Archive for February, 2006
Ahh… math gossip. You don’t read much of it, do you? Nevertheless, mathematicians have to talk about something other than the size of their numbers. The topic in this case is the Fields Medal (Wikipedia and Mathworld articles). It’s the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics” and it originated not far from here at the Fields Institute in Toronto. Who’s going to win, who’s going to lose? Maybe not as many people care about it as they do world peace, but on the other hand I have yet to see anything approaching an elegant solution to this later issue. Jimmy Carter, get on that Riemann Hypothesis!
I absolutely loved my Ricoh GR1 that I bought back in the second year of college. It was a tiny camera, one of the smallest 35mm cameras you could get with an incredible lens and professional finish. Sadly, I took it along when I went to Geneva and lost it somewhere. I didn’t use enough to even have an idea where I ended up losing it. My last memory of if was nearly losing it during my first trip to Pisa moments before I was about to climb the tower. I especially liked that wide angle lens. Thus a new camera from Ricoh, the R4, announced on dpreview is very interesting. I has three great features: image stabilization, wide angle, and a long range zoom (28-200 in 35mm equivalent) all in a relatively small package. One issue, though, is the relatively slow lens. My ideal camera would open up to at least f/2.8 at the wide end and have decent low-light performance. The image stabalization helps, but it looks like they may have sacrificed some speed to get the long zoom, a bit of a shame.
A few years ago hi-tech bicycle stands sprouted up Geneva like fungi. While I was there I kept meaning to swing by one of the bike trees and check it out, but I nevered seemed to cross my mind when I was actually in town. This week Gizmodo reminded me of my negligence. I promise I won’t let it happen again. Also, even if you are a bicycle hater who lives and dies on a minimum of four wheels you still should visit the bike tree website if only for the nostalgic early-90s web design complete with prominent use of the tag.