- On Wednesday this week, I could truthfully claim to be 29 years old.

Friends would sometimes look a little dubiously at me at this, but I

was mostly able to convince people of the truth of it.

Alas, on Thursday the 11th, things changed. I am not now 30 as you

might have expected - I am in fact 42. Gone are the sweet twenties,

and the mid-forties with all that entails (beer belly, midlife crisis,

stomach ulcer, not enough time for boardgames and teenage kids) loom.

How can this all have happened to me, so quickly?

Any takers?

Allan - I'll have a stab at it. Just got to use up a few more words first, so

that my stab at it comes lower down than the first sentence or two, so

that anybody will only see my attempt if they click for the full text,

blah, blah, that should do it.

Erm, maybe you're using the sextidecimal (16-imal) system? So that 41

became 29? So now you've just become twenty-ten rather than thirty?

No?

Bob

In lbgc@..., "Allan Mertner" <allan@...> wrote:>

> On Wednesday this week, I could truthfully claim to be 29 years old.

> Friends would sometimes look a little dubiously at me at this, but I

> was mostly able to convince people of the truth of it.

>

> Alas, on Thursday the 11th, things changed. I am not now 30 as you

> might have expected - I am in fact 42. Gone are the sweet twenties,

> and the mid-forties with all that entails (beer belly, midlife crisis,

> stomach ulcer, not enough time for boardgames and teenage kids) loom.

>

> How can this all have happened to me, so quickly?

>

> Any takers?

> Allan

> - Yes, that is of course the answer.As a silver lining, my age is now the same as the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything :-)Thanks for replying!Allan

Sent from my iPodOn 13 Dec 2008, at 22:26, "Founder." <bobroscow@...> wrote:

I'll have a stab at it. Just got to use up a few more words first, so

that my stab at it comes lower down than the first sentence or two, so

that anybody will only see my attempt if they click for the full text,

blah, blah, that should do it.

Erm, maybe you're using the sextidecimal (16-imal) system? So that 41

became 29? So now you've just become twenty-ten rather than thirty?

No?

Bob

In lbgc@yahoogroups. co.uk, "Allan Mertner" <allan@...> wrote:

>

> On Wednesday this week, I could truthfully claim to be 29 years old.

> Friends would sometimes look a little dubiously at me at this, but I

> was mostly able to convince people of the truth of it.

>

> Alas, on Thursday the 11th, things changed. I am not now 30 as you

> might have expected - I am in fact 42. Gone are the sweet twenties,

> and the mid-forties with all that entails (beer belly, midlife crisis,

> stomach ulcer, not enough time for boardgames and teenage kids) loom.

>

> How can this all have happened to me, so quickly?

>

> Any takers?

> Allan

>

- Hi Alan,

besides from a 'happy birthday', I have a better one than changing

the number system on the fly...: You reduced the angle!

hae?

Well, as we all know: 9*6 = 42, right?

If you think of a scalar product, this is actually possible:

Let's say, you have a scalar product of two vectors A=9 and B=6 with

the lengths of a=9 and b=6.

Then the scalar product would be

A*B = a*b*cos(alpha)

where alpha = angle between A and B.

As we define A*B = 42, this means that the 'Douglas Adams world

answer angle' would be

alpha = arccos(A*B/a*b) = arccos(42/54) = 38.94244 Degrees

If we now say that the year before the equation is (completely

arbitrarily, of course)

9*6 = 41

then the angle would be

arccos(41/54) =

40.60106 degrees

Therefore you reduced your angle by more than one degree!

qed

cheers

Felix

'Very strange people, physicists. In m,y experience, the ones who

aren't actually dead are in some way very ill' (D. Adams)

--- In lbgc@..., Allan <allan@...> wrote:

>

> Yes, that is of course the answer.

>

> As a silver lining, my age is now the same as the answer to Life,

the

> Universe and Everything :-)

>

> Thanks for replying!

> Allan

>

> Sent from my iPod

>

> On 13 Dec 2008, at 22:26, "Founder." <bobroscow@...> wrote:

>

> > I'll have a stab at it. Just got to use up a few more words

first, so

> > that my stab at it comes lower down than the first sentence or

two, so

> > that anybody will only see my attempt if they click for the full

text,

> > blah, blah, that should do it.

> >

> > Erm, maybe you're using the sextidecimal (16-imal) system? So

that 41

> > became 29? So now you've just become twenty-ten rather than

thirty?

> > No?

> >

> > Bob

> >

> > In lbgc@..., "Allan Mertner" <allan@> wrote:

> > >

> > > On Wednesday this week, I could truthfully claim to be 29 years

old.

> > > Friends would sometimes look a little dubiously at me at this,

but I

> > > was mostly able to convince people of the truth of it.

> > >

> > > Alas, on Thursday the 11th, things changed. I am not now 30 as

you

> > > might have expected - I am in fact 42. Gone are the sweet

twenties,

> > > and the mid-forties with all that entails (beer belly, midlife

> > crisis,

> > > stomach ulcer, not enough time for boardgames and teenage

kids)

> > loom.

> > >

> > > How can this all have happened to me, so quickly?

> > >

> > > Any takers?

> > > Allan

> > >

> >

> >

> - Hi Dave,

you might be right!

grin...

Cheers

Felix

P.S.: I was like that before... I'm afraid that IS 'normal' for me.

Only for certain values of 'normal', of course.

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----

Von: "David Bullions" <davebullions@...>

Gesendet: 15.12.08 10:54:00

An: George Young <lbgc@...>

Betreff: RE: [lbgc] Re: Age

Felix

You really need to get out more ;-)

Dave

To: lbgc@...

From: felixkrul@...

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:25:39 +0000

Subject: [lbgc] Re: Age

Hi Alan,

besides from a 'happy birthday', I have a better one than changing

the number system on the fly...: You reduced the angle!

hae?

Well, as we all know: 9*6 = 42, right?

If you think of a scalar product, this is actually possible:

Let's say, you have a scalar product of two vectors A=9 and B=6 with

the lengths of a=9 and b=6.

Then the scalar product would be

A*B = a*b*cos(alpha)

where alpha = angle between A and B.

As we define A*B = 42, this means that the 'Douglas Adams world

answer angle' would be

alpha = arccos(A*B/a*b) = arccos(42/54) = 38.94244 Degrees

If we now say that the year before the equation is (completely

arbitrarily, of course)

9*6 = 41

then the angle would be

arccos(41/54) =

40.60106 degrees

Therefore you reduced your angle by more than one degree!

qed

cheers

Felix

'Very strange people, physicists. In m,y experience, the ones who

aren't actually dead are in some way very ill' (D. Adams)

--- In lbgc@..., Allan <allan@...> wrote:

>

> Yes, that is of course the answer.

>

> As a silver lining, my age is now the same as the answer to Life,

the

> Universe and Everything :-)

>

> Thanks for replying!

> Allan

>

> Sent from my iPod

>

> On 13 Dec 2008, at 22:26, "Founder." <bobroscow@...> wrote:

>

> > I'll have a stab at it. Just got to use up a few more words

first, so

> > that my stab at it comes lower down than the first sentence or

two, so

> > that anybody will only see my attempt if they click for the full

text,

> > blah, blah, that should do it.

> >

> > Erm, maybe you're using the sextidecimal (16-imal) system? So

that 41

> > became 29? So now you've just become twenty-ten rather than

thirty?

> > No?

> >

> > Bob

> >

> > In lbgc@..., "Allan Mertner" <allan@> wrote:

> > >

> > > On Wednesday this week, I could truthfully claim to be 29 years

old.

> > > Friends would sometimes look a little dubiously at me at this,

but I

> > > was mostly able to convince people of the truth of it.

> > >

> > > Alas, on Thursday the 11th, things changed. I am not now 30 as

you

> > > might have expected - I am in fact 42. Gone are the sweet

twenties,

> > > and the mid-forties with all that entails (beer belly, midlife

> > crisis,

> > > stomach ulcer, not enough time for boardgames and teenage

kids)

> > loom.

> > >

> > > How can this all have happened to me, so quickly?

> > >

> > > Any takers?

> > > Allan

> > >

> >

> >

>

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