Wednesday, June 13, 2007

(no) Happy ending

No hope, no love no glory
No happy ending

The Happy Ending problem

The Happy Ending problem (so named by Paul Erdős since it led to the marriage of George Szekeres and Esther Klein) is the following statement:

Theorem. Any set of five points in the plane in general position(no two points coincide and no
three points are collinear) has a subset of four points that form the vertices of a convex quadrilateral.

Quite misleading!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

In the real world there are no happy endings

It never ceases to amaze me how many times we see new film makers trying to make gritty films about people in the lower echelons of society. Problem is - Middle-class film makers don't have a clue about these people. These films are all about trying to shock the audience into submission. It may well shock your average middle-class viewer, for everyone else it was weak. Come on a couple of 8 stone kids killing an adult, and then not getting out of their blood stained clothes. Really? How these get a Bafta i'll never know. Must have been the middle-class judging panel. This is the problem with the British film industry. If its not a costume drama its about the lower classes. Film makers don't have a clue, so decide to make it up - and very poorly at that. It would have paid dividends if the film maker spent some time in a deprived area or estate in the present day - not claim they were brought up in one.