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.


Nick Moline

Nick is a Senior Software Engineer at Justia.com, a company that makes legal information freely available online. Besides his work, Nick is an avid enthusiast in areas of Technology, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Musical Theater, and everything Disney.

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