Someone who's smart with encryption, check this...

· Thought

I’m not dead, I swear.

I am, however, an idiot

I was playing around with some numbers in my head the other day. Because I went to an all-boys school and stopped maturing at age 12, I pondered: what kinds of ways can you get to the number 420?

An infinite number of ways, of course, but let’s rule out boring addition and multiplication. In fact, let’s combine them so they’re less boring. You can get to 420 by multiplying 120 by 3, then adding 20 multiplied by 3, then adding 0 multiplied by 3. Neat, right? Okay, I guess you had to be there.

I call these nifty little numbers BARILARO NUMBERS TRADEMARK COPYRIGHT RESTRICTED PATENTED INCORPORATED. Or, folding numbers, for short - cuz it reminds me of doing a list fold in functional programming languages (which is where you work down a list of stuff, doing some work on each individual thing, then combining it with the rest of the list of stuff).

Maybe they’re useful?

My amoebic knowledge of encryption only holds a few facts. One of those is that encryption is hard to crack because it works by sharing a little bit of information with someone which you both use to work out a big prime number. If someone else tries to work out the prime number (i.e.: tries to forge the key to your lock), it’s really hard for them to do, because that little bit of information is crucial. Unfortunately, working out the big prime number, even if you have information, seems to be a bit of a pain. So much of a pain, infact, that there are special chips you can buy so your main computer doesn’t have to deal with that.

Maybe the folding numbers could speed things up? They’re super easy to work out, but seem to be super hard to work out if you don’t have the right info (the base number and the thing to multiply it by).

I don’t know things!

This is purely conjecture, so you’re not allowed to bully me! If any budding encryptionologistifiers want to do some math on this, please feel free to. Send me the link, though!