# Thread: Really trivial stuff that bugs you

1. Originally Posted by KaiYeves
Ah, thank you, I goofed there. I also learned in school, but I don't think we did numbers that high.
It's a sort of place value system.
You assemble the units digit from the combinations of I, V and X that are vaguely familiar to most people from clock faces.
Then you move to the left and assemble the tens digit from X, L and C, using exactly the same combinatorial rules.
Then to the left again and assemble the hundreds digit from C, D and M using the same rules again.
So 659 translates as:
9 = IX
50 = L
600 = DC
659 = DCLIX
So really all you need is a knowledge of the roman clock-face digits, and to remember the numerical values associated with the letters.

(That's the standard modern system - the Romans were a bit freestyle about it sometimes, and there are lots of examples of what we'd consider non-standard notation in original Roman inscriptions. And of course the notation actually changed, too, over the long history of the Roman empire.)

Grant Hutchison

2. Originally Posted by grant hutchison
And I guessed you knew that. Maybe KaiYeves guessed you knew that, too, and the ILX / LIX thing is actually a joke I'm not getting. But I can't see how "ilks" is any better or worse than "licks", unless there's a slang usage that doesn't cross the Atlantic.

Grant Hutchison
I'm guessing they'll just go with "59".

3. On the way to the exercise room this morning, I passed the corpse of a squirrel on the road. A gray squirrel. An imported pest, which, by being twice as large, generally displaces our native Douglas (red) squirrels. I've never seen one here before. This one was deceased, of course, but if there's one, there are more.

4. Originally Posted by Trebuchet
... but if there's one, there are more.
I always thought that you needed at least two!

5. My insomnia, a got a couple of hours it is just my mind just keeps going.
Last edited by astrotimer; 2017-Apr-22 at 09:38 AM.

6. Originally Posted by DonM435
I always thought that you needed at least two!
Sith Squirrels!

Stuff that bugs me: The forum editor just decided to ignore the space bar again.

7. We were invited to a birthday party for one of Simon's friends yesterday. Really more the son of one of mine, but they were in playgroup together last school year, and we're calling it close enough to consider them friends. Anyway, I read the time wrong and we got there as it ended. It was in a park, so we weren't inconveniencing them, and most of the guests ended up staying longer--basically, until the kids were melting down and needing to be fed--but still. We've been meaning to hang out together for a while, and life keeps intervening. I'm mad at myself for screwing this one up, even though we did see each other for a bit and agreed that we'll have to get the kids together over the summer.

8. Originally Posted by grant hutchison
It's a sort of place value system.
You assemble the units digit from the combinations of I, V and X that are vaguely familiar to most people from clock faces.
Then you move to the left and assemble the tens digit from X, L and C, using exactly the same combinatorial rules.
Then to the left again and assemble the hundreds digit from C, D and M using the same rules again.
So 659 translates as:
9 = IX
50 = L
600 = DC
659 = DCLIX
So really all you need is a knowledge of the roman clock-face digits, and to remember the numerical values associated with the letters.

(That's the standard modern system - the Romans were a bit freestyle about it sometimes, and there are lots of examples of what we'd consider non-standard notation in original Roman inscriptions. And of course the notation actually changed, too, over the long history of the Roman empire.)

Grant Hutchison
Clocks with IIII and not IV bother me.

9. Back to annoying. Most of the movies I have seen in the last two years have been in Russian. With "X-remly poop inglish satitles'.

10. I guess they were Russian the translations.

11. So they have a website.
And they say "free quote".
And they have a simple/small form to fill in to ask for that quote.
So I give some details, for a simple job, and do say I'm just looking for a "ballpark".
And the first words of their reply is "Without seeing this it’s very hard to quote but ...".

Gah! Maybe I'm just tired, but that really really grates.

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