Doing the Math

I went rummaging around in my image archive looking for an illustration suitable for the wrap-up post of our fundraiser. Multiculti math seems appropriate — after all, I’m using a little bit of math to total up and list the places that donors came from. And all those different states and countries — isn’t that multicultural?

Or are these places too “white” to earn that designation?

Anyway, here’s the final list, as of earlier this evening:

Stateside: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Near Abroad: Canada, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic

Far Abroad: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the UK

Between now and the next fundraiser, I promise to do my best to write the program code necessary to track the provinces in Canada and the states in Australia the same way I track states in the USA. The UK is more difficult, because the addresses used often list the “region” than the traditional county. I’ve looked at the various UK addresses, and concluded that programming the British places would be a real mare’s nest. So that project will be delayed.

It’s remarkable the way the generosity of our donors manages to allow us to keep going, quarter after quarter. Dymphna and I are amazed and grateful.

I’ll see you in the chill autumnal mist for the next fundraiser.

5 thoughts on “Doing the Math

  1. Only recently have I watched this site closely. Would it be possible for you to announce the totals from your fundraiser and to compare that with the goal?

    • No, it’s not appropriate for us to give amounts. And we don’t have a specific goal, just to keep the lights on from one quarter to the next. The amount can vary, depending on whether the heat pump has to be repaired, and how many household appliances need fixing.

      The site-related costs are relatively fixed for the moment, until we have to migrate or upgrade again. But life its own self is far more variable.

  2. Your ‘Multicultural Math’ is no joke.
    A professor (my son-in-law) at a UK university was making a case for a grant to research some obscure mathematical problem and was advised by colleagues, in all seriousness, that he would need to mention ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘female equality’ somewhere in his case to improve the chances of it being accepted!

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