Stories tagged “numbers”

  • 64

    Sixty-four. The highest number she really needed to know. She could recognize all the others, but they really meant little beyond how many ticks her metranome could fit into a minute, and that barely went higher than 300. She was particularly good at m...

  • Golden Mysteries

    “Where do I begin?” Timidly, my voice rang all too loudly in the quiet space. “Begin with one.” The therapist wore a yellow tie. “No, zero is first.” I wished that tie would leave. “So begin with zero.” &...

  • Anaesthetics

    The anaesthetist was patient with me, smiling, soothing away my nerves, reassuring me with a gentle touch of his hand. He’d been briefed by the nurse already that I didn’t like long words or clever people, and that I was very afraid of this...

  • Thumb War

    This was war. But what it needed, as all good wars, was a slogan. “Three Two One – Thumb Fun”? No, that would never work. Too short, not catchy. No one would go to war for that. “One Two, Thumb-Fu”? Catchy, but only really relevant if warring...

    • Author: Ryber
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Numbers

    Numbers……I love numbers….I eat and drink and breathe numbers…..Because I know…..That if I look hard enough…..I will find……Truth.

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Countdown

    5 George looked down at the picture of his wife he’d brought on the discovery. He sighed; it would be three weeks before he got back from the International Space Station. 4 Mike nervously checked the ships structural integrity. All the astronauts...

    • Author: Holdini
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Numbers Don't lie

    Numbers don’t lie to me…..Like people do……They don’t lie and say everything’s gonna be all right…..numbers never beat my mom…..numbers never come home smelling of booze…Numbers…are my only fri...

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • A Scar in the Forest

    Cabin 42 was on the end of a long row of cabins. There was a family renting it, so I didn’t get too close. It was made of logs, 11 large logs high, as you would expect a cabin to be, and had a little porch that looked over the lake. Little window...

  • The Book

    The first time she had seen it, it was a wet, bedraggled thing, and she had wanted little to do with it. She hadn’t picked it up – Rowan had. “Saya,” he had said, brown eyes bright, “look at the patterns on the front. This...

  • 22

    When I put the signs up around the university, I couldn’t have expected the response I got. My first band was the large-lettered heading on the notice, and I was asking for anyone who was interested in playing all sorts of different music, from s...

  • God: Hope He's Into Numbers

    I don’t have to go far to find a place to wash the sticky feelings from my mind. You never do in a city this size. Holy water may cleanse the soul, but liquor works better on the mind. Given that I’m barely maintaining a grip on the latter ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Math is Out to Get Me

    2 plus 2 is… Gah! Idiot numbers, always chasing me around. Yeah I memorized my times tables but that was in fourth grade! Fourth. I know enough to get by. Can’t that puh-lees be enough??? Sitting in the passenger seat, counting off the time...

    • Author: emily.ruth
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Math, Memories, and Hurting People

    6 grand had been turned into 4 guns, 2 lbs of explosives, and 200 rounds of ammunition. 38 hours in town so he now had 62 hours before it would be too late. Based on his math, he could afford to wait out the glaring daylight hours in a cheap motel room...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Shortwave

    …6 9 1 Echo Alpha. 6 9 1 Echo Alpha. 6 9 1 Echo Alpha… There’s an invisible worlds out there beyond the medium-wave. Tune into the shortwave and you can hear everything—ham operators from Zimbabwe, horse race results, intra-agency chann...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Resurgence

    The last anyone had ever heard the Poacher was on July 29, 2008. Based out of Cyprus—that was figured out when a few amateur radio operators did some direction finding and triangulated it—it was thought to have been run by the Brits. It wen...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • The Buzzer

    It was about an hour later when the phone on my desk rang. I was busy telling everybody about the return of the Lincolnshire Poacher, but I stopped my Internet chat session and picked it up. It was Nikolai, calling in from Povarovo, Russia. It was abou...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Counting

    My mind was racing. Were the reappearance of the Poacher and the noise behind the Buzzer related? And what were they talking about over in Povarovo, anyway? Bill and Marianna were both on so I discussed it with them for awhile. The Counting StationR...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Woodpecker

    I heard a strange warbling sound coming from a rarely-used part of the shortwave spectrum. Intrigued, I took down the time and frequency of the signal, then threw a tape into the cassette deck, recording it. After about ten minutes I figured that the s...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • 8BY

    We soon had our requisite third participant. Jean-Martin called while I was on the phone with Withers, the annoying call waiting interruption blotting out part of the latter’s sentence. He was speaking in his usual rapid-fire stilted English. The...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Directional Instinct

    I grabbed my signal surveyor and dashed outside. It was about four feet tall and constructed out of a wood frame wish some simple radio equipment wired to it. I immediately started scanning. It appeared as if the signal were coming from the east, towar...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Phone Messages

    When I got back inside, I saw that there were several messages on my phone. Jean-Martin called back first, asking if I’d had the same east-west frustration that he’d encountered. The next call was my brother, asking if I wanted to go to a r...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • ENIGMA M10

    Nancy’s phone was encountering superior reception now, and I was able to talk to her in clarity. She reiterated her question: Was the M10 station really transmitting in practical double-time, or was something wrong with her set? I asked her to wa...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • New Star Broadcasting

    Katsuhara lived on Honshu, the Japanese island. He stumbled onto our little group via a Google search on a Thursday afternoon a couple of months back but had quickly endeared himself to us and become one of our most prodigious contributors. He also spo...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Codebreakers

    Nancy asked him how that was possible, since the stations were thought to use codes called “one-time pads”. Essentially, these are code systems that are used once, then discarded, never to be used again. If used properly, they are considere...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Sin by Numbers

    Cruising along at 83 mph, Carl gave a bemused smile to the religious billboard, 5 of the ten commandments. He knew on his return trip he’d be treated to a view of the remaining Biblical directives. 1 hour to drive to the Hilliard/Rome exit, the s...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5