December 31, 2015 9:00 am
The number 2016 is 11111100000 in binary. Years whose binary representations are just 1s followed by 0s have been rare for a thousand years, but we’re going to get more and more in the next few decades:
And then no more until the 31st century. So enjoy them while they last!
December 22, 2015 7:41 pm
Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a pretty big opening weekend. It broke the records for domestic opening weekend ($247.9M, over Jurassic World‘s 208.8M) and worldwide ($529M, also breaking Jurassic World‘s 524.9M). But that’s not all.
- Largest Thursday “preview” day
- Largest Friday, largest opening day, largest single day
- (Not the largest Saturday, it was 3rd, behind the first Avengers movie and Jurassic World
- Largest Sunday
- Largest Monday (in this case breaking Spiderman 2‘s 11-year-old record)
- Highest per-theater average (this record is probably the craziest — it broke Jurassic World‘s previous record by 22%)
- Fastest movie to $100M (in fact, the very first movie to break 100M in one day, so this record will never be broken, only tied) and the fastest to $250M
- Largest domestic and global IMAX weekends
- Biggest December opening weekend (by a factor of 3! $248M, compared to the previous record was the first Hobbit at 85M)
There are more, too, but they’re all implied by the above ones (largest PG-13 opening weekend! Largest holiday weekend!).
And for the record, my review:
May 14, 2015 9:39 am
Our Sign With Stars On It
It’s morning now.
That thing we saw last evening — can you see it?
It was on the other side of that wall.
We could see its colors even though there was a fight happening.
In fact, the fighting gave off light that let us see it all night!
So, is it still there?
(Inspired by XKCD’s Up-goer Five and repeated singing of The Starspangled Banner to my infant daughter.)
April 6, 2015 9:05 am
Stats from a week’s worth of paternity leave with a 3.5 month old:
- Naps: 22 (average 4.4 per day, median length: 46 mins)
- Bottles: 20 (average 4 per day, median volume: 3.25 oz)
- Diapers: 32 (average 6.4 per day)
- Smiles: 1040 (approximate)