Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hexadecimal

I recently took a class about IPv6, and while I was busy converting numbers from decimal to binary and hexadecimal, it occurred to me that saying hexadecimal numbers aloud is very awkward.

For example, most engineers I know will pronounce "18, 19, 1A, 1B, 1C" as "eighteen, nineteen, one-A, one-B, one-C".

Why not incorporate the hexadecimal digits A, B, C, D, E, F into the same number pronunciation scheme as 0 through 9?

Here's how it would work.  Let's write out the hex digits as follows:

Aay
Bbee
Ccee
Ddee
Eee
Feff

Now we can combine them with existing number parts, like -teen or twenty-.

18eighteen    28twenty-eight
19nineteen    29twenty-nine
1Aayteen    2Atwenty-ay
1Bbeeteen    2Btwenty-bee
1Cceeteen    2Ctwenty-cee
1Ddeeteen    2Dtwenty-dee
1Eeeteen    2Etwenty-ee
1Feffteen    2Ftwenty-eff
20twenty    30thirty

Also, B5 is "beety-five", DA is "deety-ay", FF is "effty-eff", E7C is "ee hundred seventy-cee", etc.

One drawback is that "ay" sounds a lot like "eight". So 80 (eighty) and A0 (ayty) are a problem. But we already have some close sound-alikes, such as "seventy" and "seventeen".

Now I just have to remember to use this in meetings. I'm sure to get some funny looks!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Decades

Now that most of my old CDs are in iTunes, I realized I could analyze it a little.

I made playlists by decade to see how my music is distributed.  I think it's pretty accurate, because whenever I rip a CD, I verify all the information, including the year of each song.


1910s1
1920s3
1930s8
1940s83
1950s290
1960s500
1970s857
1980s1288
1990s1230
2000s859
2010s105

I was curious about that one song from the 1910s.  It's a Christmas carol!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Great Mascot

I just noticed that there are a lot of sports teams that have Devils as their nickname.  I can't remember ever seeing one named the Gods.  Isn't Good supposed to triumph over Evil?  Wouldn't people want to play for a team that's got thousands of years of philosophy on its side?  It would be pretty cool to have a team mascot that's a bearded old man in a toga throwing thunderbolts!