Quoted from an email originally sent to: Treehugger
The author writes:
Yes, this is an IT-themed strip. You see, binary is not necessarily the most economical architecture for data storage, ternary can be more compact. I ran the numbers and found that the most efficient numerical base for data storage is e, i.e. data is stored in circuits which take on one of 2.718... different states, represented by one of 2.718... different symbols for the current memory state of every 'eit'. It just so happens that this 'enary' memory bank can only reasonably be constructed as a π-dimensional structure, and its projection in our three-dimensional world looks strikingly like a goldfinch.
All right, maybe it actually just is an ordinary goldfinch.