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BAE

Before all else. For example, “You’re my BAE.” Not to be confused with BFF, best friends forever. 

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Devil may care

Definition: easy going, loose, reckless and carefree. For example “this devil may care attitude is going to get him fired from his job”. 

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Having said that

Question
What does it mean when people start a sentence with “Having said that….” ?
Answer

“Having said that” is a transitional phrase that has become more and more common in spoken language. When people say, “Having said that” it is a signal that they are going to say something which will contrast or disagree with what they said a moment ago. Take, for example, this quote from a man talking about his father’s death:

  • “He was 93 years old, so it was the natural way of things. Having said that, it’s still a shock when it actually happens, when your parent dies.”

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Believe you me

This idiom is used to emphasize the truth of a statement or assertion.
“believe you me, she knows what she is talking about”
believe you me
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One Night Stand

one night stand1. Lit. a performance lasting only one night.

Ex: The band did a series of one-night stands down the East Coast.You can’t make a living doing one-night stands. 
2. Fig. a romance or sexual relationship that lasts only one night.
Ex: It was not a romance, just a one-night stand or, 
It looked like something that would last longer than a one-night stand.
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Blogs

Blogs

This is a new feature on The Book of Threes by request. Although this site is a blog, there are others blogging about threes from all over the world. This area contains a growing list of blogs related to threes that are administered by other people on the World Wide Web. By selecting a link, you are leaving the Book of Threes and will be redirected to another site.

If you administer a three related blog or know of other blogs you enjoy. just send us an email in the Contact Us Link and we will add it to the list below.

Happy blogging everyone . . .

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Ternarity in Thinking, Culture, and Art: System-informational Roots of Unconsciousness

Петров, В. М.

2008, vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 3–18

The results obtained in the framework of six informational models of perception prove the preference of encoding of input information by three-graded features, the preference of using of three-parameter mechanisms and reliable fixation of periodic events which are repeated three times. In the latter case the excess of chance threshold and fixation of regularity by means of positive emotions play an important role. Deduced ternarity dominates in the unconscious, it is revealed primarily in phenomena of culture (colour triads in national schools of painting, three stage structure of literature texts, religious, philosophical, language and other systems) as well as in three-factorial structure of semantic space and three-dimensionality of the perceived world.

Full Text here (In Russian)

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“Intensify this Awe”:Threeness, the Triad, and Christopher Alexander

[Original longer title: Identifying the Conceptual and Practical Power of Christopher Alexander’s Theory and Practice of Wholeness: Clues as Provided by British Philosopher J. G. Bennett’s Systematics of the Triad]
David Seamon
Department of Architecture
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
triad@ksu.edu
www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon
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Bennett provides a simple example of the triad of interaction in everyday experience: “I am sitting in my study on a cold winter evening and do not notice that the fire has burnt low until my body experiences a sensation of cold. My attention being thus drawn to the fire, I get up, take a poker and poke the fire. When I see that it is burning up, I return to my chair and continue reading.
“The whole event is a cycle of interactions, beginning and ending with the bodily sensations of cold and heat. It can be broken down into a series of triads, starting with my reaction to the sensation of cold. Here the physical sensation links the fall of temperature with my getting up and taking the poker. The environment is active and my body is passive; sensation is the reconciling impulse. When I get up and poke the fire, my body is active, the fire is passive, and the poker transmits the reconciling impulse. When I begin to feel warm again, the fire is active, my body is passive and the radiation of the fire and the wamr air of the room transmit the reconciling impulse.
“The roles of the different objects—air, body, poker, fire—change from one triad to the other. There is neither expansion nor concentration but a change in the distribution of energy. The event can be thus analyzed in greater or less detail, but it will always prove to consist of a nexus of triads in which one entity is acting on another through the medium of a third.

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Research into the “Threes” Phenomena – Herb O. Buckland

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My views of the “Threes” phenomena have changed over the years. Whereas many decades ago I began collecting various patterns-of-three examples as if they constituted some fundamental universal law, I have come to realize that many of the so-called universals exist with what may be termed an auxiliary pattern. Namely, a 3-to-1 ratio that I alternatively describe as a 3-into-1, 3-from-1, or 3-as-1, though these proportions can be turned around to read 1-into-3, 1-from-3, or 1-as-3, whether one uses numbers, letters, symbols, sounds, etc., mix or match as you will. . .

The above paragraph is only an excerpt. Herb has an amazing site. I encourage you to read more at http://threesology.org. He also has laminated poster for sale! You may contact him directly at herbobuckland@hotmail.com.

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Triplicity – Simon Kelsey

Triplicity

What is Triplicity?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary Triplicity has two meanings or definitions:

  1. Triplicity is one of the groups of three signs (each distant 120 degrees from the other two) into which the signs of the zodiac are divided.
  2. Triplicity is the quality or state of being triple or threefold.
  3. To these I propose adding a third meaning or definition: Triplicity is the phenomenon of Threeness in life.

Why a third one?  Well let’s step back a bit and begin by defining the term “threes”.  There are three primary colors red, blue and green, and three states of matter gas, liquid and solid.  Space has three dimensions and we divide time into the past, present and future.  In other words “threes” are groups of three things that are distinct from and yet related to each other.

What is really interesting is that there are numerous “threes” in every sphere of life.  Threes are an observable phenomenon.  I considered various names for this phenomenon and eventually settled on Triplicity, and so the third meaning or definition. 

 

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Triadic logic

The Wikipedia entry on ternary numeral systems notes:

A base-three system is used in Islam to keep track of counting Tasbih to 99 or to 100 on a single hand for counting prayers (as alternative for the Misbaha). The mnemonic benefit is that counting within this system then reduces distraction since the counter needs only to divide Tasbihs into groups of three.

use of ternary numbers conveniently to convey self-similar structures like a Sierpinski Triangle or a Cantor set. The ternary representation is useful for defining the Cantor Set and related point sets, because of the way the Cantor set is constructed.

ternary as being the integer base with the highest radix economy, followed closely by binary and quaternary. It has been used for some computing systems because of this efficiency. Rarely mentioned is the existence of ternary computers (notably defining a tryte to be 6 trits, analogous to the binary byte).

use in the representation of 3 option trees, such as phone menu systems, which allow a simple path to any branch.

Of further relevance to the pattern of argument here is the role of ternary valued logic. Such a three-valued or trivalent logic is one in which there are three truth values indicating true, false and some third value. This is contrasted with the more common bivalent logics (mentioned above) which provide only for true and false. or guilty and not-guilty. An exception occurs in the Scottish legal system providing additionally for not-proven (a distinction which would seem to be of considerable current significance with respect to many detained in Guantanamo Bay).

Conceptual form and basic ideas were initially created by Jan Lukasiewicz, C. I. Lewis and Sulski. These were then re-formulated by Grigore Moisil in an axiomatic algebraic form, and also extended to n-valued logics. In the argument here, the question is whether the pattern in the diagram above holds a meaningful relationship with a range of multi-valued logic systems.

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threesology.org (The Study of Threes)

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threesologyHerb O Buckand has an enormous interest in the structure of threes and has been collecting and examining these concepts for years. He has an exciting website for his Threseology Research Journal located at http://www.threesology.org. Here he delves into concepts in threes in many different areas. He is a true generalist.

Please visit and enjoy the wealth of information provided at this site. If you wish to communicate directly with Herb, you can reach him at Herb O. Buckland (herbobuckland@hotmail.com).

Herb also has some amazing posters he created with thousands of threes! Go to http://www.threesology.org/threes-posters.php.