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Dec. 4th, 2004

My chorus' performance season kicked off on Thursday evening with a performance in Union Square (SF). At about 5pm, we sung for the small crowd that had assembled, then went off to carol at a few stores in the area. After caroling, we returned to the square and waited to go on again. While waiting, we watched some of the other performers. However, we never went on again. Apparently, there was a contest no one in my chorus knew about. Another vocal group won and performed live on Evening Magazine. So we went over by the food/info tent and sung a bit more before going off to dinner. (Some folks decided to go home.) I was relieved not to have to sing any more because I was starting to feel really cold. Also, I didn't think it was a good idea for us to be outside for that long, seeing as this was just the first of several performances this month.

I spent most of the train ride home reading The Advent of the Algorithm. I finally finished it a couple of hours ago. I probably won't buy it. (If you recall, I checked it out of the Mtn View Public Library.) I enjoyed about the first 2/3 of the book, especially the mini-biographies of some of the logicians such as Gödel and Turing. However, the last 1/3 of the book had fewer (and shorter) biographies. I also thought the author could have spent more time on NP-completeness.

Regarding the steroids thing, it doesn't surprise me that Bonds used them. (The jury is still out over whether he knew he was using them.) I don't think this is going to hurt his popularity much (at least in the SF bay area).

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