Topic: "Hi Jinx" (5)
Frodo often composes at the keyboard, generally with no sense of where he's going, or what he's going to do when he gets there. This evening, as he logged on to his service provider, he noted that 166 "hits" had taken place on this day by those attempting to access the wit and wisdom of the Hobbit. Curiously he noted also that a cumulative number for the month now totaled 6,279. Since today has been the first day of a new month, it struck Frodo as a bit quixotic, if not inexplicable, that such a variance would exist.
Frodo multiplied 166 by 30 days in June to see if the product might represent an average approximating 6,279. Not even close.
From the other room, Frodo could hear that the Gallant Braves had just completed a thrashing of the Filthydelphia Fillies, by a score of 11 to 1, so Frodo took the run differential between the two teams, multiplied that figure by the value of pi (2.14, if memories-all terrible-served him correctly), and multiplied that figure by 30 days in June. Still not in the right neighborhood.
Fiona and Mick, the Wonder Dog, are both 12 years old. In dog years they are each approximately 84, so doubling that figure gives us almost exactly the number of "hits" on a given day, ergo all we have to do now is to extrapolate the figure of 6,279 following a similar computational theorem.
Dividing 6,279 by the number of days in a given year (365.25, not forgetting leap year) works out to about 17.25, which we can assume to be the number of "hits" each hour. We can, of course, assume almost anything. 17.25 x 24 equals a figure which doesn't seem to relate to anything, thereby proving that postulate.
Frodo wonders if this is how Marie Curie got her start?
If nothing else, this little exercise has proven Frodo's original assumption about the results produced by a blank mind upon a fertile keyboard.
Frodo is going to take a few days off now, surprising almost no one. If it should rain, and the fish won't bite, perhaps he will entertain from a mountaintop in Tennessee. Otherwise he will simply complain about the use of Communist Chinese explosive devices on the Fourth of July.
Don't we hear nary a "Hurry back, Frodo?"