How Computers Handle Negative Numbers (and Sometimes Get It Wrong)

The digital world runs on binary. But while numbers made up of ones and zeroes is easy enough to get your head round, what happens when you need to express a negative number in digital form? » 1/29/15 3:30am 1/29/15 3:30am

Someone Made a Video of The Count Counting Pi to 10,000 Decimal Places

Here's a weird little corner of the internet for you to devour. YouTube user Crysknife007 is well-known for hours-long sci-fi marathons of idling starship engines or the silent ambience of Rick Deckard's apartment. But this time, we get our favorite numbers-addicted Muppet counting Pi up to 10,000 decimal places. » 11/30/14 3:00pm 11/30/14 3:00pm

Polynesian People Were Using Binary 600 Years Ago

Binary lies at the heart of our technological lives: those strings of ones and zeroes are fundamental to the way all our digital devices function. But while the invention of binary is usually credited to German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz in the 18th Century, it turns out the Polynesians were using it as far back… » 12/17/13 10:00am 12/17/13 10:00am

This Man Counted to 100,000 in 77 Hours for Your Viewing Pleasure

This is Jon. He recently recorded himself counting to 100,00, one deliberately paced integer at a time. Join him won't you? At least for a little? You don't often get to stare so directly into the face of madness. » 8/15/11 8:20pm 8/15/11 8:20pm

Vintage Desk Coughs Up Vintage General Electric Abacus

Those young whipper snappers back in 1979 couldn't hold a candle to this archaic computational device, the abacus. Gizmodo 600 BC, anyone? » 7/19/09 1:00pm 7/19/09 1:00pm

Japanese Beer Mug Counts Calories While You're Swillin'

For the waistline-conscious teetotaller drunk bastard, we present this calorie-counting beer mug. Sure you could just keep track in your head, but this way at least honey knows you're trying. [Product Page (Japanese) via Tokyomango] » 12/04/07 11:01pm 12/04/07 11:01pm