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:
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!
This column was lit up in binary:
A graph of Moore’s Law, shown logarithmically (log base 2):
Spell Your Name
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.
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:
After leaving the Valley I traveled to San Francisco; this caught my eye at the Wharf:
I would have ordered them right to left 🙂 .
Nice pics! 🙂
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