While I work on my Magnum Opus about last night's season-ender of Lost (I need to watch it again to see if I missed any of what seemed like thousands of references and mirrorings of the issues at stake in Enlightenment thought -- "Lance Corporal Desmond David Hume," forsooth!), I'd like to take this short interval to make an Announcement.
Al Franken, in reaction to the Senate's profoundly silly vote to make English the official language of the United States, has proffered other laws that he feels should be passed. Among these are a statute making Base Ten the United States' official numeral system.
(I can't seem to type "United"; consistently rendering it instead "Untied." Hmm.)
As an act of civil disobedience against this proposed deeply unjust, discriminatory and ill-considered law, from this moment on, I, my family and my henchmen will conduct all our arithmetic business in Base Eight. I urge all my readers (all 12, old-style 10, of you) to follow suit. Yes, check-writing will be somewhat more complicated, but frankly I don't think most of you write all that many checks anyway.
2-4-6-10! Decimal digits is what we hate!
Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Two of these fingers got to go!