Enigma 1078: Think - From New Scientist #2234, 15th April 2000 In the two multiplications shown (where both products are identical), all the digits have been replaced by letter...
Thursday, October 26, 2006
From skeletons to extensions...
Here are a couple more pictures from the Eden project. These were painted by visiting shaman in the Tropical biome.
So what have I been up to?
The Zero Balancing course was hard work - so much so that my hands hurt too much to do the final full ZB on a person so I did it on a skeleton. The skeleton was called Wellington. You can do ZB on a skeleton because the target for most of the moves is bone.
The next day I decided it was finally time to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and what did I find but that the Dog from the title is called Wellington and the boy telling the story is Christopher Boone - very like bone.... I suspect the author of a little joke here about dogs and bones... and for me it turned out to be a great synchronicity!
Then somehow I found myself going through my book shelves and pulling out lots of books that I needed to pass on to someone else. I've put 60 onto Amazon.co.uk's marketplace and took as many as I could carry to a charity shop. And tonight one of my Amazon books has sold - yippee!
I was a bit miffed when I started listing books to discover that although Amazon charge the buyer £2.75 for postage and packing - as the seller I only see £2.32 of that. And of course they take 17.25% of the price paid for the item as well, oh and another 86p... I've been carefully weighing books and trying to figure out what size they'll be when wrapped to work out what I'll be charged at the post office:
Length: 353mm max
Width: 250mm max
Thickness: 25mm max
Weight range Second Class
Length: over 353mm
Width: over 250mm
Thickness: over 25mm
Weight range Second Class
There are definitely people selling things on amazon who are going to be paying to sell them... for an item listed at 1p the seller receives £1.41 and Amazon make a condition that you use new packing materials... no recycled jiffy bags allowed... plus you must include a receipt... and not many books are going to slip into the large letter category...
Tonight I also parcelled up three books to send to a friend and because one was only a large letter size it turned out to be cheaper to send them as two parcels - of course I'm using recycled packaging for these.
Gosh I've gone all nerdy on postage!
The other thing I've been doing is working out how we might do a small extension to our house... I'll need to get an architect to tell me if there is any mileage in it... I hope it will turn out to be the kind of thing one can get planning permission to do and that won't cost heaps and heaps... its not large but it would improve the flow of the house and give us a wonderful bathroom and ensuite!