November 19th, 2006

math: do it sans limit

Okay, everyone, it's time for a good laugh.

First, I can't believe I missed this: US Pi Dollar Bill on the Rise. *snickers* That's what real life and NaNo have done to me. I so want to print that out on a dollar-sized piece of paper and show it off.

Second, to prove that I always will be a twelve-year-old inside. I was reading for astronomy earlier this afternoon when I got to the section on Uranus. The book provided a pronunciation guide. I cracked up. Then I laughed every time Uranus was mentioned for the rest of that section, especially when I got to the rings and the tilt of its axis.

Third, new icon courtesy of jiatra at obsessiveicons. There are more over there in the mathematical and scientific vein. Check them out!

Fourth, thanks to a conversation with Ryan yesterday I decided to waste half an evening laughing at my birth chart. Or rather, I went over to and decided to take a peek at my birth chart. Now keep in mind that I'm not a believer in astrology because astrology in itself is so general, and I don't think the time you were born can impact your personality, so this was a great laugh for me. Hey, at least I know what to do for entertainment next time.

Here are some of the diamonds of this if you don't want to read the whole thing:
Many Capricorns have mastered the art of making people laugh. Their sense of humor can be of the deadpan variety—they're generally excellent at keeping a straight face.

Lots of friends, relationships. She makes friends easily and uses her relationships to further professional success. Feelings of friendship are superficial. Lots of children.

She acts instinctively, but fortunately has a good sixth sense.

She does not listen to those around her, she is pretentious and goes to excess when eating.

If she does marry, she has little chance of finishing her days with the spouse, unless the partner gives her complete freedom and accepts her unfaithfulness.

Respects the religion in which she was brought up as a child, still holds this belief. (So if I respect it but don't follow it anymore, does that count? Oh well, it still goes in the gems.)

She is full of contradictions. (Okay, I'll give them this one.) She is original, tending to the eccentric, violent, headstrong, impatient and irascible. She fights to the bitter end to overcome hurdles, and has the strength to overcome them.
Now since I should probably acknowledge where they were right, too (and laugh even more where they were wrong), here's the whole thing. Also, should you choose to read the whole thing, you can see where everything comes from.

The Sun represents vitality, a sense of individuality and outward-shining creative energy.

Sun in Capricorn

Capricorn is a feet-on-the-ground, eye-on-the-prize sign. Those with Sun in Capricorn have a realistic, grounded approach to life that can be seen no matter how dreamy the rest of the birth chart suggests. These people know how to do things, and to get things done. Some Capricorns naturally turn their backs on things they deem too frivolous. They are very much concerned with things that are worthwhile—and that includes their own lives. Capricorns want to do and be something worthwhile. Like their Earth signs relatives, Taurus and Virgo, they need to feel useful and effective in the real world in order to be satisfied with their lives. But the Capricorn spin on the earth signs is that Capricorn possesses a stronger need for recognition in a worldly sense. They have a strong sense of society and its framework, and they feel most secure when they feel they are doing their part within that framework.

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