ephemera: Government of Canada “Action Request” – phone memo slip

Government of Canada - Action Request slip paper, yellow, 100 × 133 mm (form refs: GC 12E, 7540-21-868-3907) c. 1990
Government of Canada – Action Request slip
paper, yellow, 100 × 133 mm
(form refs: GC 12E, 7540-21-868-3907)
c. 1990 (est)

found inside a copy of the “Commodore 64 User’s Guide” bought from JPPBM at World of Commodore 2018.

TABBY.PRN

TABBY.PRN

TABBY.PRN

From Nick Higham’s note on Typewriter Art, referring to Bob Neill’s Book of Typewriter Art (with special computer program). Nick wrote the special program back in the early 1980s. What I did to get this output:

  • open Nick’s program in GW BASIC under Dosbox;
  • modify the program so it wrote the Epson FX printer codes to a file;
  • convert those codes to PostScript using epsonps;
  • convert it to PDF with ps2pdf.

Bob Neill’s art relies on being able to set a typewriter’s vertical advance to the same value as its horizontal one, and also being able to overprint lines to get darker results. The results are pretty good: tabby.pdf

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An egg. Because _egg_

An egg. Because _egg_

An egg. Because _egg_

3d files here — egg.zip — or get them on Thingiverse: Egg by scruss – Thingiverse

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𒐳 / ༳ == ( ⑽ – 𐹭 ) * ( 𒐲 / 𐅉 ), of course

I just got brian d. foy’s Learning Perl 6 from the library. It’s a pretty good book, though it’ll take a good few readings for some of Perl 6’s features to stick.

Since Perl 6 is built using Unicode from the ground up, it does two rather wonderful things when dealing with numbers:

  1. regular expressions match numerals beyond 0–9: ٤ is as much four as 4
  2. numeric constants can (pretty much) be expressed in terms of Unicode values in your Perl 6 source code. Assigning π to a variable does what you think it does. Dividing by ¼ is the same as multiplying by, well, ٤.

So herewith a table (probably incomplete, and very unlikely to render properly for you) of Unicode glyphs accepted by Perl 6 as numeric values:

Value Glyphs
-0.5
0 0 ٠ ۰ ߀ ० ০ ੦ ૦ ୦ ௦ ౦ ౸ ೦ ൦ ๐ ໐ ༠ ၀ ႐ ០ ៰ ᠐ ᥆ ᧐ ᪀ ᪐ ᭐ ᮰ ᱀ ᱐ ⁰ ₀ ↉ ⓪ ⓿ 〇 ꘠ ꛯ ꣐ ꤀ ꧐ ꩐ ꯰ 0 𐆊 𐒠 𑁦 𑃰 𑄶 𑇐 𑛀 𝟎 𝟘 𝟢 𝟬 𝟶 🄀 🄁
0.0625 ৴ ୵ ꠳
0.1
0.111111
0.125 ৵ ୶ ⅛ ꠴ 𒑟
0.142857
0.166667 ⅙ 𒑡
0.1875 ৶ ୷ ꠵
0.2
0.25 ¼ ৷ ୲ ൳ ꠰ 𐅀 𐹼 𒑠 𒑢
0.333333 ⅓ 𐹽 𒑚 𒑝
0.375
0.4
0.5 ½ ୳ ൴ ༪ ⳽ ꠱ 𐅁 𐅵 𐅶 𐹻
0.6
0.625
0.666667 ⅔ 𐅷 𐹾 𒑛 𒑞
0.75 ¾ ৸ ୴ ൵ ꠲ 𐅸
0.8
0.833333 ⅚ 𒑜
0.875
1 1 ¹ ١ ۱ ߁ १ ১ ੧ ૧ ୧ ௧ ౧ ౹ ౼ ೧ ൧ ๑ ໑ ༡ ၁ ႑ ፩ ១ ៱ ᠑ ᥇ ᧑ ᧚ ᪁ ᪑ ᭑ ᮱ ᱁ ᱑ ₁ ⅟ Ⅰ ⅰ ① ⑴ ⒈ ⓵ ❶ ➀ ➊ 〡 ㆒ ㈠ ㊀ ꘡ ꛦ ꣑ ꤁ ꧑ ꩑ ꯱ 1 𐄇 𐅂 𐅘 𐅙 𐅚 𐌠 𐏑 𐒡 𐡘 𐤖 𐩀 𐩽 𐭘 𐭸 𐹠 𑁒 𑁧 𑃱 𑄷 𑇑 𑛁 𒐕 𒐞 𒐬 𒐴 𒑏 𒑘 𝍠 𝟏 𝟙 𝟣 𝟭 𝟷 🄂
1.5
2 2 ² ٢ ۲ ߂ २ ২ ੨ ૨ ୨ ௨ ౨ ౺ ౽ ೨ ൨ ๒ ໒ ༢ ၂ ႒ ፪ ២ ៲ ᠒ ᥈ ᧒ ᪂ ᪒ ᭒ ᮲ ᱂ ᱒ ₂ Ⅱ ⅱ ② ⑵ ⒉ ⓶ ❷ ➁ ➋ 〢 ㆓ ㈡ ㊁ ꘢ ꛧ ꣒ ꤂ ꧒ ꩒ ꯲ 2 𐄈 𐅛 𐅜 𐅝 𐅞 𐏒 𐒢 𐡙 𐤚 𐩁 𐭙 𐭹 𐹡 𑁓 𑁨 𑃲 𑄸 𑇒 𑛂 𒐀 𒐖 𒐟 𒐣 𒐭 𒐵 𒑊 𒑐 𒑖 𒑙 𝍡 𝟐 𝟚 𝟤 𝟮 𝟸 🄃
2.5
3 3 ³ ٣ ۳ ߃ ३ ৩ ੩ ૩ ୩ ௩ ౩ ౻ ౾ ೩ ൩ ๓ ໓ ༣ ၃ ႓ ፫ ៣ ៳ ᠓ ᥉ ᧓ ᪃ ᪓ ᭓ ᮳ ᱃ ᱓ ₃ Ⅲ ⅲ ③ ⑶ ⒊ ⓷ ❸ ➂ ➌ 〣 ㆔ ㈢ ㊂ ꘣ ꛨ ꣓ ꤃ ꧓ ꩓ ꯳ 3 𐄉 𐒣 𐡚 𐤛 𐩂 𐭚 𐭺 𐹢 𑁔 𑁩 𑃳 𑄹 𑇓 𑛃 𒐁 𒐈 𒐗 𒐠 𒐤 𒐥 𒐮 𒐯 𒐶 𒐷 𒐺 𒐻 𒑋 𒑑 𒑗 𝍢 𝟑 𝟛 𝟥 𝟯 𝟹 🄄
3.141592653589793 π
3.5
4 4 ٤ ۴ ߄ ४ ৪ ੪ ૪ ୪ ௪ ౪ ೪ ൪ ๔ ໔ ༤ ၄ ႔ ፬ ៤ ៴ ᠔ ᥊ ᧔ ᪄ ᪔ ᭔ ᮴ ᱄ ᱔ ⁴ ₄ Ⅳ ⅳ ④ ⑷ ⒋ ⓸ ❹ ➃ ➍ 〤 ㆕ ㈣ ㊃ ꘤ ꛩ ꣔ ꤄ ꧔ ꩔ ꯴ 4 𐄊 𐒤 𐩃 𐭛 𐭻 𐹣 𑁕 𑁪 𑃴 𑄺 𑇔 𑛄 𒐂 𒐉 𒐏 𒐘 𒐡 𒐦 𒐰 𒐸 𒐼 𒐽 𒐾 𒐿 𒑌 𒑒 𒑓 𝍣 𝟒 𝟜 𝟦 𝟰 𝟺 🄅
4.5
5 5 ٥ ۵ ߅ ५ ৫ ੫ ૫ ୫ ௫ ౫ ೫ ൫ ๕ ໕ ༥ ၅ ႕ ፭ ៥ ៵ ᠕ ᥋ ᧕ ᪅ ᪕ ᭕ ᮵ ᱅ ᱕ ⁵ ₅ Ⅴ ⅴ ⑤ ⑸ ⒌ ⓹ ❺ ➄ ➎ 〥 ㈤ ㊄ ꘥ ꛪ ꣕ ꤅ ꧕ ꩕ ꯵ 5 𐄋 𐅃 𐅈 𐅏 𐅟 𐅳 𐌡 𐒥 𐹤 𑁖 𑁫 𑃵 𑄻 𑇕 𑛅 𒐃 𒐊 𒐐 𒐙 𒐢 𒐧 𒐱 𒐹 𒑍 𒑔 𒑕 𝍤 𝟓 𝟝 𝟧 𝟱 𝟻 🄆
5.5
6 6 ٦ ۶ ߆ ६ ৬ ੬ ૬ ୬ ௬ ౬ ೬ ൬ ๖ ໖ ༦ ၆ ႖ ፮ ៦ ៶ ᠖ ᥌ ᧖ ᪆ ᪖ ᭖ ᮶ ᱆ ᱖ ⁶ ₆ Ⅵ ⅵ ↅ ⑥ ⑹ ⒍ ⓺ ❻ ➅ ➏ 〦 ㈥ ㊅ ꘦ ꛫ ꣖ ꤆ ꧖ ꩖ ꯶ 6 𐄌 𐒦 𐹥 𑁗 𑁬 𑃶 𑄼 𑇖 𑛆 𒐄 𒐋 𒐑 𒐚 𒐨 𒑀 𒑎 𝍥 𝟔 𝟞 𝟨 𝟲 𝟼 🄇
6.5
7 7 ٧ ۷ ߇ ७ ৭ ੭ ૭ ୭ ௭ ౭ ೭ ൭ ๗ ໗ ༧ ၇ ႗ ፯ ៧ ៷ ᠗ ᥍ ᧗ ᪇ ᪗ ᭗ ᮷ ᱇ ᱗ ⁷ ₇ Ⅶ ⅶ ⑦ ⑺ ⒎ ⓻ ❼ ➆ ➐ 〧 ㈦ ㊆ ꘧ ꛬ ꣗ ꤇ ꧗ ꩗ ꯷ 7 𐄍 𐒧 𐹦 𑁘 𑁭 𑃷 𑄽 𑇗 𑛇 𒐅 𒐌 𒐒 𒐛 𒐩 𒑁 𒑂 𒑃 𝍦 𝟕 𝟟 𝟩 𝟳 𝟽 🄈
7.5
8 8 ٨ ۸ ߈ ८ ৮ ੮ ૮ ୮ ௮ ౮ ೮ ൮ ๘ ໘ ༨ ၈ ႘ ፰ ៨ ៸ ᠘ ᥎ ᧘ ᪈ ᪘ ᭘ ᮸ ᱈ ᱘ ⁸ ₈ Ⅷ ⅷ ⑧ ⑻ ⒏ ⓼ ❽ ➇ ➑ 〨 ㈧ ㊇ ꘨ ꛭ ꣘ ꤈ ꧘ ꩘ ꯸ 8 𐄎 𐒨 𐹧 𑁙 𑁮 𑃸 𑄾 𑇘 𑛈 𒐆 𒐍 𒐓 𒐜 𒐪 𒑄 𒑅 𝍧 𝟖 𝟠 𝟪 𝟴 𝟾 🄉
8.5
9 9 ٩ ۹ ߉ ९ ৯ ੯ ૯ ୯ ௯ ౯ ೯ ൯ ๙ ໙ ༩ ၉ ႙ ፱ ៩ ៹ ᠙ ᥏ ᧙ ᪉ ᪙ ᭙ ᮹ ᱉ ᱙ ⁹ ₉ Ⅸ ⅸ ⑨ ⑼ ⒐ ⓽ ❾ ➈ ➒ 〩 ㈨ ㊈ ꘩ ꛮ ꣙ ꤉ ꧙ ꩙ ꯹ 9 𐄏 𐒩 𐹨 𑁚 𑁯 𑃹 𑄿 𑇙 𑛉 𒐇 𒐎 𒐔 𒐝 𒐫 𒑆 𒑇 𒑈 𒑉 𝍨 𝟗 𝟡 𝟫 𝟵 𝟿 🄊
10 ௰ ൰ ፲ Ⅹ ⅹ ⑩ ⑽ ⒑ ⓾ ❿ ➉ ➓ 〸 ㈩ ㉈ ㊉ 𐄐 𐅉 𐅐 𐅗 𐅠 𐅡 𐅢 𐅣 𐅤 𐌢 𐏓 𐡛 𐤗 𐩄 𐭜 𐭼 𐹩 𑁛 𝍩
11 Ⅺ ⅺ ⑪ ⑾ ⒒ ⓫
12 Ⅻ ⅻ ⑫ ⑿ ⒓ ⓬
13 ⑬ ⒀ ⒔ ⓭
14 ⑭ ⒁ ⒕ ⓮
15 ⑮ ⒂ ⒖ ⓯
16 ৹ ⑯ ⒃ ⒗ ⓰
17 ᛮ ⑰ ⒄ ⒘ ⓱
18 ᛯ ⑱ ⒅ ⒙ ⓲
19 ᛰ ⑲ ⒆ ⒚ ⓳
20 ፳ ⑳ ⒇ ⒛ ⓴ 〹 ㉉ 𐄑 𐏔 𐡜 𐤘 𐩅 𐭝 𐭽 𐹪 𑁜 𝍪
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30 ፴ 〺 ㉊ ㉚ 𐄒 𐅥 𐹫 𑁝 𝍫
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40 ፵ ㉋ ㊵ 𐄓 𐹬 𑁞 𝍬
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50 ፶ Ⅼ ⅼ ↆ ㉌ ㊿ 𐄔 𐅄 𐅊 𐅑 𐅦 𐅧 𐅨 𐅩 𐅴 𐌣 𐩾 𐹭 𑁟 𝍭
60 ፷ ㉍ 𐄕 𐹮 𑁠 𝍮
70 ፸ ㉎ 𐄖 𐹯 𑁡 𝍯
80 ፹ ㉏ 𐄗 𐹰 𑁢 𝍰
90 ፺ 𐄘 𐍁 𐹱 𑁣 𝍱
100 ௱ ൱ ፻ Ⅽ ⅽ 𐄙 𐅋 𐅒 𐅪 𐏕 𐡝 𐤙 𐩆 𐭞 𐭾 𐹲 𑁤
200 𐄚 𐹳
300 𐄛 𐅫 𐹴
400 𐄜 𐹵
500 Ⅾ ⅾ 𐄝 𐅅 𐅌 𐅓 𐅬 𐅭 𐅮 𐅯 𐅰 𐹶
600 𐄞 𐹷
700 𐄟 𐹸
800 𐄠 𐹹
900 𐄡 𐍊 𐹺
1000 ௲ ൲ Ⅿ ⅿ ↀ 𐄢 𐅍 𐅔 𐅱 𐡞 𐩇 𐭟 𐭿 𑁥
2000 𐄣
3000 𐄤
4000 𐄥
5000 ↁ 𐄦 𐅆 𐅎 𐅲
6000 𐄧
7000 𐄨
8000 𐄩
9000 𐄪
10000 ፼ ↂ 𐄫 𐅕 𐡟
20000 𐄬
30000 𐄭
40000 𐄮
50000 ↇ 𐄯 𐅇 𐅖
60000 𐄰
70000 𐄱
80000 𐄲
90000 𐄳
100000
216000 𒐲
432000 𒐳
Inf

So the title of this post really is accepted as a valid Perl 6 expression in the REPL:

$ perl6
To exit type 'exit' or '^D'
> 𒐳 / ༳ == ( ⑽ - 𐹭 ) * ( 𒐲 / 𐅉 )
True

What does it evaluate to? Well:

  • 𒐳 ‘CUNEIFORM NUMERIC SIGN SHAR2 TIMES GAL PLUS MIN’ represents 432000
  • ༳ ‘TIBETAN DIGIT HALF ZERO’ represents
  • ⑽ ‘PARENTHESIZED NUMBER TEN’ represents 10
  • 𐹭 ‘RUMI NUMBER FIFTY’ represents 50
  • 𒐲 ‘CUNEIFORM NUMERIC SIGN SHAR2 TIMES GAL PLUS DISH’ represents 216000
  • 𐅉 ‘GREEK ACROPHONIC ATTIC TEN TALENTS’ represents 10.

Definitely into just because you can doesn’t mean you should territory, and a feature to make the Pythonistas reach for the Zantac again, poor dears.