10th of October 2010 fell on a Sunday. Sunday’s are normally “lazy Sundays” where I am hitting the playgrounds with Tian or, as lately, we go and see the water puppet show and then stroll around Saigon Zoo. Finished serving late breakfast or early brunch, I picked up the camera and looked for inspiration as the time drew closer to 10 am.
This is it:
10/10/10 or 101010 in binary code equals 42.
- According to Douglas Adam fans, the number 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything.
- 42. The absolute truth about life. 2 Die. A die got 6 sides and all sides add up to 21. 21 times 2 equals 42 hence 2 Die.
- The eight digits of pi beginning from 242,422 places after the decimal point are 42424242.
- The glyph, or character, corresponding to the number 42 in the ASCII character set, is *, the asterisk, commonly known as the wildcard character. For example, when used in a Unix command such as “rm -fr /*”, * means “everything”.
- 42 is the number with which God creates the Universe in Kabalistic tradition.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has 42 illustrations.
- In A Clockwork Orange Alex browses through records in a record store and we see a record of the, at this time fictional, band Level 42.
- Tower 42 is a skyscraper in the City of London, formerly known as the NatWest Tower.
- The designation within ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 of its working group on Architecture was chosen to be “WG 42” because architecture is the answer to “Life, the Universe and Everything”, skipping over designations 26 through 41.
What’s up with the “Cube” sub headings?
Given 27 same-size cubes whose nominal values progress from 1 to 27, a 3×3×3 magic cube can be constructed such that every row, column, and corridor, and every diagonal passing through the center, comprises 3 cubes whose sum of values is 42.