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Title: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 16, 2008, 12:25:51 am
This seems to be an appropriate place to find others as nerdy as myself.

For example, I'm going to be very excited in the next week or so
(less than 100 miles from now) when my wonderful car will achieve
222,222.2 miles.  I might take a photo.

Also, I was sorely disappointed when I'd realized that I'd missed my billionth second - which happens sometime when one is 31 years of age.

Other number nerds out there? 
08-08-08 is coming -



Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: conjugate on July 16, 2008, 12:29:25 am
But we've just missed 06-07-08, and won't see 07-08-09 for another year.  When I'm in my office, I'll PM you with some great books on the subject.


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 16, 2008, 12:33:55 am
Thanks, conjugate!

I remember while in high school, AP calculus class

12:34 PM on May 6, 1978

12345678!

The whole class was excited.


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: notaprof on July 16, 2008, 12:39:04 am
Wow, 222,222.2 that will be so cool.  I once took a picture of the spedometer turning over to 11111.1 in my rental car.  Luckily it was on a mostly deserted four lane divided highway and not here in So Cal traffic.  

I moved to my current location on 8/8/88 so I will celebrate 20 years here on 08/08/08 at 8:08 am.so fortunate by Chinese standards.  I tried to freeze my time here at 44 days, 4 hours and 44 minutes but I missed it.  


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 16, 2008, 12:54:07 am
Yes, I'm going to give my car a spa treatment....
A nice oil change, and sand down all the little rust spots and dab on some fresh primer and paint. (Except for the rust spot over which the Obama '08 bumper sticker was strategically placed) Then maybe a paste wax, and wash the insides of the windows. I wonder when we last changed the air filter....

Notaprof - that's great!  :-)
I didn't think anyone else was nerdy enough to consider taking a photo of an odometer (except when selling a car)


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: wild_rose on July 16, 2008, 1:04:14 am
A while back, I posted a photo I took of my stereo. I happened to look at it when it read 11 11:11 (cut 11 on the CD, 11:11 AM).


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 16, 2008, 1:25:24 am
wow WR-

that meant you could process the significance of the event,
find your camera, and take the photo, all in the space of a minute!

you're right on the ball.
impressive.


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: notaprof on July 18, 2008, 11:38:52 am
I just noticed this as the time on the top of the CHE forum page and thought it was cool so I will copy it here:

                  July 18, 2008, 08:20:08 AM

If I had caught this ten days earlier it would have been even more cool. 

I was in China about three years ago and I hung around for an extra hour in front of the Olympics countdown clock in order to take a picture when it registered 9 seconds, 9 minutes and 9 hours.  I got distracted by a cute kid and missed it so I consoled myself with 7 seconds 8 minutes and 9 hours.  I was very bummed that I couldn't wait another hour to capture 8-8-8 but I had an appointment I couldn't blow off.  Unfortunately the number of days in the countdown was not numerically interesting and I wasn't staying in Beijing long enough to wait for an appealing pattern.  That is how much of a nerd I am about number sequences but maybe I need to get a life. 


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: wild_rose on July 18, 2008, 11:46:54 am
wow WR-

that meant you could process the significance of the event,
find your camera, and take the photo, all in the space of a minute!

you're right on the ball.
impressive.

I surprised even myself. Here's the photo (http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/Tulameen/Wild%20Rose/111111001.jpg).


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 18, 2008, 12:55:00 pm
notaprof, wild_rose,


<big grin>




70 something more miles


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 24, 2008, 11:49:44 am
11 more miles!



Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: conjugate on July 24, 2008, 12:23:55 pm
And while I'm up and recommending books from my office: I would have posted this before, but I have put the books in question into a box to be packed up when/if I move (hopefully).  So it took a while to excavate the rascals.

Here (http://www.amazon.com/Numerology-What-Pythagoras-Wrought-Spectrum/dp/0883855240/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1216916258&sr=1-4) is the Amazon listing for the book in question.  Two additional suggestions: check your local institution's library (they should have a copy if the math dept. has any interest in attracting undergraduate majors) and see if someone in the math dept. can order it for you from the Mathematical Association of America at member's rates (they might).  It's both readable and amusing, and if you like it you may decide to look for more of his works.

I should add I am in no way associated with the author (well, I met him once) so this is not trying to enrich myself.  Just in case anybody suspects otherwise.


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 25, 2008, 1:18:48 am
Thanks conjugate!
I'll look for the book after the move - I bet the U. library has it.

Less than 4 miles to go. Tomorrow will be the day! (if we go anywhere
by car, that is)

did the gas price drop 20 cents today where you all are, too?





Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 26, 2008, 11:10:09 pm
Today at 1PM it happened. 222222.2  Yay car!
On the way to a grocery/hardware store errand.

I got a photo, but don't know where to upload -
I'll figure it out before 08-08-08

:-)



Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: swtrixie on July 26, 2008, 11:14:42 pm
Today at 1PM it happened. 222222.2  Yay car!
On the way to a grocery/hardware store errand.

I got a photo, but don't know where to upload -
I'll figure it out before 08-08-08

:-)



Try photobucket. Here's link to get you started.

http://photobucket.com/


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: monarda on July 27, 2008, 12:02:30 pm
Thanks Trix
I gave it a try -

http://i334.photobucket.com/albums/m415/monarda48/P1020503.jpg

I know there's a command to tidy up the link, but I can't find it in the time
I'm allowed to modify the post.


Title: Re: Nerdy numerology
Post by: conjugate on July 27, 2008, 3:29:10 pm
Very impressive.  And don't worry about the link, it's fine and we don't care.