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Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-13, 15:55
Replies: 105
Views: 1,819
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
People were using numbers before the concept of a...

People were using numbers before the concept of a base (radix) was even invented. And the idea that numbers can "speak for themselves" was not unknown to them.
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-13, 15:43
Replies: 105
Views: 1,819
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I'm not smart enough to know that memorizing the...

I'm not smart enough to know that memorizing the multiplication table to sixteen times sixteen is "too much" for students to memorize. It is more of a task than memorizing up to twelve times twelve....
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-13, 12:28
Replies: 105
Views: 1,819
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
What notation one uses for numerals has nothing...

What notation one uses for numerals has nothing to do with the physical problem of packing . Just as it has nothing to do with composing or playing music. Musical notation (clefs, notes, rests,...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-13, 11:49
Replies: 1,227
Views: 47,778
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Il Duce's recent "economic relief" executive...

Il Duce's recent "economic relief" executive orders bring to mind an old George C. Scott movie, The Flim-Flam Man.

The payroll tax deferral is a classic. Being only a deferral, it is at most an...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-13, 10:56
Replies: 118
Views: 7,677
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law...

Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds (https://apnews.com/db3aa5824cc0dbf5bc9221b02d178aa6)
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-13, 02:35
Replies: 1,595
Views: 76,779
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
So, during the interim, you were able to...

So, during the interim, you were able to transcend dental medication.
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-12, 14:06
Replies: 3,977
Views: 236,034
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Yes, yes, I'm sure it's quite impossible to have...

Yes, yes, I'm sure it's quite impossible to have the creatures euthanized humanely.

I remember hearing about what happened when the economy was ravaged around 1990 in Teller County, CO (where...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-12, 13:54
Replies: 3,977
Views: 236,034
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Good one! I've never had any trouble...

Good one!

I've never had any trouble removing them without damaging the bag. Instead of struggling to put them back on, I almost always replace them with twist ties, or just twist the end of the...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-12, 13:33
Replies: 3,977
Views: 236,034
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Many years ago, my sister found a kitten of...

Many years ago, my sister found a kitten of similar age abandoned at the side of a road, and immediately adopted it. Kitty (as she was named) became very attached to my sister. She was like her...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-12, 13:13
Replies: 16
Views: 419
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I received a picture by Email of a Milkweed...

I received a picture by Email of a Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillar (Euchaetes egle) being (apparently) stung repeatedly by a small wasp. The wasp finally left, and the caterpillar resumed munching...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-12, 12:50
Replies: 16
Views: 419
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Same with oysters in the UK, back in the good old...

Same with oysters in the UK, back in the good old days.[/QUOTE]
Reminds me of an entry in Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary:

OYSTER, n. A slimy, gobby shellfish which civilization gives men...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-12, 12:43
Replies: 1,458
RIP
Views: 92,315
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Trini Lopez...

Trini Lopez (https://apnews.com/49e05165e18bc84ce6e38901bbbad077)
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-11, 13:03
Replies: 105
Views: 1,819
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Thanks to whoever moved the thread! I don't...

Thanks to whoever moved the thread!

I don't know why the OP considers base twelve to be "better" than base ten (decimal).

Decimal is handy because (most) people have ten fingers, although, as...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-11, 02:29
Replies: 1,007
Views: 40,630
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
They are the "sheeple" that they claim others...

They are the "sheeple" that they claim others are. Even the death of a noted politician from an infection gotten at a political rally (Herman Cain) doesn't seem to have an impact. The Prez is being...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-11, 02:07
Replies: 309
Views: 16,092
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I have borrowed the use of a Stihl...

I have borrowed the use of a Stihl battery-powered chain saw. It worked pretty well.

In line with "being green," I note that Stihl also offers biodegradable chain oil.

I have used plug-in...
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-11, 01:21
Replies: 105
Views: 1,819
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I don't remember how early in my education I...

I don't remember how early in my education I learned about multiplying fractions, but I'm pretty sure one of the early things I learned was "cancellation," and I already had learned that multiplying...
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-10, 12:23
Replies: 27
Views: 796
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
MODERATOR NOTE: Thread moved to Miscellaneous...

MODERATOR NOTE: Thread moved to Miscellaneous Math

In other words, your "method" depends on already having the factors (P and Q).
:tank:
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-10, 12:01
Replies: 309
Views: 16,092
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
That sounds reasonably likely. That's been...

That sounds reasonably likely.

That's been true, and getting truer, for decades, even in the most mundane items. It was decades ago now, my mom's brother gave her an electric blow-dryer. Mom...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-10, 03:02
Replies: 221
Views: 9,007
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Yes, this is the story I learned. WRT...

Yes, this is the story I learned. WRT discovering the potential of uranium, the name Lise Meitner also comes to mind.

You might be amused at a misdiagnosis by Dr. Einstein in this regard,...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-10, 02:40
Replies: 118
Views: 7,677
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Birds do show great resourcefulness in getting...

Birds do show great resourcefulness in getting their food and drink.

I've seen groups of barn swallows following people operating riding mowers, literally flying circles around them. When I'm...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-09, 14:51
Replies: 1,007
Views: 40,630
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I think Ernst has been responsible in describing...

I think Ernst has been responsible in describing his prophylactic nasal rinse.

I also disapprove of wildly exaggerated fear mongering. The Forum may indeed be "reachable" by billions of people,...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-09, 14:10
Replies: 4
Views: 137
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
The sublistings "local --," "semilocal --,"...

The sublistings "local --," "semilocal --," "valuation --," "discrete valuation --," and especially "quotient --" and most especially "-- of fractions," tell me they are subtopics of "field."

The...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-08, 12:24
Replies: 3,977
Views: 236,034
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
There was an ammonium nitrate explosion disaster...

There was an ammonium nitrate explosion disaster in Texas much more recently than the Texas City explosion. The ammonium nitrate explosion at the West Fertilizer Company was actually caught on...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-05, 12:36
Replies: 70
Views: 1,276
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I note that, in the legal area of wills, the...

I note that, in the legal area of wills, the person managing the estate of a deceased person had for a long time, been known in the good ol' USA as the executor; or, as things progressed, and it...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-05, 01:51
Replies: 3,977
Views: 236,034
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
On April 16, 1947, the almost 2000 metric tons of...

On April 16, 1947, the almost 2000 metric tons of ammonium nitrate deep in the hold of the French cargo ship Grandcamp at Texas City, Texas caught fire, and ultimately exploded...
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