Because I’m a fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I saw great significance to my 42nd birthday. I thought this would be a great excuse to put up a sign on my cube at work with “42” in large friendly numerals.
Actually, the “42” seemed kinda obvious, so I made up a sign that was filled with “101010” instead. Granted, most folks aren’t expected to know that “101010” is 42 in binary, but I was in an IT cube farm. I expected my neighbors to think that this was clever and funny.
This turned out not to be the case. As I worked at my desk, I heard folks on the other side on my wall discussing the sign. “What is that?” “Is that binary?” “What does this mean?”
C’mon guys! We’re supposed to be math nerds. Any of us should be able to look at that sign and think “32 + 8 + 2 is 42 – the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything!”
Apparently there are some Hitchhiker’s Guide fans amongst my neighbors and even fewer math nerds. I seemed to be the only one who was both. Maybe I am too geeky for IT.
<deep thought>Or is IT not geeky enough for me?</deep thought>