Saturday, December 09, 2006

Of Course it would be fun...

Went to visit a friend from college days last night.  We went to dinner in Baltimore and she got a claim tag for the coat check:

Coat check

We knew at that point, the rest of the evening was assured to be good :)  if you don't get why, read thisAnd indeed it was - after dinner, we spent the evening watching Monty Python's the Meaning of Life and drinking some wine (funny enough, somehow this link ended up in my inbox this morning as well).  Better than the beer we used to drink in college while watching this stuff.



Anonymous Kevin Closson said....

I didn't have any "42" moments yesterday, but I was drinking beer I'm not afraid to admit drinking:

ok, back to the blogging...

Sat Dec 09, 01:29:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Robbert said....

Concerning Monty python, I thought you might enjoy the links on this page here.

Sat Dec 09, 02:40:00 PM EST  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

This guy managed to change his journalism job into one he loved.

Sat Dec 09, 11:21:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Torsten said....

Tom, that was great! :-)

At the moment I saw the number on the tag I could imagine in which direction the post would lead.

Had a very very strange and tiring day yesterday - watching your first link (the universe song) brought me back in a good mood immediately!

Thank you! The right post at the right time! :-)

Sun Dec 10, 06:08:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I think the 42 thing is some kind of Tolkien reference maybe related to how many rings the different elves and orcs had or something like that.

Mon Dec 11, 09:31:00 AM EST  

Blogger Bill S. said....

Well, if you're looking for Python-related links, I have always found this one to be a great asset:

It really is "just the words". :-D

Bill S.

Mon Dec 11, 10:47:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

So, how'd the date turn out?

Mon Dec 11, 11:30:00 AM EST  

Blogger Mark J. Bobak said....

Nope, it's not a reference to the number of rings in Lord Of The Rings.
There are 20 Rings of Power.

See this link:

42 is a reference to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. See the link Tom provided in his blog entry.

Mon Dec 11, 11:36:00 AM EST  

Blogger Dave Edwards said....

I once cycled 100 miles to a cottage whose refrigerator was loaded with cans of Blatz beer. Awful stuff -- like making love in a canoe, to drop another Monty Python reference.

Being Canadian, my friends and I insisted on referring to it as "Lablatz".

Dave Edwards.
Log Buffer

Mon Dec 11, 12:26:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Sokrates said....

please note that
chr(42) = '*'

and '*' means "everything", doesn't it ?

select * from ...

Mon Dec 11, 03:10:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Totally Off topic (but related to 42 maybe :-)

What happened to the question "does refrential integrity make the database slow" posted on asktom? This question seems to have disappeared

The latest update to this question was that eBay does not use the database referential integrity. No stored procedures, joins, etc for performance reasons.

The older version of this question can be seen on the asktom beta, but not on asktom.

Mon Dec 11, 03:22:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Mark said....

I am also wondering why the thread disappeared...

Mon Dec 11, 03:35:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Sokrates said....

seems that the thread has been archived to

Mon Dec 11, 03:45:00 PM EST  

Blogger EscVector said....

Had that happen 3 times in the last 3 weeks. Very strange.... Twice at restaurants where the pass you a number, both times I got 42, and once on a receipt.

Mon Dec 11, 04:46:00 PM EST  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

The fiscal year #42 is always an excellent year as well ;)

[Hidden message above]

Mon Dec 11, 05:38:00 PM EST  

Anonymous BloggieMarry said....

So nobody got it huh?

42 means for two
.....hence the picture ;-)

Tue Dec 12, 11:32:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Cosmic Charlie said....

101010 binary = 42.

I predict that on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10) something truly amazing will happen. I can't wait.

Tue Dec 12, 03:35:00 PM EST  

Blogger EscVector said....

23:57:09 SYS@splat> 6*9=
SP2-0042: unknown command "6*9=" - rest of line ignored.

Someone at Oracle knows the guide.

Tue Dec 12, 11:59:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I was reading an article in Informit, and it seems that Google is rather fond of Douglas Adams' work as well.

Type "what is the answer to life the universe and everything" into Google... :)


Wed Dec 13, 07:02:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Better yet. In google enter 42, then poke [I'm Feeling Lucky]

Wed Dec 13, 12:20:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Heh, note the size of the Wikipedia page as reported by Google. :-)

The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything - Wikipedia, the ...
In the story, the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is sought using the hypercomputer Deep Thought, however the computer was ...,_the_Universe,_and_Everything - 42k - Cached - Similar pages - Note this

Thu Dec 14, 03:50:00 PM EST  

Blogger Phil said....

Heh, note the size of the Wikipedia page as reported by Google.

Save that file onto your computer and look at the size. From Firefox, the page saved as 42,004 bytes (as of just now).

Come on, if *you* were writing the wikipedia page, wouldn't you do the same!

Actually, someone should correct this page size by adding some extra should be 43008 bytes...42 x 1024!

Fri Dec 15, 04:04:00 AM EST  

Anonymous SandyViAgRa said....


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