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The Collatz conjecture is a conjecture in mathematics named after Lothar Collatz, who first proposed it in 1937. Take any natural number n. If n is even, divide it by 2 to get n / 2. If n is odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1 to obtain 3n + 1. Repeat the process indefinitely. The conjecture is that no matter what number you start with, you will always eventually reach 1.  The problem of proving this conjecture to be true has fascinated mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike. The fascination of the 3x + 1 problem involves its simple definition and the apparent complexity of its behavior under iteration. Despite its simple appearance, this problem is unsolved. 

Why am I posting this? Because I came across this in a magazine and was actually able to follow along without too much brain strain on some base examples of how this works - which is impressive for me as I am terrible!! with math, 

Try it: Take any natural number n. If n is even, divide it by 2 to get n / 2. If n is odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1 to obtain 3n + 1.

10 - (10/2 = 5), (5 *3=15)+1=16), (16/2=8). (8/2=4), (4/2=2), (2/2=1)

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144 - (144/2=72), (72/2 =36), (36/2=18), (18/2=9), (9*3=27)+1=28), (28/2=14), (14/2=7), (7*3=21)+1=22), (22/2=12), (12/2=6), (6/2=3), (3*3=9)+1=10), 10 - (10/2 = 5), (5 *3=15)+1=16), (16/2=8). (8/2=4), (4/2=2), (2/2=1)

So, learn something new and maybe neat - or are you going back to sleep now? ;-)
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A gem of a story. Long, interesting, well written and some unique photos. Unfortunately it is also a horrid tale of humans destruction of the environment and mass murder of animals - in both cases to satiate their rapacious and intemperate appetites. Even today, modern (supposedly evolved) humans continue along this same repulsive path. Very sad. This story is hard to read, yet recommended reading.
 
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I came across this song, "Great Gig in the Sky", by Pink Floyd. I don't recall hearing it before, but it was on "Dark Side of the Moon" album (which I have, and I listened to a ton back in the day). I suspect this song was too esoteric for a young punk high schooler to bother listening too. It is a odd one, basically just music and wailing sounds (not words). Now, in my older age, this song attracts attention and contemplation. Cool, powerful and rather haunting. I like it. 

Pink Floyd keyboard player Rick Wright wrote this song, which is about life, gradually descending into death. Hence the angrier and more intense first half with a dying person refusing to "go gently into that good night." The second half is gentler, as the dying person gives into the inevitable and fades away.

Check out this awesome cover by Aussie Floyd tribute band, "The Australian Pink Floyd Show".

https://youtu.be/sxo0OJkbaMY
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I'm grumpy, boring, cheap, poor, getting old fast (40ish!) and a "complainer" - oh, I also have grayish hair. Don't know why my wife sticks with me, but I sure am glad she does!
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