What’s in a Number?

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According to Wikipedia, 10,000 is the natural number following 9999 and preceding 10001. Many languages have a specific word for this number. In English it is a myriad. Somehow it sounds more impressive to say that 10,000 people have visited my blog, rather than boasting about a myriad of visitors.

I Googled 10,000. I discovered a prehistoric epic film, 10,000 BC. I fell upon 10,000 Steps, a program that encourages the use of a step-counting pedometer to track daily physical activity levels.

In Danvers, Massachusetts, 10,000 bees landed on the wing of a plane used for flight school training at Beverly Airport. The school’s owner called the police, who referred him to the local bee removal expert, Al Wilkins, who promptly sucked the bees off the plane with a specially designed vacuum. Luckily for the 10,000 bees his intervention did not stop there–he relocated the frazzled insects to hives where they can produce honey.

In The Game Cabinet, an online games magazine, I found some chat entries regarding a dice game called 10,000. Rina Whitehouse writes that she used to play this game where players rolled 5 or 6 dice and played until someone reached 10,000 points. However she has forgotten the rules. Charles Weckwerth claims he is the creator of 10,000, a dice game that comes with “six beautiful electric blue dice,” and English and Spanish instructions. He also mentions that he has not one but two copyrights on this product. Others comment that they used to play a similar game, with names that include Dix Mille, Farkle, Keepers, Blewit, and Cosmic Wimpout.

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There is a site where you can print out your own 10,000-year calendar. And it’s free! Yes, for those who always wanted to determine the day-of-the-week for any date in the years 1 to 10,000, this is their big break. “Not as easy to use as the 100-year calendar, but not difficult either.” Maybe I’ll use it to see what day my birthday falls on 800 years from now. There’s nothing like advanced planning.

On the same site I found a link to the Long Now Foundation, established in 01996, “to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.” This is the brainchild of Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, a California couple who coauthored several books including Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food. Kudos to them because most of the time, I don’t even know what I’m going to put on today’s table.

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I went to the 10,000 Reasons Civilization is Doomed website but it was down for maintenance, “for a few days, possibly weeks,” so I couldn’t get a taste of the doom and gloom that was fit to be included in this list. One Saturday night, around a dinner table, six friends, Vazaneelo 6 or V6 (Yes, they have a sense of humor) decided they were tired of “the fake optimism, superficiality, non-talented celebrities, doped-up athletes, dishonest and illiterate politicians, corporate thieves, wife-beaters and evangelical terrorists rampant in the world today.” What better way to deter some of the doom than to create a website where people can submit their reason to be included in this rosy list.

10,000 people have visited Talleen Hacikyan’s Art Blog. I tried to imagine what that crowd would look like if it gathered in one place. In 1977 I attended Pink Floyd’s Animals concert at the Big O, along with close to 80,000 fans. All I have to do is picture one eighth of this rocking audience. It’s a bit of a fuzzy image, as was the stage that night due to the clouds of illicit smoke that floated in the Olympic stadium. Roger Waters wondered, Is there anybody out there? When I created my blog, I wondered how many of those out there would read it. The counter shows that more than a myriad have. Virtually 10,000 virtual readers! I suppose that’s a legitimate reason to hit the keyboard and rock on.

Talleen Hacikyan

1 Réponse à “What’s in a Number?”


  • Tally! I was with you at that Pink Floyd concert! Remember the people sitting on the blanket in front of us with a PILE of marijuana (a little mountain of it, really)!? And at one point someone in the band told the audience to « shut the f*#k up! » Too funny. I also remember the masses of people trying to get on the metro afterwards.

    Congratulations are definitely in order. 10,000. WOW!

    Love you, Rabs

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