i knew one is on top and the other is at the bottom of a cave but i keep forgetting. unless you’re into spelunking, you’ll probably not remember as you don’t use it in your everyday life. i learned of a “nifty trick” today: the ‘c’ in stalactite is for ceiling, while the ‘g’ in stalagmite is for ground.

i’m not a theoretical physicist so i don’t know much about (super) string theory except that it’s supposed to be a unified “theory of everything” (bridging Einstein’s general relativity and the field of Quantum Mechanics: in short, making the “physics of big things” consistent with the “physics of small things” and that there are n-dimensions in reality. i say n because , for some reason, i thought there were 17 and when i consulted the web: some said 10, 11, or 26 (proving you can’t rely on it for accurate information and that my main take away is some things don’t have to seen in order for their existence to be believed). but i digress…

here are samples of “simple” conversions from integer to string in Python:


transmogrify is my favourite word i learned from the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes. i like it because there are sometimes muliple “layers”.

Python has some built-in functions to do some “basic” type conversion. however, i’ve learned “recently” that sometimes additional conversion is required to “prove mastery” (aside from logic) so my next discussions should involve these to be more pragmatic.

i previously knew about the tilde (as i speak Filipino (and can slightly understand a little of two other dialects) which has some words influenced by Spanish) and the umlaut (because of an individual in an organisation i used to work for). i recently found out the general term for it is a diacritic mark in a text mining course.

i’m a computer guy (and not a linguist) that mainly used ASCII – apparently EDCDIC supposedly addresses this “diversity” of letters but have to take this fact “at face value” since i don’t speak other languages.

i can’t help but be reminded of an anecdote of one of my batch mates that matter-of-factly corrected another that chocolate “mouse” isn’t the right way of saying it but since it’s a French word, it should be pronounced as “mouse-say” 😉

in Australia it’s a public holiday – from my “research” it’s also a day off in the Netherlands (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Monday). from what i know, it’s also a statutory federal holiday in Canada but most employers also “recognise” the day. Moreover in Great Britain, some parts “honour” it as a ban holiday.

it is also called Bright Monday or Renewal Monday (as Orthodox Christians also celebrate Bright, Renewal, or Pascha Week).

it’s supposedly a day of rest after Easter Sunday but i suspect partly due to the number of Greek immigrants – and partly due to have holidays spread-off “evenly” in Australia (that’s why the Queen’s Birthday is celebrated on different dates across states/territories not corresponding to the monarch’s actual birth).

i could be wrong as my Google search didn’t yield an “exact” answer. Does anybody know the actual origin?

rabbits are associated with life because they are “notorious” for being fertile and have a lot of offspring at a time.

i thought that eggs represented new life that’s why they were linked to Easter. historically, people were once expected to abstain from eggs during Holy Week and only partake in them from Easter onwards. the tradition of decorating them evolved instead of eating them. i’m not sure why we hide them though.

i also wonder why eggs are now made from chocolate. i suspect it began as a successful marketing ploy – similar to the efforts of a famous soft drink company as to why St. Nick’s suit is now red.

if you have (or know of) any theories, i’d like to hear them.

from what i can tell a tetrahedron is technically a type of pyramid. it has four sides (three triangular faces and a triangular base). it’s also called a regular pyramid. the main reason i was exposed to it was because of the 4-sided die in Dungeons & Dragons.

the Egyptian pyramids are also called square pyramids. they have five sides (four triangles “visible” and a square base). our understanding is primarily “shaped” by this fact.

i’m not a mathematician, so out of curiosity, what’s the definition of a pyramid?

is my understanding correct?