Monday, November 20, 2006

Sex and sums

Contrary to what some people i.e. my immediate family, believe I do not spend my days doing nothing. Only today I have been in conversation with a renowned cryptographer (retired) on the subjects of infinity and maths. Where I have been going wrong is in thinking X is real, when it's just pretending.

And to prove it (what I have been doing that is, not that X isn't real) here is a sample of our communication:
... you can multiply numbers by twirling them, so X times X twirls you to -1. Adding the angles of twirl (here twice) gets you 180 for the multiplication. So twirling through 90 degrees is the square root. Twirling through 60 degrees gets you the cube roots ( 60+60+60=180 degrees) and twirling through 5 degrees gets you the 36th root etc etc.

Pretty impressive eh? I must point out, in case there's any doubt, that was Dr Stu speaking. My part of the conversation revolved less around imaginary numbers and more around imaginary friends.

I will say it again: blogging is good for your education.

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The quiz in the post below was snitched from Winston's blog, as is the news that 9 English people, aged from 73 to 98, have been thrown out of a nursing home after a naked orgy. They'd lit candles and put on music - in fact it was the sound of the rumba that alerted a member of staff who discovered the nine covered only in baby oil.

The best bit in the whole report is the quote, 'This may sound harmless or amusing to some people but Scarborough has a reputation to uphold.'

The funsters must have been borrowing books from Scarborough (USA) library, where they can choose from a selection of Resources for Seniors, including Sex & Love for Grownups: A No-nonsense Guide to a Life of Passion and Sex and the Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life.

But I do hope they bore in mind the fact "... that baby oil could be a bit dangerous, someone could slip and break a hip ... or anything, in fact."

P.S. A little googling and I realise this report is originally from 2002.


Anonymous said...

Impressive, indeed! And sheesh, who knew life could be so interesting at the old folks' home? LOL!

Joy Des Jardins said...

Poor Elders...I say give them a pat on the back...don't kick them out! Hey, it beats Bingo.

Anonymous said...

Its all fractals to me!

Liz said...

It is to me too, Rex, but don't tell Dr Stu. I'm trying to create an impression of me as someone with a brain.

All power to the oldies I say!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I just can't do maths - too many numbers! When I was a secondary teacher I used to cry on Fridays 'cos I couldn't make the register balance.
How old do you have to be to sign up for that home?!

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