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Friday, July 17th, 2009
12:36 pm - Happy YP Day!
ascii_encore Happy Yellow Pigs Day everyone! May your day be appropriately piggish and 17ish.

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Friday, July 10th, 2009
6:13 pm - Job at the AoPS

tomster0
Hi everyone! I was asked to post a job ad for the Art of Problem Solving website here, and it seems that alums of HCSSiM might be good people for such a gig. --- Tom

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Art of Problem Solving offers textbooks, online classes, and other online resources for the top middle and high school math students in the English-speaking world. Our international online community at www.artofproblemsolving.com has over 60,000 members who have posted nearly 1.5 million messages to our community message board. Many of the best middle and high school students around the world take online math classes at Art of Problem Solving each year. Among our students are many winners of major national contests such as MATHCOUNTS, ARML, and the USA Mathematical Olympiad. We are located in Alpine, California, 30 miles east of San Diego.

We currently have one position available.
Position: Online School Manager and Instructor

Description of Position

Our online school manager will organize the school schedule and manage our teams of graders and teaching assistants, most of whom are students at top universities. The school manager will also teach online classes, help develop new courses, augment existing course materials, communicate with students and parents about Art of Problem Solving's online school, and help develop new offerings at Art of Problem Solving.
Qualifications

Undergraduate or graduate degree in a math-related field. Strong communication skills are required, and writing samples will be requested as part of the interview process. Teaching experience is preferred, particularly experience working with high-performing math students, but is not required for candidates with strong mathematics, communication, and organizational backgrounds.

The position is full-time in Alpine, CA, and the company will assist with relocation expenses. The position is available immediately. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience.

Contact Richard Rusczyk at aops@artofproblemsolving.com with a cover letter and resume.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2009
3:41 pm - LaTeX Question
ascii_encore (cross posted at ascii_encore (my livejournal))

I want to believe there's a way to make nice vector graphics, possibly within latex (or using some simple tools, such as a text editor, to make .eps files?). Does anyone know of this sort of thing? I want fairly simple things, like graphs (for my graph theory class) and polygons (for my computational geometry class.

I will now proceed to try googling for this, as well as creating some simple graphics in Mathematica and exporting; if I find anything interesting I will edit this post.

(2 thoughts, eh?)

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
8:55 pm - Yellow pig sighting!

tomster0
http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/b21b/

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008
3:01 pm - Kelly giving the AMS Arnold Ross Lecture, Oct 23!

tomster0
Indeed! David Kelly will be giving the 2008 Arnold Ross Lecture, sponsored by the AMS, on Thursday, October 23 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, OR. His talk is titled, "From Pascal's Triangle to Sierpinski's Triangle in Base 2."

More information is here, including a fun picture of Kelly

Strangely, I can't find any information on the exact time of Kelly's lecture.

Any alumni in the Portland, OR area should try to go, though!

(eh?)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
11:23 am - A comic, with shapes!
ascii_encore As members of sarah-marie's maxi from 2004 (and perhaps other years) will recall, "this is a duck."

Apparently this is a comic which features polytopes and their every day life. Happy two-days-before-1/4-YP-day!

(1 thought, eh?)

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
1:22 am - Quote about 17 from House.

suppressingfire
Well, I have enjoyed the TV show House for a few years now, but I was shocked tonight when the good doctor said. "17 is a stupid number."  ... shocked I tell you!

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
2:09 pm - Greetings

suppressingfire
Hi, just found the HCSSIM LJ community. I went to HCCSIM #23, had a great time, and have lasting fond memories.

Glad to know Yellow Pigs are still strong!

(2 thoughts, eh?)

Sunday, August 12th, 2007
3:32 pm - Yellow Pigs on YouTube!

tomster0
Hi all,

HCSSiM 07 just ended, and while the staff were writing evals, one of us had the idea of searching for "hcssim" on YouTube. Guess what? Last year someone put video of the Yellow Pig Gallery during YPMD. Check it out:

Part I, Part II.

Hmmm ... then there's THIS.

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Sunday, August 5th, 2007
9:54 pm - Representin' at the ILO5!

tomster0
Yesterday one of the two USA teams at the 5th International Linguistics Olympiad tied for first place in the team contest. Two people of the 4-person team were HCSSiM alums from last year! BIG ups to Michael Gottlieb and Rebecca Jacobs! W00t!

More info can be seen here.

(2 thoughts, eh?)

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
6:36 am - YP Day '07

meeve
Happy Yellow Pigs' Day, everyone!

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Thursday, June 28th, 2007
12:46 am - is it that time yet?

ascii_rock
who's going to YP day this year? i ask because i am going, of course, and also because my brother is junior staffing this year (so cool!) hope to see lots of you there!

current mood: chipper

(1 thought, eh?)

Friday, June 1st, 2007
1:41 pm - Nostalgia

ascii_rock
Anyone remember the powers of ten movie?

http://xkcd.com/c271.html

(1 thought, eh?)

Sunday, February 18th, 2007
2:44 pm - YP on the Google Logo!

tomster0
Oh yeah! Today! Feb. 18! Check out the Google main page.

So is this the year of the golden pig or the red pig? I've received conflicting intelligence on this.

EDIT: In hopes of preserving this moment for history, I put the image here.

(1 thought, eh?)

Monday, February 5th, 2007
4:36 pm - from Cognitive Daily

meeve
Is 17 the "most random" number?

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Friday, December 22nd, 2006
10:28 pm - A better way to do trig

meeve
I got this from the feed brown_sharpie.

http://brownsharpie.courtneygibbons.org/?p=65

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Friday, June 30th, 2006
11:58 pm - Special deal for YPMD

tomster0
Any recent alums who are thinking about attending Yellow Pig Math Days (July 15-18) are invited to take advantage of a special deal (that I hinted at previously in the comment section of a previous post).

The deal is this: If you're willing to work 5 hours for us during the conference, we'll cut the registration fee in half for you. The "work" here would be things like: sitting at a registration desk (and presumably registering some people or helping confused conference attendees), helping direct traffic of people going from room to room or to different buildings, helping move things around or set things up as needed, or helping with any of the numerous things that will crop up.

The cost of registration is (still) not yet known, but previous projections had it being around $102. I'm guessing it'll be less, though.

Soon (SOON!) (like, within 24 hours and with more updates after that) more info will appear on the YPMD web page, but I can give you the skivvy right here that a big ol' load of really cool talks are planned (can you say "choreographic topology"?), as well as nifty pens and things that say "YPMD" on them and are adorned with images of your favorite colored animal.

It sure sounds like fun to me. And speaking as someone who has worked on running conferences before, it can be really fun to help out. You get to see what goes on "behind the stage" a bit and interact with the attendees in totally different ways. And you'll meet some of our most famous alums from the 70s and 80s!

Contact sarah-marie if you're interested in taking advantage of this deal. Word.

(4 thoughts, eh?)

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