Using a base ten numbering system. In another numbering system, it is a different numeral.


  1. #1 NewEnglandBob
    July 12, 2012

    …..and that is just this week….badda bump!

  2. #2 Scott C Simmons
    United States
    July 12, 2012

    One birthday, I announced on some ‘net boards that I’d just turned 20. Then added, “I do, in fairness, have to point out that last year I turned 1F.”

    Finding out who gets jokes like that can be very useful information.

    -Scott Simmons, now, sadly, a greying 2B years of age.

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    July 12, 2012

    There’s 10 kinds of people in this world. Those that understand binary, and those that don’t.

  4. #4 bad Jim
    July 13, 2012

    I did what Scott did, some years ago, but in my case it was 2F and 30.

    I set up a birthday notification system for my company’s network which required a modicum of monitoring, because one of our employees was born on February 29. Normally this was celebrated on March 1, but in election years I got to send out a company-wide message saying something like “X is celebrating his 8th birthday!”

  5. #5 HP
    July 13, 2012

    This is totally OT, but I recently found this recent BBC4 edutainsploitation series on YouTube that cries out for a review by a real anthropologist. It could provide some entertaining blogfodder.

    The show is called History: Cold Case. One of the better episodes is on YouTube here: The Bodies in the Well. You can find the other episodes using the Related Videos links.

    The premise is that every time someone in the UK wants to build a new shopping center, housing development, etc., they need to do an archeological survey. Sometimes these surveys turn up human remains. Due to lack of funding, these sites are excavated, cataloged, put in storage, and forgotten. Enter Sue Black, forensic anthropologist, and her team of professors, postdocs, and grad students at the Univ. of Dundee. They investigate archaeological remains as though they were contemporary crime scenes. Dun-dun-dunnnh!

    If you’re looking for something to blog about besides shitty infighting and institutionalized stupidity, I’d love to get your view on these program(me)s. I’m skeptical of their methods, but I lack the expertise to judge.

  6. #6 HP
    July 13, 2012

    I finally announced to my family that I only intend to celebrate prime number birthdays. It was like coming out. My retired electrical engineer/IBM 360 assembler programmer dad was impressed, ’cause I’m not a math guy. (Now, Dad is a guy who knows hexadecimal like nobody’s business.) “So, you’re not going to celebrate until you hit 51?,” my sister asked. “17 X 3,” I replied.

  7. #7 Stu Savory
    July 13, 2012

    Did you know that you can count (integers) to base PHI (the golden ratio)?

  8. #8 sailor
    July 13, 2012

    Probably has to do with having ten fingers. We could have a lot more mathematical fun with a system based on 12

  9. #9 will natrass
    July 13, 2012

    I completely agree with @sailor:
    If we programme the animals with the technology HP are providing we can become a new dominant force across the World. Mwahahahahaha.