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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I hope they're nice people. Google Maps says her road is about 1 hr 10 mins by bus...

"I haven't done anything for STEP - my gosh I'm worried now :/ You'll have to help me! :)"

followed by

"Almost! - I'm at _______ :) that would be so helpful, thank you so much :)"

Like Hannah, she also goes to an all-girls school and has done so for the past 7 years. I do wonder how much she interacts with guys...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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One bus?

If they are not nice people there is nothing you can do about that. I had one whose mother hated me.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Two buses.

What did you do in that situation?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Nothing, just avoided her. She was a major reason why we broke up. Her brother was not too fond of me either but him I did not care about.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I think it would be hard to get on with a girl if many members of the family did not like the person dating their daughter.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Not so, she wanted me to stand up to them. The brother I would have gladly beaten the snot out of, the mother was a separate problem and one I was ill equipped to deal with at the time.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Ill-equipped in what way?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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She wanted me to be snotty and rude back, I refused because I was raised not to be ill mannered towards elders. I thought it would blow over, it did not.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Do you think that what you did was the best thing to do in that situation?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No, but it was what I was taught. Programming is very powerful.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I was always taught the same. However, now that I am 18, I feel like more of an adult and less like someone who wants to be bossed about.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I should have told her off but I did not. So you see I mostly made incorrect decisions concerning dating even though I analyzed them heavily.

Reminds me of a story I read about Kepler. He decided to pick a wife and narrowed it down to 12 candidates. He then used mathematics to choose the best one from the 12. Of course it did not work and he chose the worst of the bunch.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Yes, I remember you telling me that. And about paralysis by analysis, I think.

**zetafunc.****Guest**

What the heck does this mean?

"I'm almost certain next Saturday is fine but I'll confirm that in the next couple of days. This is so exciting - only the best kind of people meet up to do maths :P"

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I guess it is a good sign. You will just have to go and see.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Okay. But I hope she is not serious about the maths thing... I am coming there to do that but I'm hoping she has gathered that that is not the point!

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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They always know that is not the point. They can sense attraction very quickly. They just refuse to admit it.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

The coffee should have been enough to let her know anyway; if any girl asked me for a coffee it would be a dead giveaway and she should know that too. I wonder if Hannah knows anything about this. (I will be really annoyed if I turn up and there are 4 other dudes there for a "maths party".)

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Me too! Maybe you should find out or suggest you prefer to teach one student at a time.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Hmm... how do I pose that question to her?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It might be hard to work it in to the conversation but let's say you do not know beforehand. You go and find a dude party all of them in the way. After about an hour you just say you have to go.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I'd prefer to find out before going though, where she lives is not really that easy to get to. Two buses and walking along a fairly long road in what looks like will be snow and ice.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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May not be possible. You might just have to go and see what is happening or set up someplace else that way you can control everything about the situation.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Hmm. I guess I'll just go along anyway, although I'd prefer to be alone with her of course. If she isn't alone, I'll try to drop some hints that I want her not to bring anyone.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Like I said, go and see what is happening. The ride is long but worth it.

I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.

All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.

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