Friday, July 20, 2007

My Techie Fortune


I went and ate chinese food yesterday. Ching Chings... mmm...

But check out this crazy fortune cookie message!

"Digital circuits are made from analog parts."

So crazy! I understand what that means in the techie universe, but what does it mean as a fortune?

I'll explain digital versus analog here for you nerds, but everyone else can skip to the last paragraph.

From wikipedia:

A digital system is one that uses discrete values (often electrical voltages), representing numbers or non-numeric symbols such as letters or icons, for input, processing, transmission, storage, or display, rather than a continuous spectrum of values (ie, as in an analog system).

The distinction of "digital" versus "analog" can refer to method of input, data storage and transfer, or the internal working of a device. The word comes from the same source as the word digit and digitus: the Latin word for finger (counting on the fingers) as these are used for discrete counting.

Example #1: an analog signal, which may come along and with a power of 1.023 or so, and because it's analog it wouldn't be exactly 1, and it gets chopped into a 1, and made to be a digital "on" signal.

Or think of an analog clock versus a digital one. The analog one might have a non-ticking second hand, where it just smoothly moves, and at any given point it might be "between" seconds. A digital clock has no representation of those "between" seconds. A digital clock could add more precision digits, but it will always be a limited range of numbers. An analog clock has unlimited precision, because it moves smoothly in a circle (perfect analog circles have infinite points).

A personal application of "digital is made of analog" could be to understand that though we often compartmentalize our lives (digitize them), our lives are much more complex than that.

But really, I don't buy into fortune cookies -- even if it's a "real fortune," or predicts the future, but doesn't lead me closer to God, it's a false prophecy. So remember that, next time you get a fortune cookie that seems to help you out -- if it doesn't lead you closer to God, trash it.
Deuteronomy 13:1-3 If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, Let us go after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve them, 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

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