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Post 6261

Dmitri Gheorgheni

In case anybody is interested, here's a Paris Review interview with Frank O'Connor (one of the great short-story writers) from 1957:

I get these things on a mailing list. smiley - laugh

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Post 6262


Evening all! That chippy is really well camouflaged! How amazing! I couldn't see him, or her, in the video for ages.

Funny you call them chippies. For us, the chippy is the chip shop.

Now I see a chippy in a chippy. smiley - rofl.

That would be quite cool, in fact, bird whistle in synth mix. The neighbours would be wondering why we have a weird bird in our flat. The 3am weird bird people who live upstairs. smiley - rofl

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Post 6263

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - rofl

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Post 6264


Its the chirping chippy! What a peculiar sound, quite endearing really, although it might drive me a bit mad if it went on all day, or if there were several of them, all chirping away.

It must be a territorial sound, or a warning, or perhaps just a chippy hullo. Or cheerio. A chippy cheerio. See you down the chippy. smiley - rofl

I guess they only chirp in daylight hours?

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Post 6265


Frank O'Connor looks interesting. I like the sketch of him.

smiley - redwine

What about the Sears Roebuck catalogue then?

I just had this very interesting chat with a very fine gentleman in the sauna. As one does. He was bemoaning the fact that there are no inexpensive yet quality tailors any more, a chap can't be measured up for a suit on the High St.

For some reason we then got onto the Sears Roebuck catalogue, from which you could order just about anything?, which he remembered from spending time in the States, way back when.

We agreed that ordering from a catalogue was the prototype to online shopping, but then we got into a debate about whether there were in fact Sears Roebuck stores, and he suddenly remembered seeing one just outside Pittsburgh.

Rather interesting in fact, catalogue ordering, then and now.

Apparently my mother in law, and my mother I think, used to order things from the Gamages catalogue, which seems was also a department store in Holborn, London.

I would consider this riveting information yet further, but have to go have supper.

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Post 6266

Dmitri Gheorgheni

My mom and aunt worked for Sears Roebuck, in the mail order department in Memphis. smiley - rofl My mom quit when she got married, my aunt made it a career. She got stock as part of her salary, and retired comfortably.

One of my earliest shopping memories is looking at the Sears 'Wish Book' catalogue before Christmas. We're talking the 1950s.

Sears Roebuck used to sell DIY kits for houses, did you know that? There's a hobby people have, trying to find the houses. They are excellent.

(Sorry for the narrator. He's overcaffeinated.)

My brother-in-law used to work for Sears as a car mechanic. Church ladies used to buy Sears' $30 'church dresses'. For years, my parents only bought Kenmore appliances, sold at Sears. I could go on and on. smiley - rofl

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Post 6267


Reeeeeely??? This is incredibly fascinating, I am now completely obsessed with Sears Roebuck, I will talk of nothing else, and demand a series of articles. smiley - rofl

I told my friend in the sauna that I had a hunch that my online American friends would know about Sears and that I would report on what I've learned.

So it is totally interwoven into your life. So by the sound of it, it was an entire world, a universe in itself, and provided much employment.

I love the thought of you checking the Wish Book catalogue before Christmas, that is so evocative and I can so understand the memory, even though we didn't have Sears.

So I guess most American citizens, who have been around from 50s onwards have memories and stories about Sears?

I'm trying to think of the UK equivalent department store. Marks and Spencers perhaps, or Debenhams. Not as huge though.

Looking forward to checking your over caffeinated narrator. heheh.

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Post 6268

Dmitri Gheorgheni

Indeed, Sears was an institution for many years. It's in decline these days.

Meanwhile, here's more nature:

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Post 6269


Awww amazing! Chippy looks so great with that filmic effect, my favourite effect. His stripes look very handsome! And your birdhouse looks kind of otherworldly, I love your birdhouse.

Springtime on the way! Could that snow be melting just a bit? I can't believe all the snow you've had.

These videos are part of my life.

smiley - redwine

Happy Pi day! That's Pi as in the number, rather than Pie.

Pie day would be good. smiley - drool

I've never heard of Pi day until the extraordinay BBC news article I just read.

I haven't known its Pi day all day, till now.

I've been thinking about Pi though, during my mathematical studies, so the appearance of Pi day is synchronistic.

I love Pi because it seems to defy all explanation, and the numbers after the decimal point appear to go on forever, without even a pattern. Marvellous. A mystery. smiley - rofl I don't have to understand it. Phew. That's a relief.

So the BBC news article says that ..

Wait, back in a minute. Wifi just had another hiccup. Better post this, in case its having a hissy.

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Post 6270


Phew, wifi has got over it, whatever it was stressing about. smiley - rofl

smiley - redwine

So, in the BBC news article, it says that a brilliant lady who works for Google, name of Emma Haruka Iwao, who has been fascinated by Pi since she was a kid, has come up with a new world record length of Pi being 31 trillion digits long, at the moment.

31 trillion digits?? But its not finite, it sorta goes on forever, with no obvious pattern.

It took 25 virtual machines, and 121 days to come up with this data.

So if Pi is the number you get when you divide a circle's circumference by its diameter, if you stare at a circle, you're sort of staring into infinity really. Sort of. A bit. Perhaps. You think?

Although Pi is used for really useful things like engineering, and space exploration and physics n' stuff. Well, I'll leave that to the experts. smiley - rofl

What I don't understand is that the article says it would take 332,064 years to say the 31.4 trillion digit number.

Does that mean if you read it out?

So a trillion is one million million. I reckon I could read out a trillion numbers in about a week. Or maybe not. Seems not. smiley - rofl You'd go mad, wouldn't you, spending 332,054 years doing nothing but reading out Pi. And you'd die and reincarnate lots of times, which would complicate matters.

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Post 6271

Dmitri Gheorgheni

Neil deGrasse Tyson (our answer to Sir Patrick Moore) tweeted this today:

'Not that anybody asked, but…

Measure the circumference of your head in inches, then divide that number by Pi. That’s your Hat size.

Mathematically, your Hat size is the diameter of your head in inches if your head were a perfect sphere.'

I checked. It worked. I need a 7 3/8. smiley - rofl

Nigel, of course, does have a perfectly spherical head. smiley - whistle

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Post 6272


smiley - rofl I love it. Nice one from Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Aww Sir Patrick Moore, he was a treasure.

You did that? divided your head measurement by Pi?

That's kind of clever. What about the 31 trillion digits? I need your autograph.

Nigel! Nigel! Yes! Your head is perfectly spherical. Now I understand many things about you, your cousins, and lit up circles over Brightling.

(searches for tape measure to wrap around head).

smiley - redwine

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Post 6273

Dmitri Gheorgheni

smiley - snork I did not. I am intelligent enough to realise that the internet will divide by pi for me, if I only ask it nicely. smiley - angel

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Post 6274


If anyone asked me how to calculate pi, I'd probably say "Well, I'd aim to make one big enough for everyone in my house to have a slice."
smiley - flan

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Post 6275


Nice take on the pi(e) day, mvp! And very constructive, cos you can't eat never ending numbers.

Although I guess never ending numbers are also brain food.

Feeding the five thousand maths geniuses, with faith and generosity there's always enough pi to go round, with 31 trillian mushrooms and beans and mmmm I'm so hungry now I can't go on with this mixed metaphor parable. smiley - rofl

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Post 6276


There's a ditty that goes

"Man can live without music and painting and books,
but civilised man cannot live without cooks." smiley - chef

But, these days, you need to be able not only to cook, but to write about cooking and paste the results on websites. And I get in a tangle. smiley - doh

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Post 6277


The wonderful thing about pi is that with a literally infinite number of numbers in it, there are bound to be some crazy patterns if you search far enough. I've always thought it might be interesting if somewhere in pi there was a coded message (using an easily figured out code such as a=1, b=2 etc.) from God saying that he thus declares himself to be real because how else could such a message enter a mathematical number? But the funny thing is if we could go far enough into pi we might find coded messages saying anything and everything. There might be messages from Buddha, from Mohammed, from Elvis, from anyone or anything, saying anything. Because with something that is truly infinite in scope you're bound to have to include everything that might possibly be in it no matter how unlikely it might be.

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Post 6278


heheh, yes I understand, mvp.

However, a computer cannot actually cook the food. It never ever will catch up in that way. Good at collating all the info, but it can't cook.

My laptop is staring at me accusingly. smiley - rofl. OK, I say, prove your worth little miracle machine, you go put the spuds and veggie pie in the oven, and I will offer you my soul.

smiley - redwine

Have a drink says my phone, as it pours my wine.


My phone just poured my wine for me.

Actually it didn't. I'm being stupid. And I don't even have any wine. No, really? you stupid? You're never stupid, I hear you protest.

Of course, there are robots. Which are computers. I guess robots can cook. Can they?

Last night I was watching the Columbo film with the classic 70s robot in it, and huge whirring computers with flashing lights. That's why I love Columbo movies, all the 70s technology.

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Post 6279


Willem! This is inspiring thought indeed! I will return to consider.

Right now have to go prepare supper, the robot went on holiday to robotland. smiley - rofl

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Post 6280


Yes Willem! The possibilities are as endless as the number itself! Coded messages! This makes perfect sense.

And because our own DNA is full of coded messages, like erm ... well, it is, I think.. so, Pi and our DNA could, in fact, be linked.

And when there's no apparent regular pattern, well, as you say, this allows other kinds of patterns to develop, because its infinity innit, so all kinds of possibilities are in there.

Listening to Pi. Yes! What does Pi sound like! To hear a coded message is essential. What do numbers sound like?

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