Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ramblerambleramble *ACK!!* MATH!!!!

I had gotten into this great rhythm of posting in the middle of the day, or at least writing in the middle of the day so I could go to bed earlier.

That has kind of gone out the window the last few days, and I am starting to notice it just a little bit.

However, tomorrow is Friday, so there is only one more day to stagger through before the pace lightens up.   To top off the about three billion things I have on my to-do list (so many that I am not the least bit concerned about the 30+ kids that are visiting our derelict toilet-free house next week), I got a call from the mayor. I hang with all the right people you know, so the mayor's office called me up this morning and wanted me to get back to them urgently.  I duly did so, and onto my rather overfilled plate fell a translation, that he needed done yesterday.  WoooT!

The fun thing was that, with the exception of a few phrases, I could do it all MYSELF!!!  (I will admit right here that it was INTO English and out of Catalan. It'll be quite a while before I can do it the other way).

So...

Since my day has been insanely busy, Canada busy and the end is in site, that would be the end of my brain functioning, I am going to post this really cool activity we had to do back in grade 5 or 6.   Here's how it worked.  I still remember it cause I enjoyed it so much.

Gonna have to do it again I'm thinking.

The task is to express all of the numbers from 1 - 100 using only the number 4 and the basic math symbols, +, -, x, divide (which I can't find on the machine), plus square roots, squaring and fractions.

I'll have to scan in or photograph my answers.

Who's gonna play?

*crickets*

No one?

*chirp chirp chirp*

Awww, c'mon.....

Cheers,

O

8 comments:

Beth said...

How can you even think of math after your insanely busy day? I'm too tired to play - and Sam is out tonight... ;)

You & the mayor - very impressive!

She said...

I so can't do math right now or at any time! :-) My days have been crazy busy, too!

Hope you get some rest, Sweetie!

J.G. said...

I don't even know what *crickets* means, so how could I possibly do the math thing???

You & the mayor remind me of Bill Murray's line in Ghostbusters: "Gotta go now, the mayor wants to rap with me about some things." You're in high society now!

Beth said...

I'd rather bathe in a tub full of crickets than do that math problem.
Even if it was full of crickets AND BROKEN GLASS.
Srsly.

elpadawan said...

Sounds like a fun math problem. Don't have time to solve it, but it should be relatively easy, considering that:
1 = 4/4
2 = sqrt(4)
3 = 1+2 = 4/4+sqrt(4)
4 = 4...

and that any number can be seen as "n times 1", you could even say that "n = 4/4 + 4/4 + 4/4 ... n times" ;)

oreneta said...

Beth, I found the puzzle fun....maybe Sam would enjoy it.

She, I'm not doing all that well on the rest thing, but I'll get there sometime. Maybe a nap will be in order tomorrow.

JG, crickets is the sound of deafening silence. A complete non-response.

Beth...srsly, I guess you won't be playing, hm?

ElP, I thought you might play, though you might find it a bit repetative. the end solution is boring though...you have to make it as elegant as possible as well, don't you think?

I'm having a fun time with the Mac, I cannot find all the accent keys...and some come up for French or German rather the Catalan ones I need....plus the keys on the board are for a Spanish user, but the machine is thinking in English. Threrefore, what the keys say, and what they actually do don't relate very tightly once you get out of the basic qwerty keyboard....fortunatley I know the American keyboard well enough I can function if I don't think, but if I stop to think about where a key should be I am lost.
Fun to figure it all out.

Cheers,

O

elpadawan said...

I did give it a thought ;). I quickly ruled out even numbers, since they're all a power of 4. The fun can come from prime numbers and odd numbers :p

oreneta said...

to true....

I am going to give it a go, just for the fun of it, I'll probably scan in the results...though I suspect that no one is interested.