Monthly Archives: April 2014

Art and Thereness

Some art is meant to be very lifelike. Some of it is quite good, but some goes past that point to where I feel as if I am there. I call that quality “thereness”.

I first ran into this phenomenon when looking at a model railroad layout that had a module where the track ran past a road that led up to a ghosttown. The perspective, the colour, the proportions, everything were all spot on, and it felt as if I was there.

I find art with thereness to be fascinating.

If you find some, you are in for a treat!

Odd Language #46: Date Fun

Here is a reference from a paper that I wrote back in 2002.

The Sidney Morning Herald. 4 Jul. 2002 (local). 3 Jul. 2002. <http://www.smh.com.au/>.

The issue: The date of the article was after the date I accessed it. (I love the International Date Line.)

Puzzle #49: Kittens!

Oh, look! A box full of kittens. Everything is cuter with kittens. There are 24 of the darlings. They come in three colours. 17 are black, 16 are grey, and 12 are white. Obviously, there is some overlap. For this puzzle, black is a colour. (You would not want to hurt a black kitten’s feelings, would you?)

Solve these scenarios:

1) What is the maximum possible number of kittens having one colour only? (i.e. Maximise just black + just grey + just white.)
2) Like #1, but there must also be at least three one-colour kittens of each colour.
3) What is the maximum possible number of three-colour kittens?

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #47 Solution: Buckets of Water

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Hiring the Unemployed

If you have been looking for work for a while, you may find that not having a job makes it less likely that you will be hired. Supposedly, if someone has not hired you, there must be something wrong with you.

I do wish that employers who think that would consider the possibility that their competition is not better than they are at finding good employees and that said competition is possibly passing up a great employee.

Even if the competition is right about the person:
1) Someone good for business A might not be good for business B.
2) Someone bad for business A might not be bad for business B.
3) Someone bad for business A might be great for business B.

Employers, why let your competition make your hiring decisions for you?

Odd Language #45: 1-6

Here is a quote from a paper I wrote ten plus years ago: “1-6.”

Innocent looking, isn’t it?

The issue: It was part of an MLA works cited page. Apparently, I referred to pages 1 to 6, but I did not. The particular manual that I referred to had its pagination by chapter. “1-6” was actually chapter 1, page 6. Since MLA does not use page indications “p.” and “pp.”, this reference is ambiguous.

Puzzle #48: Weights

You have a balance scale with two pans. You have a set of five weights. You wish to weigh objects that weigh an integer number of grams.

Solve these scenarios:

1) If you put the object in the left pan and put weights in the right pan, what is the weight of the heaviest object that can be weighed, and what are the weights of the five weights?

2) Like #1, but you can put weights in either or both pans.

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #46 Solution: Socks

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Manners Oops!

Last week, I wrote about how well I was treated by a certain franchise holder. Sadly, when I completed my training, I was informed (by a senior whom I had not met before) that I was being fired as I was determined to not be a good fit. That is all; there were no further details despite my request. It made for quite a contrast from last week.

And how has your week been?

Odd Language #44: Jim Flaherty’s Triplets

Jim Flaherty, a former finance minister for Canada, recently died. Kamloops This Week, 2014-04-11, p. A3: “Flaherty is survived by wife Christine Elliott, herself a member of the Ontario legislature, and their triplet sons–John, Galen and Quinn, all born in 1991.”

The issue: While it is possible for twins, triplets, etc. to be born on different days, is it really necessary to make this point in an obituary article?