This tattoo is written in binary (a number system in which the only characters are 1 and 0). Each 1 or 0 is called a bit, and 8 bits is called 1 byte. It takes 1 byte to represent a letter of the English alphabet. Binary is the language of computers. Computers communicate using this language.
I’ve spent the last 5 years studying computers and loving every second of it. I get genuine joy out of learning about and working with computers. I’m so excited to spend my life doing something I love. If you look closely, you’ll see the digits “1101” (the second half of the M). 1101 is the room number of the computer lab where I spent a good part of my time in college.
These 7 bytes spell out the word, “Triumph”. “Triumph” was the final transmission of the Mars Phoenix Rover before it shut down on October 28, 2008 (just after my birthday). The Phoenix found water on Mars – marking the first time water has been found somewhere other than Earth. It is highly likely that mankind will begin colonizing Mars within the next few generations.
The Mars Phoenix mission was one of the greatest achievements in human history. We built a device capable of traveling through space for 10 months before landing on another planet and analyzing the soil and atmosphere. Phoenix is a testament to the capabilities resulting from human perseverance and passion, which strongly reflects my own personal views on philosophy and religion.
I am getting this tattoo close to my college graduation to commemorate my own triumph. College has been by far the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life, and also the most rewarding.
Finally, I am getting this tattoo on the inside of my left arm, just above the elbow. This is the same location that the character Rupert Giles has a tattoo in the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is by and far my most favorite television show of all time. Aside from being genuinely entertaining, I have found the experiences of the characters to often closely mimic my own experiences, and I have learned a lot about myself from this show.