I’m Alon Levy, formerly of Unscrewing the Inscrutable, a.k.a. UTI. I’m 18 and 23 days, I’m starting grad school in math in two weeks, and I live in New York in a dorm room with a view so ugly it ought to be considered a form of pollution. I grew up in Israel and then lived five years in Singapore and survived to call myself a liberal, so if you wonder why I attack these countries’ fascism more than Myanmar’s, it’s because I’m more familiar with these two states.

As a side note, my first name rhymes with “don,” not “gallon.” I don’t intend to delete any comment that doesn’t advertise Viagra or has malicious scripts, but I do reserve the right to snark at anyone who misspells my name as “Alan.” It’s /a”lon/ in Hebrew, and in English I pronounce it /@”lAn/. It’s not even close to /”{l@n/ (all transcriptions are in X-SAMPA-IPA).

Meanwhile, until I have a body of posts attesting that this is the only blog you should be reading, go take a look at my blogroll; I don’t regularly read 50 blogs, so I don’t have 50 blogs on my blogroll.

11 Responses to Hi

  1. You went with WordPress! Cool. I may actually switch to (the hosted version of) it but am too lazy right now.

  2. SLC says:

    How can you not read blogs by your fellow mathematicians Josh Rosenhouse and Mark Chu-Carroll?

  3. Hank Fox says:

    I’m glad to see your blog up and running. I expect wonderful things from you in Our Glorious Future On The Internets. 😀

    BTW, on that “I don’t intend to delete comments” thingie. Lots of bloggers have said the same thing. But there is a particular kind of poster who might change your mind: the troll.

    This type will come into your room, post vigorously and often, and do it specifically to insult both you and your other commenters in the most hurtful and mindlessly vicious way.

    You may find you yourself can take it. But you’ll also find your other commenters won’t, and will start to desert the site, simply because the most innocuous comment leads every time to outrageously aggressive responses from this guy.

    There’s a point at which — the point where your other commenters, and even you, are no longer enjoying visiting your site — you’ll understand that the freedom of speech, exercised in this most extreme and mean-spirited way, and literallly at your expense, needs a bit of … adjudication.

    Just so you know.

  4. Alon Levy says:

    SLC, I don’t regularly read Good Math, Bad Math because the last time I did, it was mostly about things in information theory that didn’t really interest me. Now I see it has more general posts about math, so I might stick around… but then again, I might not.

    Hank, I know what you’re talking about… I’ve commented on blogs with trolls, and I’ve had trolls on my posts on UTI at several points. I can’t think of any case, except possibly one, in which banning the troll was necessary for the functioning of the comment thread (that’s Same Old Susan on Pharyngula, if you remember her).

  5. For if he like a madman lived, At least he like a wise one died — Cervantes

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