Calculomancy

"What?"

"Okay. You know when you have a calculator, and you turn it on, or expose it to light, for one of those solar-powered ones, and sometimes you'll get weird symbols on it? Combinations of the LCD segments that don't form numbers, 'DEG' and 'RAD' being both set, things like that?"

"So what?"

"Well, one day I got to thinking. The I Ching is essentially a six-bit code, right? Six segments that can be either whole or broken. And some weird shit with 'moving lines', but that's not that much more complexity. But each of the LCD digits is 7 segments. And you can get, what eight of those, sometimes more. Plus all the extras--the decimal points between numbers, and all the flags."

"So let me guess. Every morning you open up your calculator and use it to consult the I Ching?"

"I thought of that, but I decided I wanted an empirical system first. So what I've been doing is just writing down what's on the display in the morning, and then assessing the day at the end. It's not perfect, for sure, but it'll give me something to start with."

"This, I gotta see."

"Okay, here's the entry I made for last Monday:

          __    __    __    __         __
   |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |__|       |  |
E   __ .  __|   __ . |__ . |__|. __.   __ .
                 K    DEG   RAD       ( )

"I put off doing a lot of things that day, like getting out a new bunch of tapes, working on some of my munged files, writing, etc. Instead I played Civ and reread my heraldry books."

"You've got your work cut out for you. But 'calculomancy' is such a stupid, pseudo-Latinate name. It's one of those blends that really annoy me. It sounds like a fucking Sniglet[TM] or something."

"Well, I thought about abacomancy. That would be a simpler system, but I don't know whether an abacus would assume a random state at rest. And that's still a Latin/Greek mix. I've been too lazy to do research, though. And 'calculo-' means something like 'little piece of stone', anyway."

"Hey, geez, look at the time."

"Hold on, I gotta check today's."

M  __    __    __    __    __               __
- |  |  |  |  |__|  |__|  |__|             |__|
E  __|. |__|.  __ . |__|. |__|.  __.  __.  |__|
   INV  STAT    K    DEG   RAD              ( )

"C'mon, we're gonna be late."

"Nah. That's the 'GRAD' flag. That one I've figured out already."

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