## Saturday, November 20, 2004

### A Real Weapon Of Mass Destruction

I came across something really scary. It seems an individual has built an Internet connected platform with a camera and rifle which can be used by a hunter in any part of the world to hunt animals. The implications of this development are mind boggling. It means that anyone, anywhere, can cause mass havoc, by constructing a camera connected to a gun on a miniature platform or even mounted on wheels that can be fired from anywhere in the world because Internet connections can also be wireless. I hope someone has a solution.

## Thursday, November 18, 2004

### A New Way To Calculate The Number Of Primes

I got to thinking about Prime Numbers Again. A Prime Number is any number that can only be divided evenly by itself and 1. For instance the number 11 is a Prime Number because it can only be divided evenly by 1 or 11 without leaving any fractions. One of the problems associated with Prime Numbers is trying to figure out how many prime numbers come before any randomly chosen number. For instance, if we randomly chose the number 12, how many prime numbers come before 12??? The most popular method is taking any number (X) or 12 in this instance and dividing it by the number of times 2.718281828 or "e" as it is popularly known can be multiplied to make 12 (Ln 12). For instance Ln(12) is 2.48490665. In other words if we took 2.718281828 and multiplied it 2.48490665 times (2.718281828 X 2.718281828 X (2.718281828 X .48490665)) we would get 12.
Therefore (12/Ln(12)) or (12 / 2.48490665) = 4.829155253
This number 4.829155253 rounded to the next whole number (no fractions) is 5. Therefore there are 5 prime numbers before random number 12. The prime numbers before 12 are 1,2,3,5,7,11, or 6 in number. The formula appears to be quite accurate which it is for low numbers. The problem arises because as the numbers increase the Prime Numbers become less and less and this formula starts to really get inaccurate.
Here is a new method:
If you examine a Prime Number Table you will see that the number in the farthest right column of any prime number greater than 7 contains the digits 1,3,7,9. For example 11, 13, 17, 19.
To calculate the number of Primes up to that number take any random number and multiply by 10. For example (18 X 10 = 180) Add 1 or 3 or 7 or 9 to the random number multiplied by 10. For example I chose (180 + 1= 181).
Calculating Number Of Primes Up To number 181, the far right column ending in 1.
1 Divide 181 by Ln(181) =181 / 5.198497031 = 34.81775577.
2 Round (181 / 5.198497031 = 35 to the next whole number
3 Add the number found in the units position of 181 (1) to Round number (35) equals (35 + 1) 36. There are actually 42 primes up to 181.
This result may look a little ridiculous but tests have shown that the total number of primes up to any number will be within a range of +/- 7 numbers of the total number of prime numbers up to that number which is more accurate overall than the present system.
For the mathematically inclined:
Calculating Number Of Primes Up To number X with unit ending 1,3,5,7,9:
1 Divide X by Ln(X).
2 Round (X/Ln(X))
3 Add the number found in the units position of the number (1,3,7,9) to Round(X/Ln(X)).
4 The resulting number will be dead on or within +/- 7 numbers of the total number of prime numbers up to that number.

## Tuesday, November 09, 2004

### Soulmates

Got thinking about soulmates again. In our 3 dimensional existence people come as enemies, acquaintances and friends. Enemies are people that don’t like you for some reason. Enemies are people that are hard to spot. Their reasons for not liking you don’t have to be rational. Maybe you remind them of someone they had to put up with.

## Monday, November 08, 2004

### Finding True Love

How do we find true love???? The problem lies in the fact that we all exist in a 3 dimensional environment and lie like hell to each other. Immediate love in a 3 dimensional environment is chiefly concerned with perpetuating us. Therefore the men look for the most gorgeous girl they can find and lie like hell. The girls, on the other hand, gild the lily, and look for the most nurturing (an oxymoron if ever there was one) male. Someone who looks like he possesses a good set of genes, has the ability to earn a living, has enough other attributes so that the girl’s friends don’t think she is nutso, etc., etc.. Unfortunately, over time gravity gets its’ grip on you and everything sags. Suddenly you wake up one morning and you don’t recognize the creature beside you. Plastic surgery doesn’t help. If you happen to have lucked out, True Love remains. True Love is soul based and occasionally, just occasionally, two compatible, loving Souls find each other. Thank God for Random Chance!!!

## Saturday, November 06, 2004

### Morality = Faith = Mother’s Values

I thought it was interesting that most people have concluded that Bush won the election based on "morality". I don’t think that morality had anything to do with it except in the peripheral sense. I’m inclined to believe that the election was won because 9/11 generated a crisis of confidence in the American Psyche that has yet to be psychologically recognized. Let’s face it, when something physically / psychologically happens it usually scares the bejabbers out of you, and the next thing you know you are returning to something loosely summarized as Faith. Nations are no different. Bush linked morality to your mother’s down home values. Kerry didn’t and Kerry lost. Faith doesn’t automatically resolve things like the deficit, the Israeli Palestine conflict, or the North Korean nuclear problem. Most people want to take the simple route by asking / demanding through prayer that God takes ownership of the problem. I don’t think that God is going to take ownership of the problem in this instance because he gave us the brains to solve the problem. God may be open for questions should we need advice. God also gave our nation the means to accomplish the task. So quit whining and get a grip!!