I’m taking my family to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 tonight. As the saying goes, I’m a huge fan. I’ve read the entire series aloud to my kids at least 5 or 6 times (and the earlier books even more times, since the older kids were too old to want the last two books read to them when they came out). When you read 3000+ pages that many times there had better be lots of subtleties to hold your interest, as well as very strong internal consistency, and I’m happy to report that J.K. Rowling was up to the task. Her world-creation compares favorably to all the other authors I can think of except Tolkien and Bujold. (If you don’t know who Bujold is, you’re in for a treat; if you do, please comment on her latest, which just came out.) And the movies are quite good individually, and unprecedentedly good as a series.
Tomorrow I will have another post on Math abuse, this time concerning economic and financial modeling rather than climate modeling, but I’d like to see some comments on the current post first. (As well as some comments on some great but underappreciated posts which never got any, especially the ones from this Tuesday and Wednesday.)
Here are two funny stories from today, though the humor is of a particularly technical kind that only nerds will fully appreciate: