The Obverse

This post is part of a four-part series on logical reversal. The truth may lie on the other side or in the other direction, but there is more than one way to reverse a sentence: obverting, converting, inverting, and contraposing are four ways. Two Jews meet in a railway carriage at a station in Galicia. […]

What does “Cheers” mean in Canada?

“Cheers!” can be used while toasting, where it is equivalent to Salud! Down the hatch! Santé! Indeed it is, me old cock, and long may your big jib draw! etc. But there is another use, purportedly equivalent to thank you “when giving or receiving something”. Wait. When giving? Who says thank you when giving something? […]

Base-seven Multiplication

I woke this morning thinking about base-seven numbers. Realizing that the standard base-ten multiplication process must work as well in base seven, I had to try it before getting out of bed. Base-seven numbers use powers of seven rather than powers of ten, so the digits turn over after 6. Counting in base seven goes […]

In a drunken stupor

Reading The Odyssey (Rieu translation), I’m loving the gory descriptions. Here’s one that stands out – describing the Cyclops, Polyphemus, who’s been snacking on Odysseus’ friends, and whom Odysseus has finally succeeded in intoxicating with his prized dark wine. (The wine was given him by Maron, son of Euanthes and priest of Apollo, from a […]