He has been a good and valued friend for many years.
He and my adoptive father were roughly contemporaneous and firm friends though on many issues related to religion they were on opposite sides. But, that was the beauty and magic of WHAT WAS Ceylon in the 1950s and 1960s. Folks were still friends, relatives and neighbors irrespective of religion.
Father Gomis is a wonderful human being. And to I, that is all that matters. He is now 85-years old.
Over the last few years he has been using the ‘+’ in front of his name.
That is not a plus sign. It is meant to be a CROSS. It is meant to connote a title assumed by clergy in the medieval times — that of a SINNER. So, the ‘+’ indicates that the Archbishop is signing himself, out of HUMILITY, as a ‘sinner’.
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So, with no further ado, let me please wish you a “Very Happy St. Andrew’s Day 2017”.
“Proof by Nine” (I have always called it (possibly incorrectly) “Proof of Nine”) is a clever and totally foolproof way to check your multiplication — without having to rely on a calculator or an electronic device. I was taught it, in Ceylon, at school, probably when I was around 6 or 7, as an integral part of learning to do multiplication. We are talking the early 1960s. We did NOT, especially in Ceylon, have calculators or for that matter even slide rules. So “Proof of Nine” was the ONLY way we had — and even our teachers — of checking the correctness of multiplication.
The 3rd image below (albeit purely scanned) in its first paragraph spells out EVERYTHING as it pertained to I. I would do “Proof of Nine”, by rote, as soon as I did a multiplication by hand. I still do it TODAY, for the fun of it. I have tried to teach the kids but they don’t fully grasp it.
The two articles I show here try to explain it very well. I did this diagram to show you the basic mechanics AND I KNOW that most of you are going to say that it is totally confusing.
Shame that they don’t teach it in school. Because all of us would know how to do it.
PLEASE look it up. It is very neat and awfully handy if you don’t have any other means to check a multiplication.
I start by drawing the slanted ‘X’. The I come up with the two vertical numbers, in this case 5 & 7. I do that by repeatedly adding the digits until I have but one digit. I ALWAYS throw out any 9 I encounter — and even digits that together add up to nine.
I multiply 5 x 7. That is 35. Add the digits. 8.
I add up the digits in 336518. I notice two obvious pairings that come to 9. 3+6 & 1+8. I throw those out. Actually it will still work IF I didn’t throw them out! All comes out in the wash. Well it adds up to 8.
The same ‘8’ I got when I multiplied 5×7 and got 35. The two ‘8’s match. The multiplication was RIGHT.
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Today, Boxing Day, December 26, 2013 Would Have Been Comet ISON’s Closest Approach to Earth IF It Had Survived …
…by Anura Guruge
Comet ISON Still Has One Surprise Left! A Ghostly Goodbye In Mid-January 2014. A Comet ISON Meteor Shower. The Last Hurrah.
…by Anura Guruge
Just because it went POOF doesn’t mean it didn’t leave its mark.
It left millions and millions of miles of dust and debris in its wake
— along the path it followed towards its fateful
tryst with the Sun.
That it had a 20 – 30% chance of going POOF was always on the cards.
I had covered it, in my 5 possible perihelion scenarios,
in all my ISON books.
We also knew that the Earth would cross Comet ISON’s INBOUND trail in mid-January 2014.
That will still happen.
That should produce a meteor shower of some form.
That is a given. Laws of physics.
We will cut across the dust and debris it left behind.
Nearly all meteor showers have to do with Earth crossing the debris trail left behind by a comet.
We have talked about that before. So this is NOT magic.
I will, of course, keep you appraised as we get closer and closer.
…by Anura Guruge
>> Comet ISON presentation —
>> Oct. 22, 2013.
>> Comet ISON looking good —
>> Oct. 21, 2013.
>> Comet ISON over NH —
>> Oct. 16, 2013.
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Comet ISON prospects, quite literally, are getting brighter by the day.
It is intact and is becoming more ‘active’, i.e., spewing out more gas and dust which is what leads to the coma and tail, by the minute.
Right now it is travelling at more than 10 miles PER SECOND. That is in excess of 38,000 miles per hours. So it is getting closer to the Sun at a very fast clip.
Ameteur astronomers using backyard telescopes are capturing some amazing pictures. Check this one from October 5, from Austria (that is in Europe).
On November 2, 2013, i.e., next week, it will cross Earth’s orbit for the first time, i.e., inbound (towards Sun) crossing. Check this post for orbital diagram.
But, on that day Earth is way off to the right — 112 MILLION miles away, that is 1.2 x the Earth-Sun distance.
So, we will not be able to see Comet ISON, naked eye, on November 2.
The EARLIEST possibility for a potential glimpse is November 17 — some of this also having to do with moonlight getting in the way.
Closer to the 17th, as things become more clear, I will post an update.
It might not be the ‘Comet of the Century’, but it is still on track to be one heck of a comet.
.by Anura Guruge
Our insurances, auto and property (combined), comes up for renewal towards the end of this month.
We had been with Hanover, through our local Alton agents at Cross, for a number of years. We have not made any claims during that period. But, when I got my renewal papers all my rates had gone up — in particular the rates for the property (i.e., house) insurance. Did not make sense to me. Then I had a chat with our, always delightful, agent. She tells me it is because of the glut of ‘recent’ natural disasters around the country — and even in our backyard (and I do mean our backyard) in terms of the 2008 (or was in 2009) tornado. But, it irks me. So on principle I am terminating my policy with Hanover.
Checked out GEICO. Their auto insurance is a TAD, and I really do mean a ‘tad’, cheaper. But, they don’t themselves write property insurance. They go to another underwriter. Their property insurance rates are HIGH and they knew it. Together, with all of the bundlings discounts, it is still MORE EXPENSIVE than what I am being quoted by Hanover. So much for GEICO. You have to be careful with them. ALL they really want to do is to get a bank account number or credit card so that they can start billing you ASAP. I was not impressed.
I can’t get hold of a Progressive Insurance Agent! I would pay MORE to have insurance with Progressive because I love their ads. So I am willing to pay, say $40 a year more, just so that I can feel proud when the Ads come on. But we don’t seem to have any local Progressive Agents.
Yes, my agent has found me another firm which is fractionally cheaper — provided I write her a check close to $2,000 to cover the whole year! [My 21 year old son, who likes to speed (like his dad he claims), is on our policy. That explains about $400 of that premium.]
But, just a heads up. Check your insurance rates.