Nine Alignment

The new year has been rung in for weeks already but maybe today feels a little more special due to a planetary alignment that hasn't been seen for 10 years. So despite being a bit late, it still seems like a particularly auspicious day to drop the checkered flag on 2016.

I labelled 2015 Year 8 due to being able to reduce it to 8 using numerology (2+0+1+5=8) which means 2016 is a 9 year. A number famous as a cutoff for cats, and an excellent but under appreciated film (IMO of course). I was partial to 8, it being my favourite number, but nine also has some mystery to it. Especially as part of Nikola Tesla's famous quote:

"If you only knew the magnificence of 3, 6, and 9, then you would have a key to the universe."

 It doesn't take much research to show there really is obviously some interesting mathematical behaviour going on with those three digits.

Today (20/1/2016 Australian Eastern Standard Time) also happens to reduce to the number 3, a multiple of 9. The Canadian philosopher of communication and media, Marshall McLuhan was quite partial to 3, likely because of his Catholic faith, the flavour of Christianity that most embraces the Trinity.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to hold an advanced math class or start down the path of discussing the significance of elaborate geometry and repeating codes in nature. You can do that on your own time. Let's get to the best part of the new year - Charlie Brooker reviewing the old one.

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