[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. VII-1] Modularity!

On October 1, I worked through the night, and realized the next day that I had failed to write an O.C.T.O.B.E.R. blog post, in order to continue a two-day losing streak from last year’s O.C.T.O.B.E.R.

I had promised in the VII-2 post that I would find a way to make it up.

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Lab, library, Web, bike, phone

I’m going to use all five of these terms in three related sentences by the end of this post. They seem somewhat connected already, but the evidence will be clear by the end of the night.

I’ll start with the first one connecting lab and library:

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[M.A.P.L.E. VII-14] Kansapolis

What in the world is that name? Well, although it could be a made-up city name, it’s really some sort of translation of a real city name.

While I was walking with Dina yesterday, the name of one of the US cities with -polis in its name came up, and then I made other city names based on that ending.

Let’s consider three cities in the United States that end in the morpheme “-polis.”

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Mirage from the reflection

This is a pretty quick post, and I figure that I might as well have some quick posts as warm-up for M.A.P.L.E. in a few weeks, because I’m not going to fail the challenge this time!

This afternoon, I went to Lentz Hall to get some copies picked up. As I walked over, it was brisk (temperatures in the 30’s Fahrenheit), and I noticed what appeared to be an orange sailboat on the lake.

Hmm. Strange, unless there’s a really hardy-har-har out there!

Nope, it wasn’t a sailboat.

It was a reflection of a traffic cone onto the door and the glass overlooking the lake!

I’m an idiot. (If the cone is still there tomorrow, I’ll try to reproduce the picture and load it in here.)


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היום אחת-עשר יום–שהם שבוע אחד וארבעה ימים לעומר.

Madison: 52 days

Alaska: 81 days