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  1. GotCoffee

    GotCoffee Guest

    I remember the color code with bad boys rape ....
    I want to give my 10 year old boy a different saying. What is a more
    tame way of remembering the color code?

  2. J-vibe

    J-vibe Guest

    Here's one that might work:

    Barney Bear Rides On Your Green Bike Very Good Wow
    As he gets older,
    Bad Beer Rots Our Young Guts But Vodka Goes Well
  3. I first learned it as;

    Better be right or your great big venture goes west.
  4. John Fields

    John Fields Guest

  5. Genome

    Genome Guest


    And practice.

    Rather like sex... but that gives you an itchy knob.
    Relationships... don't go there.


    Nighty Night.

  6. Why in the world do you think a mnemonic is necessary?

    They require someone to remember the slogan, and then they have
    to figure out the lookup.

    "Oh, there's a red band, let me see what was the slogan, okay "r"
    is the second letter, that must be a 2".

    It gets worse as you deal with the higher numbers, since one has
    to go through the sequence further.

    You are just thinking in terms of a beginner, but in trying to
    get a mnemonic you are preventing the kid from getting any better
    than a beginner when it comes to color code. The mnemonic is
    not about knowing the color code, it's about remember the sequence
    of the numbers.

    Give the kid some resistors, and a color code chart, and let him
    sort the resistors. The practice of figuring out which is which
    will help him to remember the code.

    Then, when he sees a red band, he will immediately know it's a "2",
    rather than having to do some mental lookup.

    When I was a kid, I didn't even know about the famous mnemonics,
    so I didn't waste time with them. I needed to know what the resistor
    values were, so I naturally looked them up. And the practice meant
    that I learned the code.

  7. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I, for one, still rely on the "bad boys" phrase for the resistor color code.
    Now that I'm older and don't use it often, it makes it easy to remember.

    Also, I don't think that I would be able to remember the alphabet, either,
    if I hadn't learned it by the phrase:

    "All bad children do eat fowl grapes happily in just knowing little magic
    nectarines own plenty quality red strawberry teacakes under Violet's wooly
    xylophone's yellow zipper."

    Wow. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to remember that one. Now, if I could only
    remember what happened to me in the '60's.

  8. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    I remember the color code with bad boys rape ....
    :Why in the world do you think a mnemonic is necessary?
    :They require someone to remember the slogan,
    :and then they have to figure out the lookup.
    : Michael Black

    I'm with Michael.

    I say if he needs a crutch, get him a rainbow chart.

    This one looks nice.

    Once he starts thinking of values in terms of the spectrum,
    it becomes duck soup to just memorize the values.
  9. Tom Woodrow

    Tom Woodrow Guest

    bald boys repel over yosemites granite bluffs voiding great wisdom
  10. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    The sport is rappelling, NOT repel....
  11. -------------
    Only shit-asses try that, and they all find that their kid comes home
    with our "bad boys rape..." anyway, because being lurid it's a shit
    fucking hell of a lot more memorable, which is, of course, the reason
    for the existence of a mnemonic in the first place. Trying stupid
    shit-ass lameness like you propose is like trying to keep him from
    discovering sex, which pursuit the only truly SICK pursuit!!

  13. Genome

    Genome Guest

    **** me, apologies for swearing.

    **** me R. Steve Walz.

    Oh bollocks, perhaps I was thinking about Mark Zenier.

    Sorry, I've asked before.

    I'll go away now.

  14. Genome

    Genome Guest

    I, obviously, responded to the wrong post.

    **** me, R. Steve Walz.

    Thank you

    Most enjoyable.

  15. Tom Woodrow

    Tom Woodrow Guest

    OK, I'll avoid that sport also.

    bald boys rappell over yosemites granite bluffs voiding great wisdom

  16. Lord Garth

    Lord Garth Guest

    I used rappelling gear to service antennas some years ago. Actually, it's
    quite fun!
    My highest rappel was from the roof of a 27 stories building.
  17. Tom Woodrow

    Tom Woodrow Guest

    Used to install TV antenna systems (60's) on two and three story houses
    with steep pitch roofs. We were too stupid (in my teens) to wear safety
    gear. Not that we even had any. Paid $1.20 an hour which was big bucks
    then (living at home and all). I had more mad money then than I do now.

  18. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Black, Brown, Roy G. B'v, Grey, White. :)

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