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Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
Step right this way... the Peanut Gallery is now open!

This is the right place for your sage observations, jokes at the expense of the nouveau riche, catcalls and banter. Serious questions for the management (e.g. about avatars, titles, the auction rules, etc. etc.) don't belong here, so please post them on the other top-of-page auction threads.

Thankyew.
 
Posted by Fen Church (# 9899) on :
 
I think that Sine feels that $100 to be 21 again is cheaper than plastic surgery.
 
Posted by Paige (# 2261) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Fen Church:
I think that Sine feels that $100 to be 21 again is cheaper than plastic surgery.

Since he doesn't need plastic surgery, I think he's just a show-off. [Devil]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I wonder how high he's willing to go. Probably higher than me, but we'll see...
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Could someone bid for #1000 please? I only bid to be first bidder.

Ho hum, I'll regard it as part of my tithe. I wonder if the elders will?
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
Could someone bid for #1000 please? I only bid to be first bidder.

Plenty of time yet. The serious bidding probably won't start until the last few days before the auction closes.

These are just the first few 'feeler' bids, to test the water as it were...
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
Smart move on Pyx_e’s part, I think. Mention of his “lucky number” makes a dubious (im)moral claim to the number (which might dissuade the fluffy bunnies). In the scale of things 24 isn’t greatly different from 21 as a number, but is likely to be much cheaper.
 
Posted by Matrix (# 3452) on :
 
Sine's trying to blow the competition out of the water before they start!

Those poor african children though...

M
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
Smart move on Pyx_e’s part, I think. Mention of his “lucky number” makes a dubious (im)moral claim to the number (which might dissuade the fluffy bunnies). In the scale of things 24 isn’t greatly different from 21 as a number, but is likely to be much cheaper.

(plus the hint at my lowly finacial status [Biased] )

P
 
Posted by Fen Church (# 9899) on :
 
Ah, but the gaps are getting smaller in the blackjack bidding war. Only up $25 this time.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Matrix:
Sine's trying to blow the competition out of the water before they start!

Not that there's any way of knowing before 12:01pm on the 2nd of September, but I wouldn't be surprised if we haven't even reached the reserve price on #21 yet [Biased] ...
 
Posted by Jenny Ann (# 3131) on :
 
Hmm. this bidding stuff is slightly addictive. I don't even really want things... but as always want to be involved.

J
 
Posted by Lady Alicia of Scouseland (# 7668) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenny Ann:
Hmm. this bidding stuff is slightly addictive. I don't even really want things... but as always want to be involved.

J

damn! thats what gets me too!
I'm a bit like this with shopping too, I always buy things I don't really need.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenny Ann:
Hmm. this bidding stuff is slightly addictive. I don't even really want things... but as always want to be involved.

I suppose it's the odd combination of shopping and gambling that's addictive.
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
Ooohh. I love Sine's style.
[Axe murder]

[Checks self in the mirror: Nup. Never make the Pool Attendant look I'm afraid]
 
Posted by Fen Church (# 9899) on :
 
Sorry, Cooty, it takes at least 5 A* at A level these days to qualify as a pool boy.

Thankfully, that is now an easy set of qualifications to get!
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenny Ann: Hmm. this bidding stuff is slightly addictive. I don't even really want things... but as always want to be involved.
On a par with Ebay!

<wonders when the first support thread will be started! [Two face] >
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:
This is the right place for your sage observations, jokes at the expense of the nouveau riche, catcalls and banter.

Right. I keep looking at that avatar and thinking: cocktail sausage on a mattress.
 
Posted by Jenny Ann (# 3131) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Jenny Ann: Hmm. this bidding stuff is slightly addictive. I don't even really want things... but as always want to be involved.
On a par with Ebay!
oh no, i don't like ebay. far too scary. this seems much safer (well, it will be until stoo comes back and sees What I Have Done™

J
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
Just wondering why Sister Dolphy bid on a higher number than she now possesses? [Biased]
 
Posted by Matrix (# 3452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Just wondering why Sister Dolphy bid on a higher number than she now possesses? [Biased]

It's the thrill of it all...

333 a special number for you? It kinda has a jedi ring to it, but i don't know why.

M
 
Posted by SteveTom (# 23) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariel:
I keep looking at that avatar and thinking: cocktail sausage on a mattress.

That's either an unfeasibly small mattress or a bloody big cocktail sausage.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy: Just wondering why Sister Dolphy bid on a higher number than she now possesses? [Biased]
Because I can [Snigger]
 
Posted by nobody calls me mezzo (# 4836) on :
 
Hmmm, I have these guys just around the corner from me... I wonder if they would be interested. Maybe they could have a whipround for their "sacred" number.

(Incidentally, should anyone be interested, I'm sure that they more than qualify for the fruitcake zone.)
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
There's some pretty frenetic bidding going on here. I hate to think what the bids will be up to in a fortnight [Ultra confused] ...
 
Posted by Carys (# 78) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Just wondering why Sister Dolphy bid on a higher number than she now possesses? [Biased]

I was wondering that about Curious who is bidding for 777 despite having a two digit number (93) already!

Curious indeed!

Carys (who is perfectly content to remain number 78!)
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
There's some pretty frenetic bidding going on here.

And that is just from you No 1000, in your dreams [Biased]

As for bidding on a number higher than ones own, I don't see no rules about that. Perhaps some of us would like the number since we have warmed to it, perhaps it has sentimental values, perhaps we are happy to give our money to the organ fund (or perhaps just donate our organs!), or perhaps we are just plain nuts! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Rev per Minute (# 69) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
As for bidding on a number higher than ones own, I don't see no rules about that. Perhaps some of us would like the number since we have warmed to it, perhaps it has sentimental values, perhaps we are happy to give our money to the organ fund (or perhaps just donate our organs!), or perhaps we are just plain nuts! [Big Grin]

The last part almost certainly applies - but having finally reached 1000 posts with a two-digit number, perhaps I shouldn't feel too nutty... [Razz]
 
Posted by Callan (# 525) on :
 
I remember Alan Clark being snotty about the sort of people who bought their own furniture.

I forsee a trend of people being snotty about people who bought their low number.
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
Can you believe the cheap bastards scrapping for 777? I bet that's going to be the most hotly contested bidding.

Prediction: soon they will be including cents (pennies, $0.01s).

Scrappy lot of blue collar riff-raff, you ask me.
 
Posted by Lady Alicia of Scouseland (# 7668) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
Can you believe the cheap bastards scrapping for 777? I bet that's going to be the most hotly contested bidding.

Prediction: soon they will be including cents (pennies, $0.01s).

Scrappy lot of blue collar riff-raff, you ask me.

Hey! one of those cheap bastards would be me ... and bids of £1 are perfectly within the rules [Razz]

I'm a hard up student, thats my excuse and I'ms ticking to it!

[ 18. August 2005, 15:14: Message edited by: Lady Alicia of Scouseland ]
 
Posted by Matrix (# 3452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
Can you believe the cheap bastards scrapping for 777? I bet that's going to be the most hotly contested bidding.

Prediction: soon they will be including cents (pennies, $0.01s).

Scrappy lot of blue collar riff-raff, you ask me.

Did we ask you, huh, did we?

[Razz]

anyway, Simon says we have to bid in whole $s.

M
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
There's some pretty frenetic bidding going on here.

And that is just from you No 1000, in your dreams [Biased]

As for bidding on a number higher than ones own, I don't see no rules about that. Perhaps some of us would like the number since we have warmed to it, perhaps it has sentimental values, perhaps we are happy to give our money to the organ fund (or perhaps just donate our organs!), or perhaps we are just plain nuts! [Big Grin]

Definitely the latter.
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
Ah, that explains why there were no pennies. I was wondering...

OK, so do you want my number? 14 divided by 2 is 7. Very secret. Very DaVinci.
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
Hey hey: 1 + 4 + 2 = 7! That's two sevens. Gotta find the third...
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
OK, so do you want my number? 14 divided by 2 is 7. Very secret. Very DaVinci.

Codes have been broken before [Biased] [Razz]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Callan:
I remember Alan Clark being snotty about the sort of people who bought their own furniture.

I forsee a trend of people being snotty about people who bought their low number.

Of course we will, human nature being what it is. It's so easy to look down on New Money, but they're generally the folks who, for social reasons, financially support the museums, operas and symphonies...or the organ fund, as the case may be.

I, of course, can afford to pay extravagantly for any number I wish, since I've never had to buy any furniture or flat silver myself. Ok. A mattress. But who wants Grandmother's mattress? Not me.
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
OK. 4 + 2 = 6 and 42/6 = 7. Then 1 * 7 = 7. That's the other 7.

I already have a secret 777 number!
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
I, of course, can afford to pay extravagantly for any number I wish...

If I were still a Beltway Bandit, I'd spank you like I was your Daddy, young man. You shoulda seen me when I was in my financial prime! Why I'd...

These very butch feelings of exclusivity and achievement are welling up in me during this highly ritualistic process...

Get thee behind me Jesus! Don't make me do it!
 
Posted by strathclydezero (# 180) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
Hey hey: 1 + 4 + 2 = 7! That's two sevens. Gotta find the third...

2^(4-1)-1

Damn, needed the 1 twice.

[ 18. August 2005, 15:28: Message edited by: strathclydezero ]
 
Posted by Jenny Ann (# 3131) on :
 
well, thats me out of the running for 24.

ah well, I was winning for a while.

J
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenny Ann:
well, thats me out of the running for 24.
ah well, I was winning for a while.

There are other numbers to bid on. I assume you know Stoo's bank details [Biased] [Snigger]
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Why did I have to sodding skint when this happened? [brick wall] [brick wall] [brick wall] [brick wall]

If I was more immature than I am, I would sulk. [Frown]

The only one I really wanted was #21, and I was out of the running immediately.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Matrix:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Just wondering why Sister Dolphy bid on a higher number than she now possesses? [Biased]

It's the thrill of it all...

333 a special number for you? It kinda has a jedi ring to it, but i don't know why.

M

[Big Grin] Exactly! Plus, they add up to 9, which has always been a favorite number of mine because of all the fun they provide in addition and multiplication. OK, that's Way Too Much Information about how I get my kicks. [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by strathclydezero (# 180) on :
 
Still no silly money on 37. Double digits are still affordable.
 
Posted by Jenny Ann (# 3131) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Jenny Ann:
well, thats me out of the running for 24.
ah well, I was winning for a while.

There are other numbers to bid on. I assume you know Stoo's bank details [Biased] [Snigger]
He he he, that would be bad.

And he would get cross.

and now papio has bid against me for 37. its not fair!

J// goes off muttering,people bidding against you isn't personal...
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Jenny Ann: I hope you won't mind me saying this, but the several times I have met you, you seemed like a decent person. It isn't personal.

I have just decided my credit card can cope, as I will be earning soon. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Jenny Ann (# 3131) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
Jenny Ann: the several times I have met you, you seemed like a decent person.

Mwahahahahahahahaha! The Plan worked!

J
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
Yeeeesss, iGeek! Strike a blow for Project Mgt Consultants everywhere!!

Sine, you can't touch IT consulting money. You just can't.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Keep your eyes on the Jedi... I thought she was fibbing about having more money than sense!
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
Now the little beggars are scrapping for 333. Don't they realize it's half of 666?

BTW,

4-1=3
1+2=3
4-2+1=3

Got you covered.
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
Sure Sine can afford 21. Sine doesn't blow his money on electronics and software the way the IT guys do.

Jedijudy, you are not alone in the way you get your kicks--I love having 13 as my member number, not so much because it's supposed to be bad luck as because it's one of my favorite prime numbers. I am looking forward to turning 43 in a few months, too.

{crosspost clarificaiton}

[ 18. August 2005, 15:46: Message edited by: RuthW ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
Well, Sis...unfortunately I have to go to Job #2 now. Take good care of "our" 333! [Cool]
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
it's one of my favorite prime numbers.

You have a list?
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
When does the bidding end?
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
it's one of my favorite prime numbers.

You have a list?
Well, not written out anywhere ...
 
Posted by Jenny Ann (# 3131) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
When does the bidding end?

12 noon on 2nd sept

[ETA - you can have the number now, i'm off home from work and thus all bidding over with for me today. I suspect that the penut gallery will be the only place for me to be by tomorrow!]

J

[ 18. August 2005, 15:49: Message edited by: Jenny Ann ]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Well, Sis...unfortunately I have to go to Job #2 now. Take good care of "our" 333! [Cool]

Watch the bidding and weep [Razz]

<I won't tell any of the shipmates about your lottery win, your secret is still safe with me>

[ 18. August 2005, 15:49: Message edited by: dolphy ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
Ruth, 13 is my very favoritest number! I turned 13 y-o on Friday the 13th of a particular year long, long ago!
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenny Ann:
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
When does the bidding end?

12 noon on 2nd sept
Bugger. [Frown]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Well, Sis...unfortunately I have to go to Job #2 now. Take good care of "our" 333! [Cool]

Watch the bidding and weep [Razz]
I'm tempted to raise that one to $50 just to annoy you both [Snigger]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Well, Sis...unfortunately I have to go to Job #2 now. Take good care of "our" 333! [Cool]

Watch the bidding and weep [Razz]
I'm tempted to raise that one to $50 just to annoy you both [Snigger]
[Disappointed] And I thought this was a Christian website.
 
Posted by strathclydezero (# 180) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Ruth, 13 is my very favoritest number! I turned 13 y-o on Friday the 13th of a particular year long, long ago!

1913?
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jenny Ann:
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
When does the bidding end?

12 noon on 2nd sept

[ETA - you can have the number now, i'm off home from work and thus all bidding over with for me today. I suspect that the penut gallery will be the only place for me to be by tomorrow!]

J

Me too. tbh.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
I'm tempted to raise that one to $50 just to annoy you both [Snigger]

I dare you
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
Sure Sine can afford 21. Sine doesn't blow his money on electronics and software the way the IT guys do.

I bet Sine is loaded. [Frown]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
Yeeeesss, iGeek! Strike a blow for Project Mgt Consultants everywhere!!

Sine, you can't touch IT consulting money. You just can't.

I may be extravagant but I'm not foolish. After all, I can't wear my two-digit SoF membership number. The New Fall Fashions are starting to hit the stores. One must be sensible, comparatively speaking.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Right then, we know what Sine's limit is [Razz]
 
Posted by Fen Church (# 9899) on :
 
Ah, but if he wasn't foolish, what was he doing bidding so much on day one?
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
I note that #1977 has only 24 posts......

My birth year. [Axe murder]
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
E-bay is fun. I got Metallica's first album on mint vinyl for 1 pence the other day. [Yipee]
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
I can't wear my two-digit SoF membership number.

I'm not so sure. What about two earrings, tasteful posts, one for each digit? They could be worn together on one lobe, or split onto each lobe.

Might I add that a racy, asymmetric configuration could be made of "1" on one ear for "unity" or "I'm number 1" and "42" on the other for the answer to "life, the universe and everything" in Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

I tell you I'm really liking my number, even though it is only a low triple. TBH, I think of it as "-142" because I posted on the old board. But I keep that proud secret in my heart. Except for special occasions.

God do I really have to count cells today? [Waterworks]
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Ruth, 13 is my very favoritest number! I turned 13 y-o on Friday the 13th of a particular year long, long ago!

1913?

P
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
Sure Sine can afford 21. Sine doesn't blow his money on electronics and software the way the IT guys do.

I bet Sine is loaded. [Frown]
Not for ages now.

P
 
Posted by strathclydezero (# 180) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Ruth, 13 is my very favoritest number! I turned 13 y-o on Friday the 13th of a particular year long, long ago!

1913?

P

Catch up Pyx_e!
 
Posted by Grits (# 4169) on :
 
You people just do not recognize the benevolent spirit which lurks beneath Sine's sometimes seemingly bourgeois exterior.

The man knows his drawing power. He's a trend-setter. He starts the bidding -- even on the first day -- on a certain number, and its' value skyrockets, along with the ensuing bids. You know: "If Sine wants it, it must be a fabulous number!"

Sine likes to promote the Ship. Sine likes to see others give who may not ordinarily give (which he does, BTW). Therefore, Sine sees the auction as a way to use his powers for good. He is nothing if not philanthropic.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Yeah, right. [Razz]

I have nothing against Sine, but I was hoping that us skint people would be allowed a few days grace before getting priced out of the market.

Some hopes.
 
Posted by Grits (# 4169) on :
 
Well, you can always flaunt your youth at us. That's good payback. [Big Grin]

Honestly, though, this IS a fundraiser, and I guess them with the most funds wins. Besides, I think our numbers are just fine, Papio. We'll just consider the 4000s the new 20s.

(1977 was a good year -- my college graduation and wedding date. Your birthdate, I'll bet. Oy.)
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
I came into the world on the 12th January 1977, in the evening. So I am told. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Grits:
You people just do not recognize the benevolent spirit which lurks beneath Sine's sometimes seemingly bourgeois exterior.

I was going to take offense at "bourgeois" but then decided I was lucky you hadn't said "boorish".

quote:
Sine likes to see others give who may not ordinarily give (which he does, BTW).
Uhm...actually...I've fallen behind in my giving, due to general laziness in writing a check and finding a stamp. So I've really a moral debt I need to pay the Ship. But yes, that does perhaps give me an advantage in this auction since I've already got a sum in mind that I feel I "owe" the Ship. And I'll get a lovely new number too. So much more appealing than the coffee mug and Connie Francis CD I could have gotten had I donated to the local public television station's fundraiser.

quote:
He is nothing if not philanthropic.
So true. I'm even trying to arrange to adopt a 25 year old Rumanian orphan. Gymnast preferred. It's the least I can do.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Face it, Sine. Very few people on the ship, besides yourself, are fit for cultured society. [Razz]
 
Posted by Grits (# 4169) on :
 
quote:
I was going to take offense at "bourgeois" but then decided I was lucky you hadn't said "boorish".
But look at how I qualified it! Not just "sometimes" but "seemingly", as well. Besides, I wasn't referring to the "middle class" aspect of bourgeois, but to the "concerned about the materialistic and respectibility" aspect of it.
quote:
Uhm...actually...I've fallen behind in my giving...
Well, now we know why we're having to do a fundraiser.
 
Posted by Qlib (# 43) on :
 
Another 13 fan here. But I don't begrudge you, Ruth.
 
Posted by Campbellite (# 1202) on :
 
I also like 13. I've always felt it was bad luck to be superstitious.
 
Posted by Ye Olde Motherboarde (# 54) on :
 
I always loved thirteen, too. It was the wedding date of my first marriage and that turned out pretty well for over 30 years.
 
Posted by Ye Olde Motherboarde (# 54) on :
 
Watching the auction proceedings is addictive and like watching a train wreck or fire - you just can't take your eyes of of it for fear of missing something. [Eek!]
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
13 is, of course, 31 spelt backwards.
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
You wish. [Razz]

OK, here's a newbie quickly getting with the program -- first post on the Ship is a bid for #1662!
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
I think it is just another ploy from undertow to get a mate, trying to impress with low numbers, tsk. As if.

P
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
Hah! Very soon all you antipodeans (because the continental arctic is really the top of the world [Snigger] [of which the Carpenters sang so soulfully [Roll Eyes] ]) will be ging to bed and we of the South can gazump the lot of yez. I've already had a practice run gazumping Cranmer's Baggage for a # she considered rightly hers [Disappointed] but that was only in-hemisphere warm-ups. [Paranoid]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Grits:
(1977 was a good year -- my college graduation and wedding date. Your birthdate, I'll bet. Oy.)

It's a year too early for mine [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
I think it is just another ploy from undertow to get a mate, trying to impress with low numbers, tsk.

Could very well be, Pyx_e--lists favorite board as episcopalsingles.org.

Highest bids total right now: $777. Off to a nice start. [Smile]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I can't believe people who already have 2-digit numbers are bidding. Seems almost ungrateful [Razz]

[ 18. August 2005, 22:52: Message edited by: Marvin the Martian ]
 
Posted by Grits (# 4169) on :
 
Just remember, Marvin -- the 4000s rock. And when everyone else has bought a lower number, it will just be me, you and Papio and the 4000s will rule!
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Carys:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Just wondering why Sister Dolphy bid on a higher number than she now possesses? [Biased]

[qb]I was wondering that about Curious who is bidding for 777 despite having a two digit number (93) already!

Curious indeed!

Carys (who is perfectly content to remain number 78!)

I think we are not obliged to transfer to the new number, but I have asked on the question thread for clarification.

You could have your special number and pull it out occasionally to gaze at it and pet it and bask in the happy glow that it is All Yours!
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
I PM'd Corpus Cani yesterday to alert him to the sale of 1662, he was very sad not to get it when he joined up - iirc, he had been holding off his membership in order to get it, but someone snuck in and nicked it off him and he had to be content with 1663.

Sadly, most things in life are flawed. Born Looser

(He hasn't read the PM yet)
 
Posted by Erin (# 2) on :
 
[Eek!] 21 is up to $275! Hell, I'll sell my number for that!
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
For #2, you should hold out at least for enough money to go on a good vacation, complete with Raoul the pool boy painting your toe-nails.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
If I can withdraw my last bid for #21, I'll deposit $300 in the Ship's account right now for #2. [Devil]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
tick... tick... tick...

[examines fingernails while whistling softly to self] [Biased]
 
Posted by Erin (# 2) on :
 
Who said anything about the Ship's account? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Now, Erin. We both know it's all about supporting the ship! You wouldn't cling to that meaningless number if it meant a nice contribution would you? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
2 isn't meaningless! I'd give my eyeteeth (if they hadn't been pulled in jr. high) for #2--it's the only even prime number. Extremely cool.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
$250 to the Ship if you'll give up yours, Ruth! [Snigger]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
I'd give a right arm to be a fly on the wall of the Host's board right now. [Killing me]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
You know, there's only so much one can share with one's real life friends. A little earlier I was trying to explain to someone about the auction and when I mentioned a sum I was willing to pay for some number on an internet discussion he looked at me very strangely. Indeed the invitation I had been expecting was not forthcoming.

Which is rather disappointing since things had been going swimmingly to date. Perhaps I shall tell him I was making the whole thing up. Better to be thought a liar than a fruitcake I suppose.
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
Sine, has he any idea that your current number is a rather slummy and highly undesirable 3631? Has he any idea that it is a Christian discussion group where you are affectionately known as the "backstabbing bastard" of the group? A few small details like that should straighten things out.
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
$250 to the Ship if you'll give up yours, Ruth! [Snigger]

Not even close to enough. But thanks for asking.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
I'd give a right arm to be a fly on the wall of the Host's board right now.

No you wouldn't. It's all dull as ditchwater housekeeping stuff like "Oh, look. Purgatory has nine pages of threads, it's time to remove the less worthy old ones. Are there any we want to keep?". It's like church committee meetings, only more so. All very worthy, but not worth an arm.

Trust me, I'm a mad scientist.
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
$250 to the Ship if you'll give up yours, Ruth! [Snigger]

Not even close to enough. But thanks for asking.
Really, Gort. I can't believe you'd think Ruth could be bought for so paltry a sum. You shouldn't listen to cafe gossip. It's probably not true.
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
Pyx_e, don't do it. Don't give up 57. 57 is a number that's full of beans and variety. You don't really want to be 24.
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Don't worry it went past my penurious purse five minutes after Sine threw petrol on the bonfire.

P
 
Posted by Left at the Altar (# 5077) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
You know, there's only so much one can share with one's real life friends. A little earlier I was trying to explain to someone about the auction and when I mentioned a sum I was willing to pay for some number on an internet discussion he looked at me very strangely. Indeed the invitation I had been expecting was not forthcoming.

Which is rather disappointing since things had been going swimmingly to date. Perhaps I shall tell him I was making the whole thing up. Better to be thought a liar than a fruitcake I suppose.

Didn't you show him your Bobble-head Jesus? Numbers aren't everything, Sine.
 
Posted by Laura (# 10) on :
 
I'm sure it indicates something unfortunate about me, but I can't think of a sum for which I'd give up my beloved "10". It's so ... low, so complete, so indicative of quality, so straight yet so round.

Ruth: Raoul won't be free until after my vacation next week. But he only hangs out with people with numbers below 100. [Big Grin]

Sine is clearly trying to drive the bidding up in an effort to help the ship. I suspect he secretly adores his number, and wouldn't trade it for anything.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Laura:
Sine is clearly trying to drive the bidding up in an effort to help the ship. I suspect he secretly adores his number, and wouldn't trade it for anything.

I'm not so sure. I suspect he might give quite a bit for your number, in order to become, "the big one, oh!"
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
I suspect he secretly adores his number, and wouldn't trade it for anything.
I can think of LOTS of things he would trade his number for ; eternal youth , diamonds , one more night with ********** (name delted to protect the innocent) , a wrinkle cream that worked , pianists hands ...........

P
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
I really love my number. I might consider 222... 3 swans floating in a row, or maybe that should be coots [Bingo voice: 2 little ducks, 22], but there is something nice about 220. It reminds me of the Leunig cartoon where a pixie in a tugboat (hidden from view) is pushing a very weary looking swan forward.

Of course, 22o would work better for that.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Here's an interesting observation: I was just browsing through Limbo (as you do), and it appears that whoever buys Lot 4 (#66) gets a free post in Limbo into the bargain.

In fact, looking at the most recent posts for that number, they'll get four free posts [Big Grin] ...
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
I'd give a right arm to be a fly on the wall of the Host's board right now.

No you wouldn't. It's all dull as ditchwater housekeeping stuff [...]
Never anything like, "What are we gonna do about so-and-so toeing the line?" or "Why are the Purg threads always going off on prurient tangents?" I always thought it would more exciting gossipy stuff. [dang]
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
$250 to the Ship if you'll give up yours, Ruth! [Snigger]

Not even close to enough. But thanks for asking.
Really, Gort. I can't believe you'd think Ruth could be bought for so paltry a sum. You shouldn't listen to cafe gossip. It's probably not true.
Hmmm. Here I was thinking we were all supporting a noble cause purely for philanthropic ideals. Is there no double-digit member who will demonstrate their lack of pride by sacrificing for the greater good?

Name your price, Ruth! [Two face]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by strathclydezero and followed somewhat later by Pyx_e:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Ruth, 13 is my very favoritest number! I turned 13 y-o on Friday the 13th of a particular year long, long ago!

1913?
Sound I so old to young Shipmates? [Biased]

I think my very own #1059, a comfortably low example of a four-digit number, is looking quite nice right about now.

The lottery that Sister Dolphy isn't going to tell y'all that I won was a lottery for volunteer w*rk at the local park.

I won "Clean the Toilets".

So, unless I can bid using cleaning materials (slightly used) I think I'll be quite happy to watch y'all bid (and for some numbers higher than mine! [Yipee] )
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
Much like the original, the Battle of Hastings seems to be turning into a slugfest.
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
Slugfest? It's just numbers. You need to insult people back and forth, like IngoB is doing. It's hard not to bid on that one.

Until I remind myself that my number has all the digits in the two most hotly contested numbers: 21 and 24. Also, I see my four sisters flanked by my parents to the right and me predictably to the left. In keeping with Unitarian tendencies, three is avoided, but in keeping with a Trinitarian background, three is everywhere implied, as shown before (1+2, 4-1).

God has clearly assigned me my number.

I'm going to read Daniel now.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
three is everywhere implied, as shown before (1+2, 4-1).

Don't forget 1+4-2. They're even in the same order then...
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
Cancel what I said about Martin PC Not. I think you are channelling John D. Miller, JimmyT.

For the unaware, I googled Mr Miller and SoF hoping to get Simon's Vale to him, but instead turned up an amusing blog where an entry was praised as 'beyond Ship of Fools-worthy'. The comment list also contained a coherent post by Mr Miller and ('Gold! Gold! A sausage roll!) a link to him in top form.

Go here and scroll down to 'The Great Pyramid and Crop Circles'.
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
You need to insult people back and forth, like IngoB is doing.

Which sort of begs the question as to how insulting we can be.
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Coot:
I think you are channelling John D. Miller, JimmyT.

It's nothing to do with channeling. Some of us simply will not tolerate the tyranny of one personality.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
Will no-one else take pity on poor 1966, languishing on $25?
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
No one is stopping you from bidding for it, Chapelhead.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
No one is stopping you from bidding for it, Chapelhead.

I have my objective, and at the moment it seems to be mine, all mine, [Devil]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
Yay for basso, yay for basso! [Smile]
 
Posted by Traveller (# 1943) on :
 
Laura's number is the perfect geek number in binary, forget about 256. Someone (I forget who) has the sig "There are 10 sorts of people: those who understand binary and those that don't" [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
Omigod! That means Laura is the binary version of Erin. [Paranoid]
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
I have my objective, and at the moment it seems to be mine, all mine, [Devil]

neener, neener, neener! [Razz]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
Omigod! That means Laura is the binary version of Erin. [Paranoid]

There are times when the whole universe suddenly seems to make sense.










They usually involve alcohol.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Traveller:
Someone (I forget who) has the sig "There are 10 sorts of people: those who understand binary and those that don't" [Big Grin]

Several people have used that for their sig. At the moment, A Feminine Force has it.
 
Posted by Alan Cresswell (# 31) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
Will no-one else take pity on poor 1966, languishing on $25?

Perhaps they think it's all over?
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
I'm not sure if that's [Killing me] or [Roll Eyes] .
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Did IngoB just crack a joke?

P
 
Posted by babybear (# 34) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
Which sort of begs the question as to how insulting we can be.

I don't care. [Big Grin] Flausa and IngoB's banter make the 'fight for 95' the only auction thread worth reading.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
I have my objective, and at the moment it seems to be mine, all mine, [Devil]

neener, neener, neener! [Razz]
And neener ne ne neer ne, back to ya. [Razz]
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
$320? some poor wedding couple are getting fleesed for this. How will you be able to afford to fill up your Vantage ?

P
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
$320?

Sheesh, some people have more money than sense! [Eek!]
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
Er, no, dolphy - you are not looking at this in the right perspective. These are the generous and charitable people who are helping out the Ship.

Also, they are self-selecting as the rich people would-be trophy boys and girls should practise falling in love with. (It is as easy to fall in love with a rich person as a poor person after all)

[Angel]

[ 20. August 2005, 13:35: Message edited by: The Coot ]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
Actually it's just a return to the 1980s.

Gordon Gekko, greed is good, stripey shirts and red braces all round.

[Devil] [Devil]
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by babybear:
Flausa and IngoB's banter make the 'fight for 95' the only auction thread worth reading.

Well, if you want to help the banter continue, you could always PM with a dollar amount that you'd be willing to chip in. All for the Ship's cause, of course. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
$320?

Sheesh, some people have more money than sense! [Eek!]
If some people had $1 they would have more money than sense, mentioning no names..........

P
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
If some people had $1 they would have more money than sense, mentioning no names..........

Well isn't it funny how some people who have only $1 have been bidding, perhaps you are right, perhaps they have no sense. [Razz]
 
Posted by Flausa (# 3466) on :
 
You know, at first I thought this auctioning numbers thing was a bit silly. Now I know it's silly, but I'm really enjoying myself. I also decided, well if Sine thinks it's the socially acceptable thing to do, then how can I not participate. [Biased]

P.S. To the amazing and gracious poster who's just PM'd me about Lot 95 - your PM box is full! Open up a slot so I can PM you back.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa: I also decided, well if Sine thinks it's the socially acceptable thing to do, then how can I not participate. [Biased]
OMG, I never realised that Sine was the genius behind the auction. In this case I will call my broker right now and then start bidding once more. *I wonder if if should shower and dress in my best beige suit in order to make the call!*
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
You know, at first I thought this auctioning numbers thing was a bit silly. Now I know it's silly, but I'm really enjoying myself.

It's a sad fact that people will rarely do something for nothing. Although buying imaginary numbers on the internet is about as close to "something for nothing" as we're likely to get.

But of course the prestige to be gained from having a sexy membership number is immense. I expect my inbox to be flooded with propositions of an interesting nature once I've got mine.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
This is what we want, proper rivalry for some of the numbers. [Snigger]

And there's still one double-digit number that's at less than a hundred bucks.
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
I never realised that Sine was the genius behind the auction.

No, my dear. I wish I could take the credit, but I can't. However it's a brilliant one and I certainly want to support it to the best of my ability.

In fact, I dare say those with low numbers who didn't buy them will soon be regarded as slackers and leeches. The shame will doubtlessly make them publish their financial records to prove they have in fact supported the Ship.
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
I have the Ship's full support. I bought it in the Gadgets for God's Vicars section 5 years ago and it has done me sterling service.

P
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
And there's still one double-digit number that's at less than a hundred bucks.

Actually, there are two double-digits for under a hundred.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
And there's still one double-digit number that's at less than a hundred bucks.

Actually, there are two double-digits for under a hundred.
And ain't they bargains.
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
In fact, I dare say those with low numbers who didn't buy them will soon be regarded as slackers and leeches. The shame will doubtlessly make them publish their financial records to prove they have in fact supported the Ship.

Balls to that. I have analysed your number of 3631 and it adds up to 13.

Come to think of it, so does mine. I think we should form a small select group of Thirteenites, with 13 members, or possibly a new religion. What do you think?
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
Would we get our own planet after we die? I've always wanted my own planet, although some say I've already got my own universe.
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
I don't see why not. I'll have a look and see if there might be one going on eBay that might suit. They seem to have pretty well everything else on there.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Speaking of Ebay... Everyone knows the real action starts in the last two minutes. I'll bet some of the winners only bid once. [Snigger]

Sine is no doubt polishing his sniperscope, even as we speak.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
Speaking of Ebay... Everyone knows the real action starts in the last two minutes. I'll bet some of the winners only bid once.

Will it be an early morning or a late night for west coast USAers?
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
Then count me in. Still want a two-digit number though. They're this season's Must Have item on the Ship.

[Responding to Ariel.]

[ 20. August 2005, 16:33: Message edited by: Sine Nomine ]
 
Posted by Amazing Grace (# 4754) on :
 
Yeah, now I'm thinking that I may be out of town that day ... serious bummer.

Charlotte
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
Will it be an early morning or a late night for west coast USAers?

GMT minus 8:00
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
quote:
Grits: We'll just consider the 4000s the new 20s.
The 3000s make the 4000s look like the 7000s [Razz]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
Will it be an early morning or a late night for west coast USAers?

GMT minus 8:00
So as we're on BST (GMT+1) the auction will finish at 3am on the west coast?
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
Then count me in. Still want a two-digit number though. They're this season's Must Have item on the Ship.

I've got one, but that means I'll be unfashionable by Christmas.

I just googled for "58". I get an American highway, an EC directive, the 4th longest space mission program, and the 58 signs of abduction by aliens. A good thing Simon didn't put this one up for auction, he'd have had a hell of a job trying to make this number an attractive prospect.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Hmmm.. 12:00 minus 8:00... hold on while I get out my calculator.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
Hmmm.. 12:00 minus 8:00... hold on while I get out my calculator.

And turn up an hour late. [Biased]
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
I got a snicker from IngoB's (lot 95) offer to buy Luther out of Purgatory.

I'm sure the residents of Purgatory would thank you, dude. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Well, I have just priced '619' on the net, and I learn that the price will be 'at least $750 and may be over $10,000'.

So bid your petty hundreds, I am obviously sitting on the Monaco of numbers.
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
Is that sort of like being "land poor"?
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Oh, it also reads the same upside down and right side up.

And 6+1+9 = 16, 1+6 = 7!

Cool or what.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
Speaking of Ebay... Everyone knows the real action starts in the last two minutes. I'll bet some of the winners only bid once. [Snigger]

Sine is no doubt polishing his sniperscope, even as we speak.

I wait till the last couple of minutes of an e-bay auction and then bid. Once.

Nearly always "win" and get the book or CD. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Mad Geo (# 2939) on :
 
I wouldn't count on that method in this case Papio..... [Devil]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:
Oh, it also reads the same upside down and right side up.

I'm glad it's only the cats watching me look at the computer screen with my head upside down, but by golly, you're right. I'll give you $35.00 for it.
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:
Well, I have just priced '619' on the net

How did you do that? I want to find out what 58 is worth.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mad Geo:
I wouldn't count on that method in this case Papio..... [Devil]

I'm not. [Razz]

I have already been priced out of the market in this auction. [Frown]
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
Hosting

quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
You need to insult people back and forth, like IngoB is doing.

Which sort of begs the question as to how insulting we can be.
We'd like this to be fun. The 10 Commandments apply here, so no personal attacks. But if it's clearly all in fun, it's fine. If in doubt about how a bantering insult will be taken, you can always check with your competitor via PM.

Auctioneer
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariel:
I think we should form a small select group of Thirteenites, with 13 members, or possibly a new religion. What do you think?

I am available for your worship and adoration.

[ 20. August 2005, 18:44: Message edited by: RuthW ]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
Do you like raisin cakes?
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
Unfortunately, no. I don't like raisins in things--cakes, cookies, danish, whatever. I'll eat them straight out of the box, though.

But I don't much like communion wafers either, and I choke one of those down every Sunday. So I guess it doesn't matter.

[ 20. August 2005, 18:50: Message edited by: RuthW ]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
I believe there is a schismatic branch of Thirteenites who eat them straight out of the box, but the True Thirteenites only have them in cakes.
 
Posted by RuthW (# 13) on :
 
Yeah, but God doesn't take communion, does She?
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
quote:
Originally posted by Ariel:
I think we should form a small select group of Thirteenites, with 13 members, or possibly a new religion. What do you think?

I am available for your worship and adoration.
Not with that avatar you're not.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts [on a bidding thread]:
I never did understand exchange rates... $72 is only about the price of a pint, right?

Yes, a US dollar is only worth about thruppence ha'penny, so get your cash out, folks.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
Splendid. Maybe I can afford to be bidding on no.21 then! [Snigger]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
Splendid. Maybe I can afford to be bidding on no.21 then! [Snigger]

Come on and try it, if you're willing to pay up.

All in a good cause.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Dear Shipmates,

First, I'd like to congratulate whomever thought of this fun way to get us off our derrieres and contribute to the ship. However, I've worked myself into a bit of a quandry over The Plan™. As the bidding has unfolded, I see several shipmates 'throwing in their cards' and abandoning the process for budget reasons.

In spite of the fact that I've acted the fool and put on airs implying unlimited disposable income, I am in fact a simple working class bloke with a budget like everyone else. My "big-ass Lincoln" is 19 years old, for pity's sake, and I'm trying to get my 33 year old Saab back on the road, since gas prices have sky-rocketed.

Anyway, the point is that I honestly don't care about a new registration number but jumped into the fray because it reminded me that I've only contributed to my favorite website twice in the last year and I'm a lazy sod. One way or another, I'm going to go ahead and contribute the amount that I've set as a maximum for my bidding. However, by continuing to bid I may be driving off others who would enjoy having a low reg number but may get discouraged and decide not to contribute if they can't win. Of course it's the individual's decision whether to go ahead contribute or not. I do value these forums for the introspection they've caused, in spite of my jokester habits and inability to contribute much meaningful debate.

So, here's my question: Should I go ahead and play the game, win a number and ease my guilt by donating it to someone who would appreciate it? Or let the bids rise past mine, back out and just contribute my maximum? Another option: Maybe buy a banner ad for the SoF front page with a graphic of Gort with a mechanical razz?

I know I'm probably making mountains out of molehills, but indulge me if you will.
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
I think you should buy it and use it, if you can. I think shipmates who have folded, will get later options (in which we may persuade Simon to act in a differently foolish manner). Plus, as you say the auction has raised the profile of the Organ Fund more than anything else that has ever happened on the Ship, and it is good fun. Way to go.

And I have pages of jibes already written for those who whore themselves in to double figures. Trying to then palm off that ribbing on some poor unsuspecting noob is just plain weak.

P
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Flausa:
quote:
Originally posted by babybear:
Flausa and IngoB's banter make the 'fight for 95' the only auction thread worth reading.

Well, if you want to help the banter continue, you could always PM with a dollar amount that you'd be willing to chip in. All for the Ship's cause, of course. [Big Grin]
Indeed, Rome's war chest is also empty. Shouldn't have used marble and platinum for the St Peter's toilet fixtures, I guess... [Waterworks]

quote:
Originally posted by Kelly Alves:
I got a snicker from IngoB's (lot 95) offer to buy Luther out of Purgatory. I'm sure the residents of Purgatory would thank you, dude. [Snigger]

Sorry, looks like he will have to roast a little longer. At least Calvin won't be feeling lonely. (Zwingli is in Hell, of course.) [Biased]

Gort, simply put down your cash on the least wanted number (probably still 1966?).
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
Based on projected behaviour and past pledges of the participants, the word from the Coot is that #1662 is the number to watch.

Even if Corpus Canii doesn't show.
 
Posted by Mousethief (# 953) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
Then count me in. Still want a two-digit number though. They're this season's Must Have item on the Ship.

I've heard that three-digit is the new two-digit.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mousethief:
I've heard that three-digit is the new two-digit.

Yeah, and 953 is the ISBN identifier for books published in Croatia. Are sure you don't want a new number?

At least 1143 is the year Portugal was founded, and event I find most pleasing to celebrate regularly. Hic!
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:

So, here's my question: Should I go ahead and play the game, win a number and ease my guilt by donating it to someone who would appreciate it? Or let the bids rise past mine, back out and just contribute my maximum?

If we’re in confession mode I’d have to admit that I’m rather attached to my number, and I’m not sure I want to change it. But this auction is a great fund-raiser and, perhaps more importantly, a great way to raise the profile of the organ fund.

The question of how people are going to react who can’t, for one reason or another, participate is a fair one. But I figure that if I spend my time worrying that “if I write about X then person A, who has an issue with it, will get offended” then there’s not going to be much left to say. And, in the end, they’re just numbers; there’s no-one here whose going to really suffer over not having a particular membership number.

I’m not rich, but I am (DG) in the “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness” category, as Dickens put it. I can make bids, but if I win a number and thought that someone else had a really good reason for having it, then I would donate it. But they’re just numbers.

It’s also good to see that the number with (easily) the largest number of bids is still only at $60. Perhaps one lesson from this, for anyone thinking of having an auction, is that if you want the maximum fun and participation, but not necessarily the maximum money, require bids to be in $1 increments.


quote:
Originally posted by Gort:

Another option: Maybe buy a banner ad for the SoF front page with a graphic of Gort with a mechanical razz?

Please don’t, or I’ll have to start surfing the web with images turned off. I think your profile should come with some sort of a warning as it is, especially for people who might view it early in the morning. [Eek!]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
You're completely missing my point which is:
quote:
...by continuing to bid I may be driving off others who would enjoy having a low reg number but may get discouraged and decide not to contribute if they can't win.
Awww.. did my little profile pic offend you? [Killing me]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
...by continuing to bid I may be driving off others who would enjoy having a low reg number but may get discouraged and decide not to contribute if they can't win.

Which is my "If I do A then someone might...." point.

If you bid, someone else might not contribute and the fund gets less money. Or if you bid then someone else might bid more and the fund gets more money (yours, donated, and their high bid). You can't second guess everyone on the Ship.

quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
Speaking of Ebay... Everyone knows the real action starts in the last two minutes. I'll bet some of the winners only bid once.

Yes, and they might win, but where's the fun, where's the banter?


And now, after the navel-gazing, back to the action...


Just $60 for 1066 and the chance for a perpetual reminder of the last time the French stuffed the English.

And only $120 for Luther's 95 theses- the whole future of western Christianity is hanging in the balance here. Surely someone can flog a few indulgences and get into the action?
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariel:
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:
Well, I have just priced '619' on the net

How did you do that? I want to find out what 58 is worth.
It was the '619.net' domain. There is a 58.net available for lease or sale, but they're not putting numbers on it.

[ 21. August 2005, 08:48: Message edited by: Firenze ]
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
That doesn't surprise me. After some googling, I have to say I think 58 is probably the most boring number on the boards. My most exciting historical event is the death of a fig tree, and I don't even have an interesting entry in the periodic table or an ISBN prefix.

I think if I ever sell this it will have to be either on the strength of its boringness, or else fall back on its being a two-digit number.
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
According to Wikipedia:

quote:
Fifty-eight is the sum of the first seven prime numbers, an 11-gonal number, and a Smith number. Given 58, the Mertens function returns 0. There is no answer to the equation x - φ(x) = 58, making 58 a noncototient.
Not a clue what most of that means, but it sounds interesting.

Paul W
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
4487 is an object somewhere in space called Pocahontas. How cool??!! [Cool]

And I agree with Gort, I think those who are priced out should consider giving that (or something) amount anyway!
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
I have stopped bidding for the very simple reason that I oughtn't to place bids if I haven't got the money to pay that amount should I win.

Was genuinely fun to bid a few times, but I never expected to win anything and I'm not that bothered. But people who can not contribute for financial reasons, can not contribute for financial reasons. Our loss.

The point is to raise money for the ship, not to give each shipmate an equal chance of winning. Some may have a very good chance of winning a number, others have none. Oh well.

BTW Gort - I like your profile picture. [Big Grin]
And if you win a number, do what thou wilt with it. Have fun bidding, but don't stay up all night feeling guilty about pricing others out of the market. That's life.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariel:
A good thing Simon didn't put this one up for auction, he'd have had a hell of a job trying to make this number an attractive prospect.

Ariel, at 9561 posts there's not much chance of that - you're number is almost as safe as mine! [Cool]
(Not quite a 13 but I could start a rival 14 club.....)
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:


BTW Gort - I like your profile picture. [Big Grin]
And if you win a number, do what thou wilt with it. Have fun bidding, but don't stay up all night feeling guilty about pricing others out of the market. That's life.

Hell yeah! What he said!

When I first saw the auction come up I thought it was hilarious, like the In-Joke That Ate Tokyo.I never intended to join in, but I though it was a brilliant joke and a clever idea for a fundraiser.

But like Papio said, I sure as heck ain't gonna lose sleep over the thought of numerical Have-or-Have-Nots. It's just a game--hopefully a game that will prove lucrative for the Ship, but still a game. Have fun with it.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Yeah, you're right. Nevermind. I was just having pangs of guilt for competing against me shippies with a wallet.

[frayed as it is]
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
On the other hand, if Shippie Mort (number never used) could be convinced to give up #222, I might think about playing...

Anybody remember that TV show. Room 222?

(Begins whistling maddeningly catchy theme song...)
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
222 would be such a cool number! (I'm trying to remember the address on the invitation in the movie "Murder By Death"...22 Twain???)
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
Every time I see that number anywhere some weird interior tape deck switches on and plays that goofy, jazz-flute theme song. May as well put my pathology to use.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
So what gives? No one bids on Sundays?
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
I've actually been thinking it would be cooler to have a "famous date" rather than a low number.
 
Posted by Grits (# 4169) on :
 
Your birthdate's not available.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
I've actually been thinking it would be cooler to have a "famous date" rather than a low number.

Is 1966 big in the USA? The Met opened in New York, could you do something with that?
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
So, who might the famous date be?
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
I've actually been thinking it would be cooler to have a "famous date" rather than a low number.

Dude, you have had dozens of famous dates.

P
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ann:
So, who might the famous date be?

Tennessee Williams, I guess. But it was a long time ago, and I wouldn't exactly call it a date. More like being groped by a drunken famous author in an elevator.
 
Posted by Campbellite (# 1202) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
Is 1966 big in the USA? The Met opened in New York, could you do something with that?

Should it be? I am at a loss to why 1966 is of any major significance. Was that the date of the first Super Bowl or sumfin'?

[spellin']

[ 22. August 2005, 02:21: Message edited by: Campbellite ]
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
I remember 1966 for the Beach Boys song "Good Vibrations."

Some suggestions for future number auctions:

Guns/Rifles:

12, 16, 20 (guage shotguns)
32 (.32 caliber pistol)
38 (.38 caliber Police special)
357 (.357 Magnum)
44 (Colt 44: Here lies Les Moore, four shots from a 44. No Les. No more.)
45 (Colt 45: Won the West)
3006 (Thirty Aught Six, 30.06 caliber high powered rifle)

V-8 Car Engines

289 (Ford Mustang, Cobra)
302 ("The Boss")
318 (Chrysler workhorse)
327 (Chevy small block)
383 (Road Runner plant)
396 (Chevelle Super Sport)
409 (Olds Aluminum--She's Real Fine My 4-0-9)
426 (Chrysler Hemi Head)
427 (GM and Ford big block)

Airplanes

29 (B-29)
51 (P51 Mustang)
52 (B-52)
105 (F-105 Voodoo)

Any number series popular with the ladies?
 
Posted by Laura (# 10) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sine Nomine:
quote:
Originally posted by Ann:
So, who might the famous date be?

Tennessee Williams, I guess. But it was a long time ago, and I wouldn't exactly call it a date. More like being groped by a drunken famous author in an elevator.
My name is Laura, and I am a "square".

But about 16 years ago, a friend and I had cocktails and dinner for three hours with Timothy Leary who was in town for a lecture, and old Timothy asked me to go back to his suite. I didn't go, because I was seeing someone and cheating didn't seem right. Also, I was a nascent square then, too, though I didn't realize it.
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Campbellite:
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
Is 1966 big in the USA? The Met opened in New York, could you do something with that?

Should it be? I am at a loss to why 1966 is of any major significance. Was that the date of the first Super Bowl or sumfin'?

[spellin']

In 1966 England won the World Cup. An Australian ended up with this number--surely some fine English football fan wants to bring this number home!
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:
...surely some fine English football fan...

Shouldn't that be "rabid" English football fan?
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
I'm trying not to insult the paying customers. At least, not too much.
 
Posted by Mousethief (# 953) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
Yeah, and 953 is the ISBN identifier for books published in Croatia. Are sure you don't want a new number?

One of us needs a hobby. Croatia, huh? Could be worse, I suppose.
 
Posted by Not Too Bad (# 8770) on :
 
I still can't get my head around the members bidding for higher numbers than they already hold. *scratches head* [Confused]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Laura:
I didn't go, because I was seeing someone and cheating didn't seem right. Also, I was a nascent square then, too, though I didn't realize it.

The first step is admitting your squareness. Now you have to turn your will and your life over to the Ship.

No wait. You've already done that.
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
1966 is the (official) year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Comrade.

(Of course its dynamics had been simmering along since the early 60s)

Also the Chinese astrological year of the horse. Fire horse, in fact.

[ETA: Also the year of decimalisation in Oz. In with the dollars and cents. Out with the pounds shillings and pence.]

[ 22. August 2005, 10:47: Message edited by: The Coot ]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Mousethief:
One of us needs a hobby. Croatia, huh? Could be worse, I suppose.

Worse than collecting ISBNs? Like, posting in Ecclesiantics? [Biased]
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
Over £1500 so far, wow, this hosts meal is going to be quite something...

Neil
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
...Dollars I mean...
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Not Too Bad:
I still can't get my head around the members bidding for higher numbers than they already hold. *scratches head* [Confused]

Ah, well, you see it's not just the lowness of the number which is important, it's the all round niceness. I mean, what kind of panache has 1244 got?
 
Posted by starbelly (# 25) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jonah the Whale:
quote:
Originally posted by Not Too Bad:
I still can't get my head around the members bidding for higher numbers than they already hold. *scratches head* [Confused]

Ah, well, you see it's not just the lowness of the number which is important, it's the all round niceness. I mean, what kind of panache has 1244 got?
It's a great number, I use it as my PIN 1n fact...

Oh shit.
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Nice one Neil [Biased]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
(sorry for double post)

Keep your eyes on 95...

Looks like 'Floosie' might have to sell her stamp collection at this rate [Two face]
 
Posted by Campbellite (# 1202) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Coot:
1966 is the (official) year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Comrade.

I knew that date sounded familiar for some reason.

England won a football game? [Eek!]
 
Posted by Qlib (# 43) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Campbellite:
England won a football game? [Eek!]

Oi! Wotch it, soupie!
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Campbellite:
I knew that date sounded familiar for some reason. England won a football game? [Eek!]

Of course not. The English are good at inventing games like football and cricket, but they can't play them. They are sport theoreticians... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by andreas1984 (# 9313) on :
 
1984 is a nice number! [Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee]

I wish IngoB good luck with 95 [Big Grin]

[ 22. August 2005, 23:46: Message edited by: andreas1984 ]
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
1984 is indeed a nice number, and it's got your name on it. Could you be enticed into bidding for it? All monies received in the auction go to support the Ship.
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by andreas1984:
I wish IngoB good luck with 95 [Big Grin]

Naw, looks like I've lost the Reformation, but at least I'm still winning the World Cup for Germany! [Biased]
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
I remember 1966 for the Beach Boys song "Good Vibrations."<snip>

And the Year His Bobness floored his public with Blonde on Blonde .
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by IngoB:
quote:
Originally posted by andreas1984:
I wish IngoB good luck with 95 [Big Grin]

Naw, looks like I've lost the Reformation, but at least I'm still winning the World Cup for Germany! [Biased]
No you're not.
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jonah the Whale:
No you're not.

Oh well, I'm still winning the lowest prime number on offer. [Razz]
 
Posted by andreas1984 (# 9313) on :
 
IngoB, perhaps a Jeremaiah or a Dositheus could bid for the 95 number. Then we could use an Orthodox priest as an avatar, or one of the anathemas against the Reformers as a title. But then again, you could, um, sell some indulgence, so that you could raise money for that noble cause. With the consent of your bishop of course. Rumor has it that the Bank of Vatican is going to issue a check for you so that you can outbid them all. [Big Grin]

Too bad the auction is from a western point of view [Razz] We could use some dates important to the Orthodox [Big Grin]

Yea, Auctioneer, getting money for the Ship is noble, and the 1984 is a nice number [Big Grin] , but I can't help you since I have no income of my own yet [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
How the Hell am I still winning 1000??? [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 4367) on :
 
You're not.

[Biased]
 
Posted by strathclydezero (# 180) on :
 
Jonah is taking 1966 home to, errr, the Netherlands?
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
The best team never to have won the World Cup! Robbed by the Germans in 74 and by the Argies in 78. But this is not about them, this is about defending England's honour against the smears of those who think that England only deserved to win 3-2 back in 66.

JtW.
 
Posted by wesleyswig (# 5436) on :
 
Deary me, there was me hoping for a good ol Methodist date or two to, ach well you loss is my financial errr....evens..!

regards Ever
John
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
To bid again, or not... that is the question!
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
I think I've had enough now. I'll just spectate [Smile]
 
Posted by Gauk (# 1125) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by IngoB:
The English are good at inventing games like football and cricket, but they can't play them.

As opposed to the Americans, who invent new sports that no-one else plays, so they can be sure that an American team wins the World Championship. [Biased]
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by dolphy:
To bid again, or not... that is the question!

Easily answered: Bid! Bid! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Gauk (# 1125) on :
 
Incidentally, let me expound on the wonders of 1125:

Not only is it the date of the death of Holy Roman Emperor Henry V, but also the end of the Liao Dynasty!

- I'm hanging on to it ...
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
Pânts has wondered about what her dollar bids come out to in pounds, and perhaps other non-US bidders would like to make reference to a handy-dandy currency conversion website.
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Marvin the Martian:
I think I've had enough now. I'll just spectate [Smile]

No, no, no. Now's the time to take your little wad of cash and start organizing behind-the-scenes cabals to identify someone who really wants a particular number and drive up the last day or two of bidding.

All in Christian Love™ , of course, for the benefit of the Organ Fund and the glory of the Ship. [Two face]
 
Posted by iGeek. (# 3207) on :
 
Eeeevil woman.
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
On the web, I found nothing interesting on 3216! [Waterworks]

But, whichever pair of digits you take, you can always form it into a multiple of the remaining two:
32 = 2 x 16
26 = 2 x 13
36 = 3 x 12
63 = 3 x 21
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
Well, that's pretty imperssive, to me at least.

(regarding no.66)Geo, you must be a lot older than you look. I was born two years after you graduated!
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
4+3+6+0 = 13.

I'm in the 13 club as well [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
yeah, but 4+2+0+1 is 7.

And seven is a Biblically Significant number.
[Biased]
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Deadly Sins, right [Razz] ?
 
Posted by Mad Geo (# 2939) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Kelly Alves:
Well, that's pretty imperssive, to me at least.

(regarding no.66)Geo, you must be a lot older than you look. I was born two years after you graduated!

It's all those artificial preservatives I eat.
 
Posted by Sinisterial (# 5834) on :
 
Now that the bids have got out of reach of 99% of shipmates, how about opening a book [benefiting the organ fund, of course!] to bet on the winners of each auction.

[Snigger]
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
yeah, but 4+2+0+1 is 7.

And seven is a Biblically Significant number.
[Biased]

Not only that, but your number is a numerological cognate equivilent of mine since you just have an extra zero thrown in, which means nothing numerologically.

Bro!
 
Posted by Kepler's Puppet (# 4011) on :
 
So does anyone have a nice curve fitting program (as in, better than Excel) so that we can track the total money raised? Some of us find that sort of thing highly amusing [Smile] It looks logarithmic just now.

(I probably need to get out more)
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
I hope everyone considers kicking in their last bids for the benefit of the board that has so enriched our lives. [Biased]

[yes, even mine]
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
What do ya mean Gorty? There is still a long time to go. Have I missed an announcement?!

But in the mean time, I think you should all practise swooning over Duo:
quote:
$2^8. Now tell me that ain't cosmic.
Definitely cosmic. Knee trembling, even.
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
<smart ass>

Very galactic indeed! [Overused] . But it would have been cosmic if she had written the same bid as:

$2^2^2^2

[Cool]

</smart ass>
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:
Pânts has wondered about what her dollar bids come out to in pounds, and perhaps other non-US bidders would like to make reference to a handy-dandy currency conversion website.

Bad move. Now I know how much I'm bidding! It was just a fairly random number before!
 
Posted by Fen Church (# 9899) on :
 
Now that we have a currency translator, is there a language translator for those of us who don't speak maths?
 
Posted by Gauk (# 1125) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by LeRoc:
On the web, I found nothing interesting on 3216! [Waterworks]

Never mind, I'm sure lots of interesting things will happen in 3216 AD when it finally comes round.
 
Posted by Halo (# 6933) on :
 
I don't think I'm patient enough to wait for 6933AD.
 
Posted by Qlib (# 43) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by LeRoc:
On the web, I found nothing interesting on 3216!

3216 is a really important number. 6 is a perfect number, because its factors (3, 2 and 1) add up to it. That's probably whyyou can do all the fascinating multiplication stuff with it. So it's like 666,really, only much, much classier.
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Kepler's Puppet:
So does anyone have a nice curve fitting program (as in, better than Excel) so that we can track the total money raised? Some of us find that sort of thing highly amusing [Smile] It looks logarithmic just now.

(I probably need to get out more)

I've got GraphPad Prism. Might have a bash at it this afternoon... seeing as it's pouring hard [Roll Eyes]

Hen
(sitting firmly on hands to prevent wayward bidding which cannot afford)
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Coot:
What do ya mean Gorty? There is still a long time to go. Have I missed an announcement?!...

Umm..youknow...like..err..those who have withdrawn 'cause bidding went too high? [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
Wow! A mighty dandy number I have indeed! [Biased]
 
Posted by basso (# 4228) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by IngoB:
<smart ass>

Very galactic indeed! [Overused] . But it would have been cosmic if she had written the same bid as:

$2^2^2^2

[Cool]

</smart ass>

[Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!]

Not the same thing at all. You've got one too many exponents there. (A bid of $65,536 would make the auction a success, though, wouldn't it?)
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Hennah:
quote:
Originally posted by Kepler's Puppet:
So does anyone have a nice curve fitting program (as in, better than Excel)? It looks logarithmic just now.

I've got GraphPad Prism. Might have a bash at it this afternoon...
Whaddaya know, it's a beautiful hyperbola, approaching $1524 as of a couple of hours ago. And I've got a graph to prove it.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:
Pânts has wondered about what her dollar bids come out to in pounds, and perhaps other non-US bidders would like to make reference to a handy-dandy currency conversion website.

Bad move. Now I know how much I'm bidding! It was just a fairly random number before!
Isn't it a good idea to know how much you are bidding, so that you don't get a much higher bill then you were expecting?

Hence the fact that I tend to type "currency converter" into Google before bidding or buying in foriegn money. [Razz]
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:
Pânts has wondered about what her dollar bids come out to in pounds, and perhaps other non-US bidders would like to make reference to a handy-dandy currency conversion website.

Bad move. Now I know how much I'm bidding! It was just a fairly random number before!
Isn't it a good idea to know how much you are bidding, so that you don't get a much higher bill then you were expecting?

Hence the fact that I tend to type "currency converter" into Google before bidding or buying in foriegn money. [Razz]

Where's the fun in that?
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by basso:
quote:
Originally posted by IngoB:

$2^2^2^2


[Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!]

Not the same thing at all. You've got one too many exponents there. (A bid of $65,536 would make the auction a success, though, wouldn't it?)

Nar. What he's written works. For operators all of the same precedence it's a straight left to right application in turn:
((2^2)^2)^2
as opposed to:
2^(2^(2^2))
 
Posted by basso (# 4228) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Coot:
Nar. What he's written works. For operators all of the same precedence it's a straight left to right application in turn:
((2^2)^2)^2
as opposed to:
2^(2^(2^2))

Ummm...no.

Multiple exponents are evaluated right-to-left.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_operations

b.
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
What is a circumflex thingy interpersing a whole lot of numbers? I had enough trouble with 2+2+2+2. [Snore] As for currency conversion I go for big picture: $US stronger. $AU weaker. Therefore lots/a few more $AUD than $US. It's far more helpful than knowing that my last bid was in reality $AUD83.467 . I've never worked out what to do with .007 of a dollar. [Confused]
 
Posted by Hennah (# 9541) on :
 
Wanna hear something weird? The bid for number 66 stood at 66 dollars at 66 hours after it opened. Spooky, huh?
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
**** NEWS FLASH!!! ****

'66' Replaces '666'

"An unexpected occurrence on Ship of Fools may be an indication that '66' is the new Mark of the Beast for the Second Millenium...

Details at eleven!"

[Code! [Mad] ]

[ 24. August 2005, 22:04: Message edited by: jlg ]
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by basso:
Multiple exponents are evaluated right-to-left.

You are an even smarter ass. [Overused] [Biased]
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
I just put the expression into MATLAB to see what it thought...

256

[Big Grin]

It's based on MAPLE iirc, which would be the most commonly used Computer Algebra System in the world.

(Not that this would ever be a problem in proper print).
 
Posted by JimmyT (# 142) on :
 
Looks like you're right on, Coot. MAPLE bailed out on implementing the correct rule. Excel works just like it, too: operators of equal precedence with no parentheses are evaluated left to right, and exponentiation is obviously equal to exponentiation.

As Johnny Carson used to say, "That's wild. That's really wild. I did not know that."

quote:


The exponentiation operator is non-associative. If you wish to do more than one exponentiation in an expression, you must use parentheses to tell Maple whether you want

> (2^3)^4;

or

> 2^(3^4);


Lazy programmers!
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
What is a circumflex thingy interpersing a whole lot of numbers? [...]

It's a way of writing 'powers' when you don't have access to superscripts.

2^2 => 2 to the second power => Two-squared => 2 times 2 = 4.

2^3 is Two cubed => 2 times 2 time 2 = 8

etc.

Does that sound familiar?

2^2^2^2 I suspect is territory you don't want to enter.
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
Well, Mathematica yields 65536, "correctly". So does this little Fortran program
code:
      program coot
print*,2**2**2**2
end

I tested that with both g77 and Intel Fortran. C is of course too stupid a language to support the problem... [Biased]

I'm not sure why "proper print" would solve the issue, other than by relying on a vague sense of "natural reading order" (i.e., top to bottom precedes left to right).
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
What is a circumflex thingy interpersing a whole lot of numbers? [...]

It's a way of writing 'powers' when you don't have access to superscripts.

2^2 => 2 to the second power => Two-squared => 2 times 2 = 4.

2^3 is Two cubed => 2 times 2 time 2 = 8

etc.

Does that sound familiar?

2^2^2^2 I suspect is territory you don't want to enter.

Phew. I'm less dumb that I thought I was. Perhaps.
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
What I want to know is why more of the 9000# people aren't jumping on this rare opportunity to tell the low-# where to stuff it? [Big Grin]

Come on, newbs, get in there!

[ 25. August 2005, 02:18: Message edited by: Kelly Alves ]
 
Posted by Ian Climacus (# 944) on :
 
My brain is hurting. I thought I left Maths behind at uni. [Though I have to confess I found the exponent right -> left thing interesting: [Help] ]

944.

Also, the Transfer from Edessa to Constantinople of the the Icon of our Lord Jesus Christ Not-Made-by-Hands occurred in the year 944.

And 9 + 4 + 4 = 17, 1 + 7 = 8: the 8th Day: Eternal Sabbath! [Razz]

[ 25. August 2005, 03:04: Message edited by: Ian Climacus ]
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Coot:
Blah blah blah

256

[Big Grin]

blah blah blah

P / still struggling with the fact that coot is math geek, sigh.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
What is a circumflex thingy interpersing a whole lot of numbers? [...]

It's a way of writing 'powers' when you don't have access to superscripts.

2^2 => 2 to the second power => Two-squared => 2 times 2 = 4.

2^3 is Two cubed => 2 times 2 time 2 = 8

etc.

Does that sound familiar?

2^2^2^2 I suspect is territory you don't want to enter.

Phew. I'm less dumb that I thought I was. Perhaps.
I understand that as well. [Yipee]

Now, of course, someone is going to come along and point out that it is at GCSE level or something. [Disappointed]

Let's face it, I have never even taken A-level maths so it can't be that hard if I understand. [Razz]

Papio (who feels extremely cheated by getting a B in GCSE maths when he got an A or A+ for EVERY bit of maths homework)
 
Posted by snowgoose (# 4394) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jlg:

2^2^2^2 I suspect is territory you don't want to enter.

I first read this to mean "2^2^2^(2i)" rather than "2^2^2^2 I". When they start allowing us to bid on imaginary numbers, I'll be the first in line!
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
Oh dear, snowgoose, you're going to get them all scared again!
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ian Climacus:
<snip>

And 9 + 4 + 4 = 17, 1 + 7 = 8: the 8th Day: Eternal Sabbath! [Razz]

No. Just Monday morning again!
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I thought posts in languages other than English were discouraged [Biased]

Huia - [Hot and Hormonal] not a mathmatician. Primary (grade) school level only and dumb as a post
 
Posted by Spiffy da Wonder Sheep (# 5267) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Kelly Alves:
What I want to know is why more of the 9000# people aren't jumping on this rare opportunity to tell the low-# where to stuff it? [Big Grin]

Come on, newbs, get in there!

La la laaaa... If things keep going this way, I'll not only have the Battle of Hastings (Bwah! I'm posing an American Invasion all by my lonesome), but I'll have a lower number than yoooou!

*gloatgloatgloat*

[ 25. August 2005, 18:29: Message edited by: Spiffy da Wonder Sheep ]
 
Posted by The Bede's American Successor (# 5042) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jlg:
Oh dear, snowgoose, you're going to get them all scared again!

One of the favorite football cheers at the University of Missouri-Rolla when I was in attendance:

quote:
e**x dy/dx,
e**x dx,
tan sec cos sin,
Come on Miners, hold that line.

It was always good for a blank stare and sometimes silence from the opposing team's bleachers from the other side of the field, and much more polite that the Elevator Cheer.

Not that we really cared.

Mostly engineering and science majors worried about football? Hardly.

(The double asterisk, **, means the same thing in FORTRAN IV-H Level and WATFIV as does the caret, ^, means in BASIC. Next I'll have to dredge up some IBM JCL for the System/360 for you.)
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
I like that cheer. I would even consider subjecting myself to the boredom of a football game in order to participate in that cheer.
 
Posted by Kepler's Puppet (# 4011) on :
 
Are there any computer languages besides Fortran that use **, rather than ^, for exponentiation? I'm wondering if some of us are letting our nerdiness show....
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Huia:
I thought posts in languages other than English were discouraged [Biased]

Huia - [Hot and Hormonal] not a mathmatician. Primary (grade) school level only and dumb as a post

[Killing me] [Killing me]

I'm with you. I know nought about numbers. Mines boring - and now Amazing Grace has gazumped my attempt to have an interesting one. [Waterworks]

Never mind. I'll get over it. Now where's my therapist's hotline number again? [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
Wait a minute ... it's a prime number [Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee]

Take your one thousand six hundred and sixty two and stuff it up yer pipe [Snigger]

[dances away jauntily whistling "I've got a prime number", to the tune of Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima [Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee] ]

[ 26. August 2005, 01:34: Message edited by: Zappa ]
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
*jlg crosses Zappa off list*
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
Wait a minute ... it's a prime number [Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee]

You need glasses, the prime is 8443. [Devil] Take your pocket calculator and type: 9*937. (937 is a prime though).
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
<double post because of feeling guilty...>

Oh, all right then...

Sloane A003294 (Formerly M5446)

Numbers n such that n^4 can be written as a sum of four 4th powers.

Comments: Sequence gives solutions n to the Diophantine equation A^4 + B^4 + C^4 + D^4 = n^4 .

353, 651, 706, 1059, 1302, 1412, 2487, 2501, 2829, 3723, 3973, 4267, 4333, 4449, 4949, 5281, 5463, 5491, 5543, 5729, 6167, 6609, 6801, 7101, 7209, 7339, 7703, 8373, 8433, ...

4730^4+4806^4+5230^4+7565^4=8433^4
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
You should have just stuck with feeling guilty.

Can I make a simple request? Could you all please post your bids in plain old decimal notation and spare us plebes the mental anquish of feeling left out?

Thanks muchly.
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
Plug your member number in here and see if it's a prime.

Gort, right now the bidding is moving slowly enough that the current highest bid thread provides an adequate translation. Assuming that things will pick up again as the auction deadline nears, I'll ask people to stick with notation everyone can easily read in the last 48 hours or so.

Auctioneer
Auctions Host

[ 26. August 2005, 03:17: Message edited by: Auctioneer ]
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
Oh dear (and I did forget my glasses) I don't even have that primal distinction thingy. I'm just a nothing - unless what IngoB said meant something [Ultra confused] . Fortunately I'd only got to the 567th bar of of Penderecki's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima so I guess if I whistle it backwards now it'll cancell my most grievous sin? [Confused]

Or is there a theology of grace in an auction room Peanut Gallery? [Paranoid]
 
Posted by Cranmer's baggage (# 4937) on :
 
Zappa,
I think you'll find that you can only expiate your sin by making another bid.
[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
Truer words were never spoke, Cranmer's baggage. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
Nyyyeahhhh - but I've currently got the call on a certain British emergency number (not much use in OZ but never mind) and being both fiscally and numerically challenged I don't want to addle my three grey cells too much [Confused] [Ultra confused] .
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Hmmmmm... decisions, decisions...
 
Posted by Duo Seraphim (# 3251) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JimmyT:
Looks like you're right on, Coot. MAPLE bailed out on implementing the correct rule. Excel works just like it, too: operators of equal precedence with no parentheses are evaluated left to right, and exponentiation is obviously equal to exponentiation.

As Johnny Carson used to say, "That's wild. That's really wild. I did not know that."

quote:


The exponentiation operator is non-associative. If you wish to do more than one exponentiation in an expression, you must use parentheses to tell Maple whether you want

> (2^3)^4;

or

> 2^(3^4);


Lazy programmers!
Which is why I knew that I had bid $256.00 and not more than $65K. I though it had a pleasing symmetry.
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Can we open a geek gallery? Please?

"The Pi-nut Gallery."

P
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Oh! shipmate 3141 does not exist, CONSPIRACY!

P
 
Posted by snowgoose (# 4394) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Bede's American Successor:

quote:
e**x dy/dx,
e**x dx,
tan sec cos sin,
Come on Miners, hold that line.


Actually, I learned this version from folks who went to RPI, in NY State:
quote:

e^x dy/dx,
e^x dx
tangent secant cosine sine
three point one four one five nine
Square root, cube root, log of Pi,
Dis-integrate them, RPI!


[argh---it wouldn't let me do preview post!]

[ 26. August 2005, 14:01: Message edited by: snowgoose ]
 
Posted by jlg (# 98) on :
 
After the initial surge of enthusiasm, the daily totals were going along at a comfortable $100/day, plus-or-minus.

Today's increase was $4.00.

A measly and embarrassing and disreputable and disrespectful FOUR dollars. Truly pathetic.

C'mon, people, let's get those alliances and consortiums going. Pool your small bids into something that can compete. If you truly want a number, make advances to certain big-spenders (or small ones!) who perhaps don't actually plan on moving to a new address.

[Disappointed] Four dollars!
 
Posted by Paul Mason (# 7562) on :
 
I wouldn't worry too much. It's an auction with a set end-date. I predict a flurry of last minute bidding. I wouldn't be surprised to see an hourly increase of $100 in the last day or so.
 
Posted by Zeke (# 3271) on :
 
I'm a prime number! [Big Grin] [Yipee]
 
Posted by Mad Geo (# 2939) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul Mason:
I wouldn't worry too much. It's an auction with a set end-date. I predict a flurry of last minute bidding. I wouldn't be surprised to see an hourly increase of $100 in the last day or so.

Nah, we wouldn't think of doing that.

[Two face]
 
Posted by Zeke (# 3271) on :
 
I agree. Things have been really quiet the last day or so, and I have seen some pretty spirited bidding up to then. I think we'll see a lot more in the last couple of days.

[ 29. August 2005, 03:52: Message edited by: Zeke ]
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
Bah! Everyone is maxxed-out and I'll be able to make a clean sweep, take them all and sell them for thousands on eBay! BwaaaHAHAHAAH! [Killing me] [Devil]
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
For those who are maxed out but still wanting to participate in the fun, there is always the Predict the Auction Total thread. All the fun and none of the financial worries.

JtW
 
Posted by Balaam (# 4543) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul Mason:
I wouldn't worry too much. It's an auction with a set end-date. I predict a flurry of last minute bidding. I wouldn't be surprised to see an hourly increase of $100 in the last day or so.

I hope not, "Making an ass of Big Brother" as a title has a nice ring to it.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gort:
Bah! Everyone is maxxed-out and I'll be able to make a clean sweep, take them all and sell them for thousands on eBay!

Quite so. I've just bought a new golf stick, so now I'm searching down the back of the sofa for lost coins. [Frown]
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul Mason:
I wouldn't worry too much. It's an auction with a set end-date. I predict a flurry of last minute bidding. I wouldn't be surprised to see an hourly increase of $100 in the last day or so.

From your mouth to God's ears! Or the bidders', if that's more efficient.

Now's the time to plan endgame strategies and pool your resources--just a few more days left.
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
[Snigger] [Snigger] Sitting pretty on my scoop at present. Cheap at twice the price. [Snigger] [Snigger]
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
You might have noticed that I've mostly picked slow-moving and/or low-priced bidding threads to bump up with Auctioneer posts. [Snigger]
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 4367) on :
 
Hmmm...

Went away for a long weekend and fully expected to have been outbid by the time I returned.

But i'm still winning.

No idea how i'll find $85 though!

LMM
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
Is everyone waiting until the last moment? [Ultra confused]

This is eerily similar to the calm before the... hurricane!!!
 
Posted by IngoB (# 8700) on :
 
You can make your predictions on the final total in my Circus thread. [Smile]
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
I hope you're right, jedijudy, though it would be ideal if we could get the activity level of a category 5 hurricane without the widespread devastation. [Eek!]

Shipmates, please consider what the Ship means to you. If you've learned something in an intense discussion in Purgatory, if you've made co-workers or family members wonder why you're laughing like a maniac when it's just that you were reading Heaven, if you've ever pulled up a lounge chair and settled back to watch a good fight in Hell, if you're in the habit of checking the Ship regularly just to see what's going on or to see if your own thread topic is getting replies--think about what this is worth to you over the course of a few months or a year, and consider bidding in our auction.

The hosts and admins are all volunteers, and no one is getting rich running Ship of Fools. Auction monies will go into the Ship's Organ Fund to help keep the Ship afloat and Christian unrest alive and well.
 
Posted by Matrix (# 3452) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:

Shipmates, please consider what the Ship means to you. If you've learned something in an intense discussion in Purgatory, if you've made co-workers or family members wonder why you're laughing like a maniac when it's just that you were reading Heaven, if you've ever pulled up a lounge chair and settled back to watch a good fight in Hell, if you're in the habit of checking the Ship regularly just to see what's going on or to see if your own thread topic is getting replies--think about what this is worth to you over the course of a few months or a year, and consider bidding in our auction.

Would love to - but gone beyond my limited means. The auction's a great idea, and i do hope it'll raise some good money. But at the end of the day it will have only convinced 15 people out of the 10,000 members to part with cash.

A future auction could include quicker lots, more of them, and more lower priced items in order to increase the number of people coughing up.

Maybe we should have opened a book on the side somewhere...

M
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
Oh hell. It's only a little bit - token even foe which I'm sorry - but I'm going to gazump myself. Come on guys - crash in high and hot.
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Perhaps you could encourage people to send a donation equal to the total of the digits in their membership number? Even No 9999 would only be being solicited for £36.

And/or you could award every donor a small addition to their avatar - maybe a little star for each donation.

Not that the possession of such a diadem would be source of pride, or cause of envy; more of an encouragement don't you think?
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
Like giving Gold Stars in infant class?

No ta.
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 4367) on :
 
Maybe the best thing would be to encourage those who are now priced out of the market to donate anyway? I mean, if you were willing to pay $40 to the ship for a new member number, perhaps it would be good if you also donated that amount anyway, number or not?

Thats my plan, but at the moment, i'm winning an auction, so I may not have to do that!

LMM
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
This is the first time we've run an auction; if we do it again, we might do it differently--we'll have to evaluate how this one goes.

We recognize that the auction is limited to those with the means and inclination to give the Ship some of their disposable income. We're grateful for the bidders' willingness to support the Ship, and we appreciate any and all donations to the Organ Fund. If someone gives £3 or $5, that's £3 or $5 the Ship didn't have before; £30 or $50 would also be great, but not everyone can do that. And of course, no one has to give anything--posting on the Ship has been free for more than four years. We're grateful if you can help out; if you can't, we're glad to have you aboard.

Auctioneer
Pitchman for the Ship
 
Posted by Papa Smurf (# 1654) on :
 
Do what I have done, and pledge the limited cash you have to help a particular person whom you think should/could win a particular number.

come on people, take sides in a bidding war !! [Two face]
 
Posted by KenWritez (# 3238) on :
 
Does Simon have any plans to visit California in the next year or two?

If so, while I'm not interested in the current auction offerings, I'd be interested in bidding on, say, drinks and/or dinner. I'd pay for the consumables, too.

I think "Win a Date With Simon" could be quite a lucrative offering.

Oooh, here's a wacky idea: "Win a Wake-up Call from Simon"! Highest bidder wins a 10-second call from Simon on your landline or cell phone, wishing you a good morning.

Really, there's no end of possible offerings from this cornucopia.
 
Posted by strathclydezero (# 180) on :
 
Bidders should be making pitches here to say why we should support their bid ...
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by KenWritez:
I think "Win a Date With Simon" could be quite a lucrative offering.

Oooh, here's a wacky idea: "Win a Wake-up Call from Simon"! Highest bidder wins a 10-second call from Simon on your landline or cell phone, wishing you a good morning.

[Killing me] Fab!
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papio.:
Like giving Gold Stars in infant class?

No ta.

Drat. There goes my chance of being a Blessed Damozel.
 
Posted by Paul Mason (# 7562) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by KenWritez:
Oooh, here's a wacky idea: "Win a Wake-up Call from Simon"! Highest bidder wins a 10-second call from Simon on your landline or cell phone, wishing you a good morning.

How about Erin wishing someone you don't like an... erm not good day?


[Devil]
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
Unless Simon has changed a lot, he is so softly spoken I doubt his voice would wake me up.

Anyway, my suggestion has always been to give a donation on the anniversary of when you join the ship. That way, the ship gets a present every year, regular as clockwork. And less messy than a bath of baked beans.
 
Posted by Jonah the Whale (# 1244) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Papa Smurf:
Do what I have done, and pledge the limited cash you have to help a particular person whom you think should/could win a particular number.

come on people, take sides in a bidding war !! [Two face]

quote:
Originally posted by Strathclydezero:
Bidders should be making pitches here to say why we should support their bid ...

A couple of Scots planning a bidding consortium? What can that be about?

JtW

[ 31. August 2005, 22:54: Message edited by: Jonah the Whale ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by strathclydezero:
Bidders should be making pitches here to say why we should support their bid ...

A plea from the Jedi Temple:

Please help me to obtain the lovely number 333! I promise to take excellent care of it, and swear to use it only for good, not evil.

Why, 3 is practically a member of my family, being one of my initials canted in a different direction. Daughter-Unit has that and another initial which qualify as 3's with a differing orientation. So, we have three 3's between us.

So, as you can see, 333 will be treated with kindness and respect in our family.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

<jj bows to honorable Shipmates>
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
I'm out. The dream of owning a prime number was sweet, but short-lasted. My only regret is that I'll never be able to taste Erin's Brunswick Stew. Oh well...

I will make a donation to the ship though.
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
The square root of 1662 is

40.767634221279016965218004200425

I'm sure that's significant.
 
Posted by Qlib (# 43) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by LeRoc:
The dream of owning a prime number was sweet, but short-lasted. My only regret is that I'll never be able to taste Erin's Brunswick Stew.

Dammit, I missed that party! [Frown] And I could have brought borsch and blini.
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
quote:
Originally posted by KenWritez:
I think "Win a Date With Simon" could be quite a lucrative offering.

Oooh, here's a wacky idea: "Win a Wake-up Call from Simon"! Highest bidder wins a 10-second call from Simon on your landline or cell phone, wishing you a good morning.

[Killing me] Fab!
Does the lowest bidder win a call from Erin and/or RooK, if the highest bidder rejects the option outlined by Paul?

[ 01. September 2005, 10:50: Message edited by: Papio. ]
 
Posted by dolphy (# 862) on :
 
Looks like Pants really wants the UK emergency number.
Perhaps that is for the next time the Alien does an almighty poo [Two face] [Biased]
 
Posted by Procrastinus (# 9915) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by strathclydezero:
Bidders should be making pitches here to say why we should support their bid ...

Here goes, please help me get 1984 (I'm ahead at the moment but I'm sure it won't last - I am at work tomorrow and I can't access the ship).

I first read the book when I was eleven, bugged my English teacher to try and find out what 'proles' meant. I have always loved the book and it has informed my cautious attitude to government. It reminds of us the dangers we drift into with spin and special legislation.

I went so far as to buy a really good hardback edition so I'd always have a copy. It's like Catch 22, one of the incredible, powerful books that change the way you see the world.

I would cherish the number, polish it every month, give it regular outings in Hell to so it could get enough hate and Purgatory to let it air its political and philosophical leanings. I'd feed it regular left wing opinions and everything !

Please, I know I'm not truly worthy, but please.

[Overused]

Prock
 
Posted by Simon (# 1) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by KenWritez:
Oooh, here's a wacky idea: "Win a Wake-up Call from Simon"! Highest bidder wins a 10-second call from Simon on your landline or cell phone, wishing you a good morning.

Ken... you're getting ahead of yourself. That's the next auction.
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
Just under 10 1/2 hours to go before the gavel falls for good on all these lots. Check underneath the sofa cushions, break your kid's piggy bank, tell yourself you actually want to eat rice and beans for a week or two. [Biased]

Seriously, if you have some disposable income, we'd be happy to dispose of it for you. We appreciate your generosity.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:
...<snip> tell yourself you actually want to eat rice and beans for a week or two. [Biased]

<snip>

Gosh! Beans and Rice is an absolute treat!!! [Yipee] Especially blackbeans with a bit of sour cream and some chopped onion...WooHoo! [Big Grin]

Auctioneer, you were bribing us, weren't you! [Biased]
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:
...<snip> tell yourself you actually want to eat rice and beans for a week or two. [Biased]

<snip>

Gosh! Beans and Rice is an absolute treat!!! [Yipee] Especially blackbeans with a bit of sour cream and some chopped onion...WooHoo! [Big Grin]

Auctioneer, you were bribing us, weren't you! [Biased]

Furthermore the second hand methane production could provide an enormous supply of energy. When I was a boy at boarding school we used to set fire to that kind of gas supply in the dorms at night [Snigger] . It was advisable to wear pyjamas when doing so [Eek!]
 
Posted by Amazing Grace (# 4754) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Auctioneer:
Just under 10 1/2 hours to go before the gavel falls for good on all these lots. Check underneath the sofa cushions, break your kid's piggy bank, tell yourself you actually want to eat rice and beans for a week or two. [Biased]

Seriously, if you have some disposable income, we'd be happy to dispose of it for you. We appreciate your generosity.

I'm going to sleep and getting up at 3 am my time [Hot and Hormonal]

Charlotte
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
That's the dedication, the adherence to principle, the flat-out craziness we like to see! Thanks, Amazing Grace.
 
Posted by Fen Church (# 9899) on :
 
I'm wondering if the minimum secret bidding level is going to wind up being a problem!
 
Posted by Auctioneer (# 12) on :
 
OK folks... we're inside the final hour, with just (checks watch) 45 minutes before the hammer comes down. Get ready to make your final bids!
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Sits down with a cup of tea, let the games begin.......
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Never mind the bills you HAVE TO HAVE that low number. It is all that matters. This is the real world everything else is an illusion. You can not take $s with you but JESUS will smile on your low number, and give a you a special place in heaven.


P
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Screw the kid's birthday.

P
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 4367) on :
 
So which number are you bidding on Pyx_e? [Biased]
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
LMM; 4366.

Sine are you in your silk jammies? Are you hovering feverishly over the keyboard in a semi-darkened room? Is the ticking of the clock like some water torture to your twisted soul? Can you hear the voice from your boudoir “Come back to bed darling.” Or are you deaf and blind to all but the ship and those bastards who are trying to rob you of what is yours, by right, by birth and by sheer size of you wallet?

P
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
I once bought a very large Louis XVI style commode at auction that looked dreadful in my house, just because I got carried away in the heat of battle.

It was two years before I could bring myself to admit I'd made a mistake and get rid of it at a loss.

But a glamorous membership number is forever and worth any price. You can't place a dollar amount on prestige.

A low number will help my daughter make a good marriage. If I had a daughter, she'd thank me.
 
Posted by iGeek. (# 3207) on :
 
Wooh, AG. You're up *early* (or *late*, as the case may be)
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
<snip> You can not take $s with you but JESUS will smile on your low number, and give a you a special place in heaven.


P

He told you that, Shipmate number 57? [Biased]
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Around the world friends and family of shipmates are disturbed by the conflict of a seeming outer calm and acceptance whilst vibrations of angst and deep spiritual pain can be discerned. Pants is rolling steel marbles in her left hand, Amazing Grace is whistling Deep Purple tunes and Demas quietly weeps.

P
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
<snip> You can not take $s with you but JESUS will smile on your low number, and give a you a special place in heaven.


P

He told you that, Shipmate number 57? [Biased]
It's in the Bible.

P
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
It's like those tumble weed moments in westerns. The street (deck) is quiet, the women and children have been ushered into backrooms. Men count their courage and find themselves wanting as they too crouch behind a big sack of beans.

"I only came into town to buy my wife some gingham mister, I don't want no trouble."

The winds blows ..............
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Pease, divert all auxiliary power to the shields. Power down all non-essential systems and double-bus the weapon system couplings.

Things are going to get hot round here.
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
I bet all you losers on 56k modems are shitting yourselves.

P
 
Posted by iGeek. (# 3207) on :
 
World clock has chimed the hour. Is it over?
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by iGeek.:
World clock has chimed the hour. Is it over?

Isn't that your wife's line?

P

[ 02. September 2005, 11:02: Message edited by: Pyx_e ]
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
I need a cigarette.
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
jedijudy is a last-minute winner. Something slightly tarnished by her bidding against herself?
 
Posted by Amazing Grace (# 4754) on :
 
I was expecting more of a flurry at the last minute. I probably could have placed a big bid last night and slept in. [Biased]

(Well, since my computer clock was wrong, I placed a bid just after the time.)

It was fun!

Charlotte
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
Gosh, I was shaking!
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
Writes 1143 down in his little book, bloody upstarts .......

P
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Gosh, I was shaking!

Bagged yourself a bargain, though. [Cool]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
Writes 1143 down in his little book, bloody upstarts .......

Now, will there be a number 1143 soon? Should I keep that number or switch?

Decisions, decisions...
 
Posted by Sine Nomine (# 3631) on :
 
At least now my membership number will be a bit more in sync with my post count.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Chapelhead:
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Gosh, I was shaking!

Bagged yourself a bargain, though. [Cool]
[Yipee] WooHoo! Yes I did, but...who of my IRL friends do I dare tell?
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
LOL at the Banner, tell me you made him pay for that?

P

(v funny gort)
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
who of my IRL friends do I dare tell?

Not someone else who claims to have a real life. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
Will the Returning Officer come and announce the results, or do we have to have the swimsuit parade first?
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
Will the Returning Officer come and announce the results, or do we have to have the swimsuit parade first?
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
You can stop hitting "add reply" twice now.

P
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 4367) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
LOL at the Banner, tell me you made him pay for that?

P

(v funny gort)

What banner?
 
Posted by Chapelhead (# 1143) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pyx_e:
You can stop hitting "add reply" twice now.

I'm convinced my work internet access is slower than dial-up. How the IT department manage that I've no idea. [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Amazing Grace (# 4754) on :
 
I like the new variant on the ad banner.

Well done!

Charlotte
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 1059) on :
 
***jj does the Happy Jedi Dance ™ while throwing three lightsabers around in a dazzling display of amazement and joy***

My very own 333! [Big Grin] [Yipee]

Mine was the first closed..nyah nyah... Oops, that was very un-Jedi behavior. Sorry.

I mean...a pleasant morning this has been.
 
Posted by Marvin the Martian (# 4360) on :
 
Damn, that's funny. [Killing me]
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 4367) on :
 
Well, there we go.

Considering I only bid on 1000 to make a joke at first, i'm surprised I won. I'm even more surprised by the fact that I bid $100, given that I decided my limit in this auction was $50.

Not as surprised as my credit card company will be though...!

LMM
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
Well, I screwed that pooch. [Hot and Hormonal]

How was I to know I had GMT off by an hour? :whine:
 
Posted by strathclydezero (# 180) on :
 
You had GMT spot on, but the UK is not currently on GMT. The auction was running on BST.
 
Posted by Pyx_e (# 57) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lyda*Rose:
Well, I screwed that pooch. [Hot and Hormonal]

How was I to know I had GMT off by an hour? :whine:

You should have trusted me, I am a Vicar.

P
 
Posted by The Coot (# 220) on :
 
Ah shame. We had a ship meet you know, so I could not be there to snag a bargain.

Never mind. I will send you some money anyhow.
 
Posted by Pânts (# 4487) on :
 
What I go out for, I could've left it at a lower bid. [Disappointed]
 
Posted by Balaam (# 4543) on :
 
A proposal - all losing bidders to donate half of their highest bid to the ship anyway as a matter of goodwill.

Anyone care to join me in this?
 
Posted by Demas (# 7147) on :
 
Well that was all very unexpected. I thought someone would be sure to come in and beat me to the punch [Paranoid]

I guess I'm now part of the ship's nouveau riche... I must remember to be vulgar and ostentatious at all possible opportunities [Cool]
 
Posted by Balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Love the new banner BTW. [Overused] [Killing me] [Overused]
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pânts:
What I go out for, I could've left it at a lower bid. [Disappointed]

Hhhmph - I would've gazumped ya - but we hasd people over for dinner and I didn't get back to the puter in time. [Roll Eyes] [Waterworks]

Congratulations - I think 999 is a very fine #.


[ETA that I will be making a loser's contribution asap - when I've found my as usual lost wallet. [Disappointed] ]

[ 03. September 2005, 11:50: Message edited by: Zappa ]
 
Posted by Gordon Cheng (# 8895) on :
 
The banner is great. I'm trying to think who that android looks like.
 
Posted by Gort (# 6855) on :
 
[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
Oooo, looks like some member numbers weren't permanently deleted after all... [Big Grin]

Paul W
 
Posted by Little Miss Methodist (# 1000) on :
 
Ah yes, I noticed that.

Well, actually I noticed the starred name first on the recent visitors list, and naturally investigated further.

Then I felt all smug about noticing. Then I realised that I read this earlier when going through the directory (as you do). So then I felt silly for not noticing then.

Gosh, this afternoon has been a roller coaster of emotion. [Biased]

LMM

[ 08. September 2005, 18:53: Message edited by: Little Miss Methodist ]
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
To show that I am not a bad loser, I have made a donation to TOF. But... when will we be able to donate in €s? [Confused]
 
Posted by Papio. (# 4201) on :
 
I will make a loser's contribution when I get my paycheck. Not before, though.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Paul W.:
Oooo, looks like some member numbers weren't permanently deleted after all... [Big Grin]

Paul W

Nice of them to let him have a low number eventually. I suppose that some day someone will change the links in "Who's What" to reflect this (and pease's shiny old number as well).
 
Posted by Paul W. (# 1450) on :
 
And I'd love to know what the reserve price would be on #5 if it ever came up.

Paul W
 


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