Welcome to foursday - 04/04/04. Pretty cool. Almost as cool as threesday last year. I woke up this morning and could not believe it is already April. This year is absolutely whipping by. Not good, somehow.
I watched the Final Four semifinals last night (on Tivo, of course). Is it just me, or are these games just one foul after another? Seems like there was a foul called on every trip down the floor, and both games were substantially influenced by which players were in foul trouble. I know basketball is not supposed to be football, but I think the officials could have let more go. It sure would have been more entertaining...
Tomorrow is Opening Day! Hope "springs" eternal for us Dodger fans, a new year with new ownership, and new prospects for success. Hopefully the hot dogs have not changed, however. Put me in coach, I'm ready to play...
So - last night I'm putting my daughter Megan to bed, and I'm reading The Phantom Tollbooth to her - one of my favorites. (I liked it when I was a kid, and I've read it to all four of my kids.) In the book, there's a character named the Dodecahedron. And Megan says to me [she's six years old], "Dad, is that like a 3D hexagon?" Okay, Megan, good night!
[ Later: The post office is releasing a new stamp featuring Buckminster Fuller this July. Great illustration. The illustration seems to feature a "tessellated buckyball"; a buckyball is a solid with 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons (no, it isn't quite a "regular" polyhedron), and a tessellated buckyball fills the hexagons and pentagons with triangles. ]
This geometry is the basis for C60, an unusual molecule consisting of 60 carbon atoms, also known as Buckminster Fullerene. "The buckyball is the only molecule of a single atom to form a hollow spheroid, and it spins at over one hundred million times per second." There are also larger so-called "fullerenes", C70, C76, C85, C90, and C94 have all been synthesized. Chemists believe C240 and C540 would also be stable! ]