This is the blog of R. (for Robert, not Robot) Adam Molnar, PhD, assistant professor of statistics at Oklahoma State University. It is a very personal blog. Paraphrasing from Whad’Ya Know, All opinions expressed on “Mathematics After the Fall” are well-reasoned and insightful. Needless to say, they are not those of the University of Georgia or any of my other former employers, its public officers, or lackeys. Anyone who says otherwise is itching for a fight.
- I was born with Legg-Perthes disease, where my right hip was not correctly in its socket.
- When I was 5, my hip was reset and I spent several weeks in a body cast.
- Due to the time in the hospital, and daily blood draws for infection, I have a strong fear of needles.
- After the surgery, I wasn’t cleared for gym class for several more years, which was not good for my social development.
- Since I couldn’t be an athlete, I became a mathlete. In Mathcounts, I twice finished in the top 30 nationally.
- Despite this, I did not score a perfect 800 on my SAT Math test. I missed one, back when missing one counted against you.
- My first paid job was restocking the food at one of my college’s cafeterias. In the second semester, I washed dishes every Sunday from 11 to 8.
- As a college freshman, I became an athlete. I rowed on the lightweight team at 155 pounds. Now, I’m 2 inches taller, and 155 is a memory.
- My lowest college grade, my only C, was in Physics – Electricity and Magnetism.
- My best college performances were in Computer Science and Economics. Likely, I could have become a better programmer than statistician. If I only had known about the dot com bubble in time, I could have been rich.
- One of my freshman year roommates is a plastic surgeon, but is much more famous for Donkey Kong. From 2010 to 2014, he was the world record holder.
- While I also have a World Championship, I did not get TV interviews. I got better prizes, though, including a Lucite trophy.
- The first sport I could play was Little League baseball. 13 was my uniform number my last 2 years. I wasn’t that coordinated, but I led the league in bunt singles and walks.
- Yes, I know that last point was out of chronological order. It was a Chrono moment. While I enjoyed Chrono Trigger, the music, battle strategy, and ending cause me to prefer Chrono Cross, my favorite RPG.
- My video game crush, Dr. Lucca Ashtear, appears in Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. I sometimes use a Lucca picture as my bulletin board avatar.
- Speaking of crushes, my literary crush is Clarisse McClellan from Fahrenheit 451, my favorite book.
- My favorite Lord of the Rings character is Faramir. I mean the book version, of course, not Peter Jackson’s Filmamir.
- My favorite movies are screwball romantic comedies. I usually place at the top It Happened One Night, though The Philadelphia Story is a strong contender.
- Since I like 1930s movies, I generally wear fedora hats in winter. Also, I almost always carry an unused hankerchief.
- My favorite flower is the Gerbera daisy, native to my favorite travel country, South Africa.
- Beginning in 2009, I started to travel the world. As part of my travel dealings, I bought $3000 worth of luggage tags in order to get 400,000 frequent flyer miles.
- In religious notes, I believe in life, liberty, and the Oxford comma.
- I am and have been a practicing Catholic, generally considered economically liberal and socially conservative.
- Not only do I intend to wear white on my wedding day – if men wore white, and if white really meant what we think – I have only kissed one female in my life (and zero males).
- In July 2015, I completed my PhD in mathematics education at the University of Georgia. Now, I have a job in the land with plenty of heart and plenty of hope.