Friday’s Math Puzzle

“It has become almost a cliché to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.”  – Richard Dawkins

Happy Friday, wherever you are! 

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Thursday’s Math Puzzle


“The ‘Muse’ is not an artistic mystery, but a mathematical equation. The gift are those ideas you think of as you drift to sleep. The giver is that one you think of when you first awake.”  – Roman Payne

Happy Thursday, wherever you are! 

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I’m stepping

While there is life, there is hope!


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I’m stepping to play on my game,

While world from outside answers mind,

Through evenings I’m grabbing the frame

Of questions which hard tie me blind. 

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I’m stepping to act on my dreams,

According to plan, worth desired.

The lights from inside caught my fears,

The shadows are playing so wired. 

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I’m stepping  to sit on my table, 

While questions are  digging   my  space

Nor nothing, or all these, together, 

Embrace  me  on peace and relax. 

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St James’s Park – London

Friendly birds, smiling flowers, symphony of the colors and  a cheerful Autumn embracing them. This has been the mode I found the astonishing St James’s Park in a beautiful day of September.





St James’s Park is  a 23-hectare  park in the City of Westminster, central London. The park lies at the southernmost tip of the St James’s area, which was named after a leper hospital dedicated to St James the Less. The park is the most easterly of a near-continuous chain of parks that comprises (moving westward) Green Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens.

The park is bounded by Buckingham Palace to the west, the Mall to the north, Horse Guards to the east, and Birdcage Walk to the south. It meets Green Park at Queen’s Gardens with the Victoria Memorial at its centre, opposite the entrance to Buckingham Palace. 






The park has a small lake, St James’s Park Lake, with two islands, West Island, and Duck Island, named for the lake’s collection of waterfowl. A resident colony of pelicans has been a feature of the park since pelicans were donated by a Russian ambassador in 1664 to Charles II.  While most of the time the wings are clipped, there is a pelican who can be seen flying to the London Zoo in hopes of another meal. The Blue Bridge across the lake affords a view west towards Buckingham Palace framed by trees. Looking east the view includes the Swire Fountain to the north of Duck Island and, past the lake, the grounds of Horse Guards Parade, with Horse Guards, the Old War Office and Whitehall Court behind. To the south of Duck Island is the Tiffany Fountain on Pelican Rock, and past the lake is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with the London Eye, the Shell Tower, and the Shard behind.  The park has a children’s playground including a large sandpit.





In 1532, Henry VIII bought an area of marshland through which the Tyburn flowed from Eton College. It lies to the west of York Place acquired by Henry from Cardinal Wolsey; it was purchased in order to turn York Palace, subsequently renamed Whitehall, into a dwelling fit for a king. On James I’s accession to the throne in 1603, he ordered that the park be drained and landscaped, and exotic animals were kept in the park, including camels, crocodiles, an elephant and exotic birds were kept in aviaries.



While Charles II was in exile in France under the Commonwealth of England, he was impressed by the elaborate gardens at French royal palaces, and on his ascension he had the park redesigned in a more formal style, probably by the French landscaper André Mollet. A 775 metre  by 38 metre  canal was created as evidenced in the old plan. The king opened the park to the public and used the area to entertain guests and mistresses, such as Nell Gwyn. The park became notorious at the time as a meeting place for impromptu acts of lechery, as described by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester in his poem “A Ramble in St James’s Park”.





In the late-17th and early-18th centuries cows grazed on the park, and milk could be bought fresh at the “Lactarian”, described by Zacharias Conrad von Uffenbach in 1710. The 18th century saw further changes, including the reclamation of part of the canal for Horse Guards Parade and the purchase of Buckingham House (now Buckingham Palace) at the west end of the Mall, for the use of Queen Charlotte in 1761.






Further remodeling in 1826–27, commissioned by the Prince Regent (later George IV) and overseen by the architect and landscaper John Nash, saw the canal’s conversion into a more naturally-shaped lake, and formal avenues rerouted to romantic winding pathways. At the same time, Buckingham House was expanded to create the palace, and Marble Arch was built at its entrance, whilst The Mall was turned into a grand processional route. It opened to public traffic 60 years later in 1887. The Marble Arch was moved to its current location at the junction of Oxford Street and Park Lane in 1851 and the Victoria Memorial was erected between 1906 and 1924. ( References: Wikipedia)

A great place to visit and keep through your memories! 

Live your beautiful life. While there is life, there is hope! 

In response to The Daily Post – Photo Challenge: Layered 

Faces of Afghanistan

Steve McCurry's Blog

They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind,
irrepressibly optimistic and proud.
The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Baghlan, Afghanistan

Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with 
their dignity and hospitality
as much as their fierce independence.
– William Dalrymple,  author of
Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42


Kunduz, Afghanistan

Kayan, Afghanistan

Baghlan, Afghanistan


This is Abdul Hadi. He is a teacher in the woodworking school of the
Institute of Turquoise Mountain, in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he teaches jali woodwork (latticework). He was a woodworker at the court of the last king of Afghanistan, and then for some 35 years did not have a chance to practice his skills, due to the successive conflicts.

Parwan, Afghanistan

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan


In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual.

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Tuesday’s Math Puzzle


“Philosophy (nature) is written in that great book which ever is before our eyes – I mean the universe – but we cannot understand it if we do not first learn the language and grasp the symbols in which it is written. The book is written in mathematical language, and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without whose help it is impossible to comprehend a single word of it; without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.” – Galileo Galilei

Happy Tuesday, wherever you are! 


Study the pyramid of numbers to determine the true values of A, B and C.


Monday’s Math Puzzle




Monday’s bonus   😉 

What comes next in the sequences? 

a) 2, 5, 14, 41

b) 84, 80, 72, 60

c) 58, 26, 16, 14

d) 39, 50, 63, 78

“Arithmetic is where numbers fly like pigeons in and out of your head.” –   Carl Sandburg, 

Happy Monday, wherever you are! 



Salutări din Cotidian


Zâmbet de septembrie scăldat în lumină și îmbrățișat de mirosul florilor. Toamna  grațios dansează printre trotuare ca o stăpână a melancoliei ce îmbracă inima timpului în culori misterioase. Aburi reci ce pișcă colțurile dimineții se îmbrățișează tăcut cu valsul frunzelor în alergarea lor către chemarea telurică.



“-Mami, mami, de ce doarme omul acesta aici?

-Pentru că nu are casă.

-De ce nu are casă? …”

Iar vântul face o piruetă și poartă sunetul cuvintelor către altundeva. Rămân întrebările și gândurile să jongleze cu realitatea. Realitate ce rânjește  cu ochi nepăsători la colțurile străzii. Ora amiezii îmbrățișează orașul și își cântă baladele pe diferite voci… Oameni înfrânți în lupta cu ei înșiși se ascund încă în lumi imaginare, departe de realități lucide. Rămâne doar vântul – prieten să le mângâie iluziile cocoțate pe aburii cafelei.


În timp ce lumina îmbrățișează ferestrele gândurilor, toamna își poartă zâmbetul în universul copilăriei. Păsări ce ciripesc în lumea jocului de-a v-ați ascunselea, la o întâlnire de taină cu amintirea. Glasul unei bunicuțe cântând în șoaptă pruncului ce gângurește fericit în lumea lui. Bun venit, lume! Adunare de taină și fericire… Lumină și bucurie. Amintiri în devenire, senine precum cerul curat al inocenței.


Toamnă cu parfum de trandafiri, despletiți în visul soarelui răsare. Zâmbet de septembrie cu emoții prinse în buchet. Ochi senini, plini de speranță, ancorați  într-un cotidian albastru. Pentru că dragostea în sine este cea mai minunată călătorie.


Câțiva pași alături, Realitatea plânge tăcută, răcnește în chinurile nedreptății, în tainică durere. Își varsă prea plinul în imagini peculiare. Timpul își plânge în esență adevărul și compasiunea în dansul cu toleranta, în timp ce corbii întunericului sfâșie umanitatea în jocurile de noroc ale ignoranței.
Toamna pășește misterioasă printre bulevarde, dansând la pariu cu Realitatea. Septembrie valsează cu vântul printre gândurile noastre, printre picături de stele și zâmbetele inocente ale copiilor din noi.
Cine suntem și încotro ne duce cărarea?

Septembrie plin de Adevăr, Compasiune și Toleranță, oriunde te-ai afla!



Genius Test

What comes next in each of the sequences? 

a)  22, 29, 43, 64

b) 66, 44, 24, 6

c) 55, 74, 57, 72, 59

d) 144, 12, 120, 10 


“Genius has been defined as a supreme capacity for taking trouble. It might be more fitly described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into pains of all kinds and keeping them therein so long as the genius remains.” –  Samuel Butler 

Happy Sunday, wherever you are! 


Saturday’s Math Puzzle

“It’s fine to work on any problem, so long as it generates interesting mathematics along the way – even if you don’t solve it at the end of the day.”  –  Andrew Wiles

Happy Saturday, wherever you are! 🙂 

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