Today is March 14th, and you know what that means: it’s Pi Day! You see because pi is (approximately) 3.14. And today’s date is 3/14. And…well that’s it, really. I’m looking forward to 2015, when we will be able to write the date 3/14/15, which is the first four digits of pi. And on that day, at 9:26:53 it will be super-duper Pi Second, because pi is 3.141592653… Although rounding purists will probably prefer 9:26:54 because the next digit after the last 3 is a 5. Heh, what nerds <snort>!
Anyway, today is double special for me. Why? It’s my birthday! Well, ok, it’s not my birthday, but it is the birthday of my character in my semi-autobiographical novel Alien Life. It’s about an extraterrestrial who’s come to Earth to study human culture and technology. A sort of intergalactic anthropologist. He, that is to say I, or Alien!Arik Rice, was born on this day, at least on the human calendar.
So, how old is the little tyke? Well it starts with a 1. And ends with a 2. And it’s not 12.
He’s 16,102 years old, born in the year 14,094 B.C.E. Yes, I’m he’s older than human civilization itself! All because of mind upload and taking care to avoid unnecessary risks, although uploaded people in his civilization are practically indestructible, so even relatively large risks are not hazardous. That’s what you get when your civilization is over a billion years old.