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Two Men Under a Tree: A Mathematical Dialogue

Josh: Let us revel in the joy of mathematics, Mick, for mathematics carries great joy in its learning. Mick: How do you mean, Josh? Josh: Mick, let me explain. Tell me, do you listen to music? Mick: Why, yes, Josh; the works of Mozart belong amongst the highest music of the spheres. Josh: What do […]

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Interview with Adam Groce

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  New to Reed, Adam Groce is a visiting professor in the Math Department. He currently teaches Math 121: Introduction to Computing and Math 387: Computability & Complexity. Now that you’re here, what do you think of the environment at Reed and the kind of students you’re seeing in your classes? It’s great. The students […]

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Intro to Music: Rhythm

This week, I’m going to introduce some basic concepts and language of rhythm. Rhythm, broadly speaking, is the process and organization by which music is set in time. Just as pitch—which is a continuous attribute of sound—is discretized into twelve pitches, rhythm also fits into a system of separate, distinct categories. Additionally, just as pitch […]

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Intro to Music: Chord Progressions

To recap from last time: We have triads built from the major scale. Following the exact same procedure as what was described before, you could also construct the triads coming from the minor scale. A note about this: if you construct the dominant triad in a minor scale, you will end up with a minor […]

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Applied Astrology

For centuries people have looked up at the heavens and attempted to read their future in the stars. From the Sumerians to the Mayans to the column in your local paper, people have always been attributing actual events to the movement of stars and planets through careful charting and pure guesswork. In the interest in […]

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Intro to Music: Pitch

Let’s talk about music. Broadly speaking, there are five or so “essential” elements to music: pitch, how high or low the sounds are; rhythm, the placement of those sounds in time; timbre, how it sounds—voice vs. drum vs. guitar and so on; textual content, if there are words, and the interaction of the words with […]

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Strains of Vapyr: Week 5

Lemon Kush INDICA-DOMINANT HYBRID THC% N/A PURCHASED AT: Green Oasis Dispensary 1035 SE Tacoma St, Portland OR METHOD: 1.3g joint TIME: 2:30PM. CONSUMED OF, DAY BEFOREHAND: Nothing. MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT: “Old English” by Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs and A$AP Ferg Lemon Kush was vibrant. Truly, the light and friendly yellow and green leaves and buds transferred […]

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Location, Location, Location: Mad Men’s Westward Expansion

By Ashley Brandt Mad Men has historically been a very “New York” show. The title itself is a reference to “Madison Avenue”, and throughout the first six seasons various Mad Men characters grapple with their relationship to the city. At the show’s outset (the premiere episode is set in 1960), a home in the suburbs […]

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A Numerical Brainteaser Birthday Gift for Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 (2-24-1955 or simply, 2241955) and died on October 5, 2011 (10052011), at age 56. He was a computer entrepreneur and inventor. He founded Apple Inc. with two of his colleagues on April 1st, 1976 (4011976). As is well known, his inventions had a huge impact on the […]

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How to Roast Your Own Muh’fuckin’ Coffee

You spend too much money on coffee. Yes, you. I’ve seen you, getting your early morning jolt from Commons, stopping by the fucking Paradox between classes, and topping it off with a fucking no-soy caramel macchiato from Starbucks. I bet you thought that this was just the way your fucking life was going to have […]

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Dance Like a Reedie

A blues dancing epidemic has emerged on campus. There are Reedies dancing in Winch, in the SU, in Commons… anywhere there’s a flat surface. These dancers were infected at the Thursday night P.E. class titled “Lindy-Hop and Jazz Dance,” currently taught by Kayce Spear ‘03 and Jae Wilson. The class is a combination of faux […]

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Restaurant Reviews (Continuation fro Previous Week)

Continued from last week’s edition, here are a few more Southeast-area restaurants for you to check out. Broder (2508 SE Clinton) I don’t know about you, but there was I time when I didn’t think of the Swedes as having a particularly noteworthy cuisine. That changed when I discovered Broder. From the decor to the […]

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Restaurant Review

Welcome to Reed, freshling! Portland is home to a great food culture, and Southeast in particular, with its quiet residential neighborhoods and tree-lined boulevards, has numerous delicious and accessible options. You’ve likely already discovered nearby institutions like Tom Yum, the Delta, and Saburo. We at the Quest have compiled a list of some of our favorite […]

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Crossword

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Subgenre of the Week: Dutch house

We live in an age where our post-modern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has led to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

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Subgenre of the Week: “Disney Shit”

This week’s subby is a quicky but goodie. Surely, by now, you’ve seen Rebecca Black’s  YouTube gem “Friday” and its subsequent parodies (if not, I would highly recommend watching before continuing reading). It’s terrible, and we all know it. And yet, I really don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Yes, “Friday” is the […]

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Subgenre of the Week: Plunderphonics (feat. Kanye West)

We live in an age where our post-modern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has led to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

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Judgment Day Approaches: Postcards from Thesis Hell, Heaven

Postcard from Thesis Hell Having been the poster child for overcoming stress culture at Reed for the past two and a half years, I assumed I’d be the last person to write this thing. And if I did, I thought it would be some moralizing, holier-than-thou, this-isn’t-hell-it’s-all-in-your-head type of thing. But after spring break—which should […]

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Crossword Solution

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Dissecting “Barbra Streisand” : A Highly Specific Sub-Genre

Andrew Choi What does “Barbra Streisand” mean to me? Oh god, where do I even begin? For starters, Barbra Streisand is deliciously danceable disco-house with a New York ethos attached to it. But that’s Choi the douchebag DJ talking. On a more personal level, Barbra Streisand is about take-out food; specifically, pizza. You could say […]

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Crossword Puzzle

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Subgenre of the Week: Moombahton

Have you ever been to a skipping party? Until today, I’d never heard of them before. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t all that hip in high school (oh, hey, free periods spent in the library), but apparently while I was sitting in my morning calculus class and longingly looking out the window at the sunny […]

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Postcard from Thesis Hell

I dove so deep that I can’t find my way out. I wander through a dark coral reef of obscure journals and ambiguous data, unable to make any sense of my journey. I had a plan—once—I know I did. But it was lost among the anemones and sea cucumbers. Now, I struggle to make something […]

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Sexy Senior: Salim Moore

Name: Solomon Salim Moore
Age: 22
Hometown: Pasadena “The Dena” (a.k.a The hardest place on Earth)
Major: Art History!

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Subgenre(s) of the Week: Nintendocore (feat. Holiday Pop)

As the holidays are fast approaching and light radio stations spin seasonal tunes 24/7, it was tempting to go easy with this week’s subgenre installment and discuss my mother’s favorite artist: Josh Groban, that pop-era star so fiendishly notorious for his overwhelmingly sentimental rendition of Christmas songs (especially among the middle-age mom set). But I […]

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En-Szu Takes a Trip to the Cinema and Writes about Her Findings

Tangled, Disney Rating: PG Running Time: 92 minutes It’s hard to believe that Disney has only made fifty “canon” animated feature films in the company’s history as the monopolizer of animated movies, but everyone’s favorite production company is clocking in the big five-oh with Tangled – and it’s not to be missed. Not only are […]

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Burlesque CHERishes Has-Beens and Stanley Tucci

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Sequins, tits, a scruffy Southern man, a sassy gay man, Cher and Christina Aguilera. That’s Burlesque in a nutshell. Running at an hour and a half, Burlesque is the perfect escape from end-of-the-semester blues. It isn’t much more than that, though. Cher plays Tess, the fiercely independent owner of the Burlesque Lounge who can’t seem […]

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Subgenre of the Week: Electrofunk

We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has led to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week (well, most weeks) we here at the Quest do our best to […]

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Quedline Liveblog: Issue 12

And we’re back after a two-week hiatus. What’s happened since then? Well, we (“we” being your current Queditors) won the Quest Special Election, ditched making an issue last week, ate turkey, planned a twelve-page issue, then decided that we didn’t have enough content for a twelve-page issue. So not too much, all things considered. Here […]

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Subgenre of the Week: Post-rock

As lighting rent the sky, the five members of Giants rushed into the boathouse bearing lamps and guitars. In a tiny building more often used for auctions and American Legion dances, this band, illuminated only by the soft glow of a few old lamps, let loose soaring chord structures that rivaled the storm’s blast; to […]

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Quedline Liveblog: Issue 11

9:04pm: Well, we don’t have a lot of content for this week (read: any), so um, four page paper? I mean, our best article is on snacks… Yeah, looks like issue 11 will be a four page paper. Also, this. 9:07pm: Wait, back to an eight page paper now? Depends who voted for the Wu-Tang […]

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Subgenre of the Week: Crunkcore

We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has lead to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

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Subgenre of the Week: Chillwave

We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has lead to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

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Sexy Desperate (Economics) Senior(s)

Name:  Zach Levin Age: 21 Hometown: Agoura Hills, Los Angeles, California Looking for: A man A relationship? True love. Or, alternatively, someone with a board plan. What makes Econ the sexiest major? We do it with models. What’s the least sexy major? Chem-Physics. WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO PROVE? If you had to invent a […]

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Sexy Desperate Senior: Katy Joseph

Age: 21 Hometown: New York, NY Major: Anthropology Looking for: A man friend. List three words to describe your ideal partner/companion/bedfellow: Confident, funny, whiskey-drinkin’. Got your eye on someone special right now? I’ve got my library crushes but no, no one special. Would you feel uncomfortable referring to an intimate partner as your “mating companion”? […]

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Sea Creature of the Week

with Dana Loutey The predatory tunicate (megalodicopia hians) sits anchored to the seafloor with its charming 13cm jaw wide open, awaiting zooplankton and your love. Haven’t you a heart? Also, it is a hermaphrodite. And now, a question: If you were transported to an alternative universe in which one of these creatures was attached to […]

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Sexy Desperate Senior: Todd Garon

Age: 21 Sex: M Looking for: F Hometown: SFO Major: PHYSICS Where did your mustache go? Why is it gone? Is it coming back??? Look harder/It’s not/It is Favorite ice cream flavor? Caramel Sutra Would you refuse to date someone based on the bike they ride? I have. Professor crush? Joel Franklin. Kiss & tell? […]

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5 Songs to Get You Through Sexile

At some point in your college career, you’re sure to get sexiled. Instead of taking it lying down (I’m sure there’s a lame pun in there somewhere), you should definitely use this playlist to turn what could be a miserable experience into a wonderful opportunity to make your roommate and whomever they’re bangin’ to feel […]

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5 Songs to Bone To

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After a certain Queditor had an unfortunate experience involving copulation to the tunes of Animal Collective (seriously?!), one of our rank decided to rectify the situation with by compiling a short playlist of songs more appropriate for everyone’s favorite extracurricular activity…besides having pretentious conversations about your favorite Lethem book during your downtime –  goddamn hipsters. […]

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5 Songs to Get You Through Your Hum Paper

In an effort to match up the readings with the paper topics, the new syllabus has bumped up the deadline for the first Hum paper to this Saturday. If you’re anything like I was as a freshman, you have sixteen million ideas swirling around in your head and nothing on paper. Or maybe you have […]

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Sexy Desperate Senior: Jamie Perkins

Major:
Sociology

Favorite edible treat:
Cadbury Creme Eggs, watermelon, Pix macarons. I’m also easily won over with Diet Coke.

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Serious Advice from a Sober Freshman

In some of my recent encounters with upperclassmen, I’ve realized we all could learn a little about freshman-upperclassmen etiquette. I’ll try not to be too harsh in my advice since I understand how embarrassing it would be to let a freshman make you cry. Don’t call us weird names. We don’t appreciate being called things […]

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Desperate Sexy Senior: Ethan Knudson

Is chivalry dead?
For the most part, and good riddance.

The Reedie hipster: nature or nurture?
Clearly nurture. The freshmen would never start wearing skinny jeans and growing mullets if they didn’t have Todd and Luca to look up to.

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Celibacy and the City

After eighteen years of celibacy, I got comfortable. It became easy to just drink a bottle of wine, come home, and just masturbate myself to sleep. Weekend after weekend, I would put the effort into looking good and trying to snag myself a boy. It never worked. So I gave up.

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