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15 thoughts on “cold and hot with one letter lost to evaporation

    1. Thanks Selma 🙂 it started with the word cold and than I just let my fingers do the walking – the OCD in me was trying to match the number of letters and then I realised that couldn’t happen with a three letter word in the second half and than I got to thinking about ice and how you never end up with the same amount of fluid when it changes state – haha – and I just like the absurdity of a letter evaporating – glad you got it 😉

  1. I had to turn off the taps before I went batty!
    8×8=64 colds
    10×5=50 hots
    +14 hots = 64 hots
    +21 hots = 85 hots
    85 hots + 64 colds = 149 lukewarms.
    All I can think of that is special about 149 is; it is a prime number and that is, well, probably cool!

  2. and there is also the degree (literally ha ha) of difference in the perception distinguishing between hot and cold. like where moderate becomes moderately cold etc. colder in comparison but not just cold. or maybe just cold ha ha. or maybe just hot.
    i probably dont get it but i like the number 64, it is the last number in the i ching, it signifies an ending followed by a new beginning. cold turns to hot and vice versa.
    anyway, its amazing how this piece works on so many levels, visually as well as mathematically and now even philosophically or spiritually even

    1. Thanks tipota – yes, it is very strange but after I wrote it my brain has still been trying to figure it out (maybe my writing brain is separate from my math brain – haha) and still it is producing stuff – like the cold is up the top (like where you guys are up North) and hot downunder 😉 and the 64 stood out, so I couldn’t change that number – and I was thinking about it, because I had to change the number of letters to match each grouop as closely as possible. I will have a look at your link – thanks tipota 🙂

  3. This is the new Australian Abacus and it’s based on temperature and it was devised by a well known Aussie Mother/Poet Gabrielle Bryden who discovered it one day while working in her lab on the extremes of temperature and the distance between the two dependent upon seasonal shifts. :0 I like, I like. My girl Faye liked it too who gives this her math geek seal of approval.

  4. Fantastic – a poetry brain teaser!

    I wish I could have deducted a few more from the ‘hot’ section over the weekend … I thought I was going to melt and evaporate away … 😉

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