Aug 8, 2008

O Hate, O Hate, O Hate

I used to love numbers.

I've been pretty good with them most my life. Lots of high test scores in Math class all the way through High School. Then I got to college and they started to betray me. Calculus. Linear Algebra. Differential Equations. The dreaded Statistics class for Engineers. Then I turned toward a profession that is all about numbers.

Now I hate numbers.

Everything is a number. Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, telephone numbers (Thank God(dess) for address books in cell phones), debit card numbers and tax ID numbers. You want to call a customer service center? What's your reference number? Need to re-register your car? What's your vehicle identification number? C'mon...give me your fucking number!!!

They are everywhere and there is no escaping them.

I'm a number.

YOU are a number. Deal with that.

Happy 08/08/08!!!
(get the post title now?)

Random Wiki: NDRG4 is a human gene. It's a member of the N-myc downregulated gene family which belongs to the alpha/beta hydrolase superfamily. Now I don't know what any of that means, and there are a few in the name of the gen, but it sounds just like another fucking number to me!


SK Waller said...

I wish you lived closer. We're having a "Local on the 8s" party. Time? 8:08!

Anonymous said...

I agree numbers suck and so do statistics, I am one and it pisses me off.

Join the viral campaign on Evyl’s mom and vote her for freak of the week at

Evly's mom is so freakishly uppity she she reminds me of a tampon, thier both stuck up cunts.

Avitable said...

I like numbers. In high school, we used to sit around and try to see who could trick the other with advanced calculus.

Verdant Earl said...

Steph - Of course you are. ;)

Anon - Will do, but why so anonymous?

Avitable - Did the winner get laid? ;)

Avitable said...

Only by Rosy Palm and her five friends.

Verdant Earl said...

Avi - yeah, pretty much sounds like my High School experiences.

Slyde said...

yes, i AM a number...

too bad for you i'm number 1.

and you are number 2

Get what i did there? number 2? Thats a subtle reference to poo. I just called you poo and you were too dense to catch it.

Verdant Earl said...

Slyde - your registration number for whatever NoLifeOnlineRolePlayingGame you are currently obsessed with is your REAL number.

Admit it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, cute! Never thought I'd say that on one of your posts! LOL. But happy oh hate oh hate oh hate to you too! And I do hate the numbers. I hate math, I hate feeling like I'm just a number to be processed and I hate math. Did I already say that? Well, what do you expect. I wasn't counting now was I? ;)

I do love all those little math answers though - I'd seen them before and they crack me up. The answers were so creative. Have you seen them all?

Verdant Earl said...

Teeni - What? I'm not cute? WTF!

RW said...

This nis, like, 6 of 1 and half a dozen of the Other.

Verdant Earl said...

RW - more fucking numbers. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I hadn't noticed it all day, so busy was I arguing about guns and capital punishment. It's Friday the 08.08.08 fantastic.

Anonymous said...

I meant the "oh hate oh hate oh hate" part instead of 08/08/08 was cute. I never thought I'd say you had a cute post. But YOU are cute. You're adorable. That was never in question. ;)

Verdant Earl said...

MikeB - sounds serious.

Teeni - aw shucks, ma'am.

Anonymous said...

I thought the same damn thing and wrote "080808" in my journal.
That's when my brain released a neurotransmitter not unlike releasing flying monkeys. I closed my journal and didn't write a blessed thing.
Oh, well.
I'll wait for 090909, I guess.
Nice site here, BugEye . . .
Where's Milkman Dan? :0)

Anonymous said...

I am a math teacher b/c I hated math in school. I wanted to make it fun. Some parts of math just ain't fun. (You can guess why I'm not an English teacher.)
I don't understand why we don't use letters for things like social security numbers. 26 digits > 10 digits. The license plate people (prisoners?) figured it out. You just delete the ones that spell shit, fuck and cunt.

Verdant Earl said...

michaelm - Redmeat is one of my favorite websites out there, obviously. A bunch of years ago, I had a fantasy baseball team called the Bug-Eyed Earls and this nickname and this blog just kinda followed from there.

Been there - We saw a license plate over the weekend that said "SOXUCK". And years ago I saw one that read "TIH5 HO". In your rearview mirror this becomes "OH 5HIT". Well done, I say.

Bruce Johnson said...

After reading that, I feel as though I am lost in a sea of digits.