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Mathematician, artist, father, circus performer, musician.

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Funny about mothers and dogs. My mother once called for me, going through a rapid string of names: "Bill, Lorna, Judi, Heather, Ginger, Mike!"

And I said "Ginger? You seriously called the dog's name before mine?"

That is an awesome comic you point to!

I learned to juggle in college and by the time I graduated with a BS in math I just wanted to perform. So I did street juggling, taught juggling classes, took up clowning, did some small gigs, then went to RBBBCC and toured with Royal Hanneford for a year. Then I really wanted to be a math teacher. Took the GRE and scored high enough to get free tuition and a TA position at FSU, which also has a student circus.

Fell in love with math at grad school and stayed on for a doctorate. Circus is far in the taillights now, but I continue learning new things and making new things. Very much into math art now, of all kinds, and have made digital art, print, videos, sculpture, jewelry, music, drama, literature and poetry.

Running my own math creativity center now. Don't know what the next career is, but there is still time...

Awesome! Circus Contraption sounds incredible. Must have been good days...

This is a big surprise. I have a lot of friends in Ringling who are heartbroken. I agree with thenewgreen's assessment that circuses are going the way of Cirque du Soleil. I myself like to see smaller circuses with artistic performances and a storyline.

Yes, I went to RBBBCC (Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College) in 1993 and toured part-time with Royal Hanneford circus as a clown the following year. Then I went back to school and was in the FSU Flying High circus for 3 years performing juggling, double-trapeze and slackwire. But alas that was 20 years ago and I have discovered that the muscle turns to fat.

I still harbor a plan of putting together an artistic circus-style math show. We've recently applied for a cultural grant to put together such a show, and if approved we'll put together a 40-minute 3-person show where math will come alive with music, dance and visual deliciousness. We'd then perform 10-20 shows at schools or wherever.

Yes, this is definitely sweet! I began working through Euclid many years ago. It's a good ride. I'll post some artwork I made from Euclid book 1 shortly...

Thanks for this link!

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 14, 2016

Yes, that cliff!


mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 14, 2016

Crazy busy days, but good. Also building a house on the cliff, it's going to be awesome. And this evening I surpassed all of my friends on Candy Crush and am momentarily king of Candyland. Not sure whether to be proud or ashamed of that...

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 14, 2016

Aaahhh... yes I remember that. And I remember realizing that steve was also in the same moment. It's good to remember these moments, and cherish them as they happen.

Here's one of my favorites, by Henry Segerman

Thank you! Made my evening!

I have a friend who makes weird math videos with a 360 camera. He recommends the Ricoh Theta S ($338 on Amazon). I will probably buy one to use to take pictures around my property for use in marketing. Visitors to the website could then look around from various vantage points.

Yes, brave, but I fear for his safety. This guy is literally putting his life on the line for this decision. If enough electors defect it will raise the weirdness of this election to a whole new level.

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Cornbread (and chili)

Beautiful! I wanted to make cornbread last week, but I can't find cornmeal in Norway. Found a cornmeal-free recipe (if you can believe it) that relies on corniness by instead including a can of corn niblets, but haven't tried it yet. Your recipe fills me with envy and longing!

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