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    Hey, this year, I don't need an excuse to avoid Graham's family Christmas! Generally, I spend the holiday alone in a corner with none of them talking to me, so spending it with my partner and children will be better, though Simon will miss his cousin.
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    I get the feeling a lot of people would quite like to be able to say, "We'd love to visit/invite you as usual, but, you know, Covid rules." But a lot of other people who really enjoy Christmas gatherings are making a lot of anguished emotional arguments on national television at present, accompanied by a smaller group who offer emotional arguments about religious observance.
    That's fine, and there's nothing wrong with emotional arguments per se, but most of them seem to invoke the damaging false dichotomy of "safe" versus "unsafe". As in, "If we drive the numbers low enough, surely it will be safe to visit other people at Christmas."

    All these appeals should be tempered with a cautionary chyron or footnote, bearing the words of the epidemiologist Neil Ferguson.
    It risks some transmission and there will be consequences of that. Some people will die because of getting infected on that day.
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    Really trivial stuff that amuses you...

    Yesterday, a very strong cold front moved through our area. It had been predicted well in advance, appearing on weather radar as a sharp line of storms slowly moving east. I had some outdoor activity to do, so I was paying fairly close attention to its timing.

    We also live fairly close to a substantial airport, and frequently hear planes flying over our house.
    As we sat down to dinner, I heard a single-engine plane heading westward. Given the impending weather, I was a bit surprised, and called up its flight plan using an app on my phone.
    Sure enough, it was heading to an airport about an hour away, but on the other side of the weather front.

    We spent the next several minutes wondering if we were watching an upcoming episode of "Air Disasters" play out. Eventually, the pilot decided that flying through the storms wasn't a good idea and turned the plane back to its point of origin.
    I didn't check, but presume the pilot completed the trip around an hour later, when the dangerous weather had passed.

    I suspect the pilot thought he/she could beat the weather to their destination airport, but got delayed on the ground prior to departure.
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    Irene's favourite number is five. Lately, she has been demanding to say hi to five of my friends, which means typing "hi" into Messenger. So when my friends get a message that says, "hhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii," they respond with, "Hi, Irene."
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    The cats reaction to my new office chair, mom got it at yard sale for her church while I was working at an auction.

    And I am getting getting addicted crossword puzzles, I got a book of them for my birthday now I doing them online too.
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    There exists a meme where Rick Astley's wife asked him for a DVD of the movie Up. He said, "no", letting her down by not giving her Up, so causing the Astley Paradox.
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    I am watching an internet thread about divesting Elon Musk of all of his assets and using the money for good. Don't worry about the reality of this situation, I'll get to the good bit soon.

    Another poster figures he is worth 187.5 billion dollars. third poster decides the best thing to do is divide that among the whole world's population of 7 billion people. The third poster has determined that everyone would get 1 billion dollars each. The person keeps going on and on about how great this would be. Other posters have determined that 1 billion dollars each is not very good math, but the third poster keeps saying they are an engineer. In frustration, the initial poster now wants Elon Musk to invest a billion in education, STEM in particular.

    So, this is how you guys feel when I do math?
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    Sounds more like $26.79 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    I am watching an internet thread about divesting Elon Musk of all of his assets and using the money for good. Don't worry about the reality of this situation, I'll get to the good bit soon.

    Another poster figures he is worth 187.5 billion dollars. third poster decides the best thing to do is divide that among the whole world's population of 7 billion people. The third poster has determined that everyone would get 1 billion dollars each. The person keeps going on and on about how great this would be. Other posters have determined that 1 billion dollars each is not very good math, but the third poster keeps saying they are an engineer. In frustration, the initial poster now wants Elon Musk to invest a billion in education, STEM in particular.

    So, this is how you guys feel when I do math?
    This is like the “If the lottery is 500 million and there are 300 million people in the US, why don’t they give us each a million dollars?” threads that go around from time to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Sounds more like $26.79 each.
    Given my proven track record with math, I can neither confirm nor deny that.
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    Rounding error.
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    This is amusing to me and a sign of the times. I saw a link to this - AARP now has some Atari arcade games, three available without membership. They seem like reasonable emulations too, though Missile Command has no sound. Asteroids is my favorite, but Centipede is decent too. I always liked those games, but wasn’t willing to spend all the quarters to get really good at them.

    Link:

    https://games.aarp.org/category/atar...UNkB0%2bP5M%3d

    Of course, I remember when they came out, were the new thing and how they were derided by old people. Now they are old technology, and on a site for older people. *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    The third poster has determined that everyone would get 1 billion dollars each.
    Wow. The train I am on right now quite possibly has more people than the entire world’s population.

    Of course, the world population used to be higher, but I read on the internet that billions of people were killed in the 11/9 attacks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    The person keeps going on and on about how great this would be.
    Well according to Credit Suisse,

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List...alth_per_adult

    the global mean level of wealth is 70,849 USD. So perhaps if s/he is above this level, s/he can lead by example.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Another poster figures he is worth 187.5 billion dollars. third poster decides the best thing to do is divide that among the whole world's population of 7 billion people. The third poster has determined that everyone would get 1 billion dollars each.
    I saw something like this before, not quite as bad, but bad. I suspect some people don't think of a "billion" as an actual number. They just understand it to mean something very large and they don't know how to deal with it mathematically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Rounding error.
    Ahh, it's correct within an order of magnitude. Well, nine orders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Ahh, it's correct within an order of magnitude. Well, nine orders.
    Maybe we can switch to base one hundred or base one thousand, so it can be off by fewer zeroes.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    Wow. The train I am on right now quite possibly has more people than the entire world’s population.

    Of course, the world population used to be higher, but I read on the internet that billions of people were killed in the 11/9 attacks.
    That post was from a time traveler, they were referring to the Ky’larn invasion of 9 November 2431, which did indeed involve billions of deaths across the Galactic Federation.

    /s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    I am watching an internet thread about divesting Elon Musk of all of his assets and using the money for good. Don't worry about the reality of this situation, I'll get to the good bit soon.

    Another poster figures he is worth 187.5 billion dollars. third poster decides the best thing to do is divide that among the whole world's population of 7 billion people. The third poster has determined that everyone would get 1 billion dollars each. The person keeps going on and on about how great this would be. Other posters have determined that 1 billion dollars each is not very good math, but the third poster keeps saying they are an engineer. In frustration, the initial poster now wants Elon Musk to invest a billion in education, STEM in particular.

    So, this is how you guys feel when I do math?
    In some places, a billion is 10^12 rather than 10^9. That helps a little.
    Lets see, 187.5E12 / 7E9 = 187.5E3/7 = 26,785.71
    Doesn't help much.

    And Musk should totally do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    In some places, a billion is 10^12 rather than 10^9. That helps a little.
    Lets see, 187.5E12 / 7E9 = 187.5E3/7 = 26,785.71
    Doesn't help much.

    And Musk should totally do that.
    That’s twice what I made this year, I’ll take it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    In some places, a billion is 10^12 rather than 10^9. That helps a little.
    Lets see, 187.5E12 / 7E9 = 187.5E3/7 = 26,785.71
    Doesn't help much.

    And Musk should totally do that.
    This post bugs me.

    Both numbers are given as "billion", so changing the definition of "billion" shouldn't change the math. But you're only changing the definition for one "billion", but not the other one.

    What bugs me about that is that it makes sense to do it.
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    I ordered some dice. They came in a box bigger than my head.

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    I hope they weren't afraid someone would drop or roll them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    I am watching an internet thread about divesting Elon Musk of all of his assets and using the money for good. Don't worry about the reality of this situation, I'll get to the good bit soon.

    Another poster figures he is worth 187.5 billion dollars. third poster decides the best thing to do is divide that among the whole world's population of 7 billion people. The third poster has determined that everyone would get 1 billion dollars each.
    I guess you could do that if you put the money in the bank and waited a really long time.
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    If I were shipping dice anywhere, I'd make sure the box had 1-6 big spots on each side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    I ordered some dice. They came in a box bigger than my head.
    Were there a lot of them? Or were they very large dice?
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    This post bugs me.

    Both numbers are given as "billion", so changing the definition of "billion" shouldn't change the math. But you're only changing the definition for one "billion", but not the other one.

    What bugs me about that is that it makes sense to do it.
    With this logic, a European billionaire could create a thousand American billionaires for each billion bucks that he sacrificed.
    Sounds okay to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    Were there a lot of them? Or were they very large dice?
    Two dice. I'm holding them in the tiny baggy in the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Two dice. I'm holding them in the tiny baggy in the picture.
    I assume they are actually Fabergé Enamel & Gold Dice to warrant that amount of packing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Two dice. I'm holding them in the tiny baggy in the picture.
    Ah, I didn't see them before. They look like some sort of weather dice.
    A: "Things that are equal to the same are equal to each other"
    B: "The two sides of this triangle are things that are equal to the same"
    C: "If A and B are true, Z must be true"
    D: "If A and B and C are true, Z must be true"
    E: "If A and B and C and D are true, Z must be true"

    Therefore, Z: "The two sides of this triangle are equal to each other"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    With this logic, a European billionaire could create a thousand American billionaires for each billion bucks that he sacrificed.
    Sounds okay to me!
    I didn't realize until just now how I screwed that up!

    Quote Originally Posted by 21st Century Schizoid Man View Post
    Ah, I didn't see them before. They look like some sort of weather dice.
    I didn't either. Now I"m going to look up "weather dice".
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