap, full of leaves, and full of boughs; but now in vain does the busy art of man pretend to vie with nature, by tying that withered bundle of twigs to its sapless trunk; it is now at best but the reverse of what it was, a tree turned upside-down, the branches on the earth, and the root in the air; it is now handled by every dirty wench, condemned to do her drudgery, and, by a capricious kind of fate, destined to make other things clean, and be nasty itself; at length, worn to the stumps in the service of the maids, it is either thrown out of doors or condemned to the last use—of kindling a fire. When I behold this I sighed, and said within myself, “Surely mortal man is a broomstick!” Nature sent him into the world strong and lusty, in a thriving condition, wearing his own hair on his head, the proper branches of this reasoning vegetable, till the axe of intemperance has lopped off his green boughs, and left him a withered trunk; he then flies to art, and puts on a periwig, valuing himself upon an unnatural bundle of hairs, all covered with powder, that never grew on his head; but now should this our broomstick pretend to enter the scene, proud of those birchen spoils it never bore, and all covered with dust, through the sweepings of the finest lady’s chamber, we should be apt to ridicule and despise its vanity. Partial judges that we are of our own excellencies, and other men’s defaults!

But a broomstick, perhaps you will say, is an emblem of a tree standing on its head; and pray what is a man but a topsy-turvy creature, his animal faculties perpetually mounted on his rational, his head where his heels should be, grovelling on the earth? And yet, with all his faults, he sets up to be a universal reformer and corrector of abuses, a remover of grievances, rakes into every slut’s corner of nature, bringing hidden corruptions to the light, and raises a mighty dust where there was none before, sharing deeply all the while in the very same pollutions he pretends to sweep away. His last days are spent in slavery to women, and generally the least deserving; till, worn to the stumps, like his brother besom, he is either kicked out of doors, or made use of to kindle flames for others to warm themselves by.

## “We are all going to hell, but programmers are at…

by on Nov.11, 2013, under Tweet

“We are all going to hell, but programmers are at least going to make money out of it” — Thomas Ungar (Circa 1997)

## Quote: Now I can write…

by on Nov.11, 2013, under Literature, Quotes

One day I seemed to shut a door between me and all publishers’ addresses and book lists. I said to myself, Now I can write. Now I can make myself a vase like that which the old Roman kept at his bedside and wore the rim slowly away with kissing it. So I, who had never had a sister and was fated to lose my daugher in infancy, set out to make myself a beautiful and tragic little girl.

– William Faulkner, introduction to Sound and the Fury.”

## Since sqrt(x*y) = sqrt(x)*sqrt(y) we have 1 = s…

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Since sqrt(x*y) = sqrt(x)*sqrt(y) we have

1 = sqrt(1) = sqrt(-1*-1) = sqrt(-1)*sqrt(-1) = -1.

Via Wikipedia entry on complex numbers.

## Today I am a marinated steak.

by on Nov.05, 2013, under Tweet

Today I am a marinated steak.

## Prisoners of power by Arkady & Boris Strugatsk…

by on Nov.04, 2013, under Tweet

Prisoners of power by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. Very good SF book. lib.guru.ua/STRUGACKIE/eng…

## On the Number of Edges of Fan-Crossing Free Graphs

by on Nov.01, 2013, under Research2

## Qoute – Against a dark background. Iain M. Banks

by on Oct.29, 2013, under Quotes

“Ah, dear lady, it is with the greatest embarrassment that I have to confess that in this matter I must—with a degree of anguish you may well find hard to credit—relinquish my absolute commitment to the fulfillment of your every whim. Put plainly, I am not at liberty to divulge that information. There, it is said. Let us quickly move on from this unfortunate quantum of dissonance to the ground-state of accord which I trust will inform our future relationship.”
“So you’re not going to tell me.” Sharrow nodded.
“My dear lady,” the machine said, continuing to trundle after her. “Without saying so in so many words…correct.”

## Converting png/jpg figures to eps/pdf

by on Oct.21, 2013, under LaTeX, Research

The arxiv sometime complains bitterly about figures being too large (i.e., it says your submission is too large, without giving any useful details [good job!]). There is a nice program sam2p tha does a very good job in converting bitmaps into eps/pdf files, and compressing them in the process. It is available as a package under debian/ubuntu.

The revolusion would not be televised – it would be first pixelated and then compressed.

## Lisa Hannigan – “Just like Tom Thumb’s blues” http…

by on Oct.18, 2013, under Tweet

Lisa Hannigan – “Just like Tom Thumb’s blues” youtube.com/watch?v=S55Blx…

## On the job market…

by on Oct.16, 2013, under Research

I am going to be on the job market this year (updated CV). If you know any opportunities I should know about, please let me know…

## Handbook of Discrete & Computational Geometry

by on Oct.13, 2013, under Research

The handbook of discrete & computational geometry is available online (if you have access from a university that pays for access, naturally). See here.

## My updated cv: http://t.co/zqp7j37Uca

by on Oct.07, 2013, under Tweet

## Nice poetry site: http://t.co/Ky8kj3FXcc

by on Oct.06, 2013, under Tweet

Nice poetry site: poemhunter.com/poem/if/

## Hyper reals: http://t.co/2NLENbMbEB

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## If it’s a legitimate progress, the federal governm…

by on Oct.03, 2013, under Tweet

If it’s a legitimate progress, the federal government has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.

## The Jewish hunger games… http://t.co/Uhxa5V8Phi

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## Lets put on some good music, and start writing….

by on Oct.01, 2013, under Tweet

Lets put on some good music, and start writing….

## “Maybe he should’ve spent less time reading Dr.Seu…

by on Sep.29, 2013, under Tweet

“Maybe he should’ve spent less time reading Dr.Seuss and more time looking into the policies that he’s talking about” america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/…

## Nobel prize for Bob dylan? Hmmm. http://t.co/WXuvj…

by on Sep.28, 2013, under Tweet

Nobel prize for Bob dylan? Hmmm. nytimes.com/2013/09/29/opi…

## I built on the sand

by on Sep.27, 2013, under Literature, Poetry

I built on the sand
And it tumbled down,
I built on a rock
And it tumbled down.
Now when I build, I shall begin
With the smoke from the chimney.
— Foundations, Leopold Staff

## For loop in latex

by on Sep.27, 2013, under LaTeX

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{forloop}
\begin{document}
{%

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\end{document}


## Gall-Peters projection – area preserving mapping o…

by on Sep.25, 2013, under Tweet

Gall-Peters projection – area preserving mapping of the sphere to the plane. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall%E2%8…

## Vincent. http://t.co/82v4f7VrUN

by on Sep.23, 2013, under Tweet

## Tangled up in SODA

by on Sep.22, 2013, under Research

So there are some complaints about the SODA 2014 reviews being clueless. Despite my paper being rejected, I feel the reviews for my paper were reasonable and knowledgeable. In many cases the feedback the author gets in no way reflects the PC discussion. I find the complaints a bit sordid, since most of the refereeing is done by sub-referees; namely, us. So, we should improve our sub-refereeing, not some nameless people out there…

Anyway, I found Russell Impagliazzo comment on the following post to be spot on, and I am replicating it as is. The post itself and the comments are also worth reading.

I’ve learned to realise that factually erroneous reviews and reviews that totally miss the point are invaluable for revising the paper. They point out where I have failed to communicate my results and their significance properly. (Of course, I still hate rejection.) The worst review to get is “This paper is pretty good, but not quite up to (Conference name) standards” because it is no help whatsoever.

From the other side, I have often seen committee meetings where a sub-reviewer’s erroneous points are dismissed, but the paper is rejected for another reason (like, it’s pretty good, but not quite good enough to get in.) The authors still receive the sub-reviewers review. So just because a reviewer said fallacious thing X and your paper gets rejected does not mean that it got rejected due to the stupid reviewer who thought X. I have to admit, sometimes my own reviews have fallacies that are pointed out to me in the PC meeting or on-line discussion, and I forget to go back and change my review before it gets sent to the authors.

Getting rejected is hard on the ego, and I don’t think there’s any perfect reviewing process. That’s not to say we shouldn’t try to improve reviewing, but we shouldn’t expect perfection.

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