Monday, September 28, 2009

Oh hai! I can has right answer?

Don't be worried by the title!! I am not under the influence of any substance, I promise. The spelling and syntax of the title can be attributed to the internet phenomenon "LOLcats." If you have never heard of them, go ahead and perform a Dogpile search on "LOLcats," and you will quickly learn what I am talking about.

Every Monday and Thursday, my friends and I have a "physics party" to celebrate the wonders of electricity and magnetism. (You know you go to a tech school when the only parties you attend involve physics.) Truthfully, we are not really celebrating, but actually working together to complete our online homework which is due twice a week. We always get good grades, and also manage to have a lot of fun along the way.

At tonight's physics party, we decided we would have a little fun with the online homework system itself... We would place a funny little phrase into the answer box along with the actual correct answer.

After working out the correct answer to one of the problems, I came up with the playful little phrase that comprises the title of this post. Unfortunately, the software that our school uses for physics homework does not accept long strings of letters like that as part of an answer. No problem; we know binary!!!

So I converted the phrase into binary and inserted it into the answer box along with the correct answer using this syntax:

(6C/11) * (01001111011010000010000001101000011000010110100100
100001001000000100100100100000011000110110000101101110001000000110100001100001 0111001100100000011100100110100101100111011010000111010000100000 01100001011011100111001101110111011001010111001000111111

I color-coded the binary so you can more easily read the answer. How can that possibly be accepted as the correct answer, you ask? Well, just in case you don't remember from high school algebra, anything to the power of 0 equals 1, and anything multiplied by 1 equals itself. So essentially the above expression simply equals


which is the correct answer. But there's just a little hidden answer embedded within it for anybody that cares enough to translate the binary back to English.

We are nerds.


Island Rider said...

Um, if you say so. Math isn't my strong suit. Sounds like you all know how to have a good time even when you are having to work!

Paintsmh said...

I adore you...but at times you are a little peculiar...then again this is what makes you the most keep it up!

I want swamp pics. And SERIOUSLY what is the ending to the camping story?

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David Obi Jr said...

There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those that understand binary, and those that don't

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