J. D. Wise

Author and Programmer

J. D. Wise

You who so plod amid serious things that you feel it shame to give yourself up even for a few short moments to mirth and joyousness in the land of Fancy; you who think that life hath not to do with innocent laughter that can harm no one; these pages are not for you.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • To the Moon
    For the past few years, we’ve had a number of 50-year milestones for the various manned lunar flights. Apollo 8 circled the moon in December 1968, and the following year Apollo 11 made the first manned lunar landing on July 20, 1969. Besides Apollo 11, there were five other lunar landings, ending with Apollo 17…. Read more
  • Out of Order
    Social media is filled with posts trying to catch people out on their ignorance (or forgetfulness) of the arithmetic order of operations. Everyone learns this at some point in their education, but most people rarely have to think about it in daily life. Even so, you would think that after years of seeing these same… Read more
  • Coding Nanyan Numerals
    On the Postdiluvian blog, I gave an explanation of how Nanyan Numerals work.  Now I want to show you how to create a simple Python program for converting to and from Nanyan Numerals.  For this post, I’ll focus on converting Nanyan numerals to a more readable integer. The language of choice for this project is… Read more