Thursday, November 10, 2011

Let's All Go to 11 Today!

Now that it's after midnight (and I'm letting it all hang out...), this is Spinal Tap Day.

In case you haven't heard, today is Spinal Tap Day. And during my 11:00 am - noon statistical mechanics lecture, I'm hoping to quickly pause at 11:11 am to commemorate the event. Hopefully I'll find something to do at 11:11 pm as well.

In case you haven't seen the movie This is Spinal Tap, it's kind of a cult classic. One might even say that it goes to 11.

Watching the movie would be the proper way to celebrate tonight, but I will be attending Somerville's formal hall instead. One of tonight's guests is the Member of Parliament for our district, so hopefully I'll get a chance to talk to her and let her know how important this holiday is. (Plus, I want to ask her about whether it might be possible for me to get access to census data as well as about a 'networks for politicians' event that I think would be a nice thing to try to do.) But if you haven't seen the movie before, then tonight is the perfect day to see it. You'll never again have such a momentous opportunity to do it.

I used to have a 'My d10 Goes to 11' t-shirt, but sadly I lost it at some point in 2010 (no later than during the summer), and it's no longer being sold. Sigh. [This is a proverbial first-world problem rather than something serious, but I'd still really like to get another one of these shirts in my size.]

In conclusion: Today I'm Going to Rock You Today. :) [Yes, I adopted the lyrics slightly.]

(Tip of the cap to Peter Mucha for informing me that tomorrow is Spinal Tap day and to several others who mentioned more mathematically but less-awesome aspects about today.)

Update: I was unaware of it until the 10 seconds of silence at tonight's formal hall in Somerville, but November 11th also marks a far more serious day of the year. As you know, I'm very good at paying attention to the world around me.


Justin said...

The one I'd heard was that tomorrow is Eleventh Doctor Day so one should wear a bow tie and fez (or stetson) if feasible.

It also happens to be day 3000 of the Spitzer mission. And Caltech Sausagefest. Busy day!

Mason said...

I love the fact that Caltech now has an official sausagefest---except that technically takes place pretty much every day.