Sunday, April 27, 2008 11:40 AM
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Yesterday, I took two of my children to the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. This was the second time, my small son, Tony, was there. First time he was 5 years old. Today he’s 7. Following the dialog was there, when we saw machine code emulator (binary calculator)
Tony: Daddy, now I know why you and mommy call me “binary kid”
Tony (with enthusiasm): ‘cos I was born on January 1st – there are only 1 and 0 in my birthday date
Me: You also born on 2001, thus in short format it’s 01-01-01
Tony: Wait a minute (doing something in binary machine). It’s 21! But it’s broken…
Tony: You so silly. It’s because it cannot understand first 0!
Me: You can try another direction
Tony (doing some complicated calculations with binary machine): Now much better – 41! This number it bigger, then 21. But it' still bad!
Tony: Because it is not an even binary!
Me: WHAT? (he saw ASCII chart for binaries)
Tony: I cannot make even one character from my birthday
Me: Try to put two zeros at the end
Tony: Wow, it’s ת (hebrew letter “tav” – equivalent of T in ascii code), so funny!
Tony: Because this machine does not know, that my name starts with ט (hebrew “tet” – equivalent of Y in ascii code)
Me: Try to see this chart (I show him IPA chart)
Tony: Wow I just used wrong crib. Now it’s ok. This machine is really smart
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