So, after an epic writing marathon under extremely challenging circumstances yesterday, I’m no longer too worried about my writey muscles atrophying. I still feel like a big hand-flapping litwanky crybaby about it all, but everyone was very kind to me and all in all it was a good day. Lots of running around outside, followed by an easy stint at child-minding in the evening. Mrs. Hatboy was at a concert, Wump was absolutely exhausted and Toop was, while slightly fractious, asleep sweetly by eleven.
Amazing, what a good day’s writing and a good night’s sleep will do for the mood. My dad woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, but he’s just finished cutting a whole trailer-load of wood for us so the poor bloke’s probably wrecked. Plus, he’s got an iPad and is having trouble getting his e-mails read. Shocker.
Then today we got ourselves up to the “shitpile” (Högberget, the highest “mountain” in Vantaa) and enjoyed an Easter barbecue. That was nice, and a good workout carrying a backpack full of Tomps and sausages and also Wump on my back, all the way up there. Then home to prepare for a grand old lamb roast dinner with the combined families. Busy day.
 If you don’t know what these are, you need to read this blog more carefully – or get out here to Bar Äijä’s more often.
What kept me distracted this morning, though, was a far wackier – and yet simpler – problem.
Now, I’m not a big maths-type person, but this was weird.
Take a square, right, divided up into a million little squares (I went with a million because the example I was actually thinking about, with ten million, wouldn’t square-root into a nice round number). This makes a square, yeah, with a thousand little squares on each side.
Right? 1,000 x 1,000 = 1,000,000. Easy.
And the circumference of that square would be four thousand, because there’s four sides and you count the outside of each side and each side is a thousand square long. So in terms of length, the circumference is easy too.
Of course, in terms of how many actual squares make up the circumference, it’s only 3,996. Because you only count each corner once, so it’s 1,000 + 999 + 999 + 998. Yeah?
So it’s 4,000 sides of squares, but only 3,996 actual squares.
And then, if you think about it, 3,996 is 4,000 minus 4. And those 4 are the four corners.
So you’re only counting each corner once, and at the same time you’re not actually counting any of the corners at all.
And then, if the ten-million-area was a circle instead of a square, the circumference would be nowhere near four thousand.
Just … what sort of a silly universe do we live in, anyway?