Saturday, August 24, 2013

Number Friends

A  L  O  H  A !
One Elephant Went Out to Play by Childrens Top 100 on Grooveshark
" Above 

the cloud with its shadow

 is the star 

with its light. 

Above all things 

reverence thyself. "  *


*Sociopaths Excepted PLEASE

" There is geometry

 in the humming of the strings,

 there is music 

in the spacing of the spheres. "


Oh yeah, the "Music of the Spheres" guy

" The dictum of the Pythagorean school was 
"All is number."
What this meant was that 
all things of the universe 
had a numerical attribute 
that uniquely described them. 

For example,
  • The number one : the number of reason.
  • The number two: the first even or female number, the number of opinion.
  • The number three: the first true male number, the number of harmony.
  • The number four: the number of justice or retribution.
  • The number five: marriage.
  • The number six: creation
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  • The number ten: the tetractys, the number of the universe."

When I was very little
I had insight
into the nature
of the first ten numbers.

I can barely remember
but it was plain to me then:
1 the Ancient Grandmother
2 Her Husband Companion
3 & 4, Aunt and Uncle
5 & 6 Parents
7, 8, 9
obviously the kids.

The mystery of 10
is lost to me.

When I drove taxi
numbers were co-workers.
All had colorful nicknames
I still use today:
Fie, or (nickel)
then Sick;
and Ten.

Dispatcher say:
"Double Nickel!
Where you stay?"

"Fie Fie - 
you check me

In Hawaiian
a hole
is a puka,
so Zero
is Puka.
(Or Zero,
depending on the music
of the words)

When I started driving,
I was Puka Nie.
the taxi's number
became my name.

Even today,
the nicknames help me
to remember numbers:

20222 = "Du Zero Triple Duce"



But YOU knew
or suspected that :)

Comment? Yes Please!
                                            warmly, cloudia


Birdman said...

Numbers drive us and this world we live in.

TexWisGirl said...

i like the nicknames. :)

Tolga Çağlar said...

it's a hot life:) lol

DeniseinVA said...

I learned something new today about numbers, and what beautiful photos and great quotes. I love that first photo especially. Have a great day Cloudia :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Numbers numbers everywhere.

Cloudia said...

Thanks my number 1 friends!

Karen S. said...

I adore this insight, and always a fan of Pythagoras. Taxi talk is so cool, and I do know the feeling of working with the numbers for names, and 21 still my fave number from roll call in 6th grade! Enjoy your day- Peace.

Filip and Kristel said...

Great sky with the plane.


Elephant's Child said...

I think you were a little too late with your request to sociopaths. Sigh.
Gorgeous images, and I warmed to Pythagoras as I haven't before.

ANITA said...

Great quotes Cloudia!!

Also love the photoes!


Kay said...

I remember the taxi lingo from your fabulous book, Cloudia. I sure did need the translation though.

Duckbutt said...

Nice number quotes by the master of numbers.

Merlesworld said...

Not sure what this is all about but I'm not a numbers person.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Simply wonderful photos and timely thoughts.

Aloha and peace!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Simply wonderful photos and timely thoughts.

Aloha and peace!

Adam said...

happy saturday

Sandy Carlson said...

There is balance. Numbers are the language that help us speak balance.

Myrna R. said...

As I was reading your post I realized I have fear of numbers. I'm awful with anyghing math. It wasn't always like that. I did wonderfully in school 'til I went to college. Then I couldn't add 3+2. That's a mystry to me. I even resist learning about neumorology because of course that's all numbers. And you think you're silly? Not at all.

Teresa said...

The Pythagorean Theorem of Hawaiian taxis??? Deep.

Rajesh said...

Great stuff.

Cloudia said...

You friends make me SO happy with your sweet clever visits!


Anonymous said...

What an interesting post. A new way to think about numbers. Love it!

wenn said...

yes, indeed we use numbers every single day..

Cloudia said...

Thanks! :-)

Brian Miller said...

the world is an equation i dont need an answer to...smiles...ah they are important for sure...pretty cool delve into their midst....

aloha from va

Cloudia said...

*smiles* Bri