Tuesday, 28 June 2011

ABC Wednesday - X for Unknown


“The usage of x to represent an independent or unknown variable can be traced back to the Arabic word šay' شيء = “thing,” used in Arabic algebra texts…” (Wikipedia)

Hence X is often also used to represent other unknowns.

Sometimes life seems X-tra full of X-factors and crossroads.
My brother and I have some Unknown territory ahead of us now, after the recent death of our father. A lot of stuff to sort through, and (when we’re done with that, which will take a while) selling the House; which, although it was not our childhood home (but dad’s), has been there all our lives. (The link goes to a blog post of mine back in February 2010. Six months later dad had to move into an ‘assisted living’ kind of nursing home.)


  1. Love it. Thanks for the definition. :D

  2. I am sorry for the loss of your Dad and I know the weeks ahead won't be easy. But this is a great post for the day. Take care and have a good week!

    ABC Team

  3. yes, the great unknown; I relate.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. "And you shall here a voice behind you saying, 'This is the way, walk ye in it.'"

    All the way my Savior leads me...

    Often, when faced with unknown crossroads, I never knew which road to take, until I really had to take one... then I knew.

    "He who formed the ear, can He not speak?"

    If you don't know what to do... it's probably not the time to make a decision... yet.


  5. Unknown it is, you are so strong though! I sometimes wonder at your independence, and being able to walk so many places. I could not do that, you amaze me. Honestly, I've always thought that.

  6. Smart way of photographing X. I'm sorry about your dad.


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