# The beginning of the story...

# ...after spending a few months browsing the mathematical literature in search of a project and an identity (I was going to be a Mirror Symmetrist one week, a Derived Category Algebraist the following, a Non-commutative Geometer the one after...every once in a while I even considered just opening an italian restaurant), it became evident that the whole thesis process was not exactly a gentle downward slope.

# It was during the first edition of the second life of the Western Algebraic Geometry Seminar (WAGS, for short, which always gives me the fuzzy thought of happy puppies) that a young mathematician by the name of Jim Bryan gave a very inspiring talk...

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