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• Weeeell, if you assign each letter an integer value based on its position in the alphabet such that M = 0, since it's right around the middle, everything before it being negative (A = -12, B = -11, etc.) and everything after being positive (N =ï»¿ 1, O = 2, etc.), then sum up the letters, S+T+R+A+W+B+E+R+R+I+E+S

= 6+7+5-12+10-11-8+5+5-4-8+6

= 2

P.S. By this same system, âˆšEVIL = 2i and |ME| - U = 0.

• Here's a fairly good rule for symbols in Edgar Allan Poe works (as postulated by a fellow nerdfighter and myself):

Ifï»¿ it's a noun, it's a symbol.

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• #795: I am a literature person. Math and I do not get along.ï»¿

• I amï»¿ neither a math person nor a literature person. I am a science person.

• 2:37 - I turn the lamp in my room off. A moment later, John's lamp disappears.

I stare at the annotation amused and amazed,ï»¿ and at 2:41, just a second before the annotation disappeared, (not knowing the annotation is about to disappear) I turn the lamp back on. That was awesome.

DFTBA

• My music literature professor in college told us that everyone's either a Classical or Romantic person. (Classical & Romantic being major periods in music. Think Mozart for Classical & Chopin for Romantic.) He pointed to me & said "Romantic." Bingo!

I was reminded of that when you said people say you're either a literature (Romantic) or math (Classical) person. However, "Romantic vs. Classical" is more a thought on personality than brain power. I guess my statement addsï»¿ nothing. NOOOOOOO

• you're as hyper as 2008ï»¿ Hank!

• Interesting question: Isï»¿ the disappearing lamp a symbol? A metaphor? A solvable question with one solution?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN??

questions that keep me awake at night. . .

• The study of literature is just awful. I wouldn't say this if we weren't graded on a system that rates writing subjectively, then converts that into a score that changesï»¿ your GPA.

• And, if it'sï»¿ a symbol, it represents death. (:

• Buttonï»¿ day is November 16th

• This is one of myï»¿ favorite vlogbrothers videos. As a physics major who dreams of writing fiction novels, this video speaks personally to me. John, you're absolutely right.