O'Regan, Emlyn (
Wed, 9 Jun 1999 10:25:35 +1000

Hey, you're right. Sans socks, I can push it up to 2^10 (approx 1,000,000).

I'm throwing away that calculator...

Actually, if I stick to 2^10 (0->1023) then I've got an accumulator (two hands) and a general purpose register, can't remember if it should be more specific. I could do addition, multiplication, etc like a CPU.

There's a few problems though. Is the right hand or left hand the Most Significant Hand? Do I look at my hands from the front or back?

Maybe I can push it to trinary or further with extra finger positions between Up and Down.

I bet Two's-complement would play hell with arthritis

> ----------
> From: Vanessa Yaremchuk[]
> Reply To:
> Sent: Wednesday, 9 June 1999 2:22
> To: ''
> Subject: RE:
> On Tue, 8 Jun 1999, O'Regan, Emlyn wrote:
> > I counted on my fingers and drew pictures in the air (quickly!). Is that
> a
> > no-no, ie: are you presumed to be a brain in a jar? Quarters, nickels,
> and
> > dimes had my fingers flying furiously (even if you take your shoes off,
> you
> > still can't count to 90).
> Actually, if you count in binary on your fingers you can reach 1023.
> (i.e. your thumb by itself is 1, your index finger is 2, index and
> thumb is 3, middle finger alone is 4, middle and thumb is 5, etc.)
> :)
> Vanessa