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Ternary, trinary or trit logic: of bricks and trytes (and bytes and bits)

[In a word: e (2.71828...) would be the most efficient base for storing digital information. Not two, i.e. the bits. Storing on three-unit devices (trits) would be the best practical information base. Ternary arithmetic rulez]
This short post is inspired by Igor Carron's The 2-bit Aggie weather station. Igor proposes us the three-valued (bbl) system for assessing weather conditions, with a brick put outside: brown, bright, left:
If brick is dark brown, it's a sure sign that it's raining outside. If the brick is bright, then it's sunny outside. If the brick is not there anymore, it's a tornado. The weird ternary calculing machine machine on the right is not a brick (althhough the color is similar), and is better described in The ternary calculating machine of Thomas Fowler, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 2005, by Glusker, Hogan, and Vass.
Bender: Ahhh, what an awful dream. Ones and zeroes everywhere... and I thought I saw a two.
Fry: Don't worry, Bend…