“i am interested in mathematics only as a creative art.”
-g. h. hardy
chela’s restaurant and taqueria, ann arbor, mi, usa – winter 2020
the 10-second tax return.
in sweden, the vast majority of taxpayers just get a document from the government with all the relevant information already filled out. some even get a text message with their prepared tax information.
in the united states, the experience it is quite the opposite.
the nightmare return.
“the hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.”
credits: theatlantic.com, google images
that moment when you realize
after you’ve laid out
and built the frame
of a large detailed 1,000 piece puzzle
that you may have assembled
the perfectly symmetrical framing
with no way now to turn it without breaking it
due to the limited table size dimensions
and might likely have to build the whole thing upside down.
“the art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.”
steps in the parks somewhere in the middle
my last step in the parks in my last pair of shoes
with all of this stepping into the parks
i thought it was be easy and interesting
to look back and see just how far i had walked
using multiple sources
and multiple attempts
it turned into quite an impossible task
as each park was shaped differently
i had walked in no particular pattern
and converting the 2061.6 total acres into distance
proved to be a bit more complicated than i expected.
(having dinosaurs on the paper seemed fitting)
scenes of me asking the big questions
i went to my daughters
who tried to create an algorithm for me
but they again pointed out that i had no consistent shape of the acreage
nor did a have a consistent path of travel through them
i then went online to an international group
of physicists, mathmeticians, engineers, etc. to seek their answers
here is a sampling:
can’t convert an area into a distance… If you walked the entire area of the parks so as to pass within 20m of each point, this would be 250 miles at least.
While metric units are usually easier to work with, an acre represents an area of a chain (22yds or 20m) x a furlong (220 yds / 200m) which is 1/8 of a mile. If you were a medieval ploughman, an acre (from the Latin ager = field) would be a strip 22yds wide and 220yds long. But now it’s any shape at all with that area of 4840 sq yds or 1/640 of a square mile.
Best way to work out your distance will be with a gps app. Download the Viewranger app, get it to record your track, then it’ll tell you the exact distance. Other gps apps are available.
There is no way to tell. You tell us areas but not distances, nor do you give us times or velocity.
i have decided that according to my calculations
my final answer is that i traveled pretty far
during the time i spent covering the 2,061.6 acres
and interesting coincidence
the last park on the list
the last steps i took
were in a park at the top of the very street
where i first lived in ann arbor
in my rattletrap apartment with no money
when i moved here at age 40
having quit my job to go to grad school
and change the course of my life
this long journey with it’s twisty and immeasurable path
had somehow led me straight home.
‘only those who will risk going too far
can possibly find out how far one can go.’
– t.s. eliott
when looking at the trees on the kinder playground
it’s easy to see how tall the little people are
the green does not dare begin until it is
above and safely out of the reach of their tiny hands
even if they are standing on tippy toes
pulling, climbing, bending, picking, snapping
the trees do the math and live to tell the tale.
“trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.”
-zora neale hurston