Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Fuck it, 42 and Lewis Carroll!!!


Good afternoon interweb, surprisingly it is not raining. This makes me happy and smiley. In fact looking out of the window the sun actually appears to be trying to shine.
It is probably a good job that the sun is shining and it is making me smile because bugger all else is at the minute.
Sometimes as a race we need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? I get bothered a lot, usually by imbeciles but sometimes by situations that you can try to change but after a while despite my best intentions the imbeciles win out and I think “fuck it”.
 And so it has come to pass that I have been thinking again, mostly about the number 42.
Douglas Adams referred to the number 42 in “the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy” as been the answer to life the universe and everything.
I have been thinking about the number 42 because that is how long it would take you in minutes to fall through a hole in the Earth and come out the other side. This trip could not take place in the real world for a number of reasons, including the implausibility of building a tunnel 12,756 kilometres long, displacing all of the material in the tunnel's proposed path, and having the tunnel go through both the earth's molten outer core and its inner core, where the temperature is about 6,000 degrees!
Interestingly enough, for a tunnel that reaches from one point to another point on the earth's surface but does not pass through the centre of the planet, the travel time would still be about 42 minutes. The reason for this is that although the tunnel is shorter, the gravitational force along its path is also decreased as compared to that of a tunnel that goes through the centre of the planet, which means you would travel more slowly. Because the distance and the component of gravity decrease by the same factor, the travel time ends up being the same.
Some other interesting things about the number 42 are that if you type it into a facebook chat log with a colon before and after it thus :42: it will appear as white writing on a red box and it is the only number to do so.................................................
Right now I have you back from facebook I will continue,
Given 27 same-size cubes whose nominal values progress from 1 to 27, a 3×3×3 magic cube can be constructed such that every row, column, and corridor, and every diagonal passing through the centre, is composed of 3 cubes whose sum of values is 42.
42 is also the atomic number of molybdenum. and the angle in degrees for which a rainbow appears or the critical angle.
Microsoft's Windows 3.x logo has 42 little squares forming its left side trail.
Messier object M42, a magnitude 5.0 diffuse nebula in the constellation Orion, also known as the Orion Nebula
This seems to be turning into a sesame street episode brought to you by a mad idiot and the number 42 but anyway.
Lewis Carroll had a thing for the number 42 as well, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has 42 illustrations.
Rule Forty-two in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ("All persons more than a mile high to leave the court").The White Queen announces her age as "one hundred and one, five months and a day", which - if the best possible date is assumed for the action of Through the Looking-Glass - gives a total of 37,044 days. With the further assumption that both Queens were born on the same day their combined age becomes 74,088 days, which is 42 x 42 x 42.
There are 42 US gallons in a barrel of oil, the number of kilometres in a marathon and finally 42 is in the TIFF image file format, the second 16-bit word of every file is 42, which is used together with the first word to indicate byte order.
So there you have it 42.
Now here is some drivel, Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity and in the words of Lewis Carroll “If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.”
Peace out yall, THE BAGSTAXXX

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