September 20 – October 2, 2010

Okay, okay…I’ll put up a new thread.  I know Mad-Eye Moody would probably be roaring “Constant vigilance!” a lot if he knew me.  I need to reboot my attention span.


21 thoughts on “September 20 – October 2, 2010

  1. Of course I’m following Mark Reads Harry Potter. I made it through Mark Reads Twilight and in the process became rather a fan of Mark. It was just so sad to see him descending into fits of apoplectic rage as he struggled not to set Stephenie Meyer’s head on fire with his mind. Mark Reads Harry Potter is a rather less stressful experience for everyone concerned, as Mark has fallen in love with the books and become the world’s most devout fanboy. Witnessing someone experience the books for the first time is actually pretty refreshing.

    However, I don’t think Moody’s presence in the post was entirely Mark’s fault. I reread the books a few weeks ago, not because of Mark but because I was teaching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to a bunch of undergrads, and I just sort of started picking up the other volumes. (Well, Mark probably helped.)

    Incidentally, anyone who wonders what on earth Stefan and I are going on about should follow this link.

  2. eleventh (fez or not): you have a knack for keeping people on the edge of their seats! Hopefully not for a year, though…

    Let the Quest to find Casey begin!

    My theory: he has opened a restaurant opposite the Royal York. Evidence here:

  3. Does Casey (well Baldwin now) live in a house or an apartment? I thought it was an apartment judging from the last few comics but I can see a house on the opposite street (a rather large house too).

    Yes, opening a restaurant with your own name, now if that ain’t trying to be inconspicuous (not to mention original, original fried chicken that is).

  4. It’s an apartment, but it’s an apartment in a house. In Toronto, it’s fairly common to find oldish houses in nice-ish neighbourhoods subdivided into several separate living units. A friend of mine lives in a house that contains three apartments: a three-bedroom on the main floor and smaller ones upstairs and in the basement. Baldwin lives in a one-bedroom unit on the first floor of the house; there’s a larger unit next door, as well as some others upstairs and downstairs.

  5. Excellent – looking forward to Marie’s quest. Necronomicon in one hand, silver key in the other, follow Casey ;-).

  6. Would it be surprising if I say I don’t like a good mystery? Unless of course what you mean by good is solved and not one of those unsolved good mystery, man I hate those things, trying to be all artsy and “leave it to the viewer’s imagination”. If I wanted to leave it to my imagination I wouldn’t be watching/reading it in the first place… *cough* hint hint.

  7. I predict that we are expected to be able to figure this one out, or at least come up with a decent guess. It has been mentioned that the number seven is significant in a number of stories, and from the lack of further information, it seems safe to assume that there exist parallels between this story and a story in which the number seven features prominently. It is at this point that I run out of steam, because I am, in fact, a mathematically oriented person, and will almost certainly not be familiar with whatever story it ends up being. The only thing I’m coming up with is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which makes no sense. I think. Honestly, I don’t remember it that well.

  8. Well, anyone who knows me personally is aware of my love of folk tales. This is not a Disney-oriented sort of love; this is an “I-spent-several-years-reading-nothing-but-collections-of-folk-tales-from-numerous-cultures” kind of love, which means that I have an encyclopedic knowledge of tale types and motifs, a fact that my terrified students are just beginning to realise. As far as I am concerned, the folk tales in which the number seven features number in the thousands. However, it is certainly safe to say that folk tales–or at least folk-tale motifs–will feature (sometimes subtly, sometimes with a hammer-like bluntness) in almost everything I write.

    Carry on.

  9. 7 is a great number.
    Double Mersenne prime, You can make students practice vector cross products in 7 dimensions – and of course 7 base units in SI for physicists.

    erwaro, You can remain firmly rooted in maths and still have fun with it ;-).
    You don’t have to dig into things like Cúchulainn’s seven fingers, etc.

    (And after this Kari drops an off-field bomb like Casey was solving the seven Millennium Prize Problems in his spare time, and ran off to grab his Fields medal, no mythology or folk tales involved folks, see You in the maths department 😀 .)

  10. “This is not a Disney-oriented sort of love; this is an “I-spent-several-years-reading-nothing-but-collections-of-folk-tales-from-numerous-cultures” kind of love”?
    Good lord! I did not realise I was reading a love comic, ackkkkk I have been trick, trick, now I am melting meltin….

    Speaking of numbers and folk tales, doesn’t the number 3 appear more prominently than the number 7? 3 wishes, 3 bears, 3 sisters etc…

  11. Well, if my love of folk tales bothers you because it involves the word “love,” you may want to go duck your head in a bucket of ice water and leave it there for a long, long time.

    The number 3 is, indeed, the most important number in Western folk tales, probably because of the Rule of Three (basically: two = too few, four = too many, three = just right). 3 tends to be a satisfying number; it allows for repetition but not too much repetition. It also causes a build-up and release of tension (introduction, rising action, culmination). The Rule of Three applies not just to folk and fairy tales but to stories in many formats.

    Other numbers important in folk tales are 4 (winds, directions), 7 (sisters, brothers, swans, days in the week, years), and 12 (princes, princesses, months). In Middle Eastern folk tales, the number 40 crops up a lot (as it does in the Bible) and basically stands for “a lot.” Folk tales are full of numbers.

  12. Well you did mention Disney and then Love which automatically Disneyified to become tears jerking, sickeningly sweet, can’t live, must have love.

    3 also appear in a number of famous Chinese legend, such as the 3 blood brothers of Shu and the 3 sibling of Wu in Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
    And one of the oldest Chinese legend to have superhero type character: Ten Brothers, obviously has the number 10.
    Another classic, “Water Margin” feature up to 108 characters known as the 108 Stars of Destiny.

  13. Well, yes, but that wouldn’t tell me what was going on here, would it? Unless it did. Maybe actuarial science can help here. The seven years thing was clearly decided upon before hand, either at the start, or, possibly but with small probability, at the first yearly meeting. So what sort of things require seven years to blow over/be forgotten about/cease to stand out as a statistic/reach the statute of limitations?

    And let me just say that you have reminded me very much of my own room. Or, technically, half of a room. It’s a bit cleaner now, because I needed to find some things, and will hopefully be moving out in a few months, but it did and does resemble a living space that has had a dumpster emptied on top of it.

  14. How about I make a deal with Barbara? I go through her apartment and throw out all her junk, and she does the same for mine.

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