maybe I need more posts about cute puppies

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Hello world!

This is a test to see if I would want to move my original blog over here. We want, you see, some semblance of \LaTeX support.  For example, here is the formula for a Gaussian density:

f(x) = \frac{1}{\sigma \sqrt{2 \pi}} e^{\frac{1}{2 \sigma} (x - \mu)^2}


I’m contemplating moving this blog over to for hosting, since they have nice features such as built-in LaTeX. I’d probably pay for the domain redirect (you have to pay for that???). I realized that I’m not using the extra flexibility of an external host, so it seems silly to pay for that. Does anyone else have any opinions or comments on feasibility/ease/worth of migrating?

regular blogging resumes

I apologize for all the server issues I’ve been having (it’s a long story involving caching and file permissions issues) — I think things are back up to normal now, and I should get some posts up about Paris and ISIT up sometime soonish…

technical difficulties

I’m having some technical difficulties and trying to resolve them — hopefully the site will be up and running again soon…

UPDATE : The problem appears to be with my cache and/or the template I had been using before. So bear with this one and maybe I’ll find something prettier in my copious spare time (har har har).

yet another test

I can only hope that this Gaussian will appear:

\mathbb{P}(X \le x) = \int_{-\infty}^{x} \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \exp(- y^2/2) dy

How to do it:

  1. Install the WP-Cache plugin. Note that you have to muck with file permissions and it’s somewhat non-intuitive.
  2. Install the MimeTeX plugin.
  3. Stress out about the fact that for some equations the terminating quote ” in the alt tag for the image has turned into a fancy quote. Come up with a hack involving placing an empty img tag right after every piece of LaTeX. Hope that you figure out a way around it.