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Equinox

2/11/08

Easter & your birthdays

Hi Girls,

I got caught up on determining the date of Easter (the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after March 21 – the date taken by the church to be the vernal equinox or first day of Spring).

The algorithm for the determination of Easter day was derived by Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). I programmed it using Mathematica, and here are the years in which Easter has occurred and will occur on your birthdays:

Easter on April 15: 1906, 1979, 1990, 2001, 2063, 2074, 2096, 2131

Easter on April 14: 1895, 1963, 1968, 1974, 2047, 2058, 2069, 2115

So K, you had the conjunction of Easter and your birthday three times in your first 22 years, but you will be 84 years old before it happens again!

And C, although there were three conjunctions within 11 years not too long before your birth, you will be 65 years old before another conjunction! On the other hand, it will happen two times for you before it happens again for K.

As a final bit of trivia, I wondered whether my birthday will ever fall on Ash Wednesday. Given that I have a solution for Easter, the calculation for Ash Wednesday is quite straight forward (subtract 46 days) except that care must be taken for the occasional occurrence of a leap year. As it turns out, Feb 4 is the earliest possible date on which Ash Wednesday can occur and, as such, it is a rather rare event. The results are:

Ash Wednesday on Feb 4: 1693, 1766, 1818, 2285, 2353

So I will be 341 years old before I can experience this conjunction! I figure the chances of making it are <50%.

Cheers, Dad.

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By that time, 84 will be the new 40. You’ll be in great shape.

Mum

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De colores

On Monday, Indians are going to celebrate Holi! Type Holi into Google and you can get more information…

Yes, but I want to hear about it from you. Tell me more!

It is a festival of colours, a festival of happiness. People celebrate by throwing water and colours on each other. It’s celebrated in the day and gets finished by the evening. People enjoy this festival by distributing sweets, and on this day people get drunk too. Holi is primarily a festival of Hindus but it is popular amongst non-Hindus as well. It’s also celebrated in Nepal. At times this festival is known for love because people get together and greet each other. They play, eat, and drink together and the festival helps remove grudges as well. The date of the festival is not fixed, it’s decided per the Hindu calendar. It’s usually celebrated in March when the full moon appears. India is the land of festivals and every community has its own festival. Best part is that every community celebrates each other’s festival!

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An even more colourful India? My eyes!





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3:16

Store Bag Question

7/13/07

to online
>Hi Forever 21,

I write from Toronto.
I have a question regarding your store bags – why do they say John 3:16 on the bottom? Is Forever 21 a Christian-minded establishment? Just curious.

Kathryn

(7 years later: no reply)

Paul Pfeiffer’s John 3:16

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I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me/I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends/I wish that I had let myself be happier/I wish I didn’t work so hard/I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings (the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed)

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π

When we were young, my Dad encouraged C and me to memorise the first ten digits of pi. I remember a particular day where this came in handy.

We were in the south of France. It was so hot and we wanted ice cream. To get the ice cream, we had to recite pi. C went on for a few more digits and got a second scoop. I remember this day so well. We were in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.

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Next year’s pi day will be epic because it will carry on with 3.1415!
I just realised this. I can’t wait.

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