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2008-09-01 [Duke Devlin]: D: I don't understand. :P XD

2008-09-01 [ArchangelGabriel]: Meh, i'm still kinda doped up from loosing a few teeth, i'll explain it when you're older ;)

2008-09-01 [Duke Devlin]: Awhhh XD Okies. :P Though, I suspect I never will get older! :O XD

2008-09-01 [ArchangelGabriel]: Oh Peter pan, but don't you wish you had a mother? ;P

2008-09-01 [Duke Devlin]: That I do, deary. That I do! *mournful* :P

2008-09-01 [ArchangelGabriel]: You ever read peter pan? it's a weird weird book.

2008-09-01 [Duke Devlin]: I have. :P AGGGES ago. XD Most of the stories used for Disney movies and such started out very bizarre. XD

2008-09-01 [ArchangelGabriel]: Yeah :P But peter pan i would say is the strangest of all

2008-09-01 [Duke Devlin]: Yeah I'd have to agree there. XD Actually.., have you ever read The Little Mermaid? XD The original? There was actually a movie made of that version.., scared me when I was a kid. XD Basically, she lost the guy, and died. oO

2008-09-01 [ArchangelGabriel]: Yeah, i never read it but i knew the story. I never got a chance to read much Anderson. I think it was Anderson, or it was Grimm

2008-09-01 [Duke Devlin]: Hans Christian Anderson? Yep. :) Grimm also, but I don't think he did the Little Mermaid... Or maybe he did.... oO

2008-09-01 [ArchangelGabriel]: It was one of the two. I think it was Anderson though

2008-09-01 [Duke Devlin]: It definitely seems more likely. *nods*

2008-09-02 [ArchangelGabriel]: Made a silly mistake, 6*9 is 42 in base 13 :P

2008-09-02 [Duke Devlin]: *blinks* Okay.... :D

2008-09-03 [ArchangelGabriel]: OK, the first question is do you understand bases?

The easiest place to begin is comparing binary and decimal. We use decimal in normal everyday maths.
Decimal is base 10. There are 10 unique digits: 0123456789.
So one column of a number can real between them. For example: 0042
The columns are labelled as: thousands | hundred |tens | ones
Notice it's rising in powers of 10?

That means we have 4 tens, and 2 ones.

Now lets look at binary.
Binary is used by computers and only consists of two digits: 01. Also called true or false, on and off.
101010 is our example number

The columns are labelled as: 32 16 8 4 2 1

We have 1 thirty-two, 1 eight, and 1 two. So that gives us a total (in decimal) of: 42

Do bases make a little sense now? I could go on for ages :P

2008-09-19 [Duke Devlin]: OO A little bit... D: Could you explain more? :D I'd like to learn. ^^

2008-09-19 [ArchangelGabriel]: Well, the key to understanding is what you put in the columns. It's all about powers as well. 

2008-09-21 [Duke Devlin]: X__X I have a feeling that I will never understand this. XD

2008-09-22 [ArchangelGabriel]: Nah, you will, it's easy. Do you know how an abacus works?

2008-09-24 [Duke Devlin]: I do! :D *proud to finally understand something* :P

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