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SoItBegins
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Joined: 16 May 2011
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The Mockster Theorem
Fan project: Let's keep it going

It occurs to me that a lot of people may have made user-submitted Theorems and submitted them. With the site closed down, people will miss out on the theorems... or will they?

Perhaps not. In this thread, maybe we can keep the dream of weekly puzzles alive. The only difference? The Theorems— will be our own.

I'll start. This theorem is called 'Higher Education'.

Higher Education

As I look back on my past experiences with education of all kinds, I find myself contemplating the learning process.

There are many ways a person may learn. Some are quick, while some take more patience and time. The real purpose of it all, however, is not merely to gain knowledge of the material; it is to spark interests and ignite passions. As Plutarch once said, “A mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”

I always learned the best when I started from one single fact, building methodically from there. Each revealed insight was the key to unlock the next, and the next, and the next. Usually, this worked quite well, but occasionally, the truth slipped from my grasp. Only once I had reflected upon all that I had learned did the answer become truly clear.

I have my favorite methods of self-directed education. Your task: identify my favorite tools.

This is today,
B

Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:24 am
Catbus
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What's Going On in There?

The inner workings of the human mind are impenetrable, are they not?

Call me Catbus. You know, M isn't the only one with a colorful back story. In my life, I've been a phone phreak, a philosopher, a computer programmer, a cryptographer, a botanist and a board game addi-- er, collector. But lately, I've been trying to put all that behind me and live a life of relaxation and reflection . . . without, I confess, much success.

Recently I was vacationing in Australia, hiking through the forests and admiring the exotic white and pink flowers of the Eucalyptus largiflorens, clearing my mind of troublesome thoughts. It was exactly the sort of meditative, purifying experience my soul needed. But this tranquility was not to last: on my return flight to North America, my plane was struck by mysterious turbulence, detoured from the flight plan and crash-landed on an uninhabited atoll somewhere in the Pacific. In my delirium, I sent a radio message, but it can't have made much sense.

To tell you the truth, I don't remember being rescued, or how I got from there back to my home in Chicago. When I regained consciousness, lying in my bed, two serious-looking men in suits and sunglasses wordlessly handed me a flight recorder -- the one from my plane -- and left. Accessing the data, I was able to retrieve my message, and it was just as incoherent as I remembered it being. So far, it has deflected all my attempts to comprehend it. Yet, evidently, it told my rescuers exactly where I'd been stranded.

Perhaps you can figure out by what strange process my brain hit upon this means of communicating my whereabouts.

Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:07 am
Out of town
Guest

Great Idea guys, but may I suggest 1 theorem per thread.
I want to PM the answer and am travaling (& can't remember my password )

Be great if one or more of the TMT stepped up in the interim…

Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:27 am
Tasslehoff_B
Kilroy

Joined: 30 Dec 2011
Posts: 1

A Digital Fortune

Thanks for starting this up! I submitted this puzzle to TMT just a few weeks ago and was hoping it wouldn't go completely to waste.

A Digital Fortune

I've been thinking about online poker recently. No, not about taking it up... I just find it to be a fascinating mixture of two very different systems.

On the one hand, there's the whole mystique of playing cards. Predecessors of the modern 52-card deck were introduced to Europe over 600 years ago. Throughout the years, card-playing has been banned in many places due to its association with magic and the occult. The game of poker, too, is rich with symbolism. To many, the word conjures up images of outlaws on the American frontier, clenching their cards in one hand and six-shooters in the other. Who from that era could have told what the future of poker would be?

Today, so many poker games are played not in Old West saloons, but on the Internet. Gone is the ambiance, the tension, the reading of tells. The deck is a random number generator, and the money is just ones and zeros in a database. The software handles millions of players and billions of dollars, but in the end a few bits are all that ensures that everything ends up in the proper place.

It's a strange juxtaposition of the mysterious and the digital. But then, we're a strange species.

This is today,
acorn

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:29 pm
Catbus
Guest

Nice one, Tass. Took me about three minutes , but it was elegant.

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:32 am
The Baffled King
Boot

Joined: 07 Sep 2011
Posts: 34

Digital fortune

Took me a lot longer than 3 minutes! But I love this one, thanks.
I haven't tried the other two, but it's clear we missed out on some great 'theorems' that M never got to post.

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:36 am
SoItBegins
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Joined: 16 May 2011
Posts: 82

I'm still working on it... I've got to the point of realizing that

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): In 10 digits of binary, each \$ amount corresponds to 1 or 2 "1"s and all other #s as 0s
, but no farther.

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:45 am
The Baffled King
Boot

Joined: 07 Sep 2011
Posts: 34

SoItBegins wrote:
I'm still working on it... I've got to the point of realizing that

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): In 10 digits of binary, each \$ amount corresponds to 1 or 2 "1"s and all other #s as 0s
, but no farther.

You have one of two major elements. So now you have to get the other one, and you also have to figure out what to do with the first one!

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:57 am
Gorgo
Boot

Joined: 10 Jun 2011
Posts: 35

What's Going On in There solved

Catbus:

Looks like I can't PM you, so I'll have to get confirmation from you this way:

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): The location is at the approximate coordinates N 9° 7' 30'' E 169° 59' 30''.

I took several shots at reading it before I hit upon the hints hidden in the depths of the text. I enjoyed this one; it would've been a fine fit for TMT.

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:54 am
Catbus
Guest

Re: What's Going On in There solved

Gorgo wrote:
Catbus:

Looks like I can't PM you, so I'll have to get confirmation from you this way:

 Spoiler (Rollover to View): The location is at the approximate coordinates N 9° 7' 30'' E 169° 59' 30''.

I took several shots at reading it before I hit upon the hints hidden in the depths of the text. I enjoyed this one; it would've been a fine fit for TMT.

Sorry for the long delay, brother. You have indeed solved the theorem.

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:34 am
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