This is a story about professional mathematicians. It is a story that begins with a boy genius and ends with multiple rants and cult accusations.
The Stage is Set
Before we begin you need to know that Algebraic Geometry is a very prestigious field of mathematics and the members of our cast are among the best algebraic geometers in the world. You might know AG from the 1994 proof of Fermat's last theorem. It was also an important part of the work of luminaries like Reimann, Hilbert, and Grothendieck. It doesn't matter so much what Algebraic Geometry is just that its big league mathematics.
Shinichi Mochizuki ( 望月 新一) is our boy genius. He earned a PhD from Princeton by 23 and began a celebrated career in mathematics, ultimately moving back to Japan to join Kyoto's Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences (RIMS) where he still lives and works. Relevant to our story he is also the editor-in-chief of PRMIS, a journal published by RIMS. Mochizuki is a bit of an odd person. He likes to throw in italics to his papers like he's a letterer for an old comic book and became something of a hermit after moving back to Japan. Despite his acclaim in his youth he's not really a major mathematician these days due to his isolation.
However in 2012 he self published four papers, totaling about 500 pages, that put forward what he named Inter-universal Teichmüller theory (IUT) which he claims resolves numerous important questions including the abc-conjecture. This kind of self publication is common in mathematics to give everyone a look at new work. However publications of this nature, by mathematicians of any stature, need to be scrutinized in detail. Unfortunately IUT introduced a lot of unusual notation and is a contribution to a very complex field of mathematics. In 2015 and 2016 Mochizuki arranged for workshops in Kyoto, Beijing, and Oxford to explain his work.
Things Begin to Go Wrong
Most participants simply did not understand Mochizuki's work at all, indeed even many of those professionals who will eventually become his critics admit they can't say based on the paper itself whether he is right or wrong. Those who did understand it, however, had questions. They took issue with one section in the third paper where Mochizuki makes a claim that is not justified by the rest of the paper. But Mochizuki isn't some crank so its at least plausible that he... keep reading on reddit ➡
I saw an old clip of a game and Mirotic was on the court. I kinda forgot about him, he was pretty fun to watch at times a few years ago.
I’m looking to build a new deck but I don’t want to build the most popular decks. I’m trying to find a good fringe commander that can do interesting things.
I used to be a huge fan of Last Podcast on the Left and Dan Cummins Timesuck but as time goes on, I find I'm less willing to deal with the constant toilet humor. I'm fine with dark humor and casual delivery of the info (in fact I prefer it to some of the more serious podcasts) but when it's nothing but dumb voices and middle school sex jokes every few seconds, I just start to tune out.
I was wondering if there are any podcasts that cover the same types of topics in a more adult manner. I found Lore's delivery to be a bit over the top as far as being ominous and heavy goes, but I love Astonishing Legends casual style. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
Edit: Other podcasts I enjoy:
Stuff to blow your mind
Stuff you should know
Looking forward to everyone’s thoughts!
But i've missed several releases being busy and not getting any playing done in the last year for covid. I'm not sure how to start on catching up besides look through setlists, and thats probably a thousand cards.
I don't follow any content creators either nor any websites, so i'm not sure if there's a standard primer i should be checking.
Ikoria, core 21, zendikar, kaldheim, and strixhaven are sets i've missed entirely. (Edit: no, i know Ikoria, i have Lurrus and remember all the commotion over Lutri)
I don't know if Eldraine and Theros had anything beaides Oko and Breach, i know those from playing Vintage. (Edit: also realized that Thoracle is from Theros and i've had that since it was out. I thought it was some other set.)
Then, supplemental sets with new cards? I have Opposition Agent and Hullbreacher i just picked up this week. Not sure if there was anything else besides that Commander set that had new cards. Also saw [[Wandering Archaic]] and decided to give it a whirl.
And i'm not asking in the context of any specific deck but i have Tymna Thrasios Midrange built that i swap cards out to play a Vial Thrasios Curious Control build.
Any pointers would be helpful!
I have been genuinely surprised this week to get 3 different people casually talking about Q type conspiracies to me. Only 1 of which I would have previously considered "the sort". All 3 believed elements of the omni conspiracy I found really gobsmacked that they could genuinely consider feasible.
They ranged from a 38 yo white mum, a 66 year old white uncle, and a young black British man at work. All intelligent and all in/were in professional jobs.
Left me reeling to be honest. One talking about the Vaccines intending to thin the population. One talking about credit resets and blackouts. And the other was honestly talking about human clones and Donald Trump... What the fuck!
I'm vaguely aware of Qanon from this site mostly, but I always presumed it was a US thing.
What the shit is going on?
Fringe is my all time favorite tv show, hands down. I am now caught up with debris and I must say, it just doesn’t feel the same. I’m going to be brutally honest, but it feels like fringe without the heart, without the fun. Beyond this, so far it seems like there are no rules. Like, in fringe, it seemed like often things that happened with its science fiction content made some sort of sense, but every piece of debris seems to just perform magic. I don’t know. Sorry for being so blunt, but what do you guys think? Have any of you thought similar things?
Best one I can think of is Teddy Higuera in 1986. He won 20 games, had 4 shutouts in 15 complete games, and posted an ERA of 2.79 in 34 games started. His bWAR for that year was an outstanding 9.4! He ranked second in the Cy Young voting behind some guy you may have heard of named Roger Clemens. Higuera's career was unfortunately pretty short and you don't hear about him all too much these days.
Who comes to mind for you?
I'm curious... Does anyone want the fringe to come back this year?
There's a big push from promoters / performers to come back but personally I don't think it will or should happen. But I'm curious as to what other people think. :)
Open to any and all thoughts.
As the title says. I want to build my own deck cEDH deck instead of copying another one. And I'm thinking stax because a) I don't have a stax deck and b) I think stax is positioned well in the near future (if its not already).
So I'm looking for some ideas on who to build around. I want white in there, ideally blue as well but whites my only "must-include". Ideally can play around / through the stax or actively contribute to staxing people out. Otherwise I'm open to pretty much anything. So far, my ideas are...
-[[Tevesh Szat, Doom of Fools]] + [[Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker]]. Would play similarly to Tev + Tymna stax with the tradeoff of Tymna for blue. Ishai would likely never be cast, serving as a color bitch similarly to Silas.
-[[Tuvasa the Sunlit]]. Card draw from playing stax pieces, a decent casting cost and solid stax colors. However, feels like her ceiling is kind of low in terms of being able to impact the game.
-[[Yasharn, Implaceable Earth]]. Shocked to see him not on the database yet. Shuts down SO many prevalent strats, extra lands are never bad either. Problem is, Selensya. Not the ideal color pair.
-[[Ephara, God of the Polis]]. Idea would be to play a ton of flash creatures, while trying to draw a card on every turn. Main issue here (aside from U/W not being great with wincons) is finding enough creatures to flash in that are actually relevant. This one is spicy, but I'm not sure if there's enough fuel to pull it off.
Anyway, open to anything. Appreciate any and all feedback!
I used to watch Fringe many, many years ago. I remember watching until probably the second season was over and I stopped. I liked it, but something got in the way and I just didn’t catch up anymore.
Anyway, I was considering restarting the whole thing but I am afraid that the series either didn’t ended well or something like that. What are your thoughts about the series as a whole? Should I try again or put it back to the “I remember this was good” place ?
I know that like many rural areas in this country, the county skews Republican; but is the more specific fringe demographic (referenced in the example links below) the majority around Port Angeles and Sequim? Or is the element relegated more to the fringe? It has to be asked, because in Sequim specifically, the fringe mayor (see below) was elected by somebody.
If you're moving to the area and seeking local employment, what is the probability that you would end up, unwittingly, working for a:
Apart from the employment situation, how difficult is it to avoid interacting with the truly nuttiest of the nutty on a daily basis in PA or Sequim?
Relevant sample news items and tweets:
What was the political situation like in the USA at the turn of the century? There were as a growth in Communist, Socialist and Progressive ideologies but was there a rising counter to these groups from fringe conservative groups? What was the average American (educated or not) thinking of them?
edited: Sorry, I should have stated late 19th/early 20th century. My apologies on the misunderstanding!
I remember paying attention to mindless controversy news four years ago. It was early 2017 when their Queen JK Rowling was pissing off Trump supporters. She tweeted in support of refugee policies and against Donald Trump. Her former fans, as reported, were outraged. They tweeted hate to her and claimed they burned their Harry Potter books and CDs. These claims are likely just hoaxes to gain attention. At that, they were successful. News outlets like Consequence and Business Insider covered it with nothing but praise for Rowling and condemnation of the book burners. That was long before the dumb TERF controversy.
Now, it's 2021 and JK Rowling is the devil. She is an evil transphobe TERF, the worst things to be, after a few tweets that were rather respectful. Regardless, she's public enemy and Harry Potter books were never the Bible. Some TRAs are actually burning their Harry Potter collections. The most transparent and boasted example is from "thot_piece" on Twitter. Wearing a black long-sleeved shirt with the pink Bimbo in the center, she poses, flipping the viewer off, near a bundle of Harry Potter books burning like fire-paper. The caption writes "cancel culture wins again", ironically from someone who would deny cancel culture is a thing. The tweet got plenty of thoughtful and disapproving replies. Yet the tweet wasn't ratio'ed and got 42k likes. Even some replies called it "punk rock" as if censorship benefitted that community. Read more about it here, forget the bias of the website.
This shows how much things changed within those four years. Between 2017 and 2021, JK Rowling went from Queen Icon to anti-trans hateful demon. Burning books is now respectable and "punk rock." The more literal book burning is tolerated, the more people will turn away from woke movements.