They shoot horses don’t they?

Seems to me that the Wild Mustangs had better start running if they are to avoid the sharp shooters bullets.  It seems odd to me that a bunch of wild horses would evoke so much emotion in the senate, but this little fracas seems to be attracting a lot of unwanted attention.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

Tom Cruise, after dumping wife number two, has opted for a younger, taller than himself model, rather than the cute Australian blonde he was married to after filming of "Days of Thunder" which I must add was a crap, unremarkable, boring movie with no real premise and some of the worst acting seen on the big screen in several decades.  Homer Simpson has more acting ability.

Speaking of which, President Bush has single handedly solved the nations energy problems.  Go nuclear.  Refer to Homer Simpson for reasons not to go nuclear.  Nuff said.

The new Pope wants bridges to Islam.  Seems he has forgotten the Papal wars of the past and the unending desire of the leaders at that time to eradicate Islam and kill all who worshipped Allah.  Maybe the bridges are not rhetorical but will be actual physical bridges built to speed the armies of the west accross the rivers of the east on their way to destroy Islam as part of the Catholic "final solution".  Listen, there will be no peace between the two.  Israel holds the keys, the Catholics want the holy land back, as do the Muslims, the Christians could care less because the taxes are too high, and the rest of us are spectators.  More people continue to die needlessly because of religion, and to what end?  My god is more powerful than your god?  How about my god is more forgiving than your god.  See if that works.

42.  The answer to the greatest question ever asked?  Who knows.  What I do know is that you should ALL go see The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy or read the book(s) ASAP.  This is educational and fun, and a great story.  You will be entertained.  For those of you that know what 42 is, and those of you who can read (and have read the books) here are a few interesting facts about 42 and how it affects our lives.

Since 6*9 = 42 in base thirteen, it has been speculated that the entire universe is therefore based on bad luck (13 is often considered unlucky). It has been noted that 13 is equal to 4 + 9 and that two of the words for 4 and 9 in Japanese also mean "death" and "suffering." (Also in Chinese in the case of 4) Therefore the entire universe is based on death, suffering, and bad luck.

If all of the numbers on a dice are added up (1+2+3+4+5+6), the answer is 21. If the numbers on two dice are added the result would be 42, so 42 = 2 dice, i.e. "Life’s a crap shoot."

And we all know that 2 dice is a pair of dice, so 42 is paradise.

If you add up the side of a die you get 21, and 42 is 21 times 2. So that’s 42 = two die (to die).

If we take 42 and separate the numbers, we get "Four" and "Two". How about Fortuitous?

"42" is often used in a similar manner to a metasyntactic variable; 42 is often used in testing programs as a common initializer for integer variables. (Though possibly people use this value due to the fact that they need a random number and "the answer" seems like a good choice).

Google has a calculator function in its search engine, which knows the answer to life the universe and everything, MSN Search also calculates this query correctly in a similar fashion.

The original logo of Microsoft Windows contains a number of floating diamond shapes on the "flag". In fact, there are 42 of them.

If one assigns numbers 1 – 26 consecutively to the letters of the alphabet and then add the letters found in D. Adams’ name, the result will be 42, i.e.:

D. A D A M S
4 + 1 + 4 + 1 + 13 + 19
= 42

Another possible explanation for the answer of 42 is that in the phrase "answer to life the universe and everything" there are exactly 42 characters including spaces. Also, the question and answer "What do you get if you multiply six by nine? Forty-two" contains 42 letters (excluding the hyphen and question mark).

Additionally, 42 is 101010 in binary and the * as an ASCII character. In pattern-matching * is often used as a "wildcard" symbol that matches any string.

42 is also the code name of the Allied project to deceive the Nazis about the impending landing of Allied Troops at Normandy, France, in World War II.

Another possible explanation: 6×9=42 (in base13); 42 base13=54 (in base10); 54=A pack of cards which themselves are 42 in base 13 i.e. 4×13 + 2 jokers. Hence, as has often been said, "Life is like a deck of cards, you never know what you will be dealt, but must play the hand you have", or, put most simply: 42 (in reply to this, Douglas Adams said: "Look, I don’t make jokes in base 13")

The true reason 42 was used in hitchhiker’s (as revealed in "The Salmon of Doubt") is that Douglas Adams thought it was the funniest 2 digit number.

Like H2G2, Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark is divided into "fits", and the number 42 show up.

According to myth, every article or user ID on the BBC’s H2G2 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/) (Inspired by Douglas Adams and, similar to Wikipedia, a Hitch Hiker’s Guide on Earth) can be manipulated to equal 42 using only basic mathematical functions. See Myth of 42 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A530560) for more.
 
Another posibility is that Deep Thought, being nothing more than a computer, could have had an off by one error. The true answer may then have been 43, or to Deep Thought, when expressed in hexadecimal instead of decimal, 2B.

According to the production notes of the DVD for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1981 TV series, the scenes with Deep Thought were shot during week 42 of the BBC’s calendar.

In reference to the game of cricket in the book, 42 is the orignal number of rules used in cricket.

The ancient Asian game of Go (http://senseis.xmp.net/) is played by placing black and white stones on an evenly spaced 19×19 grid. Oddly enough, the board contains exactly 42 squares. See this interesting dialog http://go.org.nz/history/squares.php).

In Christianity, Jesus was the 42nd generation from God’s covenant with Abraham.
Matthew 1:17 "Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. [ Or Messiah. "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One."

Computer programmers’ joke.

There is a joke amongst computer programmers that Deep Thought may have had some order of operations issues. The following code in the C programming language defines the macros SIX as "1 + 5" and NINE as "8 + 1", and then performs the computation "SIX * NINE". It returns the answer "42", because "SIX * NINE" is expanded by the computer to "1 + 5 * 8 + 1", and the multiplication takes precedence over the additions. (This occurs because the macro expansion is textual, not logical.)

#include <stdio.h>
#include <conio.h>
#define SIX    1 + 5
#define NINE   8 + 1

int main(void)
{
    printf( "What you get if you multiply six by nine: %d\n", SIX * NINE );
    getch();
    return 0;
}
Assuming that this is indeed correct, that means that the meaning of life, the universe and everything would be 42.

So, there you have it.  Mr. Adams may well have stumbled upon the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything.  I hope you enjoyed the Blog today.  Just don’t try to figure all this out.  It could take a long long time…..

Robespierre.

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About rjbirkett

Part time photographer, full time geek, motorcycle zealot, avid reader, and most importantly, unbiased. Unless politics is the subject of discussion.
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