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The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #199: Marginalia

05.15.13

One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations,
their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It's a bike ride.

Started by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
We'll endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight).

On the fourth year of this bike ride, you might expect:
- more inconvenient passageways
- more full moon picnics
- perhaps more "cover" versions of other people's rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- certainly more amateurish enthusiasm
- disorientation
- reorientation
- pool halls
- bowling alleys
- dance parties
- karaoke
- imaginary histories
- scavenging for fun and sustenance
- more geocaching
- more oblique strategies
- more Oulipian constraints
- traffic median tea parties

Furthermore:
- A medium pace (maybe not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- We're not in a rush; we don't need to run every light.
- Maybe some distance;maybe some hills
- Victory donuts!
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This week:

Marginalia



It is impossible to separate a tricycle into two tricycles, or a quadricycle into two quadricycles, or in general, any
cycle with wheels numbering greater than two, into two like cycles. We have discovered a truly marvelous proof
of this, which this announcement is too short to contain.

So... it is entirely possible that Fermat was bluffing (or at least mistaken in his reasoning) when he made his
famous conjecture, written in the margins of his copy of Diophantus's Arithmetica. We cannot know this. But in
the centuries of attempts to develop a proof, mathematicians were inspired to develop quite a few innovations in
the field of number theory that might not have arisen otherwise.

This week, like Fermat, we are riding in the margins. If what we produce happens to inspire centuries of bike
rides to come, then so much the better.

25 miles or so; several hills; close to a mile of unpaved riding, but nothing too crazy.

***Announcement***

This ride is by no means our last theorem. Do not worry; there are many theorems to come! However, there is no
Passage Ride next Wednesday night. Instead, for our 200th ride, we are starting a series of four weekend
Passage Rides, which will take place on Saturdays during the day. Stay tuned for the details of those. For now,
what you should know is that we will be taking the Metrolink out of town for these rides. A weekend pass for the
Metrolink costs $10, and we will probably be taking trains that leave Union Station around 9AM and returning on
trains that start their journey back around 5PM.

The rides themselves may be a little longer than the usual Passage Ride--perhaps 35 or 40 miles--and will
progress at a slightly more leisurely pace, with stops for lunch and such. So there you have it. Next week, there is
no ride on Wednesday, the 22nd. There *is* a ride on Saturday, the 25th. Take note.

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