The Bumbastories’ Latest April Magazine

April is the fourth month, and Bumbastories feels obliged, nay compelled, to acknowledge the number four. You’ll excuse me for all this fourplay, but let’s talk about the four.                      What Four? Let’s talk about the symmetry of the four. We see it, we use it all the time. Check out these 4-based tesselations from the … Continue reading The Bumbastories’ Latest April Magazine

Another Tri-Centennial March Mathness Magazine

Happy March! Happy Third Month of the Gregorian Calendar! Being it’s the third month, here’s a salute to the very fine and lovely number three. Hurray for The Three! Hurray for the Triad! The Triangle! The Holy Trinity! The Three Graces! There’s definitely something about the three. It seems that everybody loves the three. Three is the charm. OK. Let’s get spiritual: The Two (the … Continue reading Another Tri-Centennial March Mathness Magazine

Bi-annual February Magazine

The Bumbastories March Through the Numbers marches on as we enter February, the second month. Even though there are an infinite number of numbers, we express all of those numbers with just nine numerals and a zero. Not a bad system. Anyhoo, let’s look at the two… Drumroll…….The Two! The two – the dos, the deux, the zvei – is the first real number, because one … Continue reading Bi-annual February Magazine

The January Magazine, Tri-Holocene Édition

Happy New Year! Happy 2020! May the New Year bring us all good health and all good tidings. January being the first month of the Julian calendar year, it is once again incumbent on this reporter to put together one of those Bumbastories’ Walk thru the Numbers/Mathematics for Dummies things for the number 1. Note from Editor: What follows is a re-post (plus I added a song … Continue reading The January Magazine, Tri-Holocene Édition

December Magazine

Hail December! The Twelfth month!   Hail to the number twelve. Three cheers (four times) for the ol’ 12, the number on the top of the clock!! The word twelve, whose early English-Germanic roots derive from “two left”, or two left over after counting to ten, completes a certain cycle for us. After twelve o’clock we start to count the hours again. Twice every day we … Continue reading December Magazine

Hey it’s another Bi-annual November (tally up those votes!) Magazine

OK. It’s November and here comes yet another Bumbastories monthly report/March through the Numbers thing. “Oh, no,” you say. “Oh, yes”, says I. “And we’re definitely going to do another march through the numbers thing” For the Americans there’s an additional message this month, which is that you have to vote and do what you can to get other people to vote. We’ve been talking … Continue reading Hey it’s another Bi-annual November (tally up those votes!) Magazine

The Annual Bumbastories Tri-Centennial September Magazine

Welcome to September again. Labor Day weekend coming up. It’s been one astoundingly difficult year, and one hot summer here in Califonia. Three years ago, back in the 2017 September’s Tri-Centennial magazine, I wrote: “we’re having a heck of a heat spell and fire season here in California. Of course, there are always seasonal fluctuations in the weather, but four consecutive record-high temperature years is … Continue reading The Annual Bumbastories Tri-Centennial September Magazine

The Bumbastories’ Semi-Annual August Magazine

Happy August. Happy eighth month of the year! The month August got its name from the Roman emperor Augustus, who named the month after himself in order to celebrate, er, himself. August means admirable, and reverential, and implies all things good, which is why Augustus, nee Octavius (which already meant the eight man), re-named himself Augustus in the first place. Ol’ Augustus thought Augustus sounded … Continue reading The Bumbastories’ Semi-Annual August Magazine

The Measure of Things: Size matters: the long and the short of it

People always need to measure things. That’s how people are. They like to ask: How much? How many? How far? How long? When we gonna get there? A question from the back of the car. To answer all these questions, numbers were “invented”. The earliest known evidence of human writing or reckoning are regularly spaced notches found on an antler bone from about 15,000 years … Continue reading The Measure of Things: Size matters: the long and the short of it

Bumbastories Semi-Annual June Magazine, Special Tri-Centennial Re-Post

Welcome to June, the sixth month. Spring is here, pandemic or not. And, as they say, summer is hard on spring’s heels. So, I certainly hope that summer is watching her step! I sincerely hope everyone is watching their step. Because these are strange days, my friend. Nevertheless and all the same, June is the sixth month, and Bumbastories is again obliged to celebrate the … Continue reading Bumbastories Semi-Annual June Magazine, Special Tri-Centennial Re-Post