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Fri, 05 Sep 2003

Log Age

The Koran, allegedly, is the origin of the half your age plus seven rule (i.e. as the lower limit for dating/sex). But modern times call for modern rules, and thus I'd like to introduce the concept of log age.

Because the modern age is digital, and because it just works out better this way, we'll be using base 2. Your log age is simply log base 2 of your regular age. We'll stay with the traditional practice of dropping everything past the decimal point in casual conversation, so here's the quick conversion chart:

Traditional age | Log age
=========================
            < 1 | don't ask
              1 | 0
            2-3 | 1
            4-7 | 2
           8-15 | 3
          16-31 | 4
          32-63 | 5
         64-127 | 6

(So that solves my birthday problem, at least—I'm still 4.)

Now for dating, we'd like a radius of .5 in the log domain, i.e. you can date anyone half a logyear younger to half a logyear older than you. That works out to:

  dating_radius = trad_age / (2 * sqrt(2))

which means I can legally date anyone from 16.1 to 33.8 years old. Modern times being more liberal, I guess.

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