Tag Archives: Dates


13 Dec

Image by DBduo Photography via Flickr


If you count backwards from today and forwards from today it is the same number of days to Christmas backwards as it is forwards:

13 14 15 16 
13 12 11 10

17 18 19 20
9   8    7    6

21 22 23 24 25
 5  4    3   2    1

That’s it!  I’m officially out of interesting ideas for interesting dates.  I’ll meet you on 1.1.12.  Don’t expect much.



12 Dec

I’m late posting this…or am I?  Let’s muse on this a little…

Moose in yard in Anchorage, Alaska

Image via Wikipedia

Right now in Anchorage, Alaska it is 23:01 on 11.12.11.  In Honolulu, Hawaii, it is only 22:01.  But I prefer to write in Alaskan time because then I can say I’m posting this at the eleventh hour.

[Muttering off monitor] You ask her!No you ask her!No you ask her!Wimps!I’llaska!

Can you tell I’m really bored with this year’s date meme? 

Only one more to go, thank goodness.

Then it starts all over again in 2012!


1 Dec


Another interesting date. 


The year’s been full of them; I’ve done them to death.  What more is there to say?  11211 is:

  • A zip code from Brooklyn.
  • A palindrome.
  • A comprehensive guide to over fifty bars and lounges in Williamsburg.
  • A media management company.
  • A binary number?  Possibly.  I started a Google search but fell asleep before I’d even reached a third of the way down the list.  Like a driver who can’t fix a car, I don’t need to know how it works to show me how beautiful it is.

Instead, how about something that’s happening on this date?

If you are in the Manchester area tonight, there’s free entry to a poetry book launch.  I have a poem in it (no disinterested promotions on this blog, maties) but I won’t be there, for various reasons, one of which is the fact that I still haven’t bought new shoes after the horror of getting to the launch of last year’s anthology.

Best of Manchester Poets Vol2 Launch

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1 Nov

Having done interesting numbers to death this year, I have nothing new to say on the subject of one.  That must be why it’s the loneliest number. 

I will, instead, lift this paragraph from my third post of 2011 (I blogged three times on January 1st, while everyone else was nursing hangovers; if you didn’t know then what you were letting yourself in for, you can’t blame me):

1.1.11 [for 1.1.11 read 1.11.11]: Isn’t that a great date? It’s like 2011 is saying, Yes, you had some interesting numbers in 2010; but let me show you what I’ve got…

2010 had the consecutive (8/9/10, 11:12:13), the repetitive (10/10/10) and the palindrome (01/11/10). Of course, it all depends on your perspective: my American friends won’t have had the same first one because they put the month before the day; here in the UK 8/9/10 happened in September but in the States it was in August. Then there’s the manipulation: if I had added or subtracted zeros then 8/9/10 would have been 08/09/10 and rather dull; 01/11/10 would not have been a palindrome at all as 1/11/10.

I then went off at a tangent, so I had to do some research on the number 1.

There is some useful info on Wikipedia:

  • it is an integer
  • it comes after zero and before two (seriously?)
  • one is the identity for multiplication, so if you multiply any number by one, it remains that number

I needed Wikipedia for that?

What else can one share about one? 

  • it is the atomic number of hydrogen

And that’s all I got.  That’s just ace, isn’t it?

Turns out I did have a little something new to say on the subject of one after all; but I never said it would be interesting.  One forgets, sometimes, just how dull one can be.


11 Oct

File:FIAV 111011.svg

It’s time to sleep again, folks: today’s date is another binary number, 111011

Someone Yahooed to ask, how to change a base 10 number into a binary number? the number is 111011.  And here’s the answer – in fact, the best answer, as chosen by voters; who knew maths was so democratic?


111011, base 2
= 1(2^5) + 1(2^4) + 1(2^3) + 0(2^2) + 1(2^1) + 1(2^0)
= 32 + 16 + 8 + 0 + 2 + 1
= 59, base 10

For the other way, decimal to binary:
59, base 10
Can 2^6 fit into 59? No.
Can 2^5 fit into 59? Yes.
Can 2^4 fit into 27? Yes.
Can 2^3 fit into 11? Yes.
Can 2^2 fit into 3? No.
Can 2^1 fit into 3? Yes.
Can 2^0 fit into 1? Yes.

So, let’s look at what we have for our answers:
No (0)
Yes (1)
Yes (1)
Yes (1)
No (0)
Yes (1)
Yes (1)

Hmm… read it from top to bottom (ignore any zeroes in the beginning): 111011.
59, base 10 = 111011, base 2


So there you have today’s date: of the geekest, by the geekest, for the geekest.



9 Oct

Things happening on this date:

Lots of weddings:

But most exciting of all – it’s nine days to my lovely niece’s birthday.

Oh, and one day to the Hub’s.


9 Sep
Albino camel
Image by Kai Hendry via Flickr

I’ve talked about the number nine; I’ve talked about the number eleven.  What else is there?  Homonyms are funny; how about homonyms of nine and eleven?

There is a homonym of nine, of course: nein.  No.  That’s German.  I couldn’t find a homonym of eleven.

The only answer is to cheat: instead of making this post about the numbers or the date, I’ll make it about homonyms via my sneaky segue (‘I’ll make it about homonyms’).

For those people who have never heard of homonyms because they have a life, the definition I am talking about is of two words that sound the same but have different meanings:

homonym: a word that sounds the same as another word but has a different meaning, and often a different spelling.

huminim: a street response to the question, ‘What is the peculiar noise coming from that fellow over there?’  ‘Hum, in’ ‘im?’


Interesting facts about homonyms:

  • …um…moving on…


What Wikipedia has to say about homonyms:

  • The state of being a homonym is called homonymy

What Tilly Bud has to say about Wikipedia:

  •  Good grief.  Is that the best you can come up with?

What Wikipedia has to say about Tilly Bud’s response:

  • No; try this for size:    A further example of a homonym, which is both a homophone and a homograph, is fluke. Fluke can mean:
    • A fish, and a flatworm.
    • The end parts of an anchor.
    • The fins on a whale’s tail.
    • A stroke of luck.

What Tilly Bud has to say about Wikipedia’s response to her response:

  • Is there a homonym for ‘moronic facts that are of no interest to my readers’?

What Wikipedia has to say about Tilly Bud’s response to Wikipedia’s response to her response:

  • …um…moving on…


Common Homonyms:

  • hear/here
  • there/their
  • everywhere/everywear/everywere
  • beetles/Beatles
  • sense/cents/scents as in: Have some common sense – don’t spend your cents on expensive scents (unless it’s a gift for me)


And that’s all, folks.  This post was brought to you today by the number

and the number

Sesame Street has got nothing on me.


Note: the image at the top of this post is of an albino camel.  I included it for two reasons:

  1. I like saying, ‘albino camel’.
  2. Albino camels have got nothing to do with this post.
  3. Just as homonyms have got nothing to do with today’s date.
  4. And because I can’t count.


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