"Places" in life, and in math. 
[27 Aug 200908:47am] 
Today, I have both a request and an offer for you mathsexy folks...
First the request. I'm wondering if there's a general and/or more technically descriptive sounding term for the "place" digits in larger numbers. You know, like the one's place, ten's place, hundred's place in base ten numbers. Is there a name other than "place digits" that I can use to describe these exponentially growing levels?
And now the offer. The reason I'm asking is because I've come up with an interesting theory of growth and development in life (including the growth of our most intimate relationships, of course, since they are a key component of perpetuating this whole life thing). My theory involves using binary counting. Life seems to grow through exponentially increasing "places" just like numbers do. Each jump to a new level (1, 10, 100, 1000) represents a new dimension, essentially, of ability and awareness in the individual. I'd been using the Cartesian grid system for plotting the growth in two and then three dimensions, but as I was starting to think about the fourth dimension/level someone suggested I check out Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science, and the otherwise unassuming binary version of the "cellular automata" type images just jumped out at me as being the right way to do it.
So yeah, here's my memetically procreative offering...
The text version:
1's place  Physical Growth  input (0) and output (1) of resources focusing on what I need 10's place  Emotional Growth  input and output of resources (focus on what my closest companion needs) 100's place  Intellectual Growth  input and output of resources focusing on what my whole community/culturalgroup needs 1000's place  Spiritual Growth  input and output of resources focusing on what all life needs
And, here's a pretty diagram version, with bonus fifth dimension (10000's place), as yet to be named or really understood at all, but nonetheless predicted by sexy math! Also, here's an older nonbinary Cartesian version in 3D, which may, or may not be at all meaningful.
Also, amusingly, I recently discovered that describing growth of life by counting in binary has been around for millennia in the form of the I Ching. And, the levels described in the I Ching are indeed essentially the same as the levels described in my theory. (Only theirs have more metaphors using interesting nonhuman animals, the traditional elements like earth, air, fire, and water, and funky geographical stuff like mountains and marshes and rivers and such, while I tend to use more modern humancentered social and person ideals such as freedom, belonginess, leadership, creativity, uniqueness, diversity, peace, etc.) MathSexy!

