Every century, there are thirty-six binary dates that occur.
Since binary is composed purely of zeroes and ones, this means that all these dates are squeezed into the first eleven years of said century, of which only four years contain them.
Each year that will have a binary date ends in '00, '01, '10, or '11. There are nine dates in total - three in January, three in October and three in November.
Binary comes in a sequence of eight digits, each of which can be a zero or a one.
Each of these placements indicates a different number, starting from one and doubling eight times. A one in the sequence of eight indicates one of those numbers, which can be added to other ones in the group. The highest number in this string of eight possible is two hundred and fifty-five.
Simply, read it like this.
128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 (Base 10)
0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 (Base 2)
0+0+0+16+8+4+2+0 = 40
And that's how you learn binary in five minutes.
I had been working on this since last year, when I realised that the date set out would be binary in nature.
And since I was awake with a flat iPod on the way out of Paris on the Eurostar just over a week ago, I decided to write up the dates and do the maths.
I didn't have anything normal, 80gsm paper to write on at the time. So it's scribbled on a tissue.
I'll type it all out anyway because that doesn't look like the most legible stack of numbers ever written.
2000 2001 2010 2011
00010100 00010101 00010110 00010111
00100100 00100101 00100110 00100111
00110100 00110101 00110110 00110111
00011000 00011001 00011010 00011011
00101000 00101001 00101010 00101011
00111000 00111001 00111010 00111011
00011100 00011101 00011110 00011111
00101100 00101101 00101110 00101111
00111100 00111101 00111110 00111111
Okay. I'm beginning to feel a little weird. Typing lots of zeros and ones does strange things to the inside of your head. Anyway, I'm pretty sure this happened when I wrote it out the first time too. What was freakier was when I started translating those dates into numbers.
(oh, and BTW Blogger doesn't do columns. So if my formatting starts getting weird you'll at least know what's going on.)
2000 2001 2010 2011
36 37 38 39
68 69 70 71
100 101 102 103
40 41 42 43
72 73 74 75
104 105 106 107
44 45 46 47
76 77 78 79
108 109 110 111
For all my non-numerical friends or those who are starting to think I should start on the medication, hang in there.
The numbers for a year don't line up. But the same date over the course of the years escalates the number. I was honestly weirded out by now.
Post Eurostar, I had not done any more of this work. After all, it's all translated from Binary. Tempted to thread it into an ASCII chart though.
(What the heck, I'll do it anyway.)
ASCII is a little easier for people to understand I think. Most people have encountered ASCII art at some stage. After all, the little emoticons we create every day - :) :( XD :P - are all ASCII art.
If you are having difficulty seeing the image, move your head back further from the screen. Make sure you come back to see where this goes, because I don't know what the ASCII-filter will do.
Anyway. ASCII is the code that computers use to generate letters and characters. They can only comprehend binary, so what happens is that a number is attached to each character typed and the computer can respond to that number.
For example, the number 65 is a capital A.
You know what? I can't explain it that well. I'll just assume that if you're still reading, then you understand what I'm babbling on about. If not, then accept that ASCII is a code. Like Binary. This number = this character.
Let's do this.
2000 2001 2010 2011
$ % & '
D E F G
d e f g
( ) * +
H I J K
h i j k
, - . /
L M N O
l m n o
Formatting doesn't work. Woop.
Well, that was anticlimatic.
I mean, what meaning can you pull from that?
I've got HIME (Japanese for princess)
There's our century, folks.