Well fellow noders, I've decided to stick a toe back in the water here with an insignificant
ramble. I sometimes wish there were an "E2 for dummies" website, not for really pointless type nodes, but basically a place that accepts those of us who never learned, or have (like myself) forgotten all they did learn regarding grammar
, and punctuation
. There are so many things I'd like
to write about here, but overcoming the language barrier is really tough. I guess logically I should get some jr. high or high school grammar books and relearn all this, if I wish to fit in here.
The amount of time it would take me to get "good enough" - is it worth it? This place wouldn't suffer greatly without those things I might have to offer, and they can still be offered here in other ways besides me noding them. So I wonder if it's really worth it to me?
I used to, believe it or not, write for others. And in college I scored 500 out of 500, or 200 out of 200 (whatever the case may have been) on every writing assignment I wrote. This because I was fanatical - I read oh 30+ books on AT&T
for my “Big Brother wins the battle, America loses the war“
paper - it was just supposed to be a little ditty
about government regulations minimum 10 pages, mine was over 20 pages (500/500 btw + 20 EC.) This is because my writing assignments no matter what they might be about, I wrote in the same way as my ritalin rant
(with passion, interest and conviction
) - and when it was all finished, I'd usually get my friend to toss in a few commas and ;'s in where needed (unless of course it was an English class!).
E2 sometimes feels like "everything" for a select group of people who either write well, or those who do not care that they do not and will still contribute here. My self-esteem
was at rock bottom when I happened upon E2, being here honestly makes me feel like I belong back in the 5th grade.
complaining about E2; I don't know that I would have stuck around and ended up addicted to this place, if the majority here wrote like I do.
I'm just sharing my thoughts since that's what daylogs are for.
I have to wonder if the time I were to spend learning to write proper grammar and punctuation
would be worth it? What would I gain? What would E2 gain from me doing so? What else could I spend that time doing that would be more beneficial
to myself or to others? Honestly, I need to learn math! I would have had 3 degrees had I not been opposed to learning math
, only thing I ever really learned or needed to learn in math was P/R*B
I originally came here for fun and entertainment
(learning is fun and entertaining for me - hence my literal
addiction to the library
for a few years) but it's not as fun for me because I have so much I would like to share but really don't feel I am "good enough" to do so.
So I pretty much hide here in the daylogs where people do not seem as critical or caring about periods, commas and sentence structure. I guess I could write all I wish to share here in daylogs, but the problem there is in someone searching and finding the topic I were to write about.
Another option would be to learn just enough to "get by"; but I know my obsessive
self - if I really get started on that by the time I'm done I'd be able to teach
I still love E2, just wish I'd come across this 10 years ago when I could write more like the majority here. Well for those still with me, thanks for your time, I will figure this out somehow.
Since I know someones gonna ask - I'll explain Gods-gift-to-math. The one darn thing I'll never understand is why
they didn't teach me this in grade school. (or maybe they did and I thought of it as 'math' and therefore didn't learn??)
Anyhow I've gotten by for all these years knowing only one thing about math and that is a little thingy called P/R*B. This is something math people would call a formula
, but I won't because I don't wish to scare you off!
So this P/R*B thingy works like this:
Let's say you have a case of 12 beers. If you go out and grab a case of beer it'd help with this! (non drinkers subsitute pop)
= the part of something, a piece of it, not the 'whole thing' ok. Like say 4 of the beers would be a part of the whole case of beers. Makes sense right? GOOD!
Ok now B
= the base of something, the whole thing, all of it. So in this case B
would 12 beers. Still making sense? GREAT!
Ok now it gets a tiny bit harder, but not much, trust me if I "got it" - anyone
= the rate of something, the percentage
of it. If it has a .25 or a 25% for example you know you have the rate of something. We don't have one of those here yet!
So what do we have? The P
art and the B
= 4 (remember I said 4 beers...) and B
= 12 (the whole case)
So to figure OUT the R
We use that thingy one might call a formula P/R*B
(that / is called division, but don't let that
scare you, in this day and age we all have calculators. Run and grab a calculator and four of those beers for me now)
Ok so let's do this!
Let's figure out what % of beer you have with those 4 beers. (I know you could do THIS one in your head but that's not the point... it gets harder when your B
is 1736 and your P
Take that handy calculator and divide the P
(4 beers remember) by the B
(12 beers right) and guess what? You have the rate! If you did this right it'll be .3333333333333 (33% - just move that .
over two spots to get the %
Amazing? Yes. But it gets better!
Drink one of those beers, and than let's try again.
So now what's your P
? (what part of the beers out of the 12 do you have sitting there? 3)
So what part of B
would 3 be? How would you figure it out?
Hit 3 on the calc than divide it by 12. Answer? 25%
(in case you didn't know this .33 = 33% and .25 = 25%)
Now! I'll need you to guzzle one more of those beers and we will have 2 left.
(This will make the explanation easier)
So now we have 2 beers left.
Sometimes you won't know the P
, or you won't know the B
. Instead you'll know the R
. So this time I'm giving you the R
You have (or had anyhow) a 12 pack of beer, and you've now drunk about 17% of the beers, how many have you drunk? (Ok I know you know 2 beers, but this would get harder if it were 239 beers and you'd drunk 17% - you'd have forgotten long ago how many right?)
So how to figure THIS out?
Anytime you have the B
and the R
you multiply the B
. If it's a % you take the % and move it over and squish it together and make it look like a . (so 17% becomes .17 see how I moved that % thingy over and squeezed it into a .)
Alrighty then. Let's multiply
in this case.
12 beers times .17 would be? 2.04. So to drink 17% of the beers you'd need to crack open another beer and drink some of it- oh hell just drink the whole beer!
There's one more step here any guess? What if you don't have the B? Let's say your a real lightweight and by the time you finish this 3rd beer, you don't remember how many beers are in a case. Ok.
So we have the P
(part of something) the 4 beers you brought in with you. And the R
ate , you know you brought in around 33% of the beers. How are we going to figure out the B
That handy calculator again. Remember P/R*B. We have the P
and R this time. Not the B (you've forgotten how many beers come in the case already, lusssssssh!) So what we need to do is find the B by dividing the P
(4 beers) by the R
4 divided by .33 would = 12.121212121212
So your answer 12
Drink the rest of the beers (might as well, we are done using them for examples) and go on to the next section.
For the non drinkers among you, I'll tell this in a "real world" applicable way.
You want to figure out which of your WU's are counted in your merit
. So what would our B
be? 100% of your WU's. Lets say you have 620 WU's. We know that the top 25% don't count, and the bottom 25% don't count. So that's our R
(anytime you see the .25 or 25% (this is the rate) you've got your R in a problem!)
So what do we need to do? Figure out what 25% of 620 is. P/R*B
in this case is? .25 and B
in this case is 620. So .25 X B = 155. 155 = your P
So your bottom 155 WU's do not count in your merit. And your top 155 WU's don't count.
Now you try a few before you forget this. Notice how you always have 2 of the three P R or B??
In case one we have the R
What is 25% of 50 basketballs. (R
= ? B
= ?) so your P would = ?
.25 / 50 = ?
In case two we have the P
You have 3 dates for tonight, you need to turn 1 down what % do you need to turn down? Your B would = ? Your P
would = ?
P / B = ?
(Now what are you going to do with the other two dates?)
and finally in this case we have the P and R
I've agreed to give you 25% of my eggs, so I hand you 4 eggs. How many eggs did I have all together?
= ? The R
= ? So the B
would = ? (P
divided by R
Time now to finish 100% of the remaining beers!!
If anyone "got" my explination to this please let me know, perhaps I can cut out some of the gibberish and make it a WU in that case. Since I "got" it - it's a tad tough to explain - as so many parts are just a "given" to me now. Like trying to explain walking and forgetting to suggest standing first.