Wednesday, September 9, 2009


So today is September 9, 2009, which works out to 09-09-09 if you type dates like data entry (which I do a lot of all day). Nothing special, except it works in both the U.S. date style (mm/dd/yy) and the British (dd/mm/yy). As NPR noted, today was the date in 1776 that the United Colonies changed their name to the United States, and today the remastered Beatles catalog will be issued, apparently as an homage to the phrase “Number 9”, which is repeated in the song Revolution 9 on The Beatles (aka “the white album”); if you play the song backwards it says “Turn me on, dead man,” one of the other many clues to the urban legend that Paul McCartney is dead. (You need a vinyl copy of the album; I don’t think you can play a CD backwards.) It’s also the day of the release of the video game Beatles: Rock Band, for those of you into that sort of thing.

It’s also the first workday in Samoa where people are getting accustomed to driving on the left side of the road. The island nation switched because it’s cheaper to import cars with right-hand-drive from Japan and Australia. I guess that makes Samoa another leftist country….

Carry on.