The Six Numbers of My Universe

https://digitalcitizen.ca/category/writing/Among my favourite books is The World in Six Songs, by Daniel Levitin. I loved it so much I wrote a series of blog posts in 2009 about a songs challenge I came up with, and even got to talk to the author about it! Recently, I heard about scientific book involving the number six, called Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe, by Martin Rees. This one didn’t interest me that much, with “deep forces” being beyond what I could fully understand, or at least be willing to commit the time to doing, seeing what those numbers were. Before I went to do that, though, I thought of the six numbers of “my universe”, as in a balance of the physical universe I knew and understood, as well as the emotional one that had the most meaning to me. I did it to see if I could hit at least one of those numbers in Just Six Numbers, to see if what I thought were the important numbers were truly as important as someone more knowledgeable of the “deep forces” of the universe deemed them to be. The results are below, but before you read on and maybe get influenced by my choices, try making a list of just six numbers in “your universe”, with “your universe” being whatever ways you want to define it.

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Americans Will Be Stunned at their COVID-19 Numbers Soon! (An Educated Estimate)

So will the rest of the world unless you’ve been piecing things together.

Next to no testing for weeks with sufficient number of cases going around, from government direction to a health care system that doesn’t incentivize doing so.

People can spread for 5 days without having any symptoms, never mind once they do and still don’t get tested.

People ignoring social distancing and actually bragging about it! Though they’re not ignoring stocking up on toilet paper, apparently, and bragging about it, too! Typical American bravado of we’re better, can’t happen to us, or at least me, we got it covered, etc. We’ll see about that, one way or the other.

So how much will be the shock? My best guess from learning about the DOTS model for spread, with parameters for COVID-19, is it’s going to easily outnumber China’s peak by summer, if not sooner, pending how much testing will actually be done. It’s easy to say you don’t have a lot of cases, and be “honest” about it, if you don’t test to know… kind of like now.

But please do NOT spread like fear mongering rumour. I’m not claiming to be an expert. I just believe I have enough to know to put out a plausible guess, to see if that self-assessment is correct, or incorrect, and to what extent.

So this is “for the record” to look back upon.

Donald Trump Bans Arabic Numbers Citing Bad Influence!

trumpvDonald Trump signed an Executive Order today to ban the use of all Arabic numbers in American media and schools! Those numbers would be numbers the ones you and I know, with the digits 0 to 9. I can write them cause I’m in Canada, out of reach of his madness.

But yes. The Donald has banned all use of Arabic numbers, citing bad influence by Arabic culture on Americans. From now on, everything numerical will have to be displayed in Roman numerals, like the V representing Arabic number 5 that the Trumpster is demonstrating in the picture at right, cause it’s superior since it was invented by a culture that was mostly white, even though they weren’t mostly Christian. However, they had some features useful for his propaganda so he used them hoping the people would be stupid enough to believe it like they have believed so many other things he has said so far.

Interesting Facts and Insightful Sayings for a Happy Mother’s Day

Mother's Day ComicHappy Mother’s Day, everyone! It’s the third biggest holiday next to Christmas and Easter, by some measures, although I have doubts that includes some non-Western holidays. However, if the world celebrated Mother’s Day, it would be easily the biggest holiday on the planet because we all have Mothers. Of course, we all have Fathers as well, but there aren’t nearly as many deliquent Moms as there are Dads so Mother’s Day would rule. It already does given Father’s Day doesn’t rank with Mother’s Day in the measure previously mentioned.

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