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kirby urner

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The role of humor in mathematics
Posted: Nov 12, 2010 12:49 PM
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Kirby Urner Posted: Nov 11, 2010 1:08 AM

>>> Not very bright comedians, then,
>>Extremely bright. But people have different tastes
>>when it comes to comedy.

> This shuck-and-jive does not become you, Kirby. You did not previously
> write about taste in comedy. You wrote,

>> ...and shared a sense of loss over not having GWB to
>>provide so much yummy chucklebait for the sharp witted
>>Obama is a lot harder to spoof...

> In fact, Obama is obscenely easy to spoof---unless you feel politically
> constrained.

Well, maybe Obama is a more talented leader than he gets
credit for then. One of GWB's selling features was how
much chucklebait he gave out. Dan Quayle too. I think
H.W. Bush was an influence in both cases.

You may not share my view that a primary responsibility
of a president is to keep it somewhat light if at all possible.
GWB was quite good at that, kept lots of audiences howling
at his bloopers ("subliminable" etc.).

He kept it up even through 911 and the subsequent
panic attacks, which I thought was admirable. His
attempt to wind things up with that Mission Accomplished
event might have worked, but Congress was hell bent on
keeping it going (both parties), in no mood for celebrating

We need stuff to celebrate. Iraqis and Americans should
do something together to mark the end of combat relations.
Obama should go over there like Bush did, with that rubber
turkey (also quite funny, not to mention somewhat bold).

As you may recall from previous posts, I also admire George
for staying out of Vietnam. Draft dodging was the ethical
thing to do back then. I'm glad we now have precedent for
draft dodgers getting to be president.

>>I was passing along the read of these pro comedians, but
>>then I can see where they might feel that way.

> So can I. Either they are stupid, or they are politically
> constrained. I suppose the latter is more likely than the
> former.

Did I mention these were Arab Americans? Yes, they're
highly constrained, given the xenophobia, hatred of
immigrants by other immigrants, the ugly mood.
Put yourself in front of some angry suspicious
white folks and see if you can make them laugh at
your jokes. You might be taking your life in your own
hands. Borat / Bruno could tell you as much, and
he's Jewish.

>>We live in confusing times, with lots of world views
>>(Hansen.A2) crunching into a somewhat tight space,
>>given the speed up in memes.

> And I find the times depressingly predictable.

You might wanna share some predictions then, so
we can look back and see what came true.

I'm predicting more international schools with experimental
curricula, backed by the State Department, some overseas,
some domestic. More Girl Scout Math (including for guys).

I predict this regardless of who is president. I predict some
military bases may get repurposed along these lines, and
that some vets will have a role as faculty.

What goes on in these schools will have some impact on
what your Education Mafia teaches perhaps. Kids will
see on TV what "off your duff" math looks like and hanker
for similar training. You'll even learn how to grow your
own vegetables (maybe in a dome, maybe not -- depends
on the climate).


> Haim
> We're buying shrimp, guys.

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