The true meaning of 42.

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the supercomputer Deep Thought is built by a race of hyper-intelligent alien beings to determine the answer to “life, the universe, and everything.”  Deep Thought determines that the answer is, somewhat anticlimatically, “42.”  It sounds like a joke, but is there more to this answer?  Douglas Adams was an unabashed computer nerd and knew a heck of a lot about programming language and coding.  In programming, an asterisk is commonly used to translate as “whatever you want it to be”.  In ASCII language, the most basic computer software, “42” is the designation for an asterisk.  A computer, Deep Thought, was asked what the true meaning of life was.  It answered as a computer would.  42 = “anything you want it to be.”  Genius.

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S’en sortir sans sortir.  

Posted by a French family member on Facebook, it means getting oneself out (implied is ‘out of a difficult situation’) without getting out (out of the house).



Late wedding gifts from a friend at work.  Just a few years after the fact, but still a wonderful gesture – we love them!


“Pleasantness was the machismo of the Midwest.  There was something athletic about it.  You flex your face into a smile and let it hover there like the dare of a cat.”  Lorrie Moore, from “Joy” Like Life, 1990.  As seen at the Milwaukee Convention Center.


I still enjoy this ‘groovy mama’ picture my youngest drew of me a few years ago.

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