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Old 02-06-08, 07:01 PM   #1
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Hey Tom Stormcrowe, did you pass geography?

How well do you know the world?

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Old 02-06-08, 07:17 PM   #2
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Did ok, but got bored. was over 150k at level 4.
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Old 02-06-08, 09:02 PM   #3
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Yeah, with a 4.0 and I got bored at 450K
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Man.. Mr Stormcrowe probably invented geography - along with many of those fictional branches of mathematics. Are numbers even real? I don't think so. They're not real until Mr. Stormcrowe invents them that is.. -and even then they're still highly suspect. imo.
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Man.. Mr Stormcrowe probably invented geography - along with many of those fictional branches of mathematics. Are numbers even real? I don't think so. They're not real until Mr. Stormcrowe invents them that is.. -and even then they're still highly suspect. imo.
Are you comparing Tom to Al Gore as well?

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Old 02-06-08, 09:22 PM   #6
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Now I never claimed that, Red......

I lived and breathed Geography as a trucker, and worked on 3 continents. You get a little bit of knowledge, you know, doing that, including an Encyclopedic knowledge of geography.

As to the math, I've always been a bit of a math geek

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Now I never claimed that, Red......

I lived and breathed Geography as a trucker, and worked on 3 continents. You get a little bit of knowledge, you know, doing that, including an Encyclopedic knowledge of geography.

As to the math, I've always been a bit of a math geek


You know.. not to get the thread completely sidetracked. But I know this man who volunteers a lot of his time for all kinds of different charitable things. One of them was teaching adult literacy, I had the opportunity to meet with one of the men he had tutored, this man was probably in his 60's and he was retired truck driver. He was also math savant, he had the powers like that guy in the movie Rain Man (great movie ), except he was fully articulate and all that -- but somehow he never learned to read. Apparently he wasn't dyslexic either, he would be able to look up the street names by the alphabet, by alphabetical order in the index -- until he found the one by matching up the letters of the street names. He found ways of coping with his disability and was able to make a living his entire life driving trucks and raised a family doing that. And only a very few ppl ever even knew that he couldn't read (he probably would have lost his job if ppl had found that out of course). Also, I remember he had a photographic memory -- I'm sure that helped him out. But still it wasn't until after retirement that he actually learned to read and write. Incredible huh?

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Inventive method, and it was a form of reading, using math by treating the words as an equation of sorts by treating the letters as positional variables. Pretty cool idea, actually! I'll remember that when I am in practice. Thanks

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You know.. not to get the thread completely sidetracked. But I know this man who volunteers a lot of his time for all kinds of different charitable things. One of them was teaching adult literacy, I had the opportunity to meet with one of the men he had tutored, this man was probably in his 60's and he was retired truck driver. He was also math savant, he had the powers like that guy in the movie Rain Man (great movie ), except he was fully articulate and all that -- but somehow he never learned to read. Apparently he wasn't dyslexic either, he would be able to look up the street names by the alphabet, by alphabetical order in the index -- until he found the one by matching up the letters in the street names. He found ways of coping with his disability and was able to make a living his entire life driving trucks his entire life and raise a family and all that. And only a very few ppl every even knew that he couldn't read (he probably would have lost his job if ppl had found out of course). Also, I remember he had a photographic memory -- I'm sure that helped him out. But still it wasn't until after retirement that he actually learned to read and write. Incredible huh?
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Inventive method, and it was a form of reading, using math by treating the words as an equation of sorts by treating the letters as positional variables. Pretty cool idea, actually! I'll remember that when I am in practice. Thanks


You think he used some kind of algebraic method to figure out street names and other words? Damn.. I don't think I would have never thought of that. I would have been screwed.. That's really brilliant though. Maybe it was his illiteracy that made him so clever? If only 'I' never learned to read and write!! -?
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I'd have to meet and talk to him to be sure, but yeah, I think it's a distinct possibility.

He was probably a very smart man who as a kid, just never had a priority to read, or may well hahve had undiagnosed ADD (Not diagnosed then, they weren't aware of it), and often kids with ADD learn in a very nonlinear fashion. They tend to make very strange mental connections in their learning process that work for them.

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You think he used some kind of algebraic method to figure out street names and other words? Damn.. I don't think I would have never thought of that. I would have been screwed.. That's really brilliant though. Maybe it was his illiteracy that made him so clever? If only 'I' never learned to read and write!! -?
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Man.. Mr Stormcrowe probably invented geography - along with many of those fictional branches of mathematics. Are numbers even real? I don't think so. imo.
There are imaginary numbers. You actually pay for imaginary numbers every month. Its called Apparent Power and its how the electric company charges. See, even numbers that aren't real can hurt. Unless you work for an electric company.
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I did ok in the America's and Europe but was quite off on some of the African countries.
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None of the imaginary countries were listed. Or at least not in my quiz. Is it really geography if Krinkistan is not mentioned?
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