# Unique

Today we will all be fortunate enough to experience a ‘once in a lifetime event’. At one point today, around midday, clocks and calendars will give a combined consecutive numerical reading of 12:34:56 07/08/09 – Which is believed to only occur once every 100 years.

Thus, at 34 minutes and 56 seconds past 12:00 hours (12 pm), on Friday the 7th of August 2009, we will experience a centennial moment in time in which the first zeroless pandigital number can be used to precisely pinpoint the exact date and time.

In layman’s terms: all nine numerical digits, which hold a value greater than zero and which make up all arithmetic equations, will present themselves at a single point in time, in numerical order from smallest to largest, via the most well known sequence of numbers in existence: 123456789.

12:34:56  07/08/09

Personally I find this to be incredibly interesting. Particularly because I do have an inclination and mild obsession with numerical sequences and geometric symmetry. Consequently, I found a few interesting facts and figures concerning this first zeroless pandigital numbered sequence. For those who do not know, a pandigital number is in fact “an integer that in a given base, has among its significant digits, each digit used in the base at least once” (Wikipedia.com, 2009).

In most instances, the number ‘777’ is considered to be one of luck. It is also considered to be a symbol of absolute perfection. As it so happens, this number has an evenly symmetrical number of solutions, in both descending and ascending order, using the numbers 123456789 and by only ‘adding’ and ‘subtracting’. The solutions are (Martin Gardner, 02 June 2009):

Ascending                                                          Descending

– 12 – 3 + 4 + 5 – 6 + 789 = 777              – 9 – 8 + 765 – 4 + 32 + 1 = 777

– 12 + 3 – 4 – 5 + 6 + 789 = 777               98 + 7 + 654 – 3 + 21 = 777

Have you ever wondered what it would look like to display all the numbers from 1 through to 9 on an abacus? Well, here is your answer:

How about displaying this ascending zeroless pandigital sequence in Roman numerals? Here we go:

I, II, III, IV, V, VI,IIV,IIIV,IIIV,X,XI,XII

Here are a few interesting facts relating to numbers 1 through 9 courtesy of Richard Phillips’ book ‘Numbers’:

1. The letters A, B, C, D, E, M, T, U, V, W and Y all have one line of symmetry.

2. The number 2 is a prime number and is the only even prime number.

3. There are three barleycorns in an inch, three feet in a yard, and three miles in a league.

4. The word four has four letters. In the English language there is no other number whose number of letters is equal to its value.

5. There are only five possible tetrominoes. A tetromino is a shape made by joining together four squares. The game Tetris is based on the assembly of tetrominoes.

6. There are six feet in a fathom. A fathom is a unit of length used mainly by sailors. It equals 1.8288 metres.

7. The Seven Deadly Sins are avarice, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, sloth and wrath (listed in alphabetical order).

8. In the game of pool the Eight Ball is a black ball with the number 8. The expression `behind the eight ball’ means to be in a difficult or baffling situation.

9. There are nine major planets in the solar system, Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, and a cat is said to have nine lives.

I wish you all a very numerically filled and happy zeroless pandigital day!

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!

Ah yes… Facebook – the all in one social networking utility. Last week I noticed a ‘friend’ off mine get tagged and then proceed to participate in another one of those classic Facebook ‘do’ notes, which are becoming quite popular (remember my Mellowship Slinky in B Minor post?). I had a look at what the ‘note’ was about and thought it was pretty cool. Hence why I have, once again, decided to share it with you all. Essentially the note is all about creating a cover of a music album, including manufacturing an artist. This is done by means of using content from randomly generated pages found on the world wide web. The instruction are as follows:

Make an album cover out of sheer internet randomness! Show your creative side!
To Do This:

1 – Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random… Read More”
or click
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 – Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click
http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 – Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 – Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 – Post it to FB [or a blog] with this text in the "caption" or "comment" and TAG the friends you want to join in.

With the use of the aforementioned instructions, I am proud to introduce RTFG (Representation Theory of Finite Groups) and their debut album ‘Passing Through Hard Times Bravely and Cheerfully’!

Hey Milieu Pals,

Have you heard the news? In a recent discovery made by a Japanese journalist,a secret lab was found that has begun genetically engineering animals to resemble the cute critters of the world renowned Pokémon brand. Apparently they wanted to create a Pokémon Zoo to help increase Japan’s dwindling tourist economy. CNN.com had the following to report:

"In a startling discovery, made by the infamous Japanese reporter Ms. Yoshiko Sakurai, the evidence of an advanced experimental gene splicing and cloning facility was found in Saijo within the Chugoku Sanchi district of Hiroshima. The facility was said to be experimenting with animal DNA, through a new genetic process that incorporates the peptide bonding of nucleic acids; and the dismantling of RNA chains through the use of a revolutionary restriction endonuclease called Moniseraze. Through this new process, the Japanese scientists were able to splice genes from different animals to create new biological organisms. Although this is a tremendous breakthrough for modern medicine, it is in direct violation of the Genetics Act of 2001. The organisms created offer striking resemblances to that of the famous Japanese Pocket Monster concept, Pokémon".

I hope you all enjoyed that piece of well written and semi-believable balderdash… LOL ! I’m sure most of you figured out that it was a false news story that I made up. If not… then I hope you have/had a good laugh at it !

So, do any of you Milieu Pals out there like Pokémon? For those who know me quite well, you’ll know that I’m really into collecting Pokémon cards, among other kinds of card collections. I have been a Pokémon fan for… gees… its been so long that I can’t even remember when it started in South Africa . Regardless I really enjoy playing the card game and the suspense of not knowing what cards you will be receiving when you buy a new ‘booster’ pack of cards.

Some of you, who are reading this, are probably thinking the following… "Pokémon, did he say Pokémon… HA HA HA HA"; "That’s for kids man, you’re twenty already"; and so on and so forth. I have only the following to say to those with such a narrow minded perception of individualism: when I started collecting the first series of Pokémon cards I was fortunate enough to obtain 2 Charizard Holographic cards. Both of those cards (in near mint condition) now have a collectors retail value of \$160 dollars each, which equates to R1 040 (at time of currency conversion) and that’s only for a single card. My collection is now regarded as an investment, not just a child’s game .

Okay, the point of this entry was to actually discuss something that I found with regards to Pokémon. I can’t remember how I stumbled onto the site; I think it was from clicking on a link in the TeamXbox.com forums. Basically I was redirected to a site, called Worth1000.com, and onto a page for a Photoshop competition revolving around Pokémon. The aim was to create Life Like Pokémon.

I was amazed at what I had seen! Some of the people who submitted entries are really talented. So, I’ve decided to share the photographs with all of you. You may find the photographs of the ‘Real Pokémon’, with their names, in the album entitled: Breaking News: Pokémon Exist! For the website I got the photographs from, please click here.

View Full Album

I should actually be studying now… considering the fact that I have two theory intensive exams for next week Wednesday; Psychology: Organisational Behaviour and Integrated Marketing Communications.

Wish me luck!

*Update* – I found this fan made video on Youtube which has even more pictures of ‘real’ Pokémon.

Pokemon Exist