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#128: The Corner Stones Of The Hacker Universe

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

As 128 is one of those "hacker numbers" from the 2^n set which, according to Neal Stephenson's classic hacker novel "Snow Crash," make up the "corner stones of the hacker universe," we've got this special out-of-continuity bar chart today.

I googled the three terms "nerd," "geek," and "hacker," and then I searched for buildings with a height in meters matching the number of hits in millions.

It kind of surprised me that "hacker" had the most hits, but I guess it's because people -- including the media -- often misname crackers (the bad guys) "hackers".

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Besides, the German word "Hacker," meaning woodcutter and being a relatively common last name, is a match as well.

Tags: Computing


1 million Google hits == 1 meter of each building's height

AfE Tower, Frankfurt/M., Germany
117 meters [384 ft.]

MetLife Tower, New York, USA
214 meters [702 ft.]

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
~350 meters [1,148 ft.]


Blog and social media pages

Friday, February 5, 2016

Since our return in November 2015, we've massively expanded our presence in social media. Even though all of them have their links on every page, here's the complete list:







Our own blog

If you like our little comic, feel free to like or follow us in the social media networks you're members of, and use their sharing mechanisms to spread the word. Our eternal gratitude will be yours if you do.

Using these channels, you can also communicate with us, ask questions, or even try and make suggestions. We won't promise to listen to the latter, but are always glad to hear your opinions about our work. Even the critical ones, as long as they're more constructive and more eloquently worded than "you suck."

We deliberately left out Instagram since they're too hipster to allow access from a computer and require a mobile device. We create and publish this comic using a MacBook Pro, and I'm not too fond of switching devices just for one social network (I know there are unofficial workarounds, but never mind these).

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