Just wondering . . .

January 1, 2016

. . .  how you can keep a New Year’s resolution to make no resolutions when in the making of it you break it?


July 3, 2013

If you could invite any five (ish) people, living or dead* for dinner, who would you choose?

(* we’re assuming they’re miraculously alive and well enough to enjoy dining).

Calculation conundrum

April 18, 2013

If candidates have to be ranked and there are more nominees than positions available, does it make a difference if you just vote for the number needed or if you rank them all?

I was a scrutineer at a meeting recently where this happened.

The meeting opted for asking those voting to rank all candidates but the other scrutineer said it would have been easier if they’d voted only for the number needed.

It would have made counting easier but would we have got the same result?

My gut feeling is that voting for only the number available could get a different result from ranking everybody but I’ve not had the patience to work it out.

If this was the last week . . .

December 14, 2012

If the Mayans were right all those hundreds of years ago, the world will end next Friday.

Or, given that they probably didn’t know that New Zealand existed nor about time differences around the planet, it might be next Saturday here which will be Friday where they came from.

Whichever it is, the Mayans probably weren’t the first to predict the end of the world, nor have they been the last.

So far they’ve all been wrong. But if this was the last week for the world – what would you do with it?


Just wondering . . .

June 11, 2012

. . . if  a dog’s breakfast is different from a dogs’ breakfast?

Apropos of this, if we don’t need apostrophes when we speak, do we really need them when we write?

Just wondering . . .

February 11, 2012

. . . if sport (specifically tennis and golf)  has Opens does it also have Closeds?

Just wondering . . .

July 27, 2011

. . . why electricians put sockets in such inaccessible places.

They might not be attractive but I’d rather look at them when I don’t need them than have to scrabble round tyring to plug something in when I do.

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