Taking the Day Off
Posted on February 20, 2010 Posted by John Scalzi 9 Comments
Although considering it’s almost 3 in the afternoon, I think most of you figured that out by now.
But I do want to take a moment and thank everyone who has sent along their congratulations about the Nebula and Norton nods. It’s neat to be able to share that with you all and to get a sense of your good will, toward me and also toward the other nominees.
Have a good rest of your Saturday, okay? I plan to.
Enjoy a day off :-)
David Hilbert: “Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper.”
Quoted in N. Rose, Mathematical Maxims and Minims (Raleigh N C 1988).
If you blog on a day off from blogging to tell us you’re not blogging, does it cease to be a day off from blogging?
If I don’t post a note telling people I’m not posting, I get e-mail from people asking if I’ve died.
So if you post a note saying you’re not going to post, and they don’t send you email asking if you’ve died, do you then wonder if they have died? And if you had died, what kind of response would they expect?
I try not think about it that far out, you know?
OK, now I’m confused. Are you dead yet, or not?
See, first he was taking the day off. Then, he took the day off from taking the off to confirm or deny his current heart rate. Then…well it’s easier if expressed mathematically.
(taking the day off)^3=taking the day off
wait. That can’t be right. Because also:
(Taking the day off)=dead
Clearly, it’s good that I did not become a mathematician. Right or wrong, this confuses me.
This is a Heisenberg Cat thing, isn’t it?
@9: Or the Schottenstein Expiration Principle. Something like that.