Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-02-11 – 42


It’s the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, Everything…

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 6:47 AM
Sunrise: 7:18 AM
Daylight: 11 hrs, 15 min

…but it doesn’t really make much sense.  Unless of course you’ve read Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, then you know the story.  In short, a native of Earth is rescued by an alien friend of his just moments before the planet is blown to bits in order to make way for a hyperspace bypass and becomes a galactic hitchhiker.  During the course of his wanderings, he learns that super-intelligent pan-dimensional beings had built a computer to calculate the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, Everything, a computer called Deep Thought.  Deep Thought calculated the Answer but was reluctant to give it, stating that these super-intelligent pan-dimensional beings wouldn’t like it.  They insisted, and the computer handed over the answer:  42.  So then the pan-dimensional beings wanted the Ultimate Question to go with the Ultimate Answer, and Deep Thought designed a computer so complex that organic life itself formed part of the program it was to run, a computer called… Earth.

_MG_6166(You should really read the series, it’s a fantastic fun set of books.  Douglas Adams was nearly as brilliant a satirist as Terry Pratchett.)

Anyway.  “42” is a reference that is frequently voiced among gaming groups and other geek sub-societies, any time ‘an answer’ is called for.  “42” is the age I was when I developed the idea and first started taking this series of 366 sunrises.

And “Panoramic 042” is the number of today’s composite photo.  Yes, I have been at this and faithfully captured every single sunrise for a grand total of forty-two days.

Of course, it’s easy to see a pattern if you’re looking for it, but isn’t it interesting how often ’42’ crops up in day-to-day life?  Maybe there’s something to the idea that it’s the Ultimate Answer, hm?

Panoramic 042

One thought on “2016-02-11 – 42

  1. Leanne Overlander

    Thank you for sharing your pictures so far. It is interesting to see how many sunny or clousdy days there have been so far this year. I love that even the cloudy days have differences.
    I also love the connection to The Hitchhiker’s Guide.

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