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November 19, 2012

Tally another rodent

Most of my public internet trail recently has been about little girls, and Izzy has not been getting his proper attention.

Therefore, I should announce that this morning he presented for tagging his first mouse of the season. (Mouse hunting season in most of the states he’s lived in runs from September 1 to August 31.) This is his first mouse of his second decade of hunting.

I was thinking about his record today, and unless I’m forgetting some, of the six places we’ve lived with him, he’s caught mice in three, and in a fourth he caught three bats(!) which I count as mice with wings. He also caught a mouse once while visiting A’s parents, so I make his total somewhere around eight non-flying mice and three flying mice.

I have a hunch he’s not done in this house, either.

Posted by pjm at 9:37 PM | Comments (0)

November 12, 2012

What if?

I don’t remember when I started reading XKCD regularly, but their new “What If?” feature has me stifling inappropriate laughter on a regular basis.

An example: a recent piece on the probability of electoral ties compares the odds of nine swing states all producing equal vote totals for the top two candidates with the odds of some fairly unlikely events, including being struck by a bale of cocaine dropped from an airplane, a tornado, and a meteorite strike. (Along the way we learn that a typical location in Florida “…experiences an average 1.4 picotornados per second … a Florida resident suffers an average of 0.64 femtodeaths per second from meteorite impacts … the average person in Florida is struck by an average of 29 zeptobales of cocaine per second” and the average income of a typical acre of Florida land derived from falling bales of cocaine.)

So if you like the absurdum part of reductio ad absurdum, you’ll like What If?

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