Of 42 and Other Numbers
To tidy out cupboards, throw rubbish from sightThe British woman who wrote that has a poetry compulsion that is part of her neurological condition. The scientists who are studying her brain called that poem 'banal'. We disagree. We think it's deep, and those scientists should stick to their MRIs and let us literary types do the poetry parsing. We have a poem for you in this issue, by our own Paigetheoracle, that may take some parsing, too. Please read and comment.
Yeah, 42 was all over social media this past week. Why? Because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio show celebrated its 42nd anniversary. People were waxing nostalgic about when they first heard the programme – a fun thing to do. I was lying in bed in a cupboard of a student housing unit in Cologne, Germany, when out of the aether came this hilarious tale of space madness, courtesy of BFBS1. Like everyone else, I found it inspirational.
But you know what? I'm suspecting something about this '42' meme talk on social media. I'm suspecting that some of those trendy social media people are going around saying, '42' and meaning, 'I know a meme. Now I'm cool, right?' Well…do you remember what the 42 was for? The computer Deep Thought told the scientists in this parable that 42 was the 'answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.' The problem, of course, was that they didn't know what the question was. The moral of the story was that life isn't about looking up the answers in the back of the book: life is about asking questions. Inquiry is the name of our game. And we're not throwing away the poems our brains write up at night, so there.
Here's to another 42 years of inquiry. And here's what the h2g2 Post Contributors have been asking themselves this week.
We also have the usual: zen-like writing advice, best read in a trance, cinema from Awix that's timely and sure to inform, enlighten, and possibly bemuse, random ideas and inspirational flashes that will send you scurrying to your camera, stylus, or keyboard. We hope so: send Stuff, people. Ask the questions. The answers will take care of themselves.
And have a great week!
Quote of the Week: As The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy reaches 42 years, perhaps we should never have laughed at the Telephone Sanitisers (Second Class)...
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STATES OF MIND
Just an Old-Fashioned
Nature steps in.
Landscape or Portrait?
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