day 1: categories

“Combinations” tops the list of my favorite mathematical formalisms. Their symmetry is delightful; their count of possibilities, calming and quick. Moreover they address categories of a whole; exclusive categories are exact, clean, pleasing. Understanding why C(n,k) gives the number of k-combinations from a given set of size n is a proof I must reprove each time I approach combinations; it slips from my mind’s grasp so easily.

Their elegance drew me to statistical mechanics and that fascinating world of quantum particles. What truly boggled me were those most basic categories of particles: bosons and fermions. I wrote a thesis on these. Dear dad routinely called my bosons “bison.” He is the funniest dad I know. Just hilarious. “Today I am going to speak to you about bison, who can occupy multiple states at the same time, such as Minnesota and Montana, even when they are identical.”

Categories must be mutually exclusive to be viable for combination techniques. The following categories are not so incongruous



  • 10 dead hang pullups
  • 250 lb deadlift
  • incredible squat form: upright torso, toes forward, knees out, solid balance against wall
  • ability to do all CrossFit movements including handstand pushups, pistols, consecutive double-unders, and consecutive toes-to-bars
  • 30 burpees in less than two minutes, 50 burpees in less than five minutes
  • splits


  • prepare for MCAT each day
  • find and begin research
  • be selected for full-time scribing
  • complete all pre-requisite courses


  • blog once a day; purpose may range from accountability to drills to comprehension
  • explore
  • become a lululemon ambassador
  • become mobility certified (and a supple leopard)
  • correspond once a week
  • every time I have a mean thought, generate a kind and positive one
  • reconnect with my faith: pray morning and night

And Aby’s guest appearance:

Aby’s Goals


  • complete shoulder rehabilitation
  • enroll in Olympic lifting class
  • consecutive muscle-ups
  • eat clean for a six pack
  • eat clean for a strong immune system
  • eat clean to reduce LDL
  • attain and practice perfect form in all movements


  • red shirt
  • expand business knowledge-base through reading and conversations with entrepreneurs and business-owners


  • monthly date with Kristina (Kristina’s reaction: woohoo!!!)
  • make our house our home: paint, fill with physical symbols of our passions, our family, and our love

A pinch of salt

WHEN a dream is born in you
With a sudden clamorous pain,
When you know the dream is true
And lovely, with no flaw nor strain,
O then, be careful, or with sudden clutch
You’ll hurt the delicate thing you prize so much. 

Dreams are like a bird that mocks,
Flirting the feathers of his tail.
When you seize at the salt box,
Over the hedge you’ll see him sail.
Old birds are neither caught with salt nor chaff:
They watch you from the apple bough and laugh. 

Poet, never chase the dream.
Laugh yourself and turn away.
Mask your hunger; let it seem
Small matter if he come or stay;
But when he nestles in your hand at last,
Close up your fingers tight and hold him fast.
Robert Graves

Aby and I are looking at townhouses. (!!)


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