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posted by mediareport (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
To be added: the 2006 federal budget.
posted by fatllama at 8:38 PM on April 18, 2005

From The Limit of Delta X Over Delta Y:

Jim ignored her. "Let's say two people together make a couple. We'll call the male y and the female x. And let's say that in this couple, the way they function together is such that the male is dominant by a power of two. That means y=x2. It's a curve. You can plot it on a graph," He drew the parabola in the air for them. "So, assuming x =10 for the initial value of the female, this fixes y = 100 as the initial value of the male. Got it so far? Okay, suppose x increases to x = 12, what's the change in x and y?"

Magda said, "Delta x is 2, delta y is 44."

"Very good. Now if you plug in different values, you see that as x diminishes, so does y. As the influence of the female diminishes, so does the male's This to me is the interesting part. They work together as a co-dependent unit. They're tied to each other. The thing we want to find out is, when you compare the change in x with the change in y, what's the limit of the ratio, delta y over delta x, as delta x approaches zero?"

Pure poetry.
posted by painquale at 9:01 PM on April 18, 2005

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posted by dreamsign at 9:35 PM on April 18, 2005

Too bad it's only fiction, because wouldn't Hundred Thousand Billion Poems be a great addition?
Wikpediai: "Raymond Queneau’s Hundred Thousand Billion Poems or One hundred million million poems (original French title: Cent Mille Milliards de Poèmes), published in 1961, is a set of ten sonnets. They are printed on card with each line on a separated strip, like a heads-bodies-and-legs book. As all ten sonnets have not just the same rhyme scheme but the same rhyme sounds, any lines from a sonnet can be combined with any from the nine others, so that there are 1014 (= 100,000,000,000,000) different poems. It would take some 200,000,000 years to read them all, even reading twenty-four hours a day."
Here's an internet version to play with.
posted by taz at 11:47 PM on April 18, 2005

dreamsign: one of the greatest movies ever.
posted by Dark Messiah at 7:02 AM on April 19, 2005

This is pretty cool.
posted by mikeweeney at 7:11 AM on April 19, 2005

Bart: Hello there, fellow Shelbyvillians.

Martin2: Wait a minute. If you're from Shelbyville, how come we've never seen you at school?

Bart: I don't go to school.

Nelson2: OK. What's two plus two?

Bart: Five.

Nelson2: Oh. Story checks out.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 7:19 AM on April 19, 2005

No love for this thread?

I'd bookmarked this link seconds after I saw it.
posted by dreamsign at 6:45 PM on April 20, 2005

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