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All temperatures are in degrees centigrade.

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

While cooking supper tonight I heard the weatherman on the television in the next room say that the the temperature somewhere was twice as hot as the average for that day and it rubbed me the wrong way.

Let’s say that the average historical temperature was 9° and it turned out to be 18° today.  18 is double 9 numerically but is it twice as hot?  No.  In absolute terms, a jump from 9°C to 18°C is an increase far smaller than the 100% claimed by the weather man; it’s more like 3.19%

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There’s an important difference.

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The boy says I dance like a monkey. I actually dance like a man that’s dancing like a monkey.

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I could never be a cashier.

September 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I was at the grocery store today and, while looking at the purchase of another customer, came to the realization that I can keep my mouth shut about what other people are buying so long as I don’t engage them; if we chat I might just say something.

If I were a cashier I would need to engage the customers.  I’m sure that on my first day some fellow would come to the checkout with 25 frozen pizzas and I’d have to say something like, “So….I’m gonna’ guess you’re a bachelor.”  Even worse, a lady could be buying a lot of cat food….That transaction would probably end with a meeting in the Manager’s office; no coffee or doughnuts; just a letter to sign.

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