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Hacking the Holidays

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Image by Madhavan Muthukaruppan; used under CC Attribution license.

I’d just like to take a moment of your time to wish you a very happy new year on behalf of all of us at GeekDad. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog, and our companion blog GeekMom, over the course of 2010, and hope you continue to enjoy doing so as we strive to continuously improve both in 2011.

I would be remiss in my duties as GeekDad’s managing editor if I didn’t point out a few geeky things about this new year:

1. Today’s date can be written as “1/1/11,” making it the first date since September 9, 1999 that could be written using only one digit. This year has four such dates, more than any other year this century will: today, January 11, November 1 and November 11.

2. 2011 is the first prime-numbered year since 2003, and the last until 2017. Moreover, 2011 and 2017 are sexy primes. As if that weren’t enough, 2011 is also the sum of 11 consecutive prime numbers: 157 + 163 + 167 + 173 + 179 + 181 + 191 + 193 + 197 + 199 + 211.

3. According to the TV show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, “Judgment Day” will be on April 21 of this year.

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