Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I live in Seattle, dominated by Boeing and Microsoft.

Boeing engineers are traditionally linear, sequential, rational thinkers. Microsoft engineers are typically smart, logical, creative problem solvers.

Both live in the world of the rational. The logical. The world of numbers.

Today we start the book of Numbers in the Bible. Here you go...

17 "So Moses and Aaron called together these chosen leaders, 18 and they assembled the whole community of Israel on that very day.[c] All the people were registered according to their ancestry by their clans and families. The men of Israel who were twenty years old or older were listed one by one, 19 just as the Lord had commanded Moses. So Moses recorded their names in the wilderness of Sinai.

20 -21 This is the number of men twenty years old or older who were able to go to war, as their names were listed in the records of their clans and families[d]:

Tribe — Number

Reuben (Jacob’s[e] oldest son) — 46,500

22 -23 Simeon — 59,300

24 -25 Gad — 45,650

26 -27 Judah — 74,600

28 -29 Issachar — 54,400

30 -31 Zebulun — 57,400

32 -33 Ephraim son of Joseph — 40,500

34 -35 Manasseh son of Joseph — 32,200

36 -37 Benjamin — 35,400

38 -39 Dan — 62,700

40 -41 Asher — 41,500

42 -43 Naphtali — 53,400

44 These were the men registered by Moses and Aaron and the twelve leaders of Israel, all listed according to their ancestral descent. 45 They were registered by families—all the men of Israel who were twenty years old or older and able to go to war. 46 The total number was 603,550."

I can't think of anything more boring than numbers. Numbers of men that can go to war.

But I AM writing this on a computer...

And the NUMBER of dollars that Boeing and Microsoft accumulate is rather impressive...

Ahhhhh - Numbers!

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