2K1 & hello
indigo at WELL.COM
Wed Jan 3 20:01:11 UTC 2001
>number, K is most often used to signify quantities of bits or bytes.
>Since these critters live in a binary universe, K is a rough decimal
>translation: 2^10 = 1024, not 1000. So, Y2K would be the year 2048.
>The only other example that I can think of the number K being used with
>an elliptic unit is in foot racing - 5K or 10K races, where K = 1000
>How about other words or letters that are used to mean 1000, like
>"grand" or "G" or "large" (e.g., Y2G)? Unfortunately these 3 examples
>represent both quantity and units (i.e., forty large = $40,000), so they
>wouldn't work either.
Hello to the list,
This is my 1st posting after lurking for a while. I'm an artist & writer;
my art frequently includes text or other reference to language & language
structures (most currently sentence diagrams). So I'm a sort of language
professional, but in a *very* different way, I'm assuming, than most folks
on this list. So I ask your patience & indulgence if I inadvertently
stumble over any academic conventions, &c. I am definitely here to learn &
don't anticipate posting very often anyway.
Anyway, as a tangent to the above post, I wonder if anybody else was using
Roman numerals MM in their dates last year, eg 31/12/MM. I did it all year
but never saw anybody else do it. A few store clerks expressed confusion
(until I said "Roman numerals") but otherwise I never got any comment one
way or the other about it.
I don't think I will extend it into this year. MMI seems like a slippery
slope into that Roman numeral awkwardness, which is what made me so
appreciative of the simple MM in the 1st place.
indigo at well.com
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