happy holidays to everyone. thought I would take a moment
away from the theory-edge-brain-cramping-thinking
to reflect on the year here!!
I would like to thank all who
have made the theory-edge list a place to visit and
"hang out" at here in cyberspace. I know everyone tends to be very
busy and thank you for the time you have spent here over
the months. I would particularly like to thank posters,
but of course the readers have made this list what it
is as well-- any attn at all to this list is a plus imho.
the list has been going since mid may, so about 8 months
now or so. I admit that I have been frustrated with this
list at times due to low traffic (minus),
but I have made a few new friends (plus), although
even a few new enemies perhaps <g> (minus), but overall I am quite
glad for the opportunity to run/moderate this list, and
satisfied with what it has accomplished so far/become
I find it a privilege to interact with great minds and sharp thinkers
from around the world on these subjects which are abstruse
and which very few people in the entire world are interested in,
and I have gotten positive comments in email from posters who
feel the same way. it's a small elite club we
have here, yet at the same time
we have successfully realized some of the camaraderie/community
that I hoped to achieve in starting/building up the list.
occasionally I come off as a bit cocky here perhaps, which it
seems that at least two people have reacted to. if anyone perceives
my posts as self-important, critical, or whatever at times, for that
I apologize. I would like this place to be as friendly
as possible and that all starts with me!!
so far the list has gone extremely well, with no
public altercations, and imho that's very good for a list this size
and the kinds of people on it.
we are now up to about 120 subscribers, and that's a very
neat Xmas present.. we are also at the point where there is
a trickle of new subscribers even without my posts..
along with Stas' recent results, I think
we all have plenty of gifts under our tree here. <g>
here are the number of posts per month to this list for the year:
I also have hit statistics to the web archives, and overall
I am surprised how busy they have been. in Nov for
example there were about 1350 hits to the web pages, that's
close to 50 per day, which is incredibly good for such an
obscure/abstruse/specialized charter. (it's volatile tho
with Dec at 754 so far.)
I'm very excited about the possibilities of this list for the
new year. we've got just enough that we could have some
very exciting discussions/developments, either relative to
outside events, or perhaps even generated by the
list's own "members".
in particular if there are any mathematical breakthroughs
I think that we will be very well poised to discuss them. there
is good reason to think that there will be a few over the next
year. I will never forget how the worldwide mathematical community
was quite electrified with wiles' proof of FLT.. and much of
the communication went through email.. maybe something
like that could happen again... maybe here!! well I for one
will be ready!!
here's a fun page of lots of christmas/holiday graphics that
a friend sent me.. very good for putting together web
pages or your own digital cards etc.
(if others could refrain from posting holiday wishes,
and let this msg serve as everyone's greeting, I'd appreciate it)
happy holidays to everyone;
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