Closing in on the twin prime conjecture
) - "Just months after Zhang
announced his result, Maynard
has presented an independent proof that pushes the gap down to 600. A new Polymath project
is in the planning stages, to try to combine the collaboration's techniques with Maynard's approach to push this bound even lower." [more inside]
Cut feather shadowboxes
: feather art by Chris Maynard.
"Kenneth Olsen, the computer industry pioneer who co-founded and led minicomputer king Digital Equipment Corp. for 35 years, died at the age of 84 on Sunday in Indianapolis
." [more inside]
Apparently the lead singer from Tool has had sex with many of the luminaries of Country Music
. [more inside]
Here's a dot .
an octave and a half above high C for the legendary jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson
, who has passed away
at 78. Building on the experimental wanderings of Miles Davis, Ferguson fused jazz and rock in creating what is quite probably the signature big band sound of the psychadelic and disco eras. (See, e.g., "Rocky" (.wav)
.) He was well-known for astounding technical proficiency and his tight-lipped embochure
created one of the largest ranges of any trumpeter. (Here's
Ferguson playing and conducting "Round Midnight" in a very early clip [youtube]
). But legions of former high school trumpet geeks full disclosure: I am one
will remember him best for his commitment to signing promising young players for his tours and his reaching out, with tireless touring at tiny venues,
to high school and college bandies and drum corps-types who at one time or another came across his repertoire.