# Binary Images From Silicon Valley

I traveled to Silicon Valley last week. I visited the Computer History Museum, the Intel Museum, and Stanford University. I took some binary-themed pictures that I’d like to share.

## Computer History Museum

Logo from the visitor map:

Wall with cutouts of 1s and 0s:

The same wall but taken when the spinning binary projection was cast on it:

The projection cast over a wall with a quote from Donald Knuth:

Binary in wavy lines:

Rows of binary (screenshot from film):

Rows of binary on multicolored background (screenshot from film):

Conversion from binary to decimal, caught as it was transitioning between displays of binary and decimal numbers (screenshot from film):

AND, OR, and NOT gates, plus flip-flop:

### Donors

There was a plaque with a list of donors:

Here it is zoomed in to two places, to show the amounts:

Did you notice the donation ranges?

• Partners Circle (\$1,024-\$2,047)
• Innovators Circle (\$2,048-\$4,095)
• Investors Circle (\$4,096-\$8,191)
• Visionaries Circle (\$8,192-\$16,383)
• Pioneers Circle (\$16,384-\$24,999)
• Founders Circle (\$25,000-\$65,535)
• Benefactors Circle (\$65,536+)

They are in power of two amounts — for the most part. Why did they break the pattern between \$16,384 and \$65,536? Why not make Pioneers Circle \$16,384-\$32,767 and Founders Circle \$32,768-\$65,535? They are hurting my binary brain!

## Intel Museum

This column was lit up in binary:

A graph of Moore’s Law, shown logarithmically (log base 2):

There was a machine that let you spell your name by typing in ASCII code:

Here is the ASCII chart and input buttons:

Here is my creation:

There was no ASCII code listed for ‘.’, so I didn’t type ‘.com’. (It just occurred to me — I should have looked online for the ASCII code and just tried it.) It probably wouldn’t have fit anyhow.

## Stanford University

The tiles under the arches are numbered — not in binary, but I framed them that way. After all, 0 is engraved as 00, and 1 is engraved as 01 — how was I not to think binary?

I threw ten and eleven in for good measure:

## San Francisco

After leaving the Valley I traveled to San Francisco; this caught my eye at the Wharf:

I would have ordered them right to left ðŸ™‚ .