Eleven years ago today, I put up my first post on this blog. Here we are over a thousand posts later, and I am still more-or-less here.
It appears that I am quite partial to the number 11. Not the least because I regularly post at the eleventh hour. (It might not surprise you that it is now after 11 as I write this post.)
The number 11 has featured prominently in quite a few posts over the years, in particular on 11/11. In anticipation of the exciting (at least to me) date of 11/11/11, I encouraged others to post things that go up to 11. I’ve posted about the word for the number 11 in Spanish. I’ve posted lists of elevens. I’ve posted photos of elevens (or at least photos of patterns that look to me like 11s). And I posted a ThThTh list of 11 things, which, given that I posted it in 2007, did not include one now very well known Eleven.
This is all really just a very roundabout way to say happy birthday to my blog. Thanks to any and all of you who have dropped in over the years.
Today was 11/12/13, a fun date for those people who like to enjoy fun dates.¹ The date has compelled me to post something with a numerical theme, though not about those particular numbers.
A few months ago, we were telling jokes in the car on our way somewhere or other. I don’t recall who started telling jokes, but at one point the conversation went something like this:
John: Why 7 is afraid of 8?
Phoebe: Because 7 8 9!
Theo: Why is 3 afraid of 4?
Everyone else: Um, we don’t know. Why?
Theo: Because 4 is REALLY REALLY MEAN!
Can’t top that.
And just because, here are a few photos of numbers.
Some numbers written by Theo at age 3. Perhaps they are all facing the wrong way out of fear of the number 4.
Who knows what sinister plans the 4 has for the 5 here?
Two 4s, looking as menacing as you might expect.
¹Yes, I am one of those people: Cf. my many Pi Day posts, as well as posts for 12/12/12, 11/11/11, 10/10/10 etc. Hell, I even posted something on 7/8/9 that I’d completely forgotten about.
Here is a list of a thousand things:
I know, I know. This list is not 1000 things long. But they are thousand things. Because this is my one thousandth post on this blog. (Also, the word “thousandth” is really hard to say.)
image credits: millefiori bead from Fire Mountain Gems, mille-feuille by okki, paper cranes by James..g, the M in stone photo is my own, taken in Barcelona. The thousand dollar bill is not mine, nor did I take it.
Today is December 12th, 2012: The 12th day of the 12th month of the year 2012. Or 12/12/12. How could I resist making a list for such an auspicious day?¹ Here are 12 things featuring 12:⁴
- A dozen eggs: the standard number of eggs as they are sold, at least in the US and Great Britain. A standard egg cartons fit 12 eggs. (But they also come in other sizes.)
- A dozen roses: probably since they hatch out of eggs, roses are often also sold by the dozen. Rather than being sold in the egg carton packaging, which doesn’t hold up well to the egg sprouting, they are instead sold in bunches, and placed in vases.
- Cheaper by the Dozen: A biographical book by Frank Gilbreth about a family with 12 children, and subsequent adaptation to a 1950 movie of the same name. (The 2003 movie of the same name with Steve Martin is not based on that book, but also features a family with 12 children.)
- a dime a dozen: an idiom meaning “very commonplace.” As in: Those are nothing special. You can get them a dime a dozen. (Note that eggs, roses, and children all cost much more than a dime.)
- 12: the number of jurors on a US trial jury. 12 Angry Men (1957) is a movie about the jury on a murder trial. (Also remade in 1997.)
- Twelve Monkeys (1997): A movie directed by Terry Gilliam, and one of my personal favorites. It is not about 12 monkeys serving as jurors on a murder trial. That movie is called Twelve Angry Monkeys, and hasn’t been made. Yet.
- 12 days of Christmas: a period of festivities celebrated in many European Christian traditions that begins on December 25th. They are sometimes wrapped up by festivities on the 12th night, also known as Epiphany Eve.
- Twelfth Night: a comedy play by William Shakespeare.
- 12 step program: a program for addiction recovery.
- 12-hour clock: the convention of dividing the day into 2 12-hour chunks, a.m. and p.m. As such, 12 is the number of hours on a standard analog clock, and 12-hour digital clocks (as opposed to clocks set for 24 hours). 12:00 (12 o-clock) is noon or midnight.
- 12th grade: The final year of the American secondary school system, also called senior year. There are 12 numbered grades in the American school system, plus kindergarten, which isn’t numbered. (There are also 12 grades in many other countries’ school systems.)
- Little Twelvetoes: a song from Schoolhouse Rock about aliens with 6 fingers on their hands and 6 toes on their feet, and discussing the implications for counting (namely the use of base 12). The original song/cartooon was from 1973, but I quite like the cover version by Chavez from the 1996 tribute album Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks:
¹ In the past, I made list for 7/7/7, 8/8/8, 9/9/9, and 10/10/10. I celebrated 11/11 on multiple occasions, including 11/11/11.²
² I didn’t celebrate 6/6/6 with a list, as I didn’t yet have this blog. Like wise for 5/5/5, 4/4/4, 3/3/3/, 2/2/2/, and 1/1/1.³
³ I have to say that this post is the last post that I am likely to post according to this pattern. While I may well choose to make a list of thirteen things, it will almost certainly not be on 13/13/13. Unless, of course, the calendar gets radically restructured next year such that we have a 13th month.
⁴ Really, more than 12, if you want to get picky. But 12 items on my list.⁵
⁵If I have 12 12 things, does that make this list a gross one?⁶
⁶ This footnote is here because I didn’t have room in my list for a foot, which has 12 inches.¹²
¹² And this one is here just to have a footnote 12.
image credits: eggs, roses, clock, 12 Monkeys
It’s 11:11 on 11/11/11. Here are 11 elevens.
одиннадцать,onze, once, elf, elva,११, XI
In just a week, it will be the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
What’s more, seeing as it is 2011, it will be 11/11/11. I plan to celebrate the day by making something that goes up to eleven. I haven’t decide yet what sort of thing I’ll make, but there’s a good chance it will be a list.¹
Won’t you join me? Post something that goes up to 11 for 11/11/11.²(You know you want to.) If you feel so inclined, set your post to be published at 11:11. And then we can have some elevenses.
Together, we can crank things up to 11.
¹ I’ve already done a list of 11 eleven things, so it won’t be that. Unless I wait till the eleventh hour.
² Edited to add: And if you don’t have a blog of your own and still want to play along, you can leave yours in the comments of my 11/11/11 post.
Image of the dials that go up to 11 is a screenshot from This is Spinal Tap.
Happy Pi Day!
Pi Day caught me a bit off guard this year, but was not going to let my unpreparedness result in pielessness. I had some errands to run this afternoon, so I stopped by the store while I was out to get a pie crust and some frozen berries, and voila! The Pi Day Pie tradition has been upheld.
This pi pie is the 3rd such pie I have under my belt. (Not to say that I ate three whole pies today. Though I could imagine such a feat. I do love me some pie.) My Pi Day tradition started with a pi post back in 2008, which then inspired me to bake my first pi pie. Pi Day of 2009 was a pieless day, due to traveling and attending a wedding, but then I did recapture the pi magic in 2010.
In celebration of Pi Day, I offer you a gallery of pi pies past and present.
My original pi pie, from 2008. I was so fond of it, I even wrote its obituary.
Last year’s pi pie was an apple pi.
This year’s pi Pie is of mixed berry heritage.