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  • Mark V
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    • Oct 2018
    • 149
    • Minnesota

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe - 42

    I thought everyone knew this, but I just found out not. Douglas Adams was a programmer. The Ascii code for an asterisk is 42 decimal. An asterisk in coding matches any pattern, so when the answer to life, the universe and everything was solved to be 42, it meant that it means anything you want it too. It also meant you asked the wrong question in the end!

    Just thought I had better share that.
  • ComfortablyNumb
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    • May 2017
    • 2745
    • Northeast Washington
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      Thermoworks Thermopop
      Thermoworks Dot

    #2
    42 was Jackie Robinson's jersey number. Everyone knows that.

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    • Mark V
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      Another FUN fact.
  • ComfortablyNumb
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    #3
    Here's something not everybody knows, Jackie Robinson was NOT the first black to play in the Major League.

    https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp...921-story.html

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    • JCGrill
      Club Member
      • Mar 2017
      • 1360
      • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
      • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
        Gas - Saber
        Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
        Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

      #4
      The band Level 42 derived their name from the book.

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      • fzxdoc
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 4280
        • My toys:
          Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
          Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
          Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
          Weber Kettle Premium 22"
          Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
          Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


          Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
          Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
          Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
          Grill Grate for SnS
          Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
          2 Grill Grate Griddles
          Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

          Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
          Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
          Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
          Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
          Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
          Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
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          Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
          Grill Pinz
          Vortex (two of them)

          Two Joule Sous Vide devices
          VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
          Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
          Charcoal Companion TurboQue
          A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

          BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

          Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
          Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
          Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
          Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

        #5
        Mark V
        That's exactly why I start all my PBC cooks with 42 briquettes in the chimney.

        Kathryn

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        • Kevin_nj
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 52

          #6
          In 1993 Doug Adams said he just randomly picked 42.
          The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought '42 will do' I typed it out. End of story. Best, Douglas Adams London, UK | d...@dadams.demon.co.uk (dormant) Currently in Santa Fe, NM | ada...@nic.cerf.net (current)




          Source: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!or...o/koaAJ3tPBtEJ

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          • FireMan
            Charter Member
            • Jul 2015
            • 6686
            • Bottom of Winnebago

            #7
            I don’t know what to make of this. I guess time has passed me by.

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            • fzxdoc
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 4280
              • My toys:
                Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                Grill Grate for SnS
                Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
                2 Grill Grate Griddles
                Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

                Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
                Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                Maverick ET 733
                Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
                Grill Pinz
                Vortex (two of them)

                Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

              #8
              That guy died way to young. I have read and enjoyed all of his books several times over the years. I find them hilariously funny and brilliant. My husband and also a good friend do not agree, so maybe Douglas Adams' work is an acquired taste.

              Kathryn

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              • JimLinebarger
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                My wife doesn't understand why I keep watching it every time it is on and why I bought the blu-ray.

              • texastweeter
                texastweeter commented
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                JimLinebarger wife thinks the same of me with Fear and Loathing in LasVegas.

              • fzxdoc
                fzxdoc commented
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                JimLinebarger , I enjoy watching the movie too, but for me, the books are the best.


                Kathryn
            • JimLinebarger
              Club Member
              • Jun 2017
              • 657
              • Spokane Valley, Wa.
              • Grills/Smokers
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                Weber 22" Master-Touch Kettle
                Pit Barrel Cooker
                Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Series 36" Vertical Gas Smoker
                Traeger Timberline 850

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                Thermapen Mk4, Red

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                About me
                Name: Jim
                Nick name: Bear
                Location: Spokane Valley, Wa.
                Born at a very young age at Egland AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

                USAF vet, ECM (F4 & B52)/B52 Crew Chief, Computer Systems NCO, disabled
                Former Computer Tech/Admin
                Campus Manager/Lead Tech/Tech (IT) for The Kemtah Group contracted to Intel, Rio Rancho, NM.
                Short Term Missionary to the Marshall Islands with MAPS of DFM of AOG

              #9
              Is that an uppercase or lowercase asterisk? If it is an uppercase is the emphasis on the first syllable or the last? I must know everything about this asterisk if I am to know anything.

              To me, HGTTG is like Bladerunner, the narrated version.
              Last edited by JimLinebarger; July 23rd, 2019, 05:32 PM.

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              • fzxdoc
                fzxdoc commented
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                Bladerunner. One of the Best.Movies.Ever
                JimLinebarger
            • pkadare
              Club Member
              • Jun 2019
              • 493
              • Bobcaygeon, Ontario
              • My gear:
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                Broil King Keg
                Traeger Pro 34
                Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
                Pit Barrel Cooker

              #10
              Some food for thought...

              "You cannot fool us. In Douglas' answer text, if you start at letter 5, and then advance 22 ( = 42 in base 5) letters each time, it spells a-s-t-e-r-i-k-s!"

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              • Huskee
                Huskee commented
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                asteriks? Or...asterisk?
            • DWCowles
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 9760
              • Smiths Grove, Ky
              • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

              #11
              Y’all have confused the hell out of me!

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              • smokin fool
                smokin fool commented
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                Yeah….so far over my head....
            • Black99vette
              Club Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 374
              • Aurora, IL

              • Smokers & Grills
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                • Weber 22" Performer Deluxe
                • Weber 22"
                • Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5
                • Weber Smokey Joe
                • Char-Broil Promo H2O Smoker
                • Cal Flame P Series P4
                • Coleman Road Trip Grill (Tailgating)

                Thermometers
                • No name brand
                • A wireless unit - not sure of the brand

                Accessories
                • Slow 'N Sear
                • Drip 'N Griddle Pan
                • Bar-B-Que PartyQ
                • Weber Rapid-Fire Chimney
                • Smokenator

                Beverages
                • Beer: Sam Adams, Heineken
                • Other: Tequila, Margarita

                Hobbies
                • Grilling / Smoking & Cooking
                • Work Working
                • Home Improvement / DIY

                About Me
                Real Name: Wayne
                Location: Aurora, IL

                Occupation:
                • Software Engineer Manager - Home Automation, Security / Access Control & Video Systems

              #12
              Interesting. FYI: The asterisk is a wildcard and means match or replace one or more characters. But it's not universal, for example in SQL one uses a percent '%' sign.

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              • texastweeter
                texastweeter commented
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                getting deep now
            • fzxdoc
              Founding Member
              • Jul 2014
              • 4280
              • My toys:
                Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
                Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
                Weber Kettle Premium 22"
                Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
                Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range


                Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
                Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
                Grill Grate for SnS
                Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections with GrateGriddle for Summit S650 gasser (they sit on top of existing Weber SS grates)
                2 Grill Grate Griddles
                Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser

                Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                Fireboard Competition Probes 1" (two) and two more Ambient Probes
                Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
                Thermoworks Timestick Trio
                Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                Maverick ET 733
                Maverick (Ivation) ET 732
                Grill Pinz
                Vortex (two of them)

                Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
                Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
                Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
                Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

              #13
              This is so much fun.

              Kathryn

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              • tstalafuse
                Club Member
                • Mar 2018
                • 26
                • Florissant, Colorado

                #14
                I have tried not to say it, but it is chewing on me like a mosquito in a small room... It is "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". Please return to your regularly programmed debate to the answer of the meaning of life, the universe, and everything...

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