d=√((x_2-x_1)²+(y_2-y_1)²). It’s a 6.

Two points – how arduous to navigate the distance between them? Voice speaking, staccato, hanging at a precipice eased now by a well controlled damper pedal. You, mathematician, stymied by this most simple of equations, has life taught you nothing. The straight line – the secret lay in the line – the one without deviation, without veering wildly off course? Maestro, per favore – drop the curtain for intermission, there’s been a change in the program; instruments need tuning. Audience hushed, voices whisper off stage, ensemble enters right, enters left – house lights dimmed…

34 thoughts on “d=√((x_2-x_1)²+(y_2-y_1)²). It’s a 6.

  1. Liz H December 31, 2020 / 11:05 am

    Beautiful, poetic six! And I wish I remembered my math a little better–the heady formula on distance (?) Remains mysterious!

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  2. Frank Hubeny December 31, 2020 / 11:09 am

    Good observation that the mathematical distance between two points is a simplification.

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  3. messymimi's meanderings December 31, 2020 / 6:53 pm

    Distance can have so many measures, and was it Zeno who introduced the paradox about an infinite number of half-distances making it impossible to get there?

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 31, 2020 / 9:44 pm

      In total agreement about those measures and you are absolutely correct about Zeno. Had to look it up though, lol. Thank you, Mimi. I was unaware of Zeno and his paradoxes. Until this evening 🙂


      • TheHiddenEdge January 1, 2021 / 5:25 am

        The things you learn in a six sentence story! I spent ages reading this one! Brilliant! Did it take long to write? 😊

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        • GirlieOnTheEdge January 1, 2021 / 10:09 am

          Thank you, Laura!
          It was one of those rare “jots”. Had the bones pretty quickly. Probably spent more time on the final edits before I clicked “publish”, lol.

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  4. Jael Stevens December 31, 2020 / 11:48 pm

    Wowza, Denise…you always raise the bar a bit higher for me. I’m overwhelmed…you must be a genius…able to do that kind of higher math 🙂

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 1, 2021 / 10:11 am

      I appreciate that Jael but Google is the math genius on this one 😁 You can find the formula for pretty much anything!


      • Jael Stevens January 1, 2021 / 6:27 pm

        Haha, I suppose you’re right–Google is our go-to! Wonder if there’s a “formula” for happy ever after love? Just kidding 🙂

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  5. clark January 1, 2021 / 1:31 pm

    cool use of non-somethinglanguage to provide a combination filigree to the narrative of the story…
    …and such

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  6. Pat Brockett January 2, 2021 / 2:09 am

    I am going to try this again, first with a TEST, to see if I can leave a comment. I have tried so many times and get an error each time I try.


  7. Pat Brockett January 2, 2021 / 2:12 am

    For whatever reason, it is working now.
    I got kind of lost in the mathematical title but once I started reading the SSS and saw references to music, things were making more sense. Love the last line, and the song is beautiful. I had not heard Elvis Costello sing before, so what a treat.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 2, 2021 / 7:25 am

      Title purely for effect. Had to look it up, lol however, I’m glad you enjoyed the musical references 🙂
      Thank you, Pat. And glad you enjoyed Elvis.


  8. The Vintage Toy Advertiser January 3, 2021 / 2:54 am

    I never knew Costello did a cover of that – so beautiful. It was originally a hit by Charles Aznavour across Europe, with Aznavour singing it in English, his native French, and other languages. A pretty haunting song, which reminds me of Rebecca – (I watched the recent film adaptation last night, so I guess that’s why).
    Your poem… left me blown away… the maths and straight line movement of the first half with hinty mention of a music term and effect (damper pedal inclusion so cool), then all was left hanging on that second half musical journey and performance about to begin.
    Poem + S,SS x Trop Cool = D(toi) + la musique = Au top!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge January 3, 2021 / 12:29 pm

      And I did not know it was first Charles Aznavour. I listened to him sing it both in English and French. Maybe because I heard Elvis sing it first, I prefer his rendition 🙂 Yes, hauntingly beautiful. Like many films, I’m familiar with the title, director (original film) but have never watched. I didn’t know there was a recent adaptation. Note to self: add to “list of…” lol
      It was a “different” piece, a bit avant-garde even by my standards, V.
      Merci beaucoup, mon ami! 😎

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      • The Vintage Toy Advertiser January 3, 2021 / 1:06 pm

        I will say I prefer the Costello version too if I had to choose – something about his voice translates well into that style of ballad. I was surprised it was him as I know more his rock stuff.
        Et, de rien, ma chère amie, D 😎😎
        Avant-garde? Yes. Do more like that. Rocks!

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  9. Lisa Tomey January 3, 2021 / 9:04 pm

    Shaman! Math is not my strength but Elvis Costello makes it bearable. Nicely done!

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  10. UP January 4, 2021 / 6:29 pm

    Math and neckties are of the devil…great six.

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