Monthly Archives: March 2017

Layered Both

Last year, I posted about that awkward season of the year: both.

My apologies for whining incompletely. I should have considered layering.

Both season means that I have to, say, wear a sweater and might have to wear a jacket or overcoat as well. Or maybe not. Where then do I put it? Dragging on the ground is too likely to be an answer.

All too often it seems that if I have the overcoat, I do not need it, and if I do not, I do.

And somehow appropriately (in my area at least), there are two (or more) both seasons per year: between winter and spring and between fall and winter.

Odd Language #198: Just Great

An old chestnut: Someone learning English asks for help from his teacher. “I understand this: ‘Mary is great with child.’, but what does ‘Mr. Smith is great with children.’ mean?”

The issue: Languages have many exceptions which they use to ambush you.

Puzzle #201: Hotdogs

It is time to start your training for summer hotdog eating. Off you go to the local convenience store to work your way through the many combinations of toppings. LCS has the following toppings: mustard, relish, ketchup, chili, cheese, onion, garlic, and peppers.

If you can only have up to two of mustard, relish, and ketchup and at most one of onion, garlic, and peppers, how many different hotdog topping combos can you create?

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, April 12, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #199 Solution: Siblings

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Brick and Mortar Also Build Community

Many people do things through the Web. This can be very useful. It can save time and money. It can also short-change the local area.

A friend (Duncan) and I play board and card games at a local hobby store (High Octane Comics & Collectibles (their Facebook page). I might not have met Duncan otherwise, and he suggested another group (our next meetup) that we now both game with.

If Duncan and I were playing some on-line game, we might not have any other contact. Duncan is great for playing quite a few different games with.

Kamloops is not a large city, and it is nice to find people to game with. It is also very useful to be able to see games before purchasing them.

For the past few years, we have had had a gaming convention in Kamloops: Attack-X. This got going because of local contact. I met the head of the convention at High Octane.

High Octane and other gaming stores are very useful for meeting people. It is one reason why I give them business.

You can enjoy good company with people in your own community.

Puzzle #200: Whodunnit?

Four suspects were questioned by police about a recent crime. It is known that one of them must have done it. Each suspect made two statements. One person told the truth both times, one person lied both times, and the other two told the truth once and lied once. Given the following statements, whodunnit?

Al: (A1) I did not do it.
(A2) Di did it.
Bo: (B1) Al or Ci did it.
(B2) Di is being totally truthful.
Ci: (C1) Bo is totally lying.
(C2) Di did not do it.
Di: (D1) I did not do it.
(D2) Al did it.

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, April 5, 2017 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #198 Solution: Buckets

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Other People’s Opinions

I am an avid reader. I buy books from a nearby (Kamloops, BC) used bookstore, Andrena’s Book Company.

I have been dealing with ABC for years. The owner, Andrena, knows my tastes and sometimes recommends books. Are her recommendations good? Well, sometimes yes and sometimes no.

Her understanding of my taste is different than mine is. If she totally matched my understanding of my taste, she would not misrecommend. On the other hand, because she does not totally match, she recommends books that I might not have looked at.

Because of her recommendations, I become aware of books that I might not have found out about otherwise. I recently purchased a trilogy, Legends of the Duskwalker by Jay Posey on her recommendation. I have not read enough of it yet to have an opinion, but so far, so good.

I have bought other books on her recommendation.

I think that this makes a good argument for listening to other people’s politely-stated views. Too often, people get caught up in their own opinions and forget that other opinions do not have to be enemy views.

What have you learned from someone else today?

Odd Language #196: Three Is First

I recently bought a trilogy from my local used bookstore. It is Legends of the Duskwalker by Jay Posey. Book 1 is entitled Three.

The issue: The dissonance between it being book one and the title being Three. (Three is the name of a main character.)

(I have not read enough of it to have an opinion yet.)