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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    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.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    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".
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    ... but if there's one, there are more.
    I always thought that you needed at least two!

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    My insomnia, a got a couple of hours it is just my mind just keeps going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    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.
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    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'.
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    I guess they were Russian the translations.
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    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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    Yesterday I told the dog, "I wish you would tell me when you have to go."

    Last night, at about 3 am, the dog slammed into me with a whine. She had to go out.

    Thanks dog.
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    Well you asked for it.
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    Consider the alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Clocks with IIII and not IV bother me.
    I like that. It helps the visual balance for the two lower quadrants of the clock face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    I like that. It helps the visual balance for the two lower quadrants of the clock face.
    That might even explain why they're making those clocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by grapes View Post
    That might even explain why they're making those clocks
    Yes, that's why they're making those clocks.

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    Lots of clock and watch faces don't even bother to label the hour marks, so it matters very little which number system they choose. I've seen a few that omit the tick marks as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Lots of clock and watch faces don't even bother to label the hour marks, so it matters very little which number system they choose. I've seen a few that omit the tick marks as well!
    That's the biggest thing that bugs me about Rolexes-- I would love to get one someday when I have money, but I need to have my numbers and ticks, not little dots.

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    I had a friend who wanted to break himself free of being a slave to the clock, but he couldn't go completely cold turkey.

    His wristwatch only had an hour hand. He figured that would be good enough.

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    dishes the never ending circle.
    raspberries seeds that get stuck in your teeth.
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    For his next step, he can get a tide clock.
    https://jet.com/product/detail/8f082...a:2&code=PLA15


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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Lots of clock and watch faces don't even bother to label the hour marks, so it matters very little which number system they choose. I've seen a few that omit the tick marks as well!
    Ref: my Wife - who buys watches she can't read.
    Measure once, cut twice. Practice makes perfect.
    Yes, Einstein said "It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid", and he made some good Gedanken experiments. That doesn't mean one can simply drink a few beers, tell a story that makes 'sense', and go ask for a Nobel prize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    For his next step, he can get a tide clock.
    https://jet.com/product/detail/8f082...a:2&code=PLA15


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    We had a tide clock here in my town for a time. Commonly known as The Tidy Bowl, it never worked except as a collector of plastic flotsam. All too typical of public art, unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The Tidy Bowl...never worked except as a collector of plastic flotsam
    You need Mr. Trash Wheel. He'a been so successful in Baltimore, that they're building a "Professor Trash Wheel".

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Trash_Wheel


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    most of the food a got to cook for myself when I am here is better cooked on the bbq and this is day three of rain and fog.
    ...I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.
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    Today I have carry two phones outside because waiting for call for pickup of phone books and waiting for a call for water heater delivery and have the house number not the cell that the other is going to call me on.
    ...I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.
    You cannot run away from the truth, the world is not big enough. DI Jack Frost
    Don't Panic THGTTG
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    Bugs.

    Specifically, Monomorium minimum, the Little Black Ant, of which we've got yet another infestation going on. I hate those things. The current outbreak coincided with the onset of warmer temperatures, which isn't particularly surprising.
    I'm also annoyed that the hardware store doesn't seem to be carrying the little ant traps we've used with good success in the past, and the ones they do have aren't doing the job.
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    Tapatalk has decided to auto play videos. This is trivial because I can turn the feature off, but why would they think that suddenly making noise and eating up my data should be the default setting?


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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    Today I have carry two phones outside because waiting for call for pickup of phone books and waiting for a call for water heater delivery and have the house number not the cell that the other is going to call me on.
    turns we didn't need a new heater anyway, something is wrong with the wiring and probably keeps burning out fuses.
    Still have to pick up 1400 phone books and the first attempt at making a door flopped, for a moment more like a sail,
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