Number 11

The characteristics of #11 are: High spiritual plane, intuitive, illumination, idealist, a dreamer.
The expression or destiny for #11: Your Expression number is 11. The number 11 is the first of the master numbers. It is associated with idealistic concepts and rather spiritual issues. Accordingly, it is a number with potentials that are somewhat more difficult to live up to. You have the capacity to be inspirational, and the ability to lead merely by your own example. An inborn inner strength and awareness can make you an excellent teacher, social worker, philosopher, or advisor. No matter what area of work you pursue, you are very aware and sensitive to the highest sense of your environment. Your intuition is very strong; in fact, many psychic people and those involved in occult studies have the number 11 expression. You possess a good mind with keen analytical ability. Because of this you can probably succeed in most lines of work, however, you will do better and be happier outside of the business world. Oddly enough, even here you generally succeed, owing to your often original and unusual approach. Nonetheless, you are more content working with your ideals, rather than dollars and cents.

The positive aspect of the number 11 expression is an always idealistic attitude. Your thinking is long term, and you are able to grasp the far-reaching effects of actions and plans. You are disappointed by the shortsighted views of many of your contemporaries. You are deeply concerned and supportive of art, music, or of beauty in any form.

The negative attitudes associated with the number 11 expression include a continuous sense of nervous tension; you may be too sensitive and temperamental. You tend to dream a lot and may be more of a dreamer than a doer. Fantasy and reality sometimes become intermingled and you are sometimes very impractical. You tend to want to spread the illumination of your knowledge to others irrespective of their desire or need.

No wonder I see 11:11 all the time, that’s me in a nutshell.

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Conspiracies by F. Paul Wilson

A few days ago I finished reading a novel by F. Paul Wilson called Conspiracies. It is one of the many books in FPW’s collection of Repairman Jack novels. The book was an interesting read. I didn’t like it as much as the Hosts book by FPW that I read first. None the less, the book dealt with these creatures known as “the otherness” (weird Lost reference?). Jack (the main character) has to deal with them. One of the things that happens is a big hole opens up in the ground which links their world and ours. I wasn’t quite able to imagine a whole of such dimensions while reading the book. I was never going to even write about the book, but then I bumped into this story. Not sure what language it is in (apparently Norwegian), but that hole (in Guatemala ) is fascinating. As soon as I saw that I decided it deserved its own post!

Wild photos, the more I look at them the more scary the book’s plot seems. At a different link the story mentions that two teenagers were swallowed by that sinkhole. Which is sad but is also weird because in the book two “Men in Black” are lost to the hole. Creepiness.

Guatemala Hole

More images after the jump!

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Arm Wrestling

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Today is Thursday eh…I planned to make this post on Sunday.

On Sunday, like I mentioned I went to play volleyball at the beach again with my vball crew. As usual the weather was awesome and we had a blast playing volleyball. I’m actually surprised at how good I play volleyball, I should really play more often, seems like have good instincts!

Anyway the cool part of the day came towards the end when we met Devon Larratt. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Devon, he’s an arm wrestler. In fact he’s ranked #1 in Canada and #4 in North America. As you may or may not know, I’m a fan of physical things, sports, weightlifting and the like. I’ve always thought arm wrestling was cool but never did I realize all the mechanics and technique that went into it.

As it turned out Devon comes to the beach on Sundays with a bunch of other guys and they practice for tournaments etc. So naturally we were drawn to the crowd gathering around these guys. Obviously Devon was undefeated but that’s not to say that he actually arm wrestled anybody. He just stood there and let other guys push on his arm while maintaining technique and proper mechanics.

I figured I’d take a go at it… A lot of information in a short amount of time, let’s just say that. From the hip positioning to shoulder placement and finger clasping, arm wrestling is pretty technical. But damn it’s awesome. I arm wrestled with one of the guys we were playing volleyball with. All in all it was pretty intriguing. I got home and made it my mission to find out more about the sport. Now I’m going to be on the mailing list, so :D.

One Million Miles Away

A friend of mine sent me this great Volkswagen Jetta commercial. I’m not a fan of TV commercials, but sometimes commercials that leave me in awe come around..

If the tune in the video struck your ear like it did mine, you’d be interested to know its name: J Ralph – One Million Miles Away

For a higher resolution video, check out the DVLabs website!

P.S. Ralph – One Million Miles Away.mp3

Lost Era

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You know how when you think back to the 1900s you imagine in black and white and you wonder “boy life must have been so different back then”. I bumped into this amazing set of photos from the World War I era. They were made by a Russian photographer, who made it his job to survey the great land in photographs. Having recieved approval from the tzar of the time, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii set out on his journey.

After you visit the gallery, appropriately called The Empire that was Russia, you will notice something that may startle you. All the photos are in color. Yes that’s right, even though Sergei’s photo plates were black and white (this predates the development of color photo technology), Sergei came up with a genious way of capturing color photos.

He accomplished this with a clever camera of his own design, which took three black and white photos of a scene in rapid sequence, each though a differently colored filter. His photographic plates were long and slender, capturing all three images onto the same plate, resulting in three monochrome images which each had certain color information filtered out.

Thus later projecting the photos to create an overlap through the same filters he had used to take the photos…

I highly suggest you check out the full gallery, there a lot of photos!

However perhaps the most amazing part is the feeling you will get having seen the photographs and their subjects. These were real people, in fact excusing the difference of clothe and simpler times, these were people I feel like I could relate to. Just think about it, 100 years back people were just like you and I. It’s amazing!

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The Monty Hall Problem

While I was trolling around reading about the whole "omg 0.999.. = 1", I ran into the mentioning of the Monty Hall Problem.

If you have not heard of it before, let me fill you in. Imagine three doors. Behind two of the doors are…goats and behind the other door is a … car. Your goal is to guess where the car is. So you make you guess and chose a door. Then I, knowing which doors lead to what result, open one of the doors with a goat and I ask you, if you would like to change your choice now that only two doors remain. Intuitively you should not take me up on my offer because why does it matter? Since there are two doors left, the chances are 50-50 right? Wrong! It turns out the chances of winning the car if you switch your choice when prompted rises from 1/3 to 2/3 chance. For a detailed explanation check out this page.

So what does this all mean? Originally our chances of winning the car were 1/3. Yet the chances double once what is behind one of the doors is revealed. Do you get my drift? The greater the number of uninformed choices we make, the less our chances are of getting it right. No brainer I know.
Ever feel like the problem with our North American society is that we have too much choice? I certainly do. My god, why can't there be like 3 types of car brands to chose from, instead of like 10. Why do we need a zillion different brands of mp3 players, cameras, printers, computers, tvs, etc. If you're anything like me, you won't just go out and buy something because you like it. I spend time trying to decide if its worth my money. That means reading reviews (hard to find anyone?), talking to customer service whom I don't trust, and pretty much just sitting frustrated not knowing what to decide.

Don't get me wrong, choice is good, but too much choice is baaaad. I can't take it, it wreaks havoc with me. So what do I do to cope with it? I just ignore it, meaning I save the money and spend it on something that I'm sure of…like food! el oh el I know.

There is rarely anybody who will be able to "open up a door with a goat" for you, to make your choices easier. That being said, remember to either go with your gut or to change your choice if Monty Hall situation take you by surprise.

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Apparently 0.999… = 1

Let me just say, wow. I haven't had my brain rattled like this in a while!

A fellow over at another blog made an intriguing post. He argues and claims to "prove" that 0.99999… repeated in fact equals 1. If you are anything like me, your first reaction is that of utter rage. 😛 How can that be? Have my years in math class gone completely to waste? Why was I never informed of this. So I decided to dig a little deeper and see what the guy had to say.

Guess what? I still disagree! He does has some interesting "proofs" though.

Proof 1:
Let x = 0.99999…

10 * x = 9.99999...
-    x = 0.99999...
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 9 * x = 9
     x = 1

Now as far as this proof is concerned it sure is scary to look at. Here are my thoughts about it.

When you multiply a number by 10 all you're doing is shifting the decimal place, correct? So for example 1.234 * 10 = 12.34. At first there were 3 digits after the decimal, after the multiplication there are only 2…so one less. What is so different here?

0.99999…(infinite number of nines) * 10 = 9.99999…(infinite number of nines – 1 nine)

Now when you go to subtract the original x = 0.99999… from the not multiplied x value, what you have is 10*x has one less nine after the decimal than the original nine.

10 * x = 9.99999...
-    x = 0.99999...
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 9 * x = 9.00000...9
     x = 1.00000...1

Of course none of this makes sense because I am assuming that even though the number of nines after the decimals is infinite, it is a fixed infinite… The problem is that infinity is a concept and 0.99999…,1 are numbers. In which case we either consider both of our arguments valid or invalid. Because I do not understand how we can be sure that 0.99999… cleanly cancels out with the decimal portion of 9.99999…!

Proof 2:

1/3 = 0.33333...
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2/3 = 0.66666...
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3/3 = 0.99999...
1 = 0.99999...

Now consider 2.99999…/3, which interestingly enough equals 0.99999… . So what does that mean? If 0.99999… is assumed to be equal to 1, then 2.99999…/3 = 3/3. That in turn means that any number which has an infinite number of trailing nines after the decimal can in fact be always rounded up? In other words, every number has a infinite decimal representation…

Proof 3:

The last proof worth mentioning is that if 0.99999… to be not equal to 1, then we need to find a number which is in between the two. What is between 0.99999… and 1? The answer is seems to be obviously 0.99999… Because you can always find a number that is greater than 0.99999… but less than 1. For example:

0.9   < x < 1, x is 0.99
0.99  < x < 1, x is 0.999
0.999 < x < 1, x is 0.9999

And so on…so what is greater than 0.99999… and less than 1? Well 0.99999… of course.

In reality of course this has nothing to do with the reality. In reality 0.99999… is NOT equal to 1. However 0.99999… behaves like 1 when current math rules and math assumptions are applied.

Now going a step further, if 0.99999… is interchangeable with 1.0 when doing mathematical calculations using Real numbers, then what is the number that can be interchanged with 0.333333… or 0.66666… or 0. What I'm saying is how come non-repeating numbers have substitutes of repeating numbers but not vice-versa.

I find that a post by Michael VanDeMar on a continuation of the original thread follows my logic well.

Saying that .999… is infinitely close to one is indeed saying that it is at the same time discreet from it. This is not just semantics. If you were to follow your argument through, you would then say that below .999… there is also a number infinitely close to it, which is equal therefore equal to it, and continued on infinitely, you would then end up with an infinite series proving 1 equals 0.

Next thing that bothers me, is 0.99999… equal to 0.99999…? They are as concepts but not as numbers. Because how can we possibly have a finite definition of infinity, meaning that 0.99999… cannot directly equal 0.99999… since infinity does not equal infinity and we don't know the exact number of trailing nines, there are infinite… Or maybe I'm far off the field to make such statements.

Anyways my brain already feels twisted up enough, so here are some links of interest:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_that_0.999…_equals_1
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/faq/faq.0.9999.html
http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/math99/math99167.htm
http://qntm.org/pointnine
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/sci-math-faq/specialnumbers/0.999eq1/
http://polymathematics.typepad.com/polymath/2006/06/the_saga_contin.html