Big Numbers

Can you tell I’m waiting in for a delivery?  I’m keeping myself occupied with doodling around in Illustrator. This little fancy was knocked up in it. I’ll write up the tut in detail should anybody want it but until somebody requests it, I’ll assume you all know! Distort & Transform>Transform to repeat and arrange the triangles around the circumference of the circle, various Christmassy elements placed here and there to please the eye… text converted to outlines and the whole joined together with the Unite Pathfinder tool. Looks fancy and lots of fun.

You can right-click and drag it onto your desktop and use it. I wouldn’t cut it out as some of the ‘welds’ are very fine and flimsy. I haven’t tried printing this one out  – this is a png file – my .ai prints beautifully. Am happy to share the .ai or convert to pdf if you would like it, just let me know.

Now, what does this number represent:  9,223,372,036,854,775,808?

Cost of Christmas this year?! The number of presents you still have to buy? The number of comments I get on this blog (hysterical laughter)?

It’s rudely outrageous and totally beyond my comprehension. Can you imagine such a number? How do you even say it?

I’ll tell you:

Nine quintillion, two hundred and twenty-three quadrillion, three hundred and seventy-two trillion, thirty-six billion, eight hundred and fifty-four million, seven hundred and seventy-five thousand, eight hundred and eight.

Now I’ll tell you what this un gredin (rascal), this unheimlich (unhomely) number – so big and so ugly it should be shut up in a cupboard – stands for, it’s the maximum number of You Tube hits that can now be counted   – You Tube had to let the corsets out on its previous hit counter when Gangnam Style went viral and broke it! Wow! So there’s a challenge for somebody!

Still, Good Goods, it’s not my overdraft and no bothers to me nor you (I hope).

Now to make some gingerbread men…

I’ve got a clan of gingerbread men.
Here a man, there a man, lots of gingerbread men.
Take a couple if you wish. They’re on the dish.

(Bike – Pink Floyd)

Off again, byeeeeeeeeeeee

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