## Re: At this very moment

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OH MY GOD, KID. HOW CAN YOU NOT RECOGNIZE THESE SITUATIONS BY NOW?

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:38 PM
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How in the world does this happen?

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:39 PM
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2: Money and booze.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:41 PM
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I didn't know Tom Cruise and Cher were ever a couple.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:44 PM
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He is in Calculus II. For the second time. Currently completely mystified over computing the derivative of:

f(x) = 3/4(x-2)^2

ARE YOU KIDDING?

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:46 PM
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I'd also forgotten how stupid Gregg Allman looked.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:46 PM
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I was thinking recently that there should be a rule where you need to get a certain minimum grade that's well above passing in a math class to be allowed to take the next one. Get a B- in Calc 1? Fine that's a terminal pass, but if you really want to take Calc 2 you have to retake Calc 1 and get a B.

Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:49 PM
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5. It's 3/4(x-2), no?

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:49 PM
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Nastassja is a nice, sensible middle-aged lady now.

Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:49 PM
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8. ...no...

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:51 PM
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Huh. I've forgotten the chain rule. But if I multiply it out I get 3/2x-3.

Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:56 PM
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3/4x?

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:57 PM
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I'm confident that it should be easy, but calculus was many moons ago. I can only figure that if I expand the (x-2)^2 part the thing to be derived is 3(x^2)/4 - 3x + 3, the derivative of which should be 3x/2 - 3.

I think there should be a way that doesn't involve expanding the quadratic part, though, which makes me doubt the answer since it doesn't look particularly related to the un-expanded version.

Posted by: Osgood Yousbad | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:57 PM
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"Who are three men who have never been in my kitchen?"

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:58 PM
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Just to clarify it's (3/4) (x-2)^2, right? That is the (x-2)^2 is in the numerator not the denominator?

Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in" (9) | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:58 PM
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(3/2)(x-2)

I think I wrote it poorly: the 3/4 is coefficient, and (x-2)^2 is standing by itself, not in the denominator.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 1:59 PM
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That's how I understood it.

Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:00 PM
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Or, yes to 15.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:00 PM
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Oh, der. Right.

Posted by: Osgood Yousbad | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:01 PM
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I understood it correctly. I just forget everything about derivation except that ^2 becomes ^1.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:02 PM
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11 and 13 are right. Once I picked up a pen, I remembered the chain rule, and it comes out the same: (2)(3/4)(x-2)(1). Which is (3x/2)-3.

Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:02 PM
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Doh. The expondent goes at the front.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:04 PM
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This kid cannot retain anything. I think it must be some type of learning disorder, to be honest.

He came back last week and showed me pages and pages of problems, and said "My high school math teacher worked with me over Thanksgiving break a lot" and I almost posted about it, and how I inadvertently ruined some poor high school teacher's Thanksgiving.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:05 PM
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You people are stupid. *Never* answer mathematicians' fancy shmancy trick questions. They're always just trying to make people look bad. Mathematicians are just calculators, except that they're bigger and higher-maintenance.

Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:07 PM
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All parties are suffering here.

Posted by: Annelid Gustator | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:24 PM
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24 gets it exactly right,

Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:25 PM
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I'm surprised at how many of these women I've never heard of have serially dated all these super-famous guys.

Kidada Jones sounds like a made-up name for some kind of in-show comic book.

Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:40 PM
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I hadn't known Michael Caine and Natalie Wood were a couple. He just seems like he would smell bad.

Also, I hadn't realized quite how much Rashida Jones (who I like a lot as an actress) got around.

Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:44 PM
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I don't know if I would have heard of Bail Ling if not for the Fug Girls, so I'm not sure if she qualifies as an instance of 27.

Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:45 PM
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So it's just sampling bias, right? Judging from this, apparent happiness means nothing and success brings even more misery than does failure.

Patti Smith and Molly Ringwald have done OK for themselves personally, Smith professionally also. Anybody else? Nick Cave, I guess, plus he and PJ Harvey had something for a while.

Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:47 PM
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27: I certain book about Chatham Village was displayed very prominently in the window of the Pitt bookstore.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:48 PM
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31 wasn't in reply to the substance of 27.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 2:49 PM
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Christ, I love Alec Baldwin, even in his douchiness, but man alive that early-90s, carefully landscaped 7:30-o'clock shadow look is preternaturally* douchey.

*Confidential to neb: I almost wrote it "praeternaturally."

Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:06 PM
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Emma Samms! In a unitard!!!

Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:07 PM
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Damn, Jane Birkin was a stone-cold hottie.

Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:11 PM
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Can I say how much I love my students this semester? Or would that be salt in heebie's wounds?

Posted by: Cosma Shalizi | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:14 PM
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35 gets it exactly right.

Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:15 PM
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& 36 is awesome. The last sentence on the slide ("The talk focused…") is great.

Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:17 PM
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31: Oh I know; every time we go by, we check to see if it's still there. It had (has had?) a surprisingly long run. The best part was that they took it down when they put out a 75th Anniv Reader for Pitt Press, but then put it back up.

As I've said on FB, my wife is an awesome wife.

Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:23 PM
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Cher and Tom Cruise: weirdest looking couple ever. (Moreso than Seventies Cher and Gene Simmons, the latter of whom I didn't know was accustomed to run around constantly masked like a bandido.)

It's funny how a male movie star can seem perfectly agreeable until one sees pictures of him dating or posing with an actress one had fantasized about, at which point he abruptly looks like a complete douche. (Joaquin Phoenix and either Anna Paquin or Liv Tyler.)

Dustin Hoffman is exempted from the above statement. And I guess Ed Norton, too. (Maybe it really just applies to Joaquin Phoenix... aaaaand Jared Leto. And Ethan Hawke. And Ryan Philippe.)

I don't know who Evelyn Nesbit was, but she was a stone cold fox.

Seventies Gregg Allman looks legitimately badass, like a guy who was either in a biker gang or belonged in one.

I wish it was more possible to feel respect for at least one trait of Kim Kardashian's beyond her appearance.

Most acutely miserable-looking couple pictures: tie between Alec Baldwin / Kristin Davis and Robe Low / Nastassia Kinski at the Hotel New Hampshire.

Posted by: Lord Castock | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:40 PM
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Evelyn Nesbit has an amazing and tragic Gilded Age NYC story, LC. Look her up. (Also, she was incredibly gorgeous and there are lots of photographs to prove it.)

Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:41 PM
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36: Jealous, Cosma. That's lovely.

Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:42 PM
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16: Weirdly pleased that I got this right. I basically haven't thought about math since 1991 but Calculus did seem neat at the time.

Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:44 PM
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Re 43

Yeah, there's the famous Gertrude Kasebier photo, which I linked once.

Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:46 PM
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Re 41

Gah. Changng numbers? And pissed on a train.

Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 3:48 PM
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40.last: The kiss between Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney doesn't look to set the world on fire, either.

Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 4:13 PM
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http://fuckyeahevelynnesbit.tumblr.com/

Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 4:23 PM
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What, are we sleazing? Emma Samms, Nesbit, Birkin?

I tried searching on the old love site with out success.

Samantha Juste is number one. Image google her.

married Mickey, mother of Ami Dolenz, look for the pic where she is holding infant Ami

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 4:33 PM
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If you google Juste, there is a pic where she, Twiggy, Jenny Boyd (Harrison, then Clapton, and Chrissie Shrimpton are sitting at a cafe table. She blows them away.

The romance with Mickey was huge, and the British were pissed that the Yank got the best.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 4:37 PM
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Damn, Jane Birkin was a stone-cold hottie.

Serge also looks more attractive in most of those photos than I've ever seen him look. Perhaps they're from his younger days.

Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 4:39 PM
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The second order model is surprisingly good. Maybe Cosma's not as smart as we thought.

Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 4:42 PM
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50: The Serge/Jane era is late 60s/early 70s (well, they didn't get divorced until the 80s, but). Late 50s/early 60s Serge is kinda dorky. Like so.

Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 4:51 PM
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I didn't realize that Pamela Anderson used to be beautiful. She looked just like Claudia Shiffer.

Posted by: LizSpigot | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 4:53 PM
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That site needs more Johnny Depp pictures. Johnny and Sherilyn Fenn? Jennifer Grey? Kate Moss?

Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 5:26 PM
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51: MAYBE I'M JUST THAT BADASS.

Posted by: OPINIONATED A. A. MARKOV | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 5:30 PM
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WMYBSALB ANDREY?

Posted by: OPINIONATED I. I. RABI | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 5:46 PM
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My actual guess is that the model is too sparsely populated.

Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 5:53 PM
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Is it me, or did young celebrities look younger in even the recent past than the young celebrities of today?

Posted by: Medrawt | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 6:10 PM
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46: Theirs was in fact a famously brief marriage IIRC.

Posted by: Lord Castock | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 6:13 PM
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The young Pamela Anderson was indeed chokingly beautiful, but the link in 53 seems to be diseased. It's opening an endless stream of popups when I click on it.

Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 6:34 PM
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Scott Baio is a player.

Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 6:41 PM
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46: "At first Mickey's shortness kind of stunned me, but he was charming, romantic, and great fun, and I began to miss him when he wasn't around."

[three pages later, they get married.]

"...no one felt less inclined to honeymoon activity that night than I did. Nothing to do with Mickey. I loved him, but I needed time to think this thing through. I had been brought up by Mama, after all, and I had not been briefed about this next bit. This business of sex was going to ruin the entire marriage."

Posted by: Smearcase Loves Ava Gardner, Owns Her Memoirs, and Doesn't Care Who Knows It | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 7:09 PM
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61: Everyone knows that.

Also, 54 gets it right.

Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 7:12 PM
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63.1 to 62.last.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 8:01 PM
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53: I was going to comment about that. I don't think I was really aware of her until she became the Baywatch/pornulated phenomenon, which was more about her body (OK, tits) than her face. But she was really quite pretty before she ever had any surgery (I know that's a hoary cliche around here, but I don't mean her body, just her face).

Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 8:39 PM
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61: Is he still attending cuddle parties?

Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 8:56 PM
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I don't mean her body, just her face

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 9:03 PM
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I didn't notice anything but her smile.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 9:06 PM
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I learned the Evelyn Nesbit story via Ragtime. It is quite a story.

Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 10:15 PM
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Is it me, or did young celebrities look younger in even the recent past than the young celebrities of today?

I had this same reaction and was guessing maybe more makeup and fewer baggy clothes nowadays (for both genders, to be clear). Along with working out with a personal trainer more often and earlier now.

I have a photo of me from when I just graduated college (aged 22 years), and I look like a scrawny kid. Like, seventeen, easy.

Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 10:34 PM
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33: alec baldwin has always gone out a lot in the hamptons, to regular places, so I've seen him a number of times and he was always being quite nice, actually, though he's not the world's greatest bowler. stephanie seymour, not so much.

Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 12- 7-11 11:57 PM
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Mary Louise Parker and Timothy Hutton (who they?) didn't like each other much by 1991.

Posted by: chris y | Link to this comment | 12- 8-11 1:01 AM
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Since Fairbanks appears on that site, time to relink the video of him being excellent, in the Mark of Zorro:

Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 12- 8-11 1:19 AM