"I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning." -- James Joyce
What a surprise! I thought only I contributed shit like this--which is not terribly well known to nonmathematicians. Where did you run into it?
A course on number theory I just "took." (On DVD.)
By the way, I just saw Peter P. -- he asked about you.