Obfuscate Your Numbers!

Time for some silliness.

In a little over a month, I will be

years old.

What’s that, you didn’t get it? Here, I’ll repeat it for you in terms you may understand more easily:

At work, it has become a bit of a tradition that when people announce their birthday, they do so in an at least somewhat obfuscated format. Hexadecimal, binary and more obscure number formats are always popular, of course, as are silly descriptions of the form “my age is the ninth distinct biprime”. But last year I decided to take it to the next level, and write a little generator in Ruby for expressions such as the ones you see above. As you can probably guess, the expressions are generated using TeX.

You can play with it for yourself, if you want to, and also download the latest version of the code. But please be gentle with my server, as you can probably guess it’s a rather heavy application and I’m running this site on a little home PC..

Update: Now hosted on GitHub!