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Definition Village News
12th June 2020
Π∋∋ To Start A New Experiment
Liz Windxor
I've just received information from the Π∋∋ Sticker Company about a small change to the generation 12 pricing.
Every morning, starting tomorrow, a Π∋∋ Sticker Company employee will be flipping a fair coin. If the coin lands on heads, the price of generation 12 sticker packs will increase by £0.20i. If the coin lands on tails, the price will decrease by £0.20i. Of course, the price will not be allowed to drop below £0.
As I received this news, I immediately headed towards the Definition Village Shop to buy as many generation 12 packs as possible before the price goes up. But on my way to the shop, I suddenly realised that I might be making a huge mistake as the price might be about to drop, and decided to wait a few days and get them when they're cheap.
If anyone knows anyone who has travelled back in time from the future, please let me know. I would love to ask them when the optimal point to purchase generation 12 stickers will be.
Definition Village News
11th June 2020
Π∋∋ Announce Final Generation
Liz Windxor
Earlier today, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company announced that the sticker packs containing the twelfth generation of stickers have been shipped to shops across Approxfordshire. The tournament's final matches were covered in generation 11, so this latest generation of stickers features some highlights from the Big Lock-Down Math-Off. To allow everyone to enjoy these final stickers, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company have decided to make them available in every shop in the county.
The Π∋∋ Sticker Company also announced that this will be the last generation of stickers for this sticker book. I am a little sad that we have reached the final release, but I am also excited, as I still have much sticker collecting to do, and hope to spend a good few weeks finishing my collection.
In other news, I was nearly knocked over this afternoon by someone zipping down the road at unbelievable speed on what appeared to be a motorised electric bicycle. I hope to find out who is selling these dangerous vehicles so that I can initiate a boycott to get them off the road...
Definition Village News
6th June 2020
Turn The Number Of Generations Up To Eleven!
Liz Windxor
Sticker fans across the county have reason to celebrate today: the Π∋∋ Sticker Company have released the eleventh generation of stickers. Definition Village residents have further reason to celebrate, as the latest stickers are available from the Definition Village Shop.
Lemma Village, Hexagon Village, and Mathematikstadt joined Definition Village to put up the imaginary money for the exclusive rights to this generation of stickers; and shops in these locations also have the latest stickers available. The Π∋∋ Sticker Company stated in their press release that their experimental pricing structure for generation 10 had been successful, and they were continuing their experimentation for issue 11: this time, the prices of sticker packs are greater for collectors who are carrying more swaps.
Alongside the generation 11 sticker packs, which contain the stickers numbered up to 500, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company has also released five sets of special number-type stickers. Each of these sets is based on an interesting set or sequence of numbers. Although the Π∋∋ Sticker Company were very keen to point out that these stickers were not contained in the usual packs, the representative I contacted refused to reveal where these could be obtained. The Definition Village shopkeeper tells me that these stickers were never discussed during the exclusivity negotiations, and suspects that the Π∋∋ Sticker Company had big plans for these stickers all along. I am eagerly awaiting the day when I discover these plans.
The Collaboration Town Merchant rang me up this morning to thank me for sending so many Definition Village News readers to Collaboration Town, and was impressed by your willingness to travel around in search of items to trade. The Merchant also reported to me that now that the road to Collaboration Town is clear, the council were finally able to get the stone they needed delivered. They have used this stone to repair the footpaths leading south from Collaboration Town. With these paths open, the Merchant's business is booming, so keep visiting Collaboration Town if you're a fan of trading imaginary items for imaginary money.
Definition Village News
6th June 2020
Interview with Max Imum and Sue Premum
Liz Windxor
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. The county council have repeatedly assured us that they're working on fixing the clocks, but that's another story. On this bright cold day in April, I was on my way to The George to have lunch with Max Imum and Sue Premum, top executives at the Π∋∋ Sticker Company. Over lunch, we talked at great length about mathematics, stickers, and life in Approxfordshire.


The George
Image: JThomas, CC BY-SA 2.0
What is the sticker book?
Not all Definition Village residents will be familiar with the sticker book, so I began by asking Max and Sue about how they'd explain stickers to a complete newbie.
“The sticker book,” explained Sue, “is something we started doing last year to tie in with The Big Internet Math-Off. We designed 162 stickers showing the competitors and their entries. We then sold packs of five random stickers, and collectors bought these and swapped spare stickers with friends to try to collect them all.
“This year, the sticker book is slightly different, due to the unusual tournament format. As the length of the tournament and the competitors are not known, we initially released a small sticker book, and are releasing more pages and more generations of stickers as the tournament continues.”
At the time of the interview, six generations of stickers had been released. Since then, four further generations have been released.
How to get started
Next, I asked how people who were late-comers to the sticker book could best join in.
“You'll make a pretty good start if you stay here in Definition Village,” said Max. “The Definition Village shop has lots of early generation stickers in stock, at pretty low prices now that the demand for these generations has dropped. Other collectors are being pretty generous with swapping too, especially with the early generations as most collectors no longer have any use for these swaps. Before swapping stickers with someone, you'll need to be friends. Click on the + next to people on the leaderboard to send them a friend request.
“After a while, you might like to travel around to look for different sticker packs. The bus from here to Theorem Town is quite expensive, but you'll find stickers in Theorem Town that you can't find here. When you visit a new location, you should buy the location's stickers: these are the first items in the location's shop, and will add that location to your map. In the pack, you'll get three copies of the same location sticker; you can swap two of these with friends. If you're lucky, friends will give you other location stickers to help add to your map.
“Unless you buy a prize pack with a lot of money in it, you probably can't afford to visit every location. You should use swapping to help you get stickers from locations you can't get to: buy lots of extra stickers so you have something to swap!”
Swapping
Avid collectors may have noticed that they are able to swap stickers with all their friends, even those currently travelling in distant sticker-selling cities. I couldn't let Max talk about swapping without asking about how the Π∋∋ Sticker Company achieves this.
“As head of our research division,” Max said, “Sue is in the best position to explain this.”


A Klein bottle
“The swapping system,” Sue proceeded, “is powered entirely by Klein bottles. Our research division recently discovered a method of building a true Klein bottle. I don't fully understand exactly what they did, but the researchers involved ensure me that it is made possible by considering 'spin' as the fourth dimension. By placing identical Klein bottles in different locations, we are able to transport stickers almost instantly between the locations.
“Imagine that Alice is trying to send stickers to Bob. Alice starts by putting the stickers inside her Klein bottle. The stickers are now inside Alice's bottle and outside Bob's bottle. But the inside and outside of a Klein bottle are actually the same region, and so the stickers are actually outside Alice's Klein bottle and inside Bob's. Bob can now take the stickers out of his Klein bottle and they have been transported.
“This isn't the only technological advance funded by our sticker profits: many of your readers may have spent a night in one of our Π∋∋ bed and breakfast pods. These provide free places for sticker collectors to sleep across the county; very useful for those travelling far from home in search of stickers.”
Sticker exclusivity
I was bonding with Max and Sue, and lunch had just arrived at our table, so it was time to ask a more challenging question. I probed them about their recent sales of exclusive sticker rights and the hoarding of these rights by Remainder Village.
“It's a necessary evil,” said Max. “We need the money that these sales bring in to fund our research division. I agree that it would be nice if all stickers were available everywhere, but we decided it was more important to fund our sticker Klein bottles, bed and breadfast pods, and many other projects that our researchers are working on.”
I pushed them about our Remainder Village boycott, but they insisted that they could make no comment on this. Readers, I hope that you agree with me that this reveals that they support the boycott, but cannot publicly declare this while acting as spokespeople for the Π∋∋ Sticker Company.
Favourite stickers
At this point, we were close to finishing lunch, and Max and Sue had important business to get back to. I ended the interview by asking Max and Sue about their favourite stickers.


Sticker 305
Sue began: “My favourite is actually not out yet [it has now been released as part of generation 7], but has just been designed. It's going to be sticker 305.
“It's a sticker about Goldbach's conjecture, which is going to be on our page of unsolved problems.
“Goldbach's conjecture states that every even number greater than 4 can be written as the sum of two prime numbers. The sticker shows how this is done for the even numbers up to 48. I think this is a really interesting unsolved problem: it's so easy to explain what it is, and I find it really surprising that no-one has yet solved such an easy-sounding problem.”


Sticker 148
Max then revealed his favourite sticker: “I'm a big fan of geometry puzzles, so you won't be surprised to hear that I'm also a big fan of Catriona Shearer. Sticker 148 has one of her puzzles on it, and so is my favourite.
“When I pulled this sticker out of a pack that I bought in Hexagon village, I spend a good 20 minutes staring at it and attempting to solve it. I was so satisfied when I finally solved it.”
I thanked Max and Sue for their time, and they headed to the bus stop to catch a bus back to Theorem Town. I walked home, and popped into the Definition Village shop on my way home to buy some stickers.
Definition Village News
1st June 2020
Paths To Puzzle Town Are Open
Liz Windxor
At the start of this evening's county council meeting, there was an exciting announcement: the footpath, cycle path, and railway leading to Puzzle Town have been cleared. Puzzle Town is the home of the Puzzle Village elders, who set a puzzle each day and offer imaginary cash rewards to travellers who solve it.
The four hour council meeting following this announcement contained nothing of note.
Definition Village News
1st June 2020
The Math-Off Is Ending. Is The End Of The Sticker Book Nigh?
Liz Windxor
Today's Math-Off match has begun, and it has been announced by The Aperiodical that this will be the final match of the tournament. This leads us to the obvious question: once there are no more matches, will there be no more stickers?
To clear this up, I reached out to my contact at the Π∋∋ Sticker Company. They assured me that there will certainly be an eleventh generation of stickers—as, of course, the 26th match still needs to be covered—and that they were still planning to issue location stickers to the region of the county to the South of Collaboration Town (although they are still waiting for the roads leading there to reopen so they can deliver these stickers).
My contact also told me that Π∋∋ have today begun looking at ideas for sticker sets to be released after this, are considering starting work on a twelfth and thirteenth generation of stickers, and are in particular looking into ways to make the final generation the most exciting generation yet.
Extrapolating from previous sticker release dates, it looks like we'll have new sticker releases for at least three more weeks. Beyond this, we can't say for certain what'll happen, but the Π∋∋ Sticker Company has never been known for having a plan more than a few days in advance, so much more excitement could still follow.
While I await more concrete sticker news, let me use my obviously huge platform to thank everyone involved in running this year's Math-Off. Christian, Katie, Sam, Andrew and James have each given a great amount of time over to the running of the tournament. If you've enjoyed this year's tournament anywhere near as much as I have, I encourage you to take a few moments to join me in thanking the organisers for it.
Definition Village News
31st May 2020
Generation 10 Is Here
Liz Windxor
This afternoon, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company announced that the tenth generation of stickers were being put on sale at every shop in the county, with an experimental new pricing structure.
The newest sticker packs cost £0.50i each, but are more expensive for people who have collected more stickers. Π∋∋ hope that this will give less established sticker collectors a chance to get the newest stickers first.
In the county's cities, a new auction has become available at the auction house: the price-drop auction. In this auction, the price of the item will halve every day until someone bids. Once someone bids, the item will be sold at the end of the day to one person who placed a bid that day.
In other news, I have heard from a very thankful merchant in Collaboration Town who has finally been able to return home along the road that was blocked by a dragon. Next time you're in Collaboration Town, pay the merchant a visit. If you deliver the correct items, I hear that the merchant will pay well...
Definition Village News
24th May 2020
Remainder Village Still Hasn't Learned Its Lesson
Liz Windxor
This afternoon, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company announced that the ninth generation of stickers were being released. Sadly, the rich and pompous people of Remainder Village are up to their old tricks again and have bought exclusive rights to these stickers alongside Hexagon Village and Collaboration Town.
This should serve as a reminder to our readers that we are boycotting all items from Remainder Village.
The Remainder Villagers, however, haven't managed to keep all the new stickers out of the Definition Village shop: alongside the generation nine announcement, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company also announced that they were releasing a special set of 10 hedgehog stickers to tie in with Vicky Neale's entry into Math-Off match 19.
These hedgehog stickers are now available at every good shop in the county. I have also heard rumours that they are available in some bad shops.
Definition Village News
20th May 2020
Auction Houses and Trade-in Centres
Qed Miliband, Proof City reporter
There's some exciting news for the residents of our county's cities tonight, as the auction houses and sticker trade-in centres have announced that they are reopening!
At their city's auction house, residents (and visitors to the city too, of course) will be able to bid in the current auction. These auctions are held county wide, with people from each city all bidding for the same lot. If a day passes without a bid being placed, then the auction is over and the item is awarded to the highest bidder.
At their sticker trade-in centres, city-goers are able to trade 20 swaps of the same sticker for £0.25i. This is a great way to make a little money from your useless swaps while allowing the Π∋∋ Sticker Company to recycle the paper used to make your stickers.
So next time you're in a city, have an explore. You might just spot me heading into a trade-in centre carrying all 600 of my swaps of sticker 144.
Definition Village News
16th May 2020
A Busy Day
Liz Windxor
Today has been a very busy day in Definition Village!
In the early hours of this morning, bright lights were seen over Definition Hill. When I saw them out of my bathroom window, I initially thought the lights were from the torches of Remainder Village residents on their way to exact revenge upon us for our boycott.
But when I took a closer look out of my kitchen window, I saw that the lights were in the sky. And they were landing! Notebook in hand, I ran outside and towards the farmland on which they were landing, and I saw UFOs. They landed, and aliens started to come out of them, each alien laughing more maniacally than the last. I tried to get a quote from the aliens, but all I managed to get down in my notebook was “Mwa. Mwaha. Mwahahahahaha.”
Thankfully, before the aliens could attack me, the farmer whose land they had landed on chased them off his land with a shotgun. I don't think they'll land there again.
The day's excitement did not end there: as soon as I had watched the aliens retreat back into space, it was time to head to the village hall for the council meeting. There was big council news today: the county has finished work on more cycle paths, and they are now open.
And that's not all that happened today: this afternoon, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company announced that the eighth generation of Math-Off stickers were released. Unfortunately, the latest generation once again won't be available in the Definition Village Shop, as Fractal Town, Prime Town and Composite Village bought the exclusive rights to the lastest generation.
And that's still not all that happened today: there are reports that a dragon was spotted near Corollary City this afternoon. Our Corollary City reporter was unable to confirm this for us as she was allegedly eaten by a dragon.
Definition Village News
9th May 2020
Victory for Definition Village
Liz Windxor
A few hours ago, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company announced the release of the seventh generation of Math-Off stickers. The announcement included some exciting news for Definition Village residents.
Last week, Jeremy Clark-Sine—Definition Village's richest resident, worth an estimated £30i million—was moved by my Definition Village News article. This alone is not noteworthy, as anyone reading the article could not have avoided being angered by the outrageous actions of the Remainder Villagers.
But Clark-Sine was in a unique position to do something about the situation. Using his great wealth, he was able to outbid the residents to Remainder Village and buy exclusive rights to the seventh generation of Math-Off stickers.
Thanks to Clark-Sine's selfless actions, the Definition Village Shop is henceforth the only shop that will be selling the newest Π∋∋ stickers. And no-one from Remainder Village will be getting any of them.
Definition Village News
2nd May 2020
Remainder Village in Generation 5 and 6 Scandal
Liz Windxor
Earlier today, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company, with great fanfare, announced that the fifth and sixth generation of Math-Off stickers were being shipped out to newsagents. Residents of Definition Village, however, may be disappointed to find that the Definition Village shop has been unable to purchase any of the latest sticker packs.
The blame for this sad sticker shortage lies with the selfish residents of Remainder Village and the money-grabbing greed of the Π∋∋ executives.
In order to increase their profit margins, Π∋∋ have started selling exclusive sales rights of new generations of stickers. Theorem Town, Corollary Town and Remainder Village together put the money up to buy exclusive rights to generation 5. Identity City, Conjecture Town and Remainder Village did the same for generation 6.
In the eyes of this Definition Village reporter, this points to a grand conspiracy involving Remainder Village: by obtaining shared exclusive sticker rights with other locations, the miserly people of Remainder Village are ensuring that they are able to get all the stickers in their local shop, while taking the opportunity to buy stickers away from the residents of neighbouring villages.
All of us here at Definition Village News say that enough is enough. We are calling for a full boycott of Remainder Village. Until further notice, do not buy any sticker, vegetable, pencil or sandwich that has had anything to do with that foul village.
Definition Village News
26th April 2020
Does the Release of Generation 4 Reveal Weaknesses in the Π∋∋ Sticker Company's Distribution Network?
Liz Windxor
In their latest press release earlier today, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company announced the release of the fourth generation of Math-Off stickers.
Customers of the Definition Village Shop, however, found today that they were unable to buy packs of these newly released stickers.
This disappointment follows rumours that the Π∋∋ Sticker Company's sticker distribution network has been struggling to satisfy the county-wide demand for stickers, and so has only delivered the newest packs of stickers to some locations. Our correspondent in Lemma Village has provided further evidence that this may be true, tweeting photographic evidence that they were able to buy fourth generation stickers at the Lemma Village Shop.
The footpath to Lemma Village was described as 'very busy' this afternoon as multiple Definition Village residents were seen out on the hunt for the latest stickers.
Definition Village News
21st April 2020
More Stickers!
Liz Windxor
Early this morning, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company released a press release announcing the release of a third generation of Math-Off stickers.
This third generation contains 32 brand new stickers, covering two more Math-Off matches. My personal favourite part of this new generation is the inclusion of one of my mathematical heroes: Sophie Germain.
Sophie Germain was a French mathematician. The society she was born into in 1776 was highly prejudiced, and as a woman she was not allowed to attend university lectures or work as a mathematician. This did not stop her from achieving greatness, however, and she broke through these barriers to make important contributions to elasticity and number theory.
This Definition Village News reporter is keenly awaiting the day when she buys her first Sophie Germain sticker from the Definition Village Shop.
Definition Village News
13th April 2020
The Π∋∋ Sticker Company Announce Generation 2
Liz Windxor
In a press conference this afternoon, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company announced that the second generation of Math-Off stickers were on general sale.
The release of these stickers sees the number of stickers available jump from 23 to 79.
Included in this latest release were stickers in tribute to the late great mathematician John Horton Conway, inventor of the Game of Life.
Definition Village News
10th April 2020
It's the Day You've Been Waiting For
Liz Windxor
The day has finally come. At a surprise press conference this afternoon, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company announced that their latest sticker book—to tie in with The Aperiodical's Big Lock-Down Math-Off—is being shipped to newsagents across the county today.
Due to the uncertain format of this year's tournament, the sticker book is currently much shorter than previous books. But as the tournament progresses, new pages and staples will be delivered directly to collectors and new generations of sticker packs will be relased.
Alongside the usual sticker packs, the Π∋∋ Sticker Company has announced that this year there will be special 'prize packs' on sale. These packs contain fewer stickers than the normal packs, but contain mystery prizes. If you buy any of these packs, we wish you the best of luck!
Early signs suggest that stickers are being collected in villages and towns across the county, and this Definition Village News reporter is greatly looking forward to swapping spare stickers with as many people as possible.
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