Thank you Veterans

Image Copyright flickr.com/look4uThis Veteran’s Day, I would like to honor family members who have served this country.

I would like to honor my Father, Richard V. Moline III, who served this country in the US Navy before I was born.

I would like to honor my Sister in Law, Betina Garcia, who currently serves this country as an Army Corporal.

I would like to honor the memory my Uncle, James Carr, who like my father, also served in the U.S. Navy.

I would like to honor the memory of wife’s Grandfather, Therman Branning, who served in World War 2, including as a member of the U.S. Army Cleanup Crew after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

I would like to honor my Uncle Herman Jones, who recently returned from Iraq where he was a member of the team training Iraqi Police Officers

I also would like to honor my friends who have served this country,

I would like to honor John Savage, who I worked with at GetOnTheAir, who served as an Army Ranger in Iraq.

I honor my old school friend Josh Brown who I know currently serves this country, though I don’t know with which branch of the military.

I know there are many more to honor who have served or are serving, and I’m very sorry if I forgot you in this post. I am very proud of everyone who has served this country.  God bless all of you.

Thank you to everyone who served in the U.S. Military, not just those I’ve listed here, but every single man and woman who has put on a uniform.  I owe my safety and security in this country to the sacrifice you’ve given to us.

My Last Binary Day (probably) #NerdNewYear

Happy Binary Day (Enjoy it, it is probably your last)
Happy Binary Day

So in addition to being Veteran’s Day, today, November 11, 2011, happens to be the last “Binary Day” I am ever likely to live through.  There have been 36 so-called “Binary Days” in the last 11 years (9 each in 2000, 2001, 2010 and 2011), where all the days of the date (except the century) consist of only the digits 0 and 1.  As a computer programmer, I can’t help but be tickled by days that appear to be in binary.

Today however, the 6 digit binary calendar hits its max at 11/11/11 and so there will not be another binary day (at all) until January 1, 2100 (which could be represented as 01/01/100 for that extra binary digit goodness).  As this is over 88 years away, if I manage to live to it, I will be 117 years old, which isn’t very likely.

I say that makes this day worth remembering.  Some are calling it #NerdNewYear (the hash tag makes it extra nerdy), in Redwood City, there’s a big block party currently counting down the seconds till 11/11/11 11:11:11 pm.  Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the party tonight, but I wish all my fellow Hackers and other Nerds a great time at the party.

Happy Binary Day Everyone, Enjoy it, it will probably be your last.