Hat tip: Mark Shea.
I'm currently at Becker Subaru getting the tire and the windshield wipers fixed. I expect to get hit by a giant iceball from the sky on the way home.
One cheer for the snow ... I've had to take two straight snow days at work. Good thing everything was done ahead of time and we're in good shape.
Have a good one.
One thing I'd add, as a professional editor used to assessing the writing skills of young writers: Amanda lacked confidence writing on Edwards' blog -- it was clear to me she was not used to writing in a professional style, and her writing there was far weaker than her "musings" on the Pandagon blog. That is, Amanda is inexperienced in working clean ... This is not to say she can't. She just can't -- yet. Her writing skills were nowhere near up to the challenge of the position. Now she can go back to her blog and swear and play the victim. It's what's she's good at.
Writing a blog under your own name is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you can make a name for yourself and get hired in high-profile job that you may never have had a shot at otherwise. On the other hand, you can make a name for yourself and get fired from that high-profile job. The blog giveth, the blog taketh away ...
I just had a thought. Isn't dividing by zero the same as dividing zero times? Thus, dividing zero times is the same as not dividing it at all. That is, the answer is the numerator. No, I am wrong, and I know it. But I can't exactly figure out why. I need someone to complete my thinking.
I think the answer is something like this: By saying I divide it "zero" times, I am making a mistake. You don't divide by one and make one cut in a pie. To divide by one, I make a pie into one equal part. That is, it's the whole pie, a correct answer. If I divide by two, I end up with two equal parts. But if I divide by zero, I am saying there are zero equal parts. So would any series of cuts that divides the pie into unequal parts be an answer?
"Why is this pie divided into seven unequal parts?"
"Because I divided it by zero."
Or is this the answer: It's undefined because there are an infinite number of answers — any way of dividing the pie into unequal parts ends up being the equivalent of "dividing by zero?" That is, to say the pie was divided by zero simply doesn't tell you enough about how it's divided — the equation written as "1/0=?" simply tells you that the pie has in fact been divided, and that the resulting parts are unequal.
I guess what I'm getting it is I've always assumed dividing by zero was some kind of unknown, unknowable thing, some great mystery, just one of those ineffable things that we'll have to find the answer to in the afterlife. Actually, it just means the answer to what happened to the pie cannot be defined in an equation — NOT that there may not be other means of expressing what happened to the pie.
Is that it or am I wrong? Does everyone already know this? Or have I had another penetrating glimpse into the blatantly obvious?
UPDATE: There's a interesting take by Czech President Vaclav Klaus by way of Dean Esmay, and gulp, the Drudge Report, here.