Can you solve these simple equations and find the pattern?
This was the question I posed to friends on Facebook. Thanks to them I found some missing brackets and corrected the above image, representing digits as equations.
From this, I created a simple book reminiscent of a child’s counting book or math exercise book with a number represented on each page by its equation. If you include the answers to the equations (left as an exercise for the reader), each statement has all of the digits from zero to nine appearing only once. I created the book from a school desktop flip calendar, giving it a distressed old school look by painting the pages with a mixture of gouache and acrylic house paint. Letting the wet pages stick together before separating and applying a second coat produced the rough surface for the equations in pastel, sharpie and pencil.
The title of this work No. Digits is a play on the idea that “Number” is often abbreviated as “No.” and for each equation there is no digit for that specific number until you solve the equation.
I’m writing a book about how to profit from procrastination.
“I was procrastinating on Facebook and saw that a friend had recently written and published a self help kind of book.
I reminded myself of my unfinished novel.
I continued on with my procrastination on Facebook.
However, in the deep dark recesses of the back of my mind a seed of an idea was germinating.
Why not write a book about how to make a profit from procrastination.
It started as a joke – make a cover and some chapter outlines. Then presell it.”
My quick research shows that there is not a lot written about the positive effects of procrastination. Most of the literature is about the dangers of procrastination and how to avoid it.
Almost everyone I know, for as long as possible, wants to procrastinate their inevitable death.
There is money to be saved by waiting instead of impulsively buying. Markets and products development can be explored while actively procrastinating on the finished article. And delays can often bring the wisdom of hindsight as others make mistakes you can learn from.
After one month and a day of procrastination, I wrote enough of the book to start selling it. In between procrastinations, I will publish further editions of the book.