Some eagle-eyed fans of both Silicon Valley and binary code caught a humorous piece of advice in the background of the trailer for season five of the HBO hit series. While it might not seem like much when you spy it and run it through a translator, the result is just another small example of what makes Mike Judge’s tech-savvy comedy great.
As Gizmodo points out, Positech Games founder Cliff Harris and others noticed the code behind series antagonist Gavin Belson while he is giving a speech. While this could also firmly be a joke within the show itself, the message is also a fun nod to those who took the time to explore the code and find out what it meant.
You can try it for yourself by copying the following code and dropping it into the translator of your choice:
01100110 01101001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01100001 00100000 01101000 01101111 01100010 01100010 01111001 00100000 01100110 01101111 01110010 00100000 01100111 01101111 01100100 00100111 01110011 00100000 01110011 01100001 01101011 01100101
The result should be similar to Harris’ and this below:
It’s certainly not something that’s going to blow you away. Just a nice little nod from the show to its fans, even if they need to get out of the house a bit more.