Monday, November 9, 2015

Alex At A College Fair At UNR



Song:  Run Like Hell

Group:  Pink Floyd





One of the first snowfalls of the season occurred last week.

My wife had taken this picture outside of our house.


As a result of the suddenly colder weather...
Alex now runs on a treadmill inside the house 2 - 3 times a week.

He is now up to 40 continuous minutes of running.


Alex and his mother went to UNR for a college fair today.

There were supposed to have been a hundred colleges 
from around the nation represented there.

Alex and his mother first went to a financial aid meeting...
and they then went around to some of the booths.

Alex has some very specific Universities he will be applying to in a couple of years.

There is a University in Europe he is also considering.

We will gladly move anywhere in the world to ensure Alex may follow his dream.


They had stayed for only an hour and a half or so.






I had then picked them up.

We are almost home at this point.


Instead of a full sunset...
there was a strange, but wonderous glow throughout the sky on this night.


Alex has already picked out next semester's class for math at UNR.

He will be taking...Game Theory.



As I had no real idea what Game Theory entailed...
I had to take the following from Wikipedia:



Game theory is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers."[1] Game theory is mainly used in economicspolitical science, and psychology, as well as logiccomputer science, and biology. Originally, it addressed zero-sum games, in which one person's gains result in losses for the other participants. Today, game theory applies to a wide range of behavioral relations, and is now an umbrella term for the science of logical decision making in humans, animals, and computers.
Modern game theory began with the idea regarding the existence of mixed-strategy equilibria in two-person zero-sum games and its proof by John von Neumann. Von Neumann's original proof used Brouwer fixed-point theorem on continuous mappings into compact convex sets, which became a standard method in game theory and mathematical economics. His paper was followed by the 1944 book Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, co-written with Oskar Morgenstern, which considered cooperative games of several players. The second edition of this book provided an axiomatic theory of expected utility, which allowed mathematical statisticians and economists to treat decision-making under uncertainty.
This theory was developed extensively in the 1950s by many scholars. Game theory was later explicitly applied to biology in the 1970s, although similar developments go back at least as far as the 1930s. Game theory has been widely recognized as an important tool in many fields. With the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences going to game theorist Jean Tirole in 2014, eleven game-theorists have now won the economics Nobel Prize. John Maynard Smith was awarded the Crafoord Prize for his application of game theory to biology.

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Alex will soon turn 15 years old (next week).


He is growing up so quickly.


All I know...
 is that I have already won in the game of life
by having such a son as Alex has always been.

He has always been very gentle, compassionate, and kind to all...
and he remains the most pure hearted person I have ever known.


Alex's future students will be very fortunate to have him as a teacher.

He has a passion for teaching, and for Math.


Any thinking University will want Alex as a student.

He is very rational...
yet, he retains a deep compassion for others...
the true caring for all which makes him such a great human being.


He is not only highly intelligent...
he has a dream...and so, drive.

He doesn't merely wish for...
he does.

He not only does...
he accomplishes.

If he falls...
he doesn't whimper.
He redoubles his efforts...
and he strives for...without relent.  

He knows that life will not be easy...
and he does not wish it to be so.

He well knows that life's rewards only come down 
a long and difficult road...
but he also knows that the rewards are worth it.

And so...
he will continue his climb...
and he will continue to improve and grow stronger.

He has the attitude of a champion.


He has been treading the correct path in life from the beginning...
where it had taken me many more years than he...to realize it.


Although my life has been a magical journey...
and I love life deeply...
Alex's life shall be even more magical...
and he will experience life on a far greater level...
for he is a far better man in the making...
than I have ever been.


What more...
can a father hope for.






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