NOTE: Infinity is not a Nissan luxury car (Infiniti), but a math term meaning no limit.
I've written primarily about the million+ files I have on my computers, but I have also been cleaning out the closets, cupboards, drawers and shelves around my home and office. The stuff just seems to keep accumulating. And I'm not a hoarder by any means.
Last week we had a recycling day at work, where we filled a whole pallet with wires, cables, electronic gear and computers. We probably got rid of half the total electronic stuff that sits around, unused. Note - that is NOT including the stuff our tenants accumulate in our warehouse.
As I drove in to work today I thought about the inverse of accumulation. The critical elements of our lives where we count on devices to tell us the level of de-accumulation. For example, the self-emptying fuel tanks in our cars. We watch the gauge carefully because walking for fuel after running out is very irritating.
You can also run out of fuel on a barbecue or your household heating, but the tanks are larger (and the risk of walking reduced) so we don't have such elaborate gauges.
What else is self-emptying? I found a Greek word - kenosis - that means self-emptying in a theological sense - reducing one's interest in one's self to nothing, so one can be filled with or used by God. An interesting subject, but not math.
What other things are self-emptying? I did a Google search and found these :
- The "full" moon, because it wanes on its own.
- Our checking accounts seem to work that way ... but we are the emptiers
- Rain gauges catch rain, report it, then empty themselves
- Patented Swim Goggles allow excess water to drain automatically
- Trash containers in Stockholm's city square
- Boats with self-bailing technology; also basement sump pumps
- The Uneedavac unit which removes dust and dirt from truck cabs and empties itself
- De-humidifiers that remove moisture from a room, then empty themselves into a drain
- Deleted items folders on certain computers that discard files periodically
- Most animals are "self-emptying" including people
What is the math term for de-accumulation or self-emptying? Subtraction