June 4th, 2008

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Chiffres y Zahlen no Puzzle

I've concocted a little quiz. It might be easy, it might be really hard, I don't know. Knowledge of foreign languages is required!

Below are the numbers 1 thru 20 reordered in twelve different ways. Each ordering is determined by spelling out the numbers' names in a certain language and alphabetizing them. In languages that use diacritics or non-Latin alphabets, the ordering goes by the alphabetization rules of that language. (Bonus hint: The Japanese ordering is by kana, not romaji.)

The languages used are Dutch, English, Esperanto, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. How many can you figure out?


A. 1 6 3 7 20 2 9 4 8 5 11 16 13 17 12 19 14 18 15 10

B. 1 9 5 3 4 7 10 11 19 15 13 14 17 12 18 16 2 20 8 6

C. 5 2 10 18 19 17 12 8 9 11 14 4 15 16 7 6 13 3 1 20

D. 8 18 3 13 1 11 5 15 9 19 6 16 7 17 4 14 10 20 2 12

E. 8 18 11 15 5 4 14 9 19 1 7 17 6 16 10 13 3 12 20 2

F. 8 18 13 3 1 11 9 19 10 12 2 20 14 4 5 15 6 16 7 17

G. 10 12 2 18 9 8 4 14 15 5 16 7 17 6 13 3 11 19 1 20

H. 10 12 14 15 19 18 17 16 13 11 20 2 4 5 9 8 7 6 3 1

I. 10 19 16 17 18 15 14 13 2 12 20 1 9 11 6 7 8 5 4 3

J. 14 5 4 10 19 18 16 17 12 2 9 8 11 15 6 7 13 3 1 20

K. 18 8 2 20 12 19 9 10 1 11 15 5 17 7 3 13 4 14 16 6

L. 18 11 1 5 15 14 4 9 19 6 16 7 17 10 20 12 3 13 2 8
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Icon Squee Meme

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your userpics.
2. Make a post and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

The icons typographer asked me about:

David Hilbert This is an icon of mathematician David Hilbert, based on a space-filling curve he invented. The picture of Hilbert is drawn in, and then erased, along the path of a Hilbert curve (although it would have taken way longer than I would have liked to draw it in pixel by pixel, so I used fading techniques to make it look like it's being drawn in much faster, and being erased faster still). I use this icon when I post about math or other cool things.

nautical yig-ped This is "yig-ped" spelled out in international maritime signal flags. I use it when talking about large bodies of water or codes. (And in case you're wondering, yig-ped doesn't mean anything. It's like "potrzebie".)

Dr. Worm These are fictional medications that appear in the video for They Might Be Giants' song Dr. Worm. I particularly find the idea of "song remover" intriguing; I guess you take it when you've got a song stuck in your head and it's driving you crazy. I use this icon when posting about medical stuff.

L-fractal This is a fractal I drew myself, which I call the L-fractal. It's based on an image of an L-shape made of four smaller different-colored L-shapes; this base image is repeatedly shrunk and used to make more L-shapes, and the resulting images are composited to create fascinating patterns of color.

Potrzebie Potrzebie is a Polish word, the dative or locative case of "potrzeba", meaning "need"; for example, "w potrzebie" means "in need". It was used as a nonsense word appearing in random places in the early days of MAD Magazine, and this icon is a detail of a cartoon from page 25 of "Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine" by Maria Reidelbach. It's a page from a suspense thriller with the dialog replaced by mostly nonsense, some of it from other languages, including good ol' Potrzebie. I use this icon when... well, when I'm in a silly mood, really. :}
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A thing of interest and a thing of annoyance

Thing of interest:

I got an unexpected package today! It came in a very large box but was surprisingly very light. What could it be? I opened it, and it was a poster from Morphicon. See, those of us who paid for hypertrophe-level registrations got custom-made badges by Kattywampus, and in keeping with the Hollywood theme of this year's con, they were parodies of movie posters. Mine looked like this, and the others can be seen by browsing through Kattywampus's gallery.

The hypertrophe badges were also made into poster-size, um, posters, mounted on foamcore, and placed in various rooms throughout the con. Mine was in the video room. When Morphicon was over, someone asked me if I'd like to take mine home with me. I was interested, but I said I wouldn't be able to take it on the plane (my suitcase isn't *that* big!), so he offered to mail it to me. Today, it arrived. Thanks, Morphicon staff!




Thing of annoyance:

Well, a minor nuisance, really. I went to Jack in the Box today to get Dad a sirloin burger, and I learned yet another pitfall of terminology there. I asked for regular fries, but I saw on the screen she added small fries to my order. I said, no, I want regular, not small.

She said, "Small is regular."

No, it's *not*! Regular is *medium*! Nobody calls small "regular"!
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