I’m a Math Nerd. I confess. I like numbers. It’s a weakness. I liked Math so much that I majored in it back in college even. So maybe you’ll forgive me if I poke fun at it now.
What’s that you say? You’d welcome poking fun at Math? Well all right then.
If you didn’t read the first installment of Math out here, you might want to go check out “Math Part One – Can I Have Ice Cream With That Pi?” which I wrote, coincidentally enough on March 14th.
It seemed funny at the time.
But on to today’s Math discussion. About numbers.
Did you notice that this week all the dates are palindromes?
As in “they look the same forward and backward”?
I thought that was exceedingly cool. In a Math Geek kind of way. Kind of the same way I thought Pi Day being on 3.14 was cool.
It was Einsteins birthday too … talk about coincidences.
And while we are talking about birthdays … mine is 10-4. So my whole life I have felt like there is some good luck in my Karma since 10-4 is the code for Message Received or OK or That’s Good or affirmative or understood.
All good things.
In my family when I was married all of the days we were born on were perfect squares … up to a point. Not the we were perfect squares you understand.
I was born on the 4th, he was born on the 25th, the children were born on the 25th and 16th. Then the third one came along. Due on the 8th as I recall … which meant she could have arrived on the 1st, 4th, 9th or 16th and been born on a perfect square like the rest of us.
She was born on the 15th. She always has marched to her own drummer. But I digress.
A local Judge had a child born on 8/8/88 … as was Princess Beatrice of York … lots of good luck. And a friend had a child born on 7/7/77 at 7:07 weighing 7 lbs 7 oz. Too much of a good thing, eh?
And yes, I’m the kind of number nerd that evens off the gas to the even gallon or dollar or whatever. Although I’m thinking there’s more a touch of OCD responsible for that than anything else.
So numbers have always played a part in my life.
Recently you may recall hearing about the Heartbleed virus that has attacked computers. It works in some very creative ways to get the passcodes and account numbers and whatnot from people’s machines.
The good news is that they have discovered it and have a solution for it.
The bad news is that part of the preventative measures that are recommended would be to change all your passwords.
Now if you are like me … and I’m thinking a few of you are … you may have a few passwords.
In my case I had one that was pretty easy for the non-essential things … things like comic sites and news sites and enter-a-password-before-we-let-you-see-the-item sites.
It was easy. Something like easypassword. And if the password required a number or a capital letter it was Easypassword1.
Then there was the more advanced password that I used for the more advanced sites … like bank account sites and credit card sites and tax form sites.
It was not so easy. Something like HARDERpassWoRd. And the numbered version HARDERpassWoRd01. But I knew it. I knew them.
Now I had to come up with something different.
And the rules had changed. A lot.
It’s not just as frustrating as the simple list I have just shown above here on the right. that made me want to throw things at the computer.
Now it looks more like the list I have here on the left.
I’m still trying to come up with an appropriate one for the bank accounts. I feel pretty safe since there isn’t any money in it. But still. I’m working on it. First things first.
Anyone know any good gang signs?