Why can we find geometric shapes in the night sky? How can we know that at least two people in London have exactly the same number of hairs on their head? And why can patterns be found in just about any text — even Vanilla Ice lyrics? Is there a deeper meaning?
The answer is no, and we know that thanks to a mathematical principle called Ramsey theory. So what is Ramsey theory? Simply put, it states that given enough elements in a set or structure, some particular interesting pattern among them is guaranteed to emerge.
The mathematician T.S. Motzkin once remarked that, “while disorder is more probable in general, complete disorder is impossible.” The sheer size of the Universe guarantees that some of its random elements will fall into specific arrangements, and because we evolved to notice patterns and pick out signals among the noise, we are often tempted to find intentional meaning where there may not be any. So while we may be awed by hidden messages in everything from books, to pieces of toast, to the night sky, their real origin is usually our own minds.
The strangest, and sometimes the most painful thing about leaving a chapter of your life behind is that you don’t really know you’re on the next chapter until you look back and realize you can’t “go home,” anymore. You’re in a new place, doing a new thing, and this is your home, now. The people surrounding you are your new family. The familiar patterns and schedules you used to take for granted are now memories. You can’t go back, and you can’t stand still, so all you can do is keep going forward. It’s scary, sometimes, and the disconnection can hurt for a long time. Thankfully, I’m surrounded by good people, I love my new job, and the house I now reside in is comfortable and secure. We’re in the process of making it ours, painting walls, putting down new flooring. Slowly opening boxes. Trying to give away, recycle or throw out things we no longer need.
This morning it was 31 degrees out and I gleefully scraped ice off my windshield before work. Every tells me I’ll learn to hate snow, but honestly I think that’s a far off yet. I’m done with 100+ degree summers and winters that are nothing but cold rain and black ice in a city that has no concept of salting streets. At least people here don’t regularly die from exposure trapped in their car or home while 911 gives a constant busy signal. But the Triangle not knowing how to deal with winter conditions is a completely different subject. I don’t feel in danger here just because there’s a little ice, is the point.
Delaware is beautiful. All reports of it having constant gross rainy weather are greatly exaggerated, at least in Newark. An hour from the coast, there’s a constant breeze, and just as many beautiful blue days as stormy ones. The air is so clear here, compared to anywhere else I’ve ever lived. I can’t get over just how blue the sky is. I’ve gotten so used to there being a constant haze over the larger cities I’ve lived in. It’s literally and figuratively a breath of fresh air.
So much has changed. Right now, I’m on a daytime schedule, which is very hard for me. I did a lot of my Internetting–including writing and finding artwork and posting to tumblr–between calls while I was at work. When I’m not at work, I’m usually up to something else, or I’m sleeping. I don’t have a lot of spare energy, so I have to ration it, most days. Unfortunately that has meant staying away from any form of social media, these last several months.
Slowly, things are settling into a new pattern, and I’m starting to find time between doing other things to check up on my e-mail and messages. There are so many. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to even start answering them until now. I’ve tried, a couple of times, and just wasn’t able to keep it up. I think, and hopefully I won’t jinx myself saying this, that will start to change in the coming months, and I’ll have more time to be here and talk and post. I still haven’t forgotten about that forum. I still intend to finish it (and I still need help with graphics for it).
I don’t usually participate in Nano, but I’ve thought of doing it this year. I don’t want to promise anything, but I have an idea I’d like to try out, and part of it involves posting here daily, or at least as often as I can manage. We’ll see–if life just hands me too much to do, I’ll have to abstain, but time and energy willing, I might have something fun for you, since I once again will miss out on Halloween (though if I remember correctly, my queue will not).
Speaking of queues…mine will run out on the 31st of December. So I have something of a deadline. If I am not here and posting by that date, my account will go silent, and I desperately don’t want that to happen. I’ll do my very best to be more present by then.
I’ve had other changes in my life, as well, that have been as profound as my relocation. I can’t say a whole lot about that except I’m constantly astounded by the wonderful people I have in my life, and that includes people I’ve met here. The FFVIII community has literally changed my life for the better, and I have never been more grateful. You might not know it, but you’re a part of it. Thank you.
I hope to be including tumblr in my daily activities again, soon.
Oh and looks like the new episodes will premiere tomorrow afternoon FIRST before their Disney XD premieres. That’s a change of pace given that the other original animated XD shows (ones that are good like Gravity Falls and Star Vs., definitely Wander Over Yonder) don’t air their shows often on Disney Channel which they do deserve to show up there during weekends (like Disney XD on Disney Channel block). And they even had Pickle and Peanut premiere some episodes on Disney Channel a few months ago! Well, I guess not all will ever get that treatment after the decision to move all of the original animated show to Disney XD and only pick a few ones instead of a routine showing every weekend.
That aside, well, Disney does trust Dan and Swampy given Phineas and Ferb’s big success, so I guess good on them for introuducing the DC viewers Milo. Hope they can make up for the underwhelming XD ratings at the start. Cause right now they expect the show to do as well as P&F money wise.
The only Disney XD shows that aired on Disney Channel currently (this does not include previously aired shows that ended their run even and when they first premiered on Disney Channel, except for a few ones based on popularity in ratings and company interests):
Walk the Prank (very popular show, it took up the whole block in most of the weeks within each month)
Lab Rats Elite Force
Star Vs. The Forces of Evil
Gravity Falls (highest rated shows on Disney XD, so no surprise they’ll rerun the best episodes on DC)
Pickle and Peanut (random episodes to fill in time and considered modest profits from XD given its cheap budget from the other animated shows with higher budgets)
Phineas and Ferb (it did much to the channel and XD, so no surprise)
Star Wars Rebels
Soon: Milo Murphy’s Law (might as well call it the Disney Channel/XD Original Series from now on, first time in 2 years)
Original Animated Shows that have aired on Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD (as the Disney XD on Disney Channel Block):
Phineas and Ferb (All of the episodes with XD premieres of the last few S1 episodes to its series finale in both times and channels)
Gravity Falls (All episodes with first XD premieres for S2)
Wander Over Yonder (First 14 overall episodes for DC, XD premieres for the rest of S1 and all of S1 aired on DC, S2 only premiered on XD, no plans for DC premieres for the rest of the series; last original animated show to switch to Disney XD during its S1 run)
Shows that premiered its first episode on Disney Channel before airing the rest on the Disney XD on Disney Channel Block:
Star Vs. the Forces of Evil (Series Premiere only, had some S1 and S2 episode premieres on DC on occasions after their XD premieres)
Penn Zero: Part Time Hero (Series Premiere only as a Christmas Special, had a few DC premieres after XD premieres, but has since never aired the rest)
Did I ever mention how much I love cooler weather and less humidity? It adds time to my morning routine of getting ready, but oh the things that I can do with my hair without going poof!. While I was getting ready this morning the elusive cat appeared to watch me put my make-up on.
Dinner last night was absolutely delicious and super healthy since I only had one serving of pasta and it was whole wheat pasta.
The scenery is absolutely beautiful with the trees changing colors and the deer out at dusk. Ahhh I just love it up here. And to be sharing all these wonderful things with M just completes my heart in more ways than I can imagine.
hey I wanted to tell you that im proud of you if you did your homework. and im proud of you if you did only part of it. and im proud of you if you tried but couldnt do it for whatever reason. and im proud of you even if you felt like trying was pointless. im proud of you and youre so so important and great!
Oh my Chuck that’s all I have?? I need to get busy, you guys.
From looking at this it seems I either start a fic with a long dramatic sentence, or a short sentence that requires the reading of the next one to make sense. Also five fics in a row started with the word “Sam,” haha.
Didn’t think this would take 40 minutes to draw XD time does fly
I’m hoping this is what you asked for by saying bb Stan or ford. So a baby ford? X3 he’s in a onesy with planets and stars on it. This is for my friend @embulalia