# TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Middle-Aged-Couple-In-Armchairs-Man!

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Horse should have said â€ś100.â€ť

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Isnâ€™t 10 correct? Only in base 10 3â€¦

100 would beâ€¦

``````0
1
2
3
10
11
12
13
100
``````

ALL numbering systems use base 10

Now that I think about it, horse would have used

``````0
1
2
3
4
10
11
12
13
15
100
``````

1 for each hoof, 0 being â€śno hoovesâ€ť
And thus 2+2 := 4

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Maybe the horse was counting in base 4.

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Huh? As ChuckV said, the horse used base 4. Our ten fingers give us base ten, the horseâ€™s four hooves give it base 4. Base 10 on left, base 4 on right:

0 0
1 1
2 2
3 3
4 10
5 11
etc.

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I notice Ruben is not using the new Jeb Bush look!

OLD JEB LOOK:

NEW JEB LOOK:

I prefer the older, jollier Jeb before he went all Sam the American Eagle.

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As far as the horse is concerned, it uses base `10` - see your chart, our numbering system on the left, the horseâ€™s on the right.

But, yeah â€“ we go from 1â€¦10 on our fingers, not 0â€¦9 (I actually had to do that several times to convince myself).

You know what the 2 hardest problems are in computer science?

Cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.

UPDATE: WAIT A MINUTE â€“ I said that the horse would have counted 0â€¦1â€¦2â€¦3â€¦4, Only in base-3 would â€ś10â€ť have been a correct answer, and â€ś100â€ť would be a correct answer in â€¦ base 2? I dunno. (hold on, let me check on my toes, tooâ€¦)

In (what we call) base 4 (and the horse calls base 10), `2 + 2 := 4`
In (what we call) base 3 (and the horse calls base 3) `2 + 2 := 10`

I am recalling time in high school where I would write out long lists of numbers in hexadecimalâ€¦

UPDATE UPDATE: I am soooooo confused

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Nope, base 4 does not contain 4. (I know, weird right?) Itâ€™s got 4 symbols, 0, 1, 2, and 3.

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Why are you jumping straight from 13 to 100? (why not 20?)

#MATH IS HARDÂ

letâ€™s go shopping!

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This is very clever, buuuuuuuuuutttttâ€¦

base 1 doesnâ€™t.

Base 1 doesnâ€™t count.

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Sure it does, it just takes a lot longer.

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All right, I got nothing.

Now thatâ€™s funny. Bravo!

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OK, did my public school just skip this â€śbaseâ€ť stuff, or am I so old that it didnâ€™t exist when I was learning the maths?

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All this talk of math, and no one is savoring the scrabblicious potential of the word â€śuxoriousâ€ť ?

Also, I would totally watch the Middle Aged Couple In Armchairs movie. Didnâ€™t Marvel already announce that one for 2053? Why isnâ€™t the hype train rolling already?

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Iâ€™m actually pretty good at naming things. But off-by-one errorsâ€¦ grrrr.

I rarely work in the same language two days in a row, and thereâ€™s no consistency in computer languages as to whether string, array and/or loop indexes begin with zero or one. At this point I literally check every single time; Iâ€™ll routinely put in debug statements that tell me beginning and ending loop indexes and Iâ€™ll purposely reference whatever[0] to see if itâ€™s in bounds, then Iâ€™ll put a reminder comment in the code so I wonâ€™t have to do it again for this codebase. My memoryâ€™s not reliable enough for the dozens of languages I need to use, and Iâ€™ve been burned too many times (and had to fix too many other peopleâ€™s off-by-one code) to do it any other way.

I have seen other people try to fix code by randomly inserting and deleting equals signs into loop termination conditionsâ€¦ like â€śitâ€™s broke, Iâ€™ll try converting this -ge into a -gt and see if that fixes it!â€ť Sometimes this â€śfixâ€ť actually works, too, which makes the baby Djikstra cry.

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I certainly donâ€™t know how to do it, and it was not in any of my curricula, but it has to do with decimals using the â€śtensâ€ť place because humans like it because we have ten fingers. I want to say some ancient South Americans used base 12 or something, IIRC, though. the joke is that the horse doesnâ€™t have ten fingers.

different â€śbasesâ€ť are useful in computer science due to efficiency, somehow; Iâ€™m guessing particularly since processing power and memory were in such short supply in the early days? anyhow, Iâ€™ve only ever heard of it in a CS context when I browse the same places as them on the internet. anyway, I struggle mightily with math but Iâ€™ve been able to infer the above, someone else could probably explain it properly.

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Iâ€™m just gonna say that the horse joke and the Dunwoody one might be my favorite Super-Fun-Pak Comix Iâ€™ve ever read. At some point a couple weeks ago, I had occasion to read the comics page in the L.A. Times for the first time in a decade, and though I loved newspaper comic strips for most of my life, I was amazed at how funny they werenâ€™t anymore.

But these two were great.

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