- i had started drafting this last week, probably as a reaction to j.baez's post about "what a mathematician should know about blogging."

this is what i concluded about my own writing on this blog.

after some thought, i realised something. this is not a mathematics blog. rather, this is a mathematical culture blog of a highly idiosyncratic nature. - in contrast, these are mathematical blogs, as popularised by t.tao.
- interestingly enough, the associated wiki seems to be using the arXiv:math style of categorization. i suppose a blog now has to be something serious and have a specific topic.

maybe blogs are going the way of the webpage. they used to exist mostly for fun, but somehow transformed into a professional tool. as for where the fun can go, now .. - my purpose here is not to educate -- at least, not in the sense of writing a lecture and posting it in a mix of HTML and LaTeX.
- if i learn a cool theorem, i'll share it.

however, i'll also avoid the long expositions that are pages 1-4 of research papers or the first section of a textbook chapter. - you see, i like my job a lot. i voluntarily work most nights. i like maths ..
- .. but i don't want to read technical mathematics
__all__the time. the idioms of "*definition, lemma, proof, example, theorem ..*" makes for very good learning and research ..

.. but i have enough papers to read. - i'm not the sort of person who, returning home from work, runs a web search to look for more of this stuff. instead, i get to it tomorrow morning.

as for what this blog's purpose is, let's just say entertainment value, perhaps catharsis, too. - if my teaching goes oddly one day, at least you the reader can have a laugh about it, as long as i write well enough.

if my research isn't going well, then maybe you can relate. then again, it might make your workday look better in comparison. i don't mind.

## Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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