Friday, January 30, 2015


Left thumb and right middle finger down - all other digits up. That gives us 32 on the left hand, and 4 on the right hand - totaling (decimal) 36, or duotrigesimal 14 ("Four-tuhn", or "Four-tǝn" - OR - "Fourt-tǝn". In other words, your can stress the first or second syllable; but either way, pronounce the "schwa" vowel - i.e. "ǝ"). Again, say the "tuhn" just like the "ten" in "forgot'ten'"). If you were going to stress the "tuhn" in "Four-tuhn", the closest I can think of to "shwa" vowel you would be making it the "oo" in "took". If you substitute an "n" for the "k" in "took", and then say that after non-stressed: "four", then your "fourt-tuhn" should sound like "four-toon" - but not with the "long" "oo" vowel sound, as in "tune"; but again, rather, the "oo" in "took". In fact, you can shorten that "oo" sound all the way down to where your mouth is completely relaxed and you say - again: "four-tǝn". Again? "ǝ" is the vowel sound you will produce if you completely relax your mouth. That's why I chose to use it in place of the short "e" sound in "ten", and the "ee" sound in "teen"!

Monday, January 19, 2015


Now, I have my left thumb in, and my right thumb and index finger in.

13 dtg = 35 decimal - or 32 (my left thumb) + 2 (my right index finger) + 1 (my right thumb)

I call it "Thirt-tuhn!" Pronounced: "Thir-tǝn". (By the way, the "tuhn" in "Thirt-tuhn" should be pronounced just like the "ten" in "forgot'ten'"). Again, it sounds somewhat akin "thirteen"; but not quite the same - because it ISN'T the same!

13 dtg (duotrigesimal, or Base 32) ≠ 13 decimal!

Again: 13 dtg = decimal: 32 (which is 10 dtg)  + 3 = decimal 35, whereas
13 decimal = decimal 10 (which, I recall, I called "a" (pronounced "ah") in Base 32 earlier on this blog) + 3 = decimal 13 (which, again, I earlier called "d" (pronounced "dee" - just like we usually call it)).

Here! Let me spell it out like this!

DECIMAL, or Base Ten:

"13" - "Thir-TEEN"

the "10", or "TEN" gives us: |||| |||| (I'm using conventional decimal stroke notation)

The "3" gives us: |||

DUOTRIGESIMAL, or Base Thirty Two:

"13" - "Thirt-TUHN"

The "10", or "TUHN" gives us IIII IIII  IIII IIII   IIII IIII  IIII IIII (HERE, I'm using a stroke notation I invented for Base Thirty Two. Each stroke represents one value - so "II" is two. "IIII I" is five. "IIII IIII  II I" is eleven. Once I reach sixteen, or "IIII IIII  IIII IIII", I underline those sixteen strokes: "IIII IIII  IIII IIII". Therefore, above, we have (decimal) sixteen plus sixteen, which equals (decimal) thirty two.

The "3", again, give us II I, or "three".

Add them together? And you get "13" or "thirt-tuhn" in Base Thirty-Two; which is the equivalent of 35, or "thirty-five" in decimal, or Base Ten. Blessings!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Binary Pushups!

Who says binary numbers have no practical applications! You can use them when you do pushups! For example, if I can, I start by doing (decimal) sixteen (which is binary 10000). Then, I stop and take a deep breath. Once I am ready to do more, I then do 8 (binary 1000. Binary 10000 + 1000 = 11000 - decimal 24 so far). Again, I take a breath, and rest a bit. Then, I do 4 (binary 100. Binary 11000 + 100 = 11100, or decimal 28). Another deep breath and rest, and then I do 2 (binary 10. Binary 11100 + 10 = 11110, or decimal 30). Another breath and rest, and then I do 1. Binary 11110 + 1 = 11111, or 31. Then? I take one more breath and rest, and "push it all over a 'bit'" by doing one last pushup. Binary 11111 + 1 = 1 00000, or decimal 32. (By the way? With decimal numbers? There ARE no other symbols than "0" and "1". Therefore, "1" plus "1" equals "10" just like, in decimal, "9" plus "1" equals "10". Furthermore, binary "11111" plus "1" equals "1 00000" just like decimal "99,999" plus "1" would equal "100,000". Hope that helps!)

But, wait! Some nights, I don't feel up to doing 16 to begin with! In that case, I do eight! Then four, two, one and one. That all adds up to binary 1000, 100, 10, 1, and 1

Binary    Decimal
1000       8
+100       4
  +10       2
    +1       1
    +1       1
-------     ----
=10000,  16.

In other words, if I cannot start with 16, I start with half as many.

Let's say, furthermore, that I could only do four to start. Then, I know I can always do that, and then  2, 1, and 1 and "double" that to "eight".

Bottom line? I have found you can always "double" what you were able to do to begin with; if you stop and rest in between intervals - by cutting the number of pushups in half each time (and then "topping it off" with one at the end).

The synomyn!

Left thumb up (for me), and right index finger up (with thumb down). That gives us "12 dtg". I call it "Tuelve". Different spelling from "Twelve", but same pronunciation. I decided that, pronunciation wise, I would let it be the synonym that it is.

12 dtg = 34 decimal.

The left thumb is worth 32 decimal, and the right index finger is worth 2. Add them both together and you get 34 decimal.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Two thumbs up!

With each thumb in the air, we have the equivalent of decimal 33! The non-dominant thumb (for me, left) is worth 32, and the thumb on the dominant hand is worth one. Put them both together, and you get - again: decimal 33. What is that in duotrigesimal? "11 dtg" or - as I have decided to call it: "eleden"! That's right! It sounds like "eleven" - and even LOOKS like "eleven" (11 decimal); but it ISN'T "eleven"! It's "eleden"!

So, backing up a value, I hold up only my left thumb and say, "tuhn" (10 dtg)... Then I hold up both thumbs and say: "eleden" (11 dtg)...

Bye for now! ;)

Daniel Robbins

Thursday, January 15, 2015

"10 dtg" - also known as "32 decimal"!

Alright! Long time me no post new post! Ready for the other hand? Let all your digits out on your primary hand (for me, it is my right hand), and do the "thumb up" on your secondary hand (for me, my left hand)! (In other words, on my left hand, all my fingers are in, and my thumb is out). That's "10 dtg" or "32 decimal"!

"10"?... Ye may say? That's right! In duotrigesimal, or "Base 32" "Tuhn" is "Thirty-two" (pronounced: "tən")!

"TUHN!?" I can now hear some people possibly say! That's right! I invented that term! My thinking? Something that SOUNDS like "ten", but ISN'T ten. Also, something that, LIKE "ten", is easy to say! As a matter of fact? I think "tuhn" has fit the bill perfectly. The reason I chose that word, is it contains the "scwah" - "ə". If ye were to look in a dictionary pronunciation guide, ye would see the "schwah" - "ə" left, right, and centre (a.k.a. "center" for all my American friends). It is the "upside-down and backwards" "e". For example: "Delicious!" Two schwahs! I do not know how to get that

"Də-LIH-shəs!"... OK! So, maybe that last syllable is more along the lines of the short "I" sound ("Də-LIH-shihs") but other times it would be with two schwahs (again, as in "Də-LIH-shəs").

Stroke notation:

|||| ||||  |||| ||||   |||| ||||  |||| |||| - 10 dtg, or 32 decimal