Tuesday 23 July 2019

Oracle APEX Challenge Coin

Earlier this year, APEX technologist Adrian Png introduced an initiative involving an APEX Challenge Coin.

Reading up on the history behind the concept is rather interesting, with a strong military background. Something to create a sense of team bondage, to improve morale, and a way to determine who's round at the bar.
Though I couldn't help but think of two pop culture references - loosely in Pulp Fiction, and gruesomely in John Wick.

A lovely piece

The sequential numeric on Adrian's coins has no published meaning, though I know Shakeeb received coin suffiex with 42. There is talk of adding a recipient list to apex.world.

Sitting among my laptop stickers

I humbly accept coin A0045 from Juergen, and it's an impressive little piece of metallurgy.

I consulted an ASCII table, and 45 could represent "E", "-", or "%", should it be dec, oct, or hex. Or it could just be part of that algorithm that produces alphanumeric keys that I've seen in the sample APEX applications.

Wiki also tells me 45 is the atomic number is for rhodium, some noble metal.
And it's a 'triangle number', because 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 = 45

And a frequent sight in our night sky, Pleiades is Messier object 45.

Anyhow, more community spirit from an already welcoming community


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