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Old 2009-06-19, 18:33   #1
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Finally there's an xkcd comic about Paul Erdős!

My Erdős number is 3
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Old 2009-06-19, 18:58   #2
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He is in an great company:
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Old 2009-06-19, 19:01   #3
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Mine is 2, which proves that the Erdös number says not a goddamn thing about mathematical proficiency.

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Old 2009-06-19, 19:48   #4
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Or personal worth.

If you want to play games like that or Bacon numbers:
My personal QE2 number (touching people that have touched people ..... that have touched QE2, although gloved hands)
2 (and I have pictures to prove it).

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Old 2009-06-19, 20:47   #5
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How about the Blarney number? Kissing people who have kissed people... who have kissed the Blarney Stone.
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Old 2009-06-19, 21:30   #6
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...I am not going to continue in the direction of a Jesus number, but through Paul Erdos... ... ... ...
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Old 2009-06-21, 09:59   #7
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Mine is 2, which proves that the Erdös number says not a goddamn thing about mathematical proficiency.

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[aol]Me too!!!??!!![/aol]

Those tags mark me out as an old-timer...


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Old 2009-06-22, 00:58   #8
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[aol]Me too!!!??!!![/aol]

Those tags mark me out as an old-timer...
... and did you point that out just because you felt self-conscious about it, or in order to educate the youth?
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... and did you point that out just because you felt self-conscious about it, or in order to educate the youth?
Primarily the former, with an element of the latter.

All around the world, many of the old beliefs, behaviours, languages and cultural traditions are under threat. I feel that preserving our heritage is an intrinsically valuable enterprise.


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Old 2009-06-22, 15:16   #10
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All around the world, many of the old beliefs, behaviours, languages and cultural traditions are under threat. I feel that preserving our heritage is an intrinsically valuable enterprise.
Yes, I too have increasingly felt that way since ... um ... the turn of the century. I'm starting to throw IBM 360/370/1800/704 factoids into discussions recently.

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HP Factoid: There is not only "The Museum of HP Calculators" at http://www.hpmuseum.org/ on the Web, but also the "HP Computer Museum" at http://www.hpmuseum.net

Note the difference in URLs!

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Yes, I too have increasingly felt that way since ... um ... the turn of the century. I'm starting to throw IBM 360/370/1800/704 factoids into discussions recently.
Does anyone else here know what is meant by the long September without having to look it up?

I was old-timer when the term (long September, that is) was coined, as can easily be found out from the archives.


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