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"Failure is sometimes better than succeeding because success only reinforces the system." - Paul Thomas



random
/ˈrandəm/

adjective
adjective: random
1.
made, done, or happening without method or conscious decision.
"apparently random violence"

nouninformal
noun: random; plural noun: randoms
1.
an unknown, unspecified, or odd person.
"I just sat down by myself and talked to some randoms"

To begin with, I noticed that much of our lives are almost dictated by numbers. For example, ID numbers such as bank accounts and student znumbers, barcodes, street numbers, phone numbers, monetary values... even the digital world is full of codes and binary numbers.

Numbers seemed to be a universally understood language. When I traveled to places with a vocabulary I hadn't yet learned or a dialect I couldn't quite pronounce, I often resorted to hand gestures to convey my point. Much of the communication centred around numbers with actions such as asking for directions (eg. walk straight until the third red light then turn left for a hundred metres) or paying for a meal (eg. that's two for ten dollars). A lot of these are reinforced by hand signs and while they may vary from person to person, depending on whether you count from the index finger first or thumb for example, the meaning is still easily understood by both parties.
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Thing is, I don't really like numbers. But one of the takeaways I had from today's class was that stepping outside of your comfort zone is a part of experimentation in its own way, so maybe heading in the numbers area might shed a new light. It's a new year after all.

The first thing that came to mind when I thought of randomness in numbers is shuffling a deck of cards. I'd never tried this before so I quickly looked up a few tutorials on Youtube and found this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6wutP-ECms

When I started, it was much harder than it looked. Chunks of cards fell out instead of the fluid motions in the video and the cards didn't really slide between each other afterwards. I almost wanted to give up, but the idea of discomfort and learning something new stayed with me as a form of motivation, so I continued practicing until I was able to at least pass it off as proper shuffling.



Taking the first card off the deck gave me a 10 of hearts.

tenhearts.jpg

I assigned a number to each card with the standard order as follows:
Diamond, clover, heart, spade.
Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, jack, queen, king.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
♢A
♢2
♢3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
J
Q
K
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
A
2
3
♧4
5
6
7
♧8
9
10
J
Q
K
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
A
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
♡10
J
Q
K
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
♤A
2
3
4
5
6
7
♤8
9
10
J
Q
K
Using this method, 10 of hearts was number 36.

Another takeaway from class was that although location was not necessary, it seemed to be another way of finding more data. Looking at the number 36, I became curious about where it could lead, so I simply typed "36" into Google Maps. The result was a number of places so I asked a friend to pick one from the list, ending up with 36 Pitt St Redfern 2016.

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And then maybe the heavens thought what I was doing was too boring, because a loose twig flew into the window with a loud whack.

It was windy and drizzling outside, which I took as a sign that maybe I could use this. I pulled out my box of coloured pencils and randomly pulled out the first 36, tied them in a bunch and suspended them from a tree in my backyard. Then I positioned a blank A4 sheet of paper underneath, weighed it down with two bricks and left it there overnight. I tried to take a photo but it was too dark to show up clearly.

When I finished setting it up, I glanced at my phone and saw that it was 11:36. What a coincidence. Or perhaps I'm overthinking?
2336.png

I took an image of the pencil and tree set up in the morning.
treesetup1-1.jpg
treesetup2.jpg
windmarks.jpg

Although I wasn't quite sure what to make of it, the feathery shape and short marks were interesting. I thought I might go to 36 Pitt St Redfern to see if I could find anything that corresponds to this page.