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

by talexb (Canon)
on Jun 06, 2005 at 18:59 UTC ( #464032=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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

Really intriguing question, and, even more important (to me, anyway), really, really interesting answers. Especially merlyn's answers about having to make a mnemonic for the nameable but unstoreable object, then storing the name as a hash key.

I still think of numbers on an X-axis, zero in the middle, positive numbers growing to the right, negative to the left. That's zoomed in, but zoom out a little and 1..10 seems to go up a slight hill and 11..20 seems to go down. I also see 'ledges' where you go up from 99 to 100.

Of course, behind some of the numbers are little packages of information, for example, behind 52 is: address of house in Baie D'Urfe, number of weeks in a year, number of cards in a deck, one more than 3x17, 5^2 backwards ..

And someone mentioned phone numbers .. I usually remember them by the pattern on the keypad .. for instance, a church might have the phone number 456-2580.

Cool question.

Alex / talexb / Toronto

"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds


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Re^2: When I count, I think of numbers as...
by kaif (Friar) on Jun 07, 2005 at 03:54 UTC
    And someone mentioned phone numbers .. I usually remember them by the pattern on the keypad .. for instance, a church might have the phone number 456-2580.

    Yeah, wouldn't it be nice if the local jeweler were 342-6663 (DIAMOND on my keypad)? And, more generally, why isn't there DNS for phones yet?

Re^2: When I count, I think of numbers as...
by merlyn (Sage) on Jun 07, 2005 at 04:31 UTC

      You were talking about having to describe a dance move to yourself ("Put right hand on hip") rather than being able to imitate it by watching it while someone else did it. Thus, I inferred that you could not store the move itself, but by naming the move, you were able to store and retrieve it properly. I may be guilty of trying to be too clever. :(

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

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