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

by BurnOut (Beadle)
on Jun 01, 2005 at 15:14 UTC ( #462514=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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

I had to choose "feeling" because I really don't think of anything when I see a number. It's more a feeling. Like a number feeling "right" or "wrong."

I can only do simple arithmetic in my head. I can't do things like carry numbers and whatnot. I lose track of the numbers. The things I can add and subtract are purely conditioning thanks to a teacher who recognized that there was a problem.

When people say numbers, it always seems like I'm hearing them out of order and that they're being thrown at me. Even when I repeat them back, they seem wrong.

If I have to remember a number, I either have to repeat it over and over or remember exactly how it looked when it was written down. Unfortunately, I also have a tendancy to confuse certain numbers - like I'll often confuse a seven for an eleven and an eight for a twelve. This is in addition to a dyslexic-like confusion of mixing up numbers on occassion.

Part of the good news is that I'm fairly fast typist on the numeric keypad. I've found that this has bypassed several of the problems. I can key in a number like any normal human being. I think it's because at 90WPM, the processes is completely autonomous and I'm not quite seeing the number itself, just the keystrokes. On the other hand, if someone reads me the numbers or I slow down to think of them, I encounter the same old problems as before. Go figure.

The other part of the good news is that when trying to piece together which customer payments went into which deposits, the answers seem to "pop out" at me. Like today, there was about thirty payments to match to varying deposits (but of course, we don't know what goes where yet). I looked at one deposit for $7892.11 and looked at the payments list to see which ones might have gone into that deposit, and two numbers popped out: $5245.05 and $2647.06. It happens all the time, and I can't explain it. But my co-workers are jealous :)

If anyone's got a similar problem and has better work-arounds, please let me know.

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[Corion]: I guess I should not read some discussions on HackerNews - the crowd there is weirdly different - "you have to stay current in tech" (by following all the latest JS trends) is a meme there, but it doesn't really match my experience
[Corion]: At least in my area, experience can beat most new tech anyway because most new tech is just a rehash of things abandoned in the 70s and we still have a lot of that ;)
[Corion]: choroba: Ah, that will be next Friday for $work ;) Drinking enough water is key ;))
[Corion]: But then, maybe that's just my experience with things, and maybe Hacker News is just people much younger who haven't seen more than one tech cycle...
[choroba]: s/water/bear/ and s/enough/too much/
[choroba]: beer
[choroba]: oh ok
[marto]: I crashed the ScotLUG Christmas night, having never actually been to ScotLUG
[choroba]: Corion yeah, I probably already told you about how Bjarne Stroustrup was asked whether he still watched the new tech trends and what really impressed him
[choroba]: His reply was "I watch them, but I haven't been impressed in the last 10 years. There's been nothing new". That was 2 years ago :)

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