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Happy 11.11.11! What Should You Do to Celebrate The Last Binary Day THIS CENTURY!

binary Happy 11.11.11! What Should You Do to Celebrate The Last Binary Day THIS CENTURY!

The world through Betabeat goggles.

You felt it this morning, did you? An extra skip in your skip. A singular sense of specialness. A crisp chill in the air last felt in November 11, 1911.

This is a day that needs to celebrated. And no ordinary Friday stockpile of Four Loko and Adderrall could suffice. Not that we need to tell you, esteemed readers, but today is the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2011, which means not only is a binary day (a date that consists of 1’s and 0’s when written out numerically). But it’s also a rare ‘un.

According to the ROI Factor, there are only 36 binary days in a century and we’re experiencing this century’s last. So unless some of us are Super Agers or three-month olds, chances are this is your last excuse for a binary party  . . . ever.

Here’s how the remaining Betabeaters left at the office are going to celebrate:

“Dress in black and white and learn to code or use the computer or something?? I dunno . . . I gotta go, you guys!”–Adrianne

“Now that I think about it, to amuse myself, I’m just going to place 1’s and 0’s over the heads of everyone I see tonight. Are they a 1, or are they a 0? Maybe it’s better to be a zero. I don’t know. Maybe the 1’s are really just superior, and the 0’s—try as they might to mean something more, maybe in their minds, the brilliance of absence—are just dellusional. Who knows! But I’ll be able to report back on Monday with some results, assuming I don’t get crazy drunk and start explaining this to some lady at a bar tonight about how she’s a zero, “but that’s a good thing, you don’t understand, it’s Binary Day” and end up coming home with a black eye. At that point, I will not be reporting back my results.”–Foster

“I’m gonna reread this New York magazine cover story on Super Agers until I figure out the secret forumla and then invest in all those genome startups popping up recently (like the one from YC that was bought by Monsanto? Monsanto, really? What’s up with that?) and watch Vanilla Sky and think about cryogenically freezing my body until the Singularity hits. I might also prank call Ray Kurzweil.”–Nitasha

The rest of you should feel free to just watch some Matrix clips on YouTube and go about your evening.

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Comments

  1. Rlrny says:

    12/12/12?