In my dealings with the internet this week, I am reminded of a quote by William Arthur Ward, the professional inspirator:
We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.
In particular, I have been notified by two different math-related things. Firstly, most importantly and more interestingly, my friend Diana Davis created a video entry for the “Dance your PhD” contest. It’s about Cutting Sequences on the Double Pentagon, and you can (and should) look at it on vimeo. It may even be the first math dance-your-PhD entry! You might even notice that I’m in the video, and am even waving madly (I had thought it surreptitious at the time) around 3:35.
That’s the positive one, the “Building with the Internet,” a creative use of the now-common-commodity. After the fold is the travesty.