If I did anything on my mathematics blog this past week it was look at some comic strips, and yes, it includes that Todd the Dinosaur comic that you’re all sure I made up. It was a slow week.
Slow enough, indeed, that I don’t have a humorous picture or a Star Trek screen grab to share here and make the page look at least a bit more full. I’ve been busy kicking myself because of a joke I had thought of last Thursday that I meant to put into that “On This Date” article, and then forgot to in the time it took me to go downstairs to my computer. And then remembered when I went out for something or other, and forgot when I got home. The farther I got from my computer, the more powerfully I remembered the joke. It just didn’t get in there. You can go and check. I’m not saying this was a great joke, the linchpin that would tie the whole piece together. It would just have added a bit of a smile late in the bit, and I forgot to include it and it won’t make sense out of that context. So now I have to wait until it’s been long enough I can do an “On This Date” piece again without obviously repeating myself. I bet I forget the joke then, too. I need to write it down.
Another Blog, Meanwhile Index
The Another Blog, Meanwhile index fell five points as a high-pressure system moved in, forcing everything to be that tiny bit more squished down. You never think of air doing that, do you? But it’s got to, if that’s what pressure means, right?
Well, I wrote down the day of the week and it came out “Thursday”. I wrote down the day of the month and it came out “22nd”. I wrote down the month and it came out “September”. And the year? That turned out to be “2016” because remember that? Yeah. So in that big flaming pile of fantastic wrongness I just have to ask: wait, was the 22nd of September a Thursday last year? … It was. How the heck did I get that right?
I did not get stuff wrong on my mathematics blog where I talked about comic strips, which is a different thing from when I talk about comic strips here on my humor blog, somehow. I think.
And how is your late-September working out?
Another Blog, Meanwhile Index
The Another Blog, Meanwhile index dropped … no, wait it didn’t. I’m sorry. The index rose … oh, no, wait, it didn’t do that either. Well, it did a little of both, but it did just as much of both, so it ended up where it began, is what I’m saying. I think? Maybe everybody took off to commemorate Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. They should have. But they should’ve said something about that, too. Nobody tells me enough anymore. It’s all mysterious, that’s what I’m saying.
We were making an appointment last week. They suggested Wednesday, the 6th of April for it. That was fine as far as I could tell. But it was nagging at me that April 6th was something. Well, sure it’s something. Everything is something if you look at it enough. But what?
I mean, there’s the obvious things: the 6th of April, 1453, was the day when Mehmed II besieged Constantinople to bring to an end the Byzantine Empire. (Someone should check how that’s turned out. I bet Mehmed would feel ridiculous if he’s still besieging and the Byzantine Empire fell in, like, 1922 or something.) And it was the start of Mohandas Gandhi’s famous Salt Satyagraha, in 1930. But I’m pretty sure it wasn’t any of that. Wikipedia’s only of limited help. It was when the United States officially jumped in to World War I, I guess, and it was the date celluloid was patented (different years). And it’s the day that Nicolas Chamfort, the French author and playwright I never heard of, was born in 1741. It’s the day that Basil of Trebizond died, although since he died in 1340 his family can’t realistically be expecting me to send a condolence note. I never heard of him either and I’m kind of shaky on where Trebizond is anyway. My guess is somewhere east-ish of Hungary, probably near the Crimean Sea. Most places that have someone named Basil in them but you can’t place where are eastish of Hungary, probably near the Crimean Sea.
Anyway this all is going to drive me mad until I forget about it somewhere around 12:15.
Some astounding facts about how it is later in time now than it ever was before:
- The network television debut of Star Trek (1966) is closer in time to the network television debut of Lost In Space (1965) than it is to today (2015).
- The end of the Thirty Years War (1648) is closer to us (2015) than is the start of the Thirty Years War (1618).
- There are no known living survivors, or spouses of survivors, of the Battle of Manzikert (1071).
- More than twelve whole generations of mice have been born, lived, and died of old age since the last installment of Charles Dickens’ The Mystery Of Edwin Drood was published (1870).
- At no point in the 21st Century has President Thomas Jefferson been alive.
- Though you may be loved today more than yesterday, and may expect to be loved more tomorrow, there is no reason to believe that the amount by which your belovedness increases between today and tomorrow is itself an increase on the amount by which your belovedness increased between yesterday and today.
- Between the founding (1922) and the abolition (1991) of the Soviet Union, World War II began (1939 or maybe 1937 or arguably 1931), was fought, and ended (1945 or 1947 or maybe early 1991).
- 2016 is to see the 25th anniversary of the 225th anniversary (1991) of the founding of Rutgers University (1766).
- November 1st is closer to November 5th than November 22nd is to November 30th.
- The television series Casablanca (1983) has been off the air more than twenty times as long as it was on the air. The same astounding property holds for the other television series Casablanca (1955-56).