Next year, the world will not end, but a sequence will. On 11/11/11, regardless of whether you live in Europe or America, all the bits of the calendar will be turned on. That alone should make it some kind of international peace day. However, this date also triggers some unwanted thoughts in the minds math and computer folk.
For example, this date like a pattern of bits in a byte, which can also be represented by the hexadecimal number 0x3f, or decimal 63 or 2**5-1. And then I think, "I should really refresh my memory on 2s compliment" or "maybe this a netmask to local subnet" or "jeez, there are two whole bits wasted in that pattern."
What I'm saying is that computers have ruined my mind. So having dates like the one above isn't safe for me.
Luckily, this is the last time in my life I will be confronted with such dates. I've lived through the following:
- 11/11/10 (arriving shortly)
Left on the calendar are the following harrowing days:
So, Nov. 11, 2011 is the last of a pattern that will not repeat this century. Who will ignore the ominous tidings that this date portents?