2010 Bullitt Lecture in Mathematics: this Thursday!

The Bullitt Mathematics Lecture is an annual, free, public lecture held by the mathematics department of the University of Louisville of broad interest to the community. This year's lecture will be on Thursday, March 25th, presented by Bernd Sturmfels of the University of California, Berkeley, on "Tropical Mathematics". Dr. Sturmfels, a leading researcher and author in the fields of statistics, geometry, symbolic algebra, and bioinformatics, will present an unusual arithmetic system based on concepts similar to the familiar operations of addition and multiplication, but with surprising variations that make it eminently suited for optimizing industrial operations and analyzing gene sequences.

The lecture will be this Thursday at 6PM in Strickler 101 (Middleton Auditorium) on the Belknap campus of the University of Louisville. Full details about the lecture, its history, recent speakers, and a flyer describing Dr. Sturmfels's talk can be found at the Bullitt lecture homepage.
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Book Sale!

News for Locals to Louisville. First Unitarian at 4th & York, across from the Main Library, is having a Bonanza Book sale tomorrow (Sat) from 10-4.

There will be books, videos, and audio tapes galore.

Come by and get your car washed too by the youth group if you like!

Calling All Future Rollergirls

What has eight wheels and something to prove?

Your Derby City Roller Girls are now recruiting!

Calling all future rollergirls ages 21 and older, with valid health insurance. If you're interested in being part of a homegrown, kick-butt, hard-skating roller derby league in Louisville, KY, we want to meet you, whether you know how to skate or not. If you've got a sense of adventure and a lot of heart, come on out and meet us for a little Q&A and BBQ. All body types and skating levels are encouraged to participate.

Specifics: Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 2:00 PM, at Tyler Park in the Highlands (off Baxter Avenue, between the MidCity Mall and Eastern Parkway).

RSVP to info@derbycityrollergirls.com or by visiting myspace.com/derbycityrollergirls and sending a message there.

Further info, merchandise sales, photos, videos and more can be found on the DCRG website: http://www.derbycityrollergirls.com. Visit DCRG on Facebook.

Upcoming DCRG Bouts:

June 21 - Away bout v. Hard Knox Rollergirls of Knoxville, TN
July 19 - Away bout v. Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls of Bloomington, IN
Just Announced! July 26 - Home bout against the Dixie Derby Girls from Huntsville, Alabama

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Know More Literacy Festival and Book Sale!!!!!

First Unitarian Church
809 S Fourth St

Saturday April 19th
10:00am until 4:00pm

Hundreds of Used books, DVD's, video's, music and other media

Entertainment events going on all day - storytelling, music, poetry readings, and childrens events!!!

Food* - pastries, gourmet coffees and teas, soup, sandwiches and desserts!

Raffles, prizes, and much, much more

****Come early and stay late at the church where Reason and Religion Meet****

*Proceeds from food sales to benefit PFLAG(Parents and friends of Lesbian and Gays) Scholarship Fund and the House of Ruth.
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Calling all Geeks in the Ville (Job openings)

I've got 2 immediate temporary openings (like I needed you to start a week ago) for Software testers in j-town. I need geeks who can quickly learn how a system works to go through defect reports written by other testers and reproduce them then by interviewing the developers and business analysts determine whether the defect is valid or working as designed and why it happened (is it defect in the code, a data issue, an issue with the wrong code being deployed, etc.)

Jobs start as soon as we can identify the candidates and get drug tests back on them and will run at least through early December with some possibility of going longer or even becoming full time. Pay rate would likely be somewhere between $20 - $30 an hour depending on your skills and experience.

I'm not necessarily looking for someone with explicit software testing experience, in fact a really good troubleshooting help desk or geek squad agent would be perfect, all you need to do is show me that you can learn and figure things out on your own.

If you or someone you know might be interested send resumes to rasilio at netscape dot com

Greetings, introductions, etc.

Greetings, Louisvillians! (Louisvillites? Louisvillains? first things first, I need an appropriate demonym)

This fall, I'm starting as a math professor at UofL. I'm coming out to Louisville in mid-July (after a brief apartment-hunt visit in late June), and I'm looking for people wherewith to do interesting, odd, generally geeky things. Also, folks who'll generally help me figure out what's what in a new town. I'm an East Coast transplantee who's spent enough time out west to claim some familiarity with SoCal style, but Kentucky's a leap into the unknown. So I'm looking forward to getting to know the place, getting to know the people, and, with luck, finding people sharing my interests (in no particular order: board-gaming, crochet, animation, comic books, interactive fiction, Hungariana, east-Asian cuisines, origami, progrock, speculative fiction).

So, what's it like out there? And what's going on in late summer that's entertaining?
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Just a little something I've been working on lately...

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I've had a itch to do some custom figures the last week or so. I'd like to do some Transformers based on a joke my ex-roomie did (El Caminor and Pintotron). I know where to find a model kit of a Pinto, but the El Camino is proving to be elusive...
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Now that I'm finally getting settled into Louisville it's time to find people to play games with. Is anyone interested in coming over to my place to play games or alternatively interested in joining a D&D campaign to be started after the first of the year?

Ideally we'd be looking at a weeknight for board gaming, maybe Wednesday night around 7:30-ish so people have the ability to do dinner beforehand. We'll have snacks and if you want to bring some feel free. Kids are welcome as we have three of our own (ages 4, 4, 6).

As far as the D&D game, we'd do character gen before the new year and then plan on playing bi-weekly on Saturday nights starting the first Saturday in January (the 6th). Games would start around 9pm and again, kids are more than welcome to come along. For this game we're looking at no more than four additional players since we currently have three who have committed.

Any questions, let me know
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Sci fi Books Meme

This is the list of the 50 most important/influential Sci Fi/Fantasy books through 2002. Bold the ones you've read, Itialicize the ones you've started but never finished, Underline the ones you've hated, and mark the ones you loved with an asterix.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein*
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley*
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey*
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card*
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling*
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley*
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien*
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein *
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer