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Re^2: When I count, I think of numbers as...

by merlyn (Sage)
on Jun 01, 2005 at 12:42 UTC ( #462409=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: When I count, I think of numbers as...
in thread When I count, I think of numbers as...

There are times that I envy those of you with these visual powers.

On the other hand, I am never burdened asking myself (or others) "what does a scalar look like in memory?". I never cared. I deal with scalars as abstract entities, to which a series of operations can be performed. Without needing to "picture" everything (or even anything), I have learned different rules for manipulation that seem to solve some problems faster than others.

Also, I'm crazy good at puns, since I hear similar words, rather than see similar things.

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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Re^3: When I count, I think of numbers as...
by ktross (Deacon) on Jun 01, 2005 at 13:06 UTC
    merlyn,
    Sorry, a pre-emptive (--) for when you start breaking out the puns. Pre-emptive strikes are the American way.


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Re^3: When I count, I think of numbers as...
by renz (Scribe) on Jun 01, 2005 at 13:46 UTC

    I've never done well with images either. I can sort of remember faces, but visualization has never come easy for me. I almost never see images when I think unless I actively try to build them in my head. I too am terrible at reconstructing torn down images. But I do love to play with language.

    Also, I tend to work backwards through almost everything. I take wide logical leaps and try to determine the mechanics it would take to legitimately arrive at those conclusions. Anyone else think that way?

    /renz.
    "Call on God, but row away from the rocks."
    --Hunter S. Thompson.

Re^3: When I count, I think of numbers as...
by naChoZ (Curate) on Jun 03, 2005 at 15:36 UTC

    Not me. I have to have the visual. For instance, I tend think of variables as gold bars. Sure, you can accomplish at lot with them, but they're unwieldly and lugging around a bunch of gold bars slows everything down. Wouldn't you really rather carry a nice scrap of paper in your pocket with a denomination written on it?? ;)

    --
    naChoZ

    Where in the nursery rhyme does it say Humpty Dumpty is an egg?

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