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  • The latest results coming out of Kurakowski's lab on Devil's Island point to a hitherto unsuspected problem with Haag-Kestler nets - a type of localized fractal fraying which, when potentiated by the proto-crustacean harmonics of the Minkowski manifold, can lead to widespread instances of katiabatic crenellation, a phenomenon waggishly referred to by the Devil's Island investigators as the "Kurakowski Kringle".

    The Steady State department advises all fractal voyagers to take appropriate cautionary measures, and to pack adequate quantities of prophylactic chihuahua chitlins, while eschewing any and all kinds of wedgetastic behavior near the site.

    Vatican sources indicate that an encyclical by Pope Benny is in the works. The Krispy Kreme kartel is reported to be assisting authorities in the ongoing investigation of alleged crenellation irregularities observed at the Devil's Island production facility.

    November 10, 2008

  • Head ... hurts.

    October 25, 2008

  • I was looking up the Unruh temperature, which led me to a new thing called a Rindler wedge (a portion of spacetime with a certain coordinate system on it), and trying to understand that, I came across an abstract of a 2000 paper by Guido and Longo called Beta-holomorphic States on C*-algebras and Black Hole Thermodynamics:

    A characterization of KMS thermal equilibrium states, at inverse Hawking temperature beta, for the Killing evolution associated with a class of stationary quantum black holes in terms of a boundedness property, namely the localized state vectors should have energy density levels decreasing beta-exponentially. In particular, for a Haag-Kastler net on the Minkowski spacetime, the boundedness property for the boosts (in the Rindler wedge) is shown to be equivalent to the Bisognano-Wichmann property. In general, the boundedness condition is equivalent to a holomorphic property closely related to the one recently considered by Ruelle and D'Antoni-Zsido and shared by a natural class of non-equilibrium steady states.

    And lovely though that all sounds, I know when I'm out of my depth.

    July 22, 2008