Monday, December 9, 2019



Grazie Mille!

This, our 1000th post, is a Major Milestone for PhilosFX. 

A thousand thanks!

or, as we might prefer to say,

Thanks a million!

May I offer an interesting commentary on the use of the letter "M" to represent the quantity of 1,000 as I have done for today's celebration? I am aware that this choice is not without controversy.

Most readers will be more familiar with the use of lower case "k" to mean 1,000. In this case, "k" is an abbreviation for "kilo" which in turn is derived from the Greek word χίλιοι (chilioi), meaning "thousand." Side note--a capital "K" is the abbreviation for Kelvin, a unit of heat, so don't sign up for a 10K run. You'll freeze! 10K is -441.7 deg F. Stick with the traditional 10k runs, as they are much more comfortable.

Meanwhile, the letter "M" is also used to represent the quantity of 1,000. This is distinct from the lower case "m" which means meters. In this case, "M" is an abbreviation for mille, the Roman word for 1,000. Investors and accountants will be familiar with "MM" which means a thousand thousands, or one million. The Italian expression, grazie mille does not transliterate to English well. We don't say, "Thanks a thousand." However, "a thousand thanks," seems too formal for the American tongue. Instead, we say, "Thanks a million."  May I suggest a twist? How about, "Thanks MM"?

My work here is (almost!) done. If you want symmetry (and really, who doesn't?), the Cyber Dictionary defines KK to mean okay, as in, message received. This expression may have originated from the use of KK in Morse Code (a communications system developed in the 1800s) to mean "End of message."

Now we know the differences between
KK, K, k, m, M, and MM
Or, do we? 

When you see $10M are you thinking 




Minds blown. Mayhem prevails. Madness reigns.

Meanwhile, the folks at English Language & Usage are tossing up their hands on the k vs. M controversy. Dr. Peterson of the Math Forum has offered a rational solution that does not seem to satisfy all readers. Experts at Quora advise checking with local customs and traditions  That works for moi.

Moving along...

Metrics: The first of 1,000 (thousand? kilo? mille?) posts here on PhilosFX was published Saturday, August 7, 2010 (3,412 days ago). Since then, new posts have been published at the rate of one every third day, garnering an average of 416 views each (range is 0 to 62,829). PhilosFX get about 3,662 views per month (range is 300 to 11,589). Not bad for the mishaps and meanderings of a mercurial madman...

Motivation: I have 149 posts in various stages of pre-publication right now, and a seemingly endless supply of topics to write about. I only wish I had more time to explore the fascinating universe we share. Intelligent and curious people are always welcome here. Thanks for reading along and encouraging me with your comments and suggestions!

On to 2,000! 
aka 2k! aka 2M! 
Why not 2MM? 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Don't Worry, Be Happy--Right!?!

Today's Meme of the Day is inspired by the "Woman Yelling at a Cat" meme template that is all the rage today.

On December 5th, 2011, episode 14 "Malibu Beach Party From Hell" of season two of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality TV series premiered in the United States. In the episode, cast member Taylor Armstrong cries during an argument, with cast member Kyle Richards attempting to calm her down.

On June 19th, 2018, Tumblr user deadbefordeath posted a photograph of a white cat (later revealed to be named Smudge) with a confused expression sitting in a chair in front of a plate with vegetables in it, titling the post "he no like vegetals." The post gained over 50,300 likes and reblogs in one year.

On May 1st, 2019, Twitter user @MISSINGEGIRL made a post containing both images, writing "These photos together is making me lose it.“ The tweet gained over 78,900 retweets and 276,800 likes in two months.

If you haven't seen this meme template yet, you will! 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Game Five lands on a Scherzday!

Forget about "best of 3" let alone best of 7. 
Don't worry about Games 6 or 7.
Game 5 is all that matters...
Let's go 1 and 0 tonight, Nats!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Aníbal Sánchez Game 3 starter...

Aníbal Sánchez will make his 3rd start of the Postseason in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night in Nationals Park. Wear BLUE! Go 1-0 one more time!