Cthulhu and the Gun Lords of Terra

Comic 64 - Never mix business with pleasure!

Never mix business with pleasure!
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25th Aug 2019, 5:20 PM
Well, here is page 64, maybe that's not a big number in base 10, but it is a huge number in binary! :-)
1000000 in fact. And now I'll be able to tell everybody that I have a comic which has reached page 1000000 !

In other news, I've got a big summer trip booked for England and Scotland ! Never been before, but that should be an interesting time!


A bit represents a "1" or a "0" and is known as binary in computing. The ones and zeroes correspond to memory locations in the computer processor which are tiny relays that can turn on or off. There are four bits in a nibble and eight bits in a byte. A byte is equal to one character of text and is part of a Hexadecimal numeric system. A kilobyte is one thousand bytes. A megabyte is one million bytes. A gigabyte is one billion bytes. A tetra byte is one trillion bytes. That is what I remember.

25th Feb 2019, 3:28 PM edit delete reply

Your memory is correct!

25th Feb 2019, 3:42 PM edit delete reply

> A byte is equal to one character of text and is part of a Hexadecimal numeric system. A kilobyte is one thousand bytes. A megabyte is one million bytes. A gigabyte is one billion bytes. A tetra byte is one trillion bytes.

That's not perfectly correct: "tetra byte" -> "terabyte".

Also, there are are two "interpretations" of kilobyte, megabyte and so on, the newer, mercantile one is based on the decimal number 10 (= the binary 1010), it's the one you described: A "kilobyte" is 1000 = 10^3 bytes, a "megabyte" is 1000000 = 10^6 bytes and so on. The older one, the original, is based on the binary number 10 (= decimal number 2): A kilobyte is 2^10 = 1024 bytes (in decimal), a megabyte is 2^20 = 1048567 (=1024*1024) bytes and so on.

Of course the mercantile interpretation gives the lower numbers ^_^ So when you buy a 4 terabyte hard disk, it will have a capacity of about 4000000000 bytes and not 4294967296 bytes as it should.

About character encoding, one of the first ones was the ASCII code, it encodes 127 characters and uses 7 bits of one byte, the highest bit is always 0, and indeed, one character of text uses one byte. But nowadays the most common character encoding is UTF-8 which uses a variable-length encoding and is identical to the ASCII-encoding as long as only ASCII-encode-able characters are used in a certain text. But it also permits all know languages to be encoded by using more than one byte as required. That's about as much as I know by heart. :D (Sorry Chris. You know as much as one needs to know these days and a bit more and you can create beautiful artwork while I cannot.)

Edit, forgot something: The "hexadecimal" encoding splits one byte into two nibbles and encodes one nibble as based on 16, using the ciphers 0 to 9 as commonly known and then proceeding using the letters A to F instead of 10 to 15. This encoding is called "hexadecimal" which is a word glued together from a Greek stem (hex=6) and a Latin word (decim=10). The correct word would have been "sedecimal" from Latin sedecim=16, when I was in school this was indeed suggested by a book about the matter, but we all know that correctness has not too much value when humans are involved...

Edit again, while I'm at it, here's some fun:
See, I can count to 31 using the fingers and thumb of only one hand! How? By using a binary encoding!

Take your left hand, the palm of the hand towards you. Then declare the pinkie finger to be 1, the ring finger to be 2, the middle finger to be 4, the index finger to be 8 and the thumb to be 16.

Now make a fist, that's 0. Pinkie finger alone up is 1, pinkie down again and ring finger up is two, ring and pinkie finger up is 3, middle finger alone up is 4, middle and pinkie up is 5 and so on. Takes a bit of practice but once you got it, you can count up and down as fast as everybody else, but everybody else will run out of fingers at 10 :^) while you are still counting up to 31 :^D and by using all 10 fingers with this method you can count to more than 1000 (1023 to be precise).

25th Feb 2019, 5:18 PM edit delete reply

All very interesting bits (and bytes) of information! :-)

25th Feb 2019, 9:11 PM edit delete reply

As a Brit I'm pleased to hear you're visiting my wonderful country. Which parts will you be seeing? Maybe I can give you a few tips and ideas.

Still reading and enjoying the story as well. Looks like it's coming along nicely.

27th Feb 2019, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

Always good to hear from you Lee! And glad to hear you are enjoying the story :-)

I'll be very pleased to visit your country! It looks like I'm doing a tour. I've never done anything like that. The tour was my traveling companion's idea. Personally, I'd have liked to keep things a bit less structured, find a nice place and then stay there for a while, but my friend would probably get bored.

Anyway, the tour is described as "A 12 Day Tour from London to Edinburgh" specific info is here : https://www.globusjourneys.com/tour/britain-uncovered/gf/

It doesn't sound like I'll have a lot flexibility to do my own thing (since I'll mostly be with this tour), but I will have some flexibility, and any tips/ideas you might have would be welcome!

27th Feb 2019, 12:49 PM edit delete reply

Well, in my experience these tours do usually give you quite a bit of time between guided excursions to do your own thing, and there are a few places I've visited on this one.

Obviously there are so many places in London you'd never get to see them all, but if there's time you could try checking out the National Gallery, the South Kensington museums (Science, Natural History and Victoria & Albert [art & design]), or maybe the Tower Bridge Exhibition including the glass floor on the upper level bridge.

In Bath you'll probably have time to walk around Bath Abbey and see the picturesque weir and the Royal Crescent.

In Liverpool you could take in some art at the Walker or Tate Liverpool Galleries, visit the Cathedrals, or take a short round trip on the Mersey Ferry immortalized by Gerry and the Pacemakers. Since the tour includes the Beatles Story you'll probably get to experience some of the shopping and dining at Albert Dock as well.

Anyway, it looks like a fantastic tour with terrific accommodation and itinerary, and I know you'll have a great time. Hope the weather stays good for you, and wish I could afford to come too...!

27th Feb 2019, 5:43 PM edit delete reply

Thanks Lee!

It's very good to have input from somebody who lives in the area. I do trust my friend's judgement, but it is still nice to know that you think the tour she picked is fantastic.

I'll have to make a note of this specific comment, so I can review at your suggestions when it is close to time for the trip.

And, as for the weather, I love the rain (which I hear is pretty common in your location), so everything should be pretty good.

27th Feb 2019, 10:13 PM edit delete reply

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