Counting in binary on ones fingers was something I first ran into at
age 11 when found a book on Military Electronics in a surplus
store. Everything simplified, but in computer section found binary
system explained with using fingers to represent bits. That was
something that I used immediately as used to count steps to various
places but after 1000+ steps would often forget where I was so would
increment my binary digital counter every 100 steps. At that age 1
mile was probably about 2500 steps so I my counter would have
overflowed at about 40.9 miles. Also LSB was my left small finger
which seems weird now but suspect that's what illustration in book
showed of how to count in binary on your fingers. Found manual
method easier to use than a pedometer.
I too count sheep with my fingers, but I never get past
zero due to the
lack of sheep. :-)
On Mon, Feb 1, 2021 at 5:34 PM Tor Arntsen via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> On Sat, 30 Jan 2021 at 03:27, dwight via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
> > If we'd thought about it we could count to 1023 on our fingers.
> > Dwight
> Some sheep herders in (IIRC) the Caucasus do, or did at least. I
> learned about that some decades ago. Counting sheep on their fingers.
> I use the system sometimes.