Thursday, March 05, 2009

Container Garden: Seedlings Week 1

This is the state of (clockwise from top) the basil, tomato, and parsley I started from seeds a week ago. I sowed four seeds of each. The basil is batting 1000 (which means 100%, right? So why is it "a thousand"? I don't understand baseball statistics at all). The tomato only sprouted one seedling. And the parsley is a no show.

After about four days the tomato shot up so high it was squished up against the top of the clam shell container so I cut the top off the container. This kinda defeats the greenhouse aspect of the whole clam shell container, but it is still convenient to hold the paper pots. The Re-Nest example used the large dome plastic containers used to hold rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. I will spare you my anti-rotisserie chicken tirade. I wonder if I could have asked the nice deli folks to sell me an empty rotisserie chicken container.

On the other hand, the parsley has failed to make an appearance. I can't tell if this is because I killed the parsley or I have tardy parsley or maybe parsley is just pokey in general.

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Bob said...

Little freelance math consultin':

Batting averages are given in thousandths (3 hits from 10 at bats is written as .300, or "three hundred", short for "three hundred thousandths".)

I assume that this is based on good reasons of distinction (there's so many hitters with an average near .32 that managers need the stat to be more refined to rank players) and statistical significance (there's so many at-bats per season that the thousandths place isn't just random noise.) But I don't really know.

So a perfect batting average (10 hits for 10 at-bats) is written as 1.000, and read "one thousand (thousandths)". It's more significant as a theoretical maximum, since the thousandths place only reaches significance after a hundred at-bats (more, really), and I speculate that no one's gone 100-for-100 at-bats in any remotely competitive context.

I could be wrong. I know the math, not the baseball.