Thursday, February 22, 2007

Birthday party

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm throwing a party to celebrate.
All preperations have been made, invitations have been sent and I have notified my neighbours.
About 15 people will attend, at least, that's the number of people I've invited.
Today I went shopping to get drinks and snacks. I had to carry my groceries home by foot, so I went to shop two times to get everything I needed.
This is what I got:

  • 24 cans of beer
  • 3 l of white wine
  • 3 x two liter bottles of coke
  • 2 l of orange juice
  • 1 bottle of Ice Tea (I wanted to bring two, but the one I got was the only one left in the shop)
  • 4 bags of differently flavoured crisps
  • 2 bags of party nuts
  • some hot snacks (at the moment I bought them, they were frozen. I will have to fry them or put them in the oven before serving them to my guests)
I got my appartement cleaned up and prepared for the party. Not that I had to clean up that much. I just tried to bring some structure in the everyday chaos.
All drinks are in the fridge, so they will be cool by the time they will be served.
The only thing that has to be done is to move some furniture around.

I almost forgot, I have to buy some disposable cups tomorrow.

The only casualty so far is one can of beer, which was attracted by earth's gravitational force. In other words: I dropped it when taking it out of it's wrapping, before putting it in the fridge. The fall caused the tin foil to shear, so I almost got a beer shower.

Everything is ready for a nice party. Now, only my guests have to show up. Let's hope they do. ;-)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Mathematical knitting and crocheting

hyperbolic plane
I remember a statement recently made by a fellow student and friend, claiming that 'knitting is hip' and will soon become the next big thing. Time will tell if she's proven right.

Anyway, it seems more people are knitting and are making useful things with it. I came across an article about a maths professor who is using crocheting to make models of mathematical objects that are difficult to imagine, like hyperbolic planes and a Lorenz manifold.