Oops I missed Week 32 [OopsidentA 6 of 7]

Note: In 2020, I’m writing 52 blog posts, one per week, released on Wednesdays or so…This is a placeholder entry for Wednesday August 5, and yet it is also part six of seven in this thingymabopper for today I call OopsidentA!

Okay so there’s this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that’s killing tons of people, to put it imprecisely but close ’nuff, since yes, pathogens change, but no, if you’re a USian reading this, you probably haven’t unlocked some Flat Earther mystery of how it’s all bogus hysteria since, in the United States, it is rare to understand how to downshift after exponentiation, even the Washington Post has had to publish articles for the general public like this one: “When coronavirus is growing exponentially, everything looks fine until it doesn’t.” I linked that WaPo article in a 23 March 2020 blog post of mine and wrote:

Addition and exponentiation are both arithmetic operations. Here’s an addition example: 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 12. Here’s an exponentiation example: 34 = 3 × 3 × 3 × 3 = 81. That exponentiation is 3 times itself four times. It depends, but disease spread can often be more exponential than straightforward addition. Exponential because each infected person, especially prior to becoming incapacitated (but possibly even then), can infect many people, not just another single person.

Downshifting from recent exponentiation, whether from virii or maniae or credit cards out of whack-o’s, can be even more difficult, than, like, the upshifting part. Here’s my proof in 3-part stupid USian buzzcut sportsball coach logic, like an interdepartmental memo that looks like the 1-2-3 here on that webpage, or this “keys, wallet, cell phone” thing here; then returning to watch the video referenced a few clauses ago in this very sentence and thereafter just making a list of every hospital ombudsman/patient advocate postal address in the United States so Humans can just start snailmailing them bibliographic entries like these, I mean, it’s something of a praxis idea, amirite;

Except I actually remember being in some of those places; and in there, the elderly are already deluged with snailmail, trying to rotate endless envelopes, and I never get a chance to look too closely, because I’m not the sort of guy who would, but it’s terrifying, even from near or medium distance. Of course, I’ve been in those fuckin’ places quite many a times. And sometimes they aren’t as bad as before, but rarely, seldomly, depending on where the fuck they actually put me in those things, like an Aleko going right under a bridge in one of them Mexican radios, and I’m under there still, under that thing, surprised the fuckin’ Aleko shit is halfway legible, because that’s the only one I think I ever got through on that particular set of his Compositions, where they got the weird lookin’ thing that cross like some sort of ninja

Back to my 1-2-3 proof that downshifting is more difficult once you’ve revved up, than the revving up was in the first place, observe please (or not, I mean, you might find this all really immature or obnoxious or something):

  1. I just went to the Spanish-siloed version of Wikipedia for Crecimiento_exponencial and found the below image showing exponential growth surpassing liner and cubic growth:
Math stuff about exponential growth. X axis is incremented by 1 (appears to be base ten). Y axis is a bunch of date looking stuff. It's probably some right-wingish garbage of fundamental attribution error trying to blame individuals for population growth, instead of humans emboldening themselves to get curious and courage and fix systemic stuff because in the United States people whine that they deserve to have comfy lives all the damn time, as a reward for complicity. Then again, I didn't actually check the provenance of this graph. It's just a math graph, and I'm not doing media critique here; I'm trying to explain maths as a mostly humanities person!
I don’t trust those date-lookin’ numbers on the y axis…but it is a Euclidean quadrant I, if Euclid was real desert prophet or whatever in ancient Gweece

2. I don’t think “flattening the curve” or even “inverting the curve” is as simple as just turning the picture upside down (or turning your monitor, head, or mind upside down). Because uh, that would be, uh, too…Idk what to say. Comedic, I guess.

3. So instead,

If a person wants to down-shift or chill out regarding exponentially growing curves of mania, or credit card balances, or budget spreadsheets flashing danger danger, or needing more sleep, and stuff, it’s more complicated than just, like, multiplying everything by negative one or turning everything upside down.

Volume up! Kind of like that thing where teachers remind parents about how hard it is for their kids to learn to read. The teachers hand a book to the parents and then instruct the parents to turn the book upside down and try to read it. And the parents are like holy shit, because they can’t just repeat the turn-the-book-up-down procedure a few times and then suddenly have the ability to read upside-down text (I mean, unless they are way impressively neurodivergent!) So yeah. That is why it is important in life to understand maths like the below pictured screenshot’ed by me, which will be explained after the image, thus no alt text. (Volume down.)

By The Organic Chemistry Tutor on YouTube, an hour-long video.

Kind of the short version of the above Precalculus introduction, Basic Overview, Graphing Parent Functions, Transformations, Domain & Range, is, to paraphrase something I read in Sylvia Nasar’s biography of John Nash (not the Beautiful Mind movie, dammit), where somebody else was explaining how Nash told them he figured some sort of dealy-out that had a lot of math (and probably death in it too, what with the Air Force associations and all in Nash’s biography, although it’s def out there that he refused to change strategy for very long periods of time…), it’s like, “You have to do this, and watch out for that, and then pay attention to this other thing, and be careful not to such-and-such, and stuffs,” because if you don’t, your car/credit card balance/mania/decreasing-or-increasing-I-often-get-this-part-confused sleep debt just sort of goes kablooey in a bad way. Capeesh? Usually, with my sense of humor, I try to just use a sort of at a glance aesthetic ability that boils down to either “don’t even fuckin’ think about tryin’ that” or “hey, this seems good/fun!” (Get outta here, divine command theory and supposed ancient etymolgoies.) Until very recently I never actually understood why people were sometimes sending me messages about they walked or would have to walk soon this many feet on such-and-such days and had to take this many pills and go to this many meetings and appointments and stuff, it just sounded like some sort of pre-emptive proselytizing and trying to get laid, but now I realize, maybe in some cases, certain good individuals, were defending pre-emptively in a good way against proctologizing!

And now for the grand finale of calming down, I carefully step my way toward the final part 7-of-7 of this OopsidentA (might take a while, but will be really really good, I promise/hope!)…so while I work on that, I will leave you with a comedy video I like by comedian Eddie Izzard, which for all I know, is — the transcript of it, I mean, if there were one, which there probably is — stuck horribly in colonizer etymologies as well. But I mean, pobody’s nerfect. (In terms of the alt text, or for people reading this etched into tablets in the far past/future once all the internet has collapsed/hasn’t yet existed, it’s a video less than 7 minutes of comedian Eddie Izzard explaining-ish Latin versus today’s biz-speak English. The video should be from the last few decades or so.)

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