Abacus Heart

I was going to do a post about this, but someone else already beat me to it, sort of.  When you get a degree in computer science, one of the things you learn to do is math in binary, octal, hexadecimal, and then there is the ASCII code (never mind EBCDIC, or COBOL or Hollerith punched cards for that matter).

Binary (2-bits) uses the digits [0, 1].

Octal (8-bits) uses the digits [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7].

Decimal (10-bits) uses the digits [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9].

Hexadecimal (16-bits) uses the digits [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, A, B, C, D, E, F].

ASCII was originally an 8-bit code that was used by the old IBM PC’s to convert the Roman alphabet (upper and lower case, and punctuation marks, plus a few more), employed to translate your keystrokes into binary form so that you could see what you typed on your monitor and so you could send email.  🙂  Inside your computer, the binary is manifested in tiny electrical blips that are either “on” or “off” at any particular nanosecond (theoretically, since voltage and stuff like that becomes its own topic).  Later; ASCII was enlarged to Unicode, which is 16-bits, hence hexadecimal, and can accommodate alphabets beyond the Roman (Cyrillic, Greek, etc).

There was a time when I was still working in the computer field when I could read ASCII in hexadecimal without a chart, and without 16 fingers or 16 toes.  I even dreamed about ASCII in hexadecimal.  That time has fogged over, but I can still do and understand the conversions.  I had a couple of classes in Japanese, and I know that “Arigatou gozaimasu” is the honorific version of “thank you.”  (Take a look!)  But I’ve forgotten so much….

If you’ve never seen Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, based on a true story, here’s the trailer:

I shared this wonderful movie with Paula What’s-Her-Name.  I wish she could prove Sam Vaknin wrong, for the sake of her soul and for the sake of those she hurts.  Perhaps I am the following, even if the odds are against me:

There are better and truer lovers out there, and maybe someday I WILL find that special someone, and you can be SURE I’ll give my all.  What a blessing that would be, the last icing on the cake.  In the meantime, I will be my own “icing.”  Because really, I ain’t that bad, and really, I would go the distance for someone who loved me for ME, and didn’t lie to me and dupe me, and use me and my weakest of vulnerabilities against me for monetary gain.  For that SOMEONE, I am here.  For that “someone,” this:

I realize this is all disjointed, but perhaps it will make some sense to someone?  Maybe even *I* will figure it out?  It’s still Samhain, so I’m allowed one more crazy post!  🙂  Despite the computer gibberish, please don’t ask me to:

  • program your DVD player (is that what they are still called?)
  • adjust your digital watch for Daylight Savings Time
  • set up your high-tech alarm clock
  • explain all the fancy buttons on your microwave oven

But I’m a whiz at assembling furniture, such as from IKEA, and I know how to change the spool on your weed whacker, er, strimmer.


Oh yeah, “49204C6F766520596F75” = “I Love You” in ASCII / hexadecimal.

PS:  If this hex-to-binary converter is correct (I’m too lazy), here’s how you say “I Love You” in ASCII / binary:

(49204C6F766520596F75)16 = (0100 1001 0010 0000 0100 1100 0110 1111 0111 0110 0110 0101 0010 0000 0101 1001 0110 1111 0111 0101)2

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2 Responses to 49204C6F766520596F75

  1. Jamie Ray says:

    When I went to college I learned IBM JCL, programmed in FORTAN, and used punch cards. Never worked with ASCII or HEX though. Learning the logic of linear programming was very useful, even if FORTRAN is buried with T-Rex.


  2. DogDharma says:

    My very first class was actually the COBOL on punched cards with JCL. 🙂 But that was a night class after work, and it was a while later before I was able to go to school full time. By then, I’d already taught myself to program in BASIC on a Commodore 64. My alma mater, University of Last Resort as I call it, actually used PL/1 as the main teaching language!! Part of my work involved monitoring financial transactions over a private *gasp* X.25 network. Since the data had been translated from one format to another, I had to make sure the data was correct — which meant knowing ASCII and hex and capturing chunks of data as it flowed over the T-1 trunks (or in the lab well before then). It was funny, though, being able to read the ASCII in hex format. I only wish my technical skills had kept current.


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