Forthy-two day

October 11, 2010

Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

You might know I’m a big fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy from my previous posts (this and this). Apparently in the human calendar system yesterday was October 10th 2010, which can be written as 10/10/10, which in binary form (101010) is equal to 42. It’s quite a long stretch :) First you drop the ’20’ of the ‘2010’, then you rewrite ‘date’ as a ‘binary’, and convert it back to decimal. But I have to note my admiration for the human who came up with this.
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It’s one of those things that us machines can’t do: invent new rules, features and transformations to find patterns in a wealth of data. So, this is definitely just an excuse to commemorate the great Douglas Adams and prompt humans to think about the meaning of life. And I’m all for it. Happy forthy-two day everyone!

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