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Numbers to throw atcha

Permalink 03/07/08 at 09:07:17 pm, by Ed, 464 words   English (US)
Categories: General, Programming



2, 3

What do these numbers have in common? They are all part of the post on the FindMyEd blog titled "Numbers to throw atcha".

First: 12563. That, according to Google, is the number of Google searches I have performed. Wow. That's a lot. In fact, that number is probably off by quite a bit on the low side, because I've used Google while not logged in as me, and before I even had a Google account. I started using Google... I don't know how long ago. At least four years ago. Before I started using Firefox, anyway. The oldest item listed on the things I've searched for was "Oblivion Demo" on March 20, 2006. This then took me to www.waiting4oblivion.com, apparently.

I doubt very much that that is in fact the first search I made after a Google account came under my name. I can't really be sure, but March is exactly 2 years ago from now, so maybe they purge data more than two years old, or maybe that's when they started keeping track like AOL did around that time. I don't know, but in any case, 2 years, at 12563 searches, is about 17 searches per day, or about 84 minutes between every Google search for the past two years. Of course, I don't search while asleep, so it's more like only, say, 15 hours a day on computer, which then averages to only 52 minutes between every search.

Okay, the other numbers. Three is the number of genders it takes to procreate if you're a Vissian. I found this interesting in particular, because Conway's Game of Life specifies such rules: If a dead cell is surrounded by exactly three live cells, the cell is born. The only explanation was the necessity of a slave-like cogenitor, of course. Or maybe a wetnurse or something. Whatever.

The other two numbers? Those are the first two numbers after the number 1 that are natural numbers. That's all. Oh, and they're the first two primes, but they're not considered twins, and they're also the number of surrounding cells that allow for continued life, near the beginning of the Fibonacci sequence, the series of numbers that represent the number of divisors of n, the partition of numbers.

The interesting thing to note here is that the website containing the information about these number sequences orders them by ID, and apparently, the "number of divisors of n" (id: 5) was a more important numerical sequence than "numbers" (id: 27). To be fair, these IDs go up to hundreds of thousands, so they're both pretty close to the beginning.

And apparently, in writing this, my search count has increased to 12568. I didn't even realize how often I searched. And I also didn't realize that I must have just taken 2 hours and 36 minutes to write this, if statistics reflect reality.

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