Ilan Vardi

Hello, I'm ilan and I would like to present myself, my wife Catherine,

our dog Hedwige ,

and our mascot Linux, who has his own blog.

I am a mathematician and am currently working on designing watches. You can reach me at

Some Deep Thoughts

I have also been interested in becoming MATHTER OF THE GAME. That's why you may know me from from

Yahoo Dots, where play as ilanpi.

I have written a Dots page, which might help your game. I also wrote up my deep thoughts about the game and its relationship to mathematics.

When I was a kid, all I did was play Chess. This is me losing to future grandmaster Kevin Spraggett in the final round of the 1975 Montreal Open (but hey, I tied for first).

In 2003, I started learning Go. I am approximately 1 Dan on the Korean server Cyberoro.

I have had some deep thoughts about the game of go, including how to to deal with dirty books.

Speaking of Go books, I wrote a review of the novel La Joueuse de Go.

I've heard that Linux is the best operating system and so the best platform for playing Go. I've looked into this question, see my Linux and Go page.

All of this inspired Catherine to write The Mathta Rap and Linux to record his deep thoughts, where you can hear him speak!!

Apart from that, my main interest for the last few decades has been cycling, with some very weird side effects (view at your own risk). Last year, I had some experiences trying to see the arrival of the Tour de France. I also checked out the arrival of the Grande Boucle Internationale, AKA the Women's Tour de France.

Cycling in Paris pretty much sucks, so I have taken up roller skating.

At my advanced age, it took me a long time to teach myself how to skate. You can also read about my skates

Actually, I had to stop using those skates, because they didn't give me enough support. I just got a new set of skates which are much better and I've been enjoying skating again. You can read about this skate here.

Here I am with them in Hermosa Beach, California, September 2004.

Once, I tried out a Parisian group skate, check out my story Skates and Snails.

Watch out for those cobbles though! They are omnipresent when you learn to skate in Paris.

I like to hang out in Parisian cafes like the Cafe de Flore. Here is my buddy Bruno about to exercise his style on the nearest babes.

Otherwise you can find out more than you would ever want to know about it on my other web site with its list of my deep thoughts on all types of topics. For everything else see Catherine.

Yes, Catherine is my wife of almost four years now, and we live in perfect marital bliss in Paris with our virtual family, Linux, Hedwig, Chilly Willy, and Jeanne.

On November 27, 2004, we adopted Hedwige a West Highland White Terrier. Read all about her here. Here is Catherine holding her for the first time

Catherine and I travel a lot. For example, we just took a trip to Malta

I found "Little Wizard" in a discount shop in Valletta.

You may note the vague resemblance to Harry Potter, like the glasses, robes, wand, and broom. But that's a complete coincidence, the Harry Potter name doesn't appear anywhere on the box. Speaking of which, I later found myself in a recreation of Diagon Alley

That was on a recent trip to London, check out the pictures. Oh, and I am Canadian.

Our latest adventure answers the question: Is Paris nice? and will reveal who is that mysterious person on his mobile phone talking behind that car. In 2005 returned to the race with Hedwige

In 2005, we came back to the race, under much colder conditions and with our dog Hedwige. See this report.