When Will the Music Die?

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Music 22; Picture from Public Domain Pictures

How much longer will it be until people are unable to make new, unique songs?

Have you heard that question before? Better yet, have you wondered that yourself? I have. It’s an interesting notion. After all, there are only so many different pitches in music. Therefore, there is a finite number of ways to put all of those pitches together. Hence, there is a finite number of different songs that humanity can produce. Despite that, it is HIGHLY improbable (dare I say, impossible) that humanity will reach the point of not being able to produce new, unique songs. Why is that?

Think about numbers. Technically, there are only ten different numbers, which we refer to as digits:

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

A person can spend their whole life counting up from zero and never get to the end of their count. That’s because, while there is a finite number of individual units, the number of ways to combine those units is so large, that society considers it infinite (mathematicians literally use infinity in formulas). The cause of the apparent infinity is an exponential growth of 10^x*9 (x being the number of digits minus one); There are ten

single-digit numbers, ninety double-digit numbers, nine hundred triple-digit numbers, and so on. If you’re trying to figure out how ten single-digit numbers fits the exponential growth formula, it doesn’t. 0 is technically a number of its own, but when placed in front of another number the combined number is considered the same number as the number that follows the 0 (09=9). You can’t take 0 out of the digit list because without zero we would not have 10, 20, 30, etc. They say that there is an exception to every rule; 0 is the exception to the exponential growth of number count formula.

Due to exponential growth, we will never run out of new music. The bad news: songs are going to get a heck of a lot longer over time if they still want to be original. The good news…

The Music Will NEVER Die.


When to Steal a Taco?, Darkness Must Pass

So, the Cleveland Cavaliers got smacked by the Golden State Warriors once again. With the Warriors now leading the NBA Finals 2 games to 0 and the series shifting to the city of Cleveland for games 3 and 4, I can’t help but wonder: Will I be home in time to get my free Doritos Locos Taco? For those of you who don’t know, Taco Bell does a special deal during the NBA Finals called, “Steal a game, steal a taco“. If a team wins on the road in the NBA Finals, Taco Bell gives out free Doritos Locos Tacos for a day. It’s pretty likely that the Warriors will win game 3 on Wednesday because the Cavs suck. I have no idea where the closest Taco Bell is to campus, but I leave on Thursday. So, depending on when Taco Bell opts to make “Free Taco Day,” I might not get one. 😦 Or maybe I will. πŸ™‚

My group project grade came in today, and I guess my professor got my email, because I ended up with a B overall on the project, which THRILLED me considering the way it went down. I actually got a C on the presentation that I came up with in 5 minutes, but I managed a 100 on my paper (which was worth half of the total points on the project, the presentation was the other half). So, yeah me!

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A quick pun because-let’s be honest-we could all use some extra stupid humor in our lives right now.

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I believe I’ve mentioned before that there are few fictional characters I find more inspirational than Samwise Gamgee. But, if I haven’t: There are few fictional characters I find more inspirational than Samwise Gamgee. I found this quote particularly helpful with my finals looming in the next two days. I believe that everyone has many moments in their lives where they feel that terrible things will not ever end. There is, however, a line: “All good things must come to an end.” That’s true. Which means, that all bad things must also come to an end. Make no mistake, life is colossally unfair. But, it never fails to come through for you in the end. Whatever challenge you are facing, whatever anguish you are feeling, know that it will come to an end. Knowing that it will end is the best way to get through it. In fact, that was the mindset I used during my International Baccalaureate exams last year. That resulted in an IB diploma. So that mindset makes a huge difference. It calms your nerves “at an elite spa level” (Tim Curry as Nigel St. Nigel inΒ PsychAmerican Duos). Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it is surprisingly comforting to know that no matter how badly something goes, it will end. Just ask the Cavs…

Side note: My campus reminds me a lot of The Lord of the Rings: everyone is high and/or drunk the majority of the time (with the exception of me, of course. I guess that makes me…Elrond? I actually don’t recall any of the elves smoking pipes in Middle-Earth. Can anybody confirm that for me?).

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the NBA Finals and/or on today’s quote of the day and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, that too shall pass when you become a follower. πŸ™‚ Have a pleasant tomorrow.