Monday, February 1, 2016

Math, Research, and Auctions...

So. I found this interesting little math problem on Facebook last week:

3+3x3-3+3=?

I've also been doing some research on the year 1957 because I'm setting my current WIP in a time not unlike that year (just as the setting is a place not unlike Boston, or London, or perhaps Ankh-Morpork...). This has led me to search for things like cars and fashion and other random stuff like this cool lighted alarm clock which Inspector Beck has in his bedroom.






Or this cute outfit I imagine one of my characters wearing.





This necklace which another character inherits.





This '57 Lancia Florida which Officer Prentiss drives (and which Inspector Beck envies, not that I can blame him).


or how about this cool panel truck one might see while in my city...






See? Research is FUN!




As for auctions, well, I don't know about you but I love them. I once bought a gorgeous Oriental type carpet for not very much which still graces my living room. Anyway. The other night I went to hang out with a friend and he had the Discovery channel on which was showing the Barrett-Jackson Auction. I think I died and went to Heaven.

There were so many amazing and outrageous cars, like this 1938 Coddington V12 Hemi aka "The French Connection"


Or how about this 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (might be kinda fun to tour in, no? I wonder what it looks like inside...)




But I think my favorite was this 1971 Pontiac GTO

sold for $126,500



Now that's an OMG.

I think I might be drooling on myself. Again.



27 comments:

  1. Imagine what Count's Kustoms could do with that last car. Was never much into cars until I started watching shows like that one, Top Gear, and Fast n Loud.
    You're going to have fun with your research!

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    1. I'd never even heard of it! Makes me want satellite back. Almost.

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  2. Glad you are having fun researching that time period. I was born in 1956 and remember things at leas from the early 60's.

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  3. I love doing period research like that. LOVE that GTO!

    What's the answer to the math question?

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    1. You tell me the answer to the math question :)

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  4. The order of operations always made my head hurt. Why can't the writer of the equations put in parenthesis to tell you the order in which to solve it and stop being a jerk?

    I love all those pictures and will now be imagining them when I read your chapters. (Speaking of which, there are some waiting for me ...)

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    1. Well see that's the question isn't it? Because the answer could vary depending upon how it is written. On FB it gave you a choice of 4 answers, and I copied the equation exactly as it was written there. Which led me to believe that the answer should be 18.

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  5. You can't post a math problem like that and not tell us the answer!! (I cannot math, you could hold a gun to my head and I would not be able to figure out the right answer to that.)

    That is a purty Pontiac. <3

    I love that kind of research too. I tend to accumulate a ton of useless stuff tho...

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    1. Mich, see my reply to Dianne above. I'm not good at Math either but for some reason algebra and I got along well. The interesting thing about the math problem is that if you add parentheses, you get a different answer. Like so:

      3+(3x3)-3+3= 12

      but, assuming you do the math in order 3+3x3-3+3= 18 The problem is that the equation as written is unclear about the order.

      But that's probably way more than you wanted to know.

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  6. I think my parents had an alarm clock similar to that one. I'm not too into cars but I like the looks of that Pontiac.

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    1. I love research. Must be the history major in me :)

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  8. My maths is suspect always (my mother and youngest brother used to fight over who did my maths and physics homework) but I am thinking 18.
    Auctions? I also love them. And have bought some amazing things at them.

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    1. Auctions are so much fun. I adore them. And I think 18 is the correct answer but see my response to Mich and Dianne if you want :)

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  9. YES! Doing research like you're doing is so much fun, and the internet makes it pretty darned easy, too. I am forever falling into internet rabbit holes, chasing one thing or another, and happily finding so much more.

    The answer to that math problem, as written, should be 18. No parenthesis would be the functions should be done in order, as shown.

    Those car auctions are really something. The prices for some of the cars is insane. P.S. Check the spelling in your post title. :)

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    1. Ooh, I hate when I mispell! Especially in the title! Thanks for the heads up :)

      And yes, some of the prices for those cars were totally insane!

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  10. It seems like there's a show on TV for just about everybody. You just have to know where to look.

    The answer to the math problem is 12. What everyone is forgetting is order of operations. Which they drill into the kiddos nowadays so I'm very familiar.

    The order of operations is: parentheses, exponents, multiplication & division, addition & subtraction. The "&" is because you can do those together in any order and the answer will be the same.

    So, you start with 3 x 3 because it's multiplication. Then you do the rest.

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    1. Hmm. there seems to be some disagreement here...

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  11. I can't believe a pontiac went for that kind of cash, especially from the 70's! LOL

    COOL stuff. I love to research the past as well.... Sounds like a good story!

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    1. It's an awful pretty car. I sure wouldn't mind driving it!

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  12. If only research were always that much fun! That car is pretty amazing...:)

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    1. I almost always find research fun and oh yeah, that car is way cool.

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  13. The French Connection really looks stunning

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  14. I adore classic cars, and I love researching too! You've gotten some very inspiring images to help you flesh out your WIP. I really like the necklace - bot one you'd normally see so it's very special. Good luck with research and then writing! :)

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