He is currently founding a radio at the school where he is employed as a teacher (which is considered the most complex task), and the principal has given him permission to come for the microphones and cables he keeps with us, in the room where he practices with his rock band. He brought me a birthday present that he could not give me on my birthday. I am attaching a photo. He also confirmed to us that he wants to return to live with us in the suburbs, and that is also good news, even if we have to start saving for that.
Meanwhile, all family members have already voted remotely. For the option that applies to the left, independent and led by a woman: three obvious reasons. The bad news is that Olympia lost in Villeurbanne. It’s just basketball, I know, but it hurts again. (Guido Romelini)
Saturday, February 6th
I hope that the saying In theory, theory and practice work great, but in practice it is not so, this time it will not come true. The MMACA marathon we organized on Sunday, February 7, kept me in a state of tension: as many as twelve hours of virtual communication without a break! I am especially excited about this event that we organized to mark the seventh anniversary of the museum in which I participated, so I was at the head of the organization of the whole event. I kept thinking about what else I could add to the program: as always, a little magic, a little math and a lot of fun.
Change of topic, today I read the text I am asking for a little from my vote, so I will go to the polls, because I cannot bear the disappointment of the Albanian Dante Facin. I completely agree with his claim. I no longer expect much from politics or politicians, but let my voice at least help us not to take a step back in the rights and freedoms that my grandfathers and parents fought for. Now it’s our turn, I always thought so. Despite the turmoil that awakens in me when I see today’s class of politicians, I will go out to vote in the elections on February 14 only because of those who won that right to vote for me.
Today’s color: green.
Today’s song: The Eye of the Tiger.
Today’s number: 6174, Kaprekar’s constant. (Sergio Belmonte)
Sunday, February 7th
MMACA marathon, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. I am in charge of presenting the initiative and remembering MMACA’s journey, together with Joseph, the old president, and Pour, the new president. I will fix my clown nose and, as usual, I will do what the King of Fools does: castigat ridendo mores (I will correct the customs by making fun of them, lat). I am worried about MMACA’s future, I am afraid of the moment when we will have to face a return to normal. Young curators, in search of stability, have moved to work in schools, and the volunteers are 14 years older (and more tired) than we were when we embarked on this adventure.
Meanwhile, the election circus is increasingly suspicious, full of politicians whose horizon is a few centimeters from their noses. Disputes and propaganda, without a shred of thought and perspective, with the specter of restraint (fearful, not revolutionary) to decide the outcome. It will be a triumph of populism and a new insult to any, even vague idea of democracy. (Guido Romelini)
Monday, February 8th
The sun is coming in the field of the storm. Yesterday was literally a marathon, and today is a hangover. I moved around a bit, not only because of the back pain that hit me last week, but because I gave myself a day off. Personally, I am extremely satisfied with how the marathon went. The thing is that when you have the support of colleagues that I have in MMACA, then you realize that it is a luxury for which there are no words to describe it. Every communication was a wonderful mathematical experience. THANK YOU buddies.
Magic and poetry are things I like to go back to in my free time. Today I will practice some magic techniques and a few classic tricks (Oil and Water and Collecting Aces), then I will read contemporary poetry (Juan Ramon Barat and Kati Para). I myself wrote a few verses that are not for publication, but their writing distanced me for a while from the daily news, which has recently been dominated by the upcoming Catalan elections (which are dominated by unbalanced condemnation of politics from October 1) and kovid-19. Today’s color: blue.
Današnja pesma: Have you ever seen the rain (Kridens Klirvater Rivajval).
Today’s number: 1729, Hardy-Ramanujan constant. (Sergio Belmonte)
Tuesday, February 9th
I’m still in shock after the MMACA marathon! Even in my sweetest dreams, I could not imagine so much success: the quality and number of visitors. Sergio’s initiative met with the usual enthusiastic response from our members, proving once again the incredible generosity of our people. There is no need for a hierarchical structure when there is participation. Some take the initiative, while others support it and together create a powerful collective event.
I would like things to go that way in politics as well, but, unfortunately, the scene does not change. The rift between the world of politics and the world of finance is now complete. In Italy, they coined the term Isocrazia, a political version of self-referencing, or, in the vocabulary of criminals, mafia association. I can’t even watch the videos of those I would vote for: I would immediately stop supporting them! (Guido Romelini)
Wednesday, February 10th
Virtual meetings and chats marked my everyday life: today I have two meetings and two Chats. Of course, chats are always more interesting than meetings. While the famous epidemic curve of the third wave of this pandemic is declining after a few weeks of growth, the severe restrictions we have had are easing. Now I can go shopping in the neighboring town or have coffee at the bar after lunch. So before going to the doctor, I went out to drink coffee while the sky was sunny. It is a real blessing that on average 2,600 SUN hours a year, which means that we can enjoy the sun for some 217 days a year.
Today’s color: yellow.
Today’s song: Crazy Train (Ozzy Osborne).
Today’s number: 0,1234567891011121314151617… Champernoun’s constant. (Sergio Belmonte)
Thursday, February 11th
Guido Ramelini: Days with a thousand meetings and projects. Hangover after the MMACA marathon, International Day of Women and Girls in Science, materials for the March project, Mathematics Month, project for the Municipality of Barcelona, proposal for participation in the Science Festival… and without any anxiolytics: I would pass any doping control without any problems!
Catalans vote on Sunday, but without political rallies, with propaganda reduced to a minimum, without open meetings, the election race seems very strange, without caffeine, faded. Abstinence will win, and we will see who will benefit from it. I am reminded of an old sentence that propagates anarchy: if elections could have changed something, they would have been banned a long time ago. I would say that the recent history of Catalonia and the politicians who ended up in prison for organizing the referendum confirm its veracity.
Italian living in Spain, mathematician Guido Ramelini is one of the founders of the Museum of Mathematics in Catalonia
Mathematician and magician Sergio Belmonte writes poetry, working on connecting magic and mathematics.
(Translated from English by Aleksandar Ravas, translated from Spanish by Vladimir Matković)
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