Hilarious Washington Post Anti-Star-Trek Rant

“[T]he command bridge of the Enterprise? Give me a break. Does it have to look like the control room of low-wattage Midwestern TV station? All those little blinking lights? What, is there a fly-into-space knob that has to be set to ON to get the thing to move? Then the fly-into-space light lights up, so we know we’re in space. And there must be a cool-sounds knob, too, and a…

How Braille Began

“The unlikely chain of circumstances that would make Braille possible began during the Crusades with King Louis the Ninth of France. Already a religious man, Louis met a crushing defeat in the Crusades, barely escaping death. He returned to Paris certain that God was trying to teach him humility. This belief intensified his interest in charity and, among other good works, he founded the first institution for the blind in…

How to Have your Abstract Rejected

“Submit late. This is the basic rule in having your abstract ejected. Don’t even start writing it until the deadine for submission is long past. Prove trivial results in exhaustive detail, breaking your proofs into as many lemmas as ou can and disrupting the line of reasoning with notes, remarks, and asides. On the other hand, assert difficult proofs. Assert them badly, with a sneer, if you can manage it.…