Let's start with her "Extra Credit," to find shapes of numerals in nature. I found a crude 8, at least one tilted 7 and a tilted 9 in these trees at Agua Caliente Park. Can you spot them?
When driving to California, as I did a week ago Thursday to Friday, I often stop at the Wheel Inn restaurant in Cabezon, CA, adjacent to the dinosaurs. Since I usually drive overnight and sleep in the car, the fact that it's "Open 24 Hours" is quite helpful. Too bad the "Robotic Dinosaur Exhibit" they recently opened behind the restaurant isn't so accommodating!
This Cabezon dinosaur seems quite happy about the "$75,000 CASH GIVEAWAY" advertised on a nearby billboard.
|From Gallifrey One: Blackjack 21|
Here's where we start to get less literal. From November 1963 to present, eleven actors have played the Doctor in Doctor Who on tv, each with his own unique costume. The semi-official name for each "regeneration" of the character is the ordinal number, e.g. "the Fourth Doctor," "the Tenth Doctor" and so on. Recently, however, there's been a tendency to call them "Ten" or "Eleven" (the new guy) etc. for short. Fans love to dress up as all of them at the conventions, but especially the most recent ones. Here we see a Seven, a Ten, an Eleven, a female interpretation of Ten, and another Ten. What does that add up to? Sorry about the blurring of Eleven's face. I was too low on batteries to use flash, and he moved!
Finally, back here in Tucson, I deal with numbers at St. Michael's all week long. A photo of a spreadsheet would be pretty boring, so let's have a look at this. This is the "Book of Pipes," a fundraising project of the church and a way to honor or remember someone by "buying" a pipe in that person's name. The church's Æolian-Skinner Pipe Organ, built in 1959, has several thousand pipes. Each is defined by a section (Great, Swell, etc.), a type, a numerical length (are the 16' Contra Violone pipes, all 61 of them, really sixteen feet high, or does the apostrophe mean something else when discussing organs?) and so on. A person honored with a pipe gets a certificate stating exactly which pipe will forever be played in the person's name. This info is also recorded in the Book of Pipes, the large, handwritten book in the glass case seen here.
So a lot of numbers are written in that book, but that's just the beginning. The idea behind the Book of Pipes is to raise money to pay off the loans the church took out to buy the organ. The Book of Pipes donations are administered through the "Peace Fund" - as in peace of mind, not peace on Earth, although we're in favor of that, too. Accounting for the breakdown of money coming into the Peace Fund from the Graveyard Fund (to honor the deceased with a pipe), and from the Peace Fund and General Fund to pay for principal and interest on the Antiphonal organ loan is the trickiest, most time consuming thing I do as St. Michael's bookkeeeper-accountant. So you may not see any giant numerals in this photo (it actually says Opus 1352, or maybe Opus 135Z, on the second line below the SOLI DEO GLORIA bit; but that's hard to see here), but trust me, it's all about the numbers for me!