Turns out I have a blog. Who knew! A combination of lack of time and, frankly, lack of enthusiasm have kept me from the blogosphere lately, but I thought I would poke my head up just to let y’all know I’m still here.
So let’s see. I have a busy weekend on tap. Tomorrow is JMU’s annual Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (SUMS) conference. It promises to be a big math party! I will be running the poster session. Of course, it goes against my grain to get up early on a Saturday, but once a year I will make an exception.
Then on Sunday there is the big Science Expo in Washington DC. The gang from the NCSE is sending a delegation, and I foresee some intense hanging out in our future.
In other news, the books continue to plod along. The one about the mathematics of sudoku puzzles is nearly finished. It looks like we will be handing in the manuscript pretty soon. Yay! My coauthor is my JMU colleague Laura Taalman, who is also the coauthor, with her husband Phil, of two (soon to be three) books of novel Sudoku-like puzzles. Check them out!. Should be a fun book. We’re both pretty happy with how it came out. Look for it Summer 2011.
Meanwhile, the evolution/creationism book (a solo effort this time) is plodding towards completion. I hope to finish a first draft in the next six weeks to two months. Of course, then it will take some time to send it out for feedback, and then make the inevitable revisions, so there is still quite a bit of work to do on that one. Let’s say Fall 2011 as a publication date.
Oh, and last night I went to the midnight show of Paranormal Activity 2. Scary! Sort of The Blair Witch Project meets Poltergeist, though considerably better than either of those films. Utterly engrossing despite an almost complete lack of action, violence, gore or background music. My students informed me today that I was really supposed to see the first one first, which would have explained a few things about the story that seemed a bit confusing. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to add the first one to my Netflix queue, and then go see this one a second time. The burdens I bear!
Come to think of it, it has been a good week for engrossing stories since the new Lee Child novel Worth Dying For just came out. He writes the Jack Reacher novels, which are some of the best thrillers, well, pretty much ever. If you like good tough guy dialogue, Reacher’s your man. I am only sixty pages into the new one, but as always I’m finding it hard to put down. I am forcing myself to read slowly, though. I want to savor things…
So that’s about it. The semester continues to plod along. Will Thanksgiving never come?