Rufus : Hi, welcome to the future. San Dimas, California, 2688. And I'm telling you it's great here. The air is clean, the water's clean, even the dirt, it's clean. Bowling averages are way up, mini-golf scores are way down. And we have more excellent water slides than any other planet we communicate with. I'm telling you this place is great! But it almost wasn't. You see, 700 years ago, the two great ones, ran into a few problems. So now I have to travel back in time to help them out. If I should fail to keep these two on the correct path, the basis of our society will be in danger. Don't worry, it'll all make sense. I'm a professional.
Really, before you say or write anything just ask "Does this make me sound like a dick?" I am sorry to reduce this to such an unsophisticated argument, but I think this is a good way to size it up. If you have something to say that will elevate others and you're not forcing yourself on anyone, then by all means why not say it? I'm an atheist and I listen carefully to the chaplains, it's often very stimulating. At least the most recent chaplain brief I had was. He was brilliant and had a degree from a prestigious school.
"Mathematics is not a careful march down a well-cleared highway, but a journey into a strange wilderness, where the explorers often get lost. Rigour should be a signal to the historian that the maps have been made, and the real explorers have gone elsewhere." ~Anglin, . "Mathematics and History", Mathematical Intelligencer, v. 4, no. 4.
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