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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I just had that happen to me in the store. Seems I can not go anywhere without trouble.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I don't follow...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I was doing some shopping in the local supermarket and a gorgeous babe is walking towards me... She was so beautiful my jaw hit the ground. I hope I was not salivating like some wild beast anyway she says "do you know where the sal min is?" I said "you mean the salmon," she says, "yea that is it. Can you help me?" I am just about to say something clever like, I never eat any of that but I know where the chicken is.

Along comes Gronkasaurus, complete with shades and earrings and a big bunch of prison tattoos. "Is this guy bothering you," he says. "No man, calm down this was nothing she was asking me about sal min. "Cool it Gramps, I was asking her." "No, no it happened like he said," she blurts out. "Okay then Pops, I just thought you was messin with my woman." He begins to walk away grabbing her by the arm.

Yep, it is things like that, that make life worth living I tell you.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Do girls like it when things like that happen?

It makes me feel as though women in relationships like those tend to fear their boyfriends. I would not be surprised if men like him are regular wife-beaters.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Obviously, she enjoyed seeing him angry and me worrying about my life that she so magnanimously spared.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Are most men like that with their women -- overprotective?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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He sure was. I was way too old for her and he should realize that I was not bothering her. If he feels nervous about me he is really in trouble.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

It would be so much simpler if it were not just a game.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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A hideous creature I know once told me life was a game.

In some ways that fact that they love playing games actually simplifies the process.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Not for me it doesn't...

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Games have rules and goals. It suggests actual methods to use on them.

For instance, my chicken joke would have worked had he not come over.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I still need more time to practice.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Just enjoy the process. Have a good time despite what happens or whether you have had as much success as you would like. Get to like talking to them. They are very different than we are and that can be a lot of fun in itself.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

It just feels exhausting talking to them. At the moment I feel like focusing my efforts on mathematics. I honestly can't wait to go to university so I can stop doing these stupid school exams and actually learn mathematics.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I do agree about the exams. But how else can they test you?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I am not criticising the exam system, I just do not like it.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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All be over soon. Lots of exams over there too. Sometimes I watch the people get so frantic around exam time you can sense the fear everywhere.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

4 days to go. STEP I, STEP III, and one pesky maths exam to do.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Then you are done for sure?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Yep, then it is all done. Then adriana and Hanh will quit whining.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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They are whining? About what?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

STEP II was last Wednesday and it was a bit tricky. I think I scored about 75-ish which should be a grade 1. Hanh said she scored about 45 (a 2 or 3, so she will not meet her Cambridge offer), and adriana said it went horribly and she attempted just 3 questions, getting just one full solution, so a mark of about 35, which is either a 3 or a fail. adriana needs a grade 2 in either STEP I, II or III for Warwick and Hanh needed a 1,1 in STEP II and III. So they are whining because they messed up.

adriana is annoyed that I did so well and is claiming it is easy for me.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Did you remind her that had she been nicer to you she would have got good grades too?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

No... didn't really feel like saying something like that either given that I am not interested in her anymore.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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So you are more interested in listening to them whine? I used to charge!

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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