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schoen: That was something I forget to mention in my proof: inductive arguments don't seem to work for problems like this. This maybe someting deep (e.g. the AM/GM inequality is a consequence of the concavity of log which is an continuous property, and so using induction which works on discrete sets is unlikely to work) or just one of those things.

About the physics ... maybe. I'd need to scribble for a while to see what you mean I think, and all my pens are in the library. Where I should be.

Well, I didn't see anyone take up schoen's challenge of proving the AM/GM mean inequality, so I wrote up a version that you can find here. (this document by the time you see it has gone latex =>(teTeX) dvi =>(dvips) postscript =>(gs) png. Ah, the joys of maths on the web).

It's usually proved by using Jensen's inequality, but I've bodged the proof of a special case of that into my argument (which mostly got cribbed from Stirzaker's Elementary Probability).

Nice to see a good comedy election every now and again. It certainly makes you think...

So that's what it was about then...

Not sure what I think about it all. Probably a good thing. Wonder how long BeOpen will last.

24 Oct 2000 (updated 24 Oct 2000 at 12:28 UTC) »

The Daily Python-URL says:

[stand by for big news later today]

Things like this worry me.

Updated my webpages. starship fell over. I assume these are coincidental.

A little piece I wrote got mentioned on the Daily Python-URL - fame and fortune will surely follow!

Any lives going cheap? I think I need one. That or another newsgroup to read...

Having bounced some ideas off of Dom2, the line editor seems to be coming along nicely. There are things that need to be done (the main implementation is still in a module called "foo", fer 'eavens sake...), but I'm quite pleased with what I've got so far (and I've reminded myself just how much I like Python).

I'm going to too many lecture courses at the moment. I need to lose some.

I've been avoiding work lately by mucking around with something that might turn into a readline-equivalent in Python. Or might not, but at any rate I'm amusing myself by playing with it anyway.

One odd thing is that the terminfo string for the up arrow key ("kcuu1") when TERM=xterm is ESC O A, when the code actually transmitted when I hit the up arrow key is ESC [ A. Anyone know what's going on? Tell me please...

Back to college then. Still not doing anything.

Well, that's the summer job over and done with.

Back to college soon - but first the West Highland Way. I haven't done any even vaguely serious walking for quite a while, but it should still be fun. I just hope it doesn't rain on us all week...

Hmm, been lazy about diary entries again.

What have I been doing these last three weeks? I don't really know.

Still this weekend was fun; Reading festival (just for the Saturday) and some hard-core lazing around.

In other news I seem to have become a moderator of the newly resurrected comp.lang.python.annou nce and associated mailing list. So far I've binned four bits of spam and passed this weeks Python-URL (which hasn't shown up yet...). It'll will hopefully get more interesting with time.

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