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this is like the thing with pluto, but less understandable, and involves laundry
children of dune - leto 1
seperis
Dear Fandom,

Okay, granted, xkcd started it, but still. Is the Banach-Tarski Paradox supposed to tap dance on the conservation of matter or am I missing a key point that make this make sense? I mean, fuck Euclidean geometry, I was always terrible at geometry, but this is screwing with how I internalize the universe so stop that shit, mmmkay?

God, this is like when they de-planeted Pluto.

Axiom of Choice is almost like, understandable in comparison.

Note: Admittedly, my reaction to Banach-Tarski and Axiom of Choice may be based on the entire sock construction, being that there's an assumption that socks are paired for choice when experience states the dryer inevitably eats one of every pair. Wait, is the dryer exercising Axiom of Choice in choosing one sock from the pair (bin) with no rule on how to pick and let's face it, sock-eating dryers are in fact infinite? If bin is a pair, socks are--objects? And Axion of Choice is what happens when there's no built-in selection mechanism? Ergo, my dryer performs higher mathematics in set theory every day.

I have no idea what it means that I'm relating my issues with laundry to mathematical theory. I'm honestly not entirely sure what I just wrote. But I am wondering if this can be used to find missing socks. And are they all white socks?

SGA totally destroys people's ability to nod blindly and not google this shit.

--Seperis, with a headache

Context at fandom_wank.

ETA: Melannen uses food coloring to visualize the paradox. I like the part about upper limit sizes. I still have a headache.

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*blink*

uh.....huh? o_O

SGA totally destroys people's ability to nod blindly and not google this shit. So true.

In Defense of Dryers:

I once used a lingerie laundry bag (made of mesh with a zippered top) for my socks, hoping that the extra containment would reduce loss. My bag developed a small hole, about the size of a medium blueberry. When transferring the bag from washer to dryer, I often found a sock squeezed halfway out of the hole, leading me to surmise that the sock was desperately trying to escape.

My belief is that the washer and the dryer may be accomplices in the sock's bid for freedom, and that they are not sock-eating villains as they are usually portrayed. Further, when contemplating the life of a sock; kept in a dark drawer until used as a cushion between foot and shoe, surrounded by sweat, bacteria, and fungi; one can easily see that a brave and doughty sock might seek the alternative of flight into the unknown.

Ooh, thanks to the link to Melannen, that makes me understand it.

The "thing with Pluto" is not a done deal, and many astronomers continue to view Pluto as a planet. Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed by hundreds of professional astronomers in a formal petition led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto. The debate over the planetary status of Pluto and all dwarf planets is very much ongoing. You can find out more from my Pluto Blog at http://laurele.livejournal.com

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