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Succotash my Balzac, dipshiitake.

Is it racket or raquet?

Academia is a sweet gig, if you can get it. Not only do you get huge chunks of time off work for holidays and breaks, but you also might have the chance to pursue a wildly trivial curiosity. You know, as a career. For example, today, you might want to take in this colloquium offered by the math department:
TIME: 3:35 p.m.
ROOM: 214 Ayres Hall
SPEAKER: Associate Professor Tim Schulze
TITLE: Pentominoes

Pentominoes are generalizations of the more familiar dominoes and tetras. In this case, five square tiles are arranged adjacently to form shapes that present the tempting and potentially addictive possibility of fitting them neatly into a rectangular region. Despite the challenge this presents when considered as a sort of jigsaw puzzle, there are a large number of solutions. This talk will discuss an algorithm to determine all of the ways the pentominoes can be fit into a given rectangular region.
This is, of course, a perfectly legitimate lecture that will be treated in an academic and intellectual manner that is likely way the hell beyond what I am capable. But face it, some part of Dr. Schulze has got to be hoping no one really catches on to the fact that he has played A LOT of dominoes to get where he is now.

Better living through better board games, I always say.

Or better pogo sticks.
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