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What an adventure! I submitted an article for peer review and subscribed to the forum so I could see what others were writing. There are some very talented people writing some very good material. I have been educated and entertained by much of what I've seen. I hoist a glass smiley - ale and propose a toast to all you writers out there!

As for the peers, thank you to all of those who have elected to provide insightful, thoughtful, and constructive feedback to the authors.

There appear to be some, however, who delight in attacking the authors, denegrating them or their work, and being just plain rude. I was fortunate enough not to have that done to me but I was unfortunate enough to see many examples of such boorish behavior.

In the tradition of the original Guide, there should be room for fun, humor, irreverance, and even a little spite now and then. The last thing we need are a bunch of self appointed "fun police".

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6 * 9 = 42

In base 13

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Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It is only the 2nd and the only topic anyone has is Christmas. Spending holidays away from the family is part of the life I have chosen, but not one of the good parts. As always, we will press on and look forward to being together when we can but it does start to wear on you after a while. Just as I was starting to feel self-pity, I got a really cool poem from a friend...

Twas the night before Christmas
He lived all alone
in a one bedroom house made of
plaster and stone.

I had come down the chimney
with presents to give,
and to see just who
in this home did live.

I looked all about,
a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents,
not even a tree.

No stocking by mantle,
just boots filled with sand,
on the wall hung pictures
of far distant lands.

With medals and badges,
awards of all kinds,
a sober thought
came through my mind.

For this house was different,
it was dark and dreary,
I found the home of a soldier,
once I could see clearly.

The soldier lay sleeping,
silent, alone,
curled up on the floor
in this one bedroom home.

The face was so gentle,
the room is such disorder,
not how I pictured
a United States soldier.

Was this the hero
of whom I 'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho,
the floor for a bed?

I realized the families
that I saw this night,
owed their lives to these soldiers
who were willing to fight.

Soon round the world,
the children would play,
and grown-ups would celebrate
a bright Christmas day.

They all enjoyed freedom
each month of the year,
because of the soldiers,
like the one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder
how many lay alone,
on a cold Christmas eve
in a land far from home.

The very thought
brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees
and started to cry.

The soldier awakened
and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry,
this life is my choice;

I fight for freedom,
I don't ask for more,
My life is my God,
my country, my Corps."

The soldier rolled over
and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it
I continued to weep.

I kept watch for hours,
so silent and still
and we both shivered
from the cold night's chill.

I didn't want to leave
on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of honor
so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over,
with a voice soft and pure,
whispered, "Carry on Santa,
It's Christmas day, all is secure."

One look at my watch,
and I knew he was right.
"Merry Christmas my friend
and to all a good night."

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The "myth" of 42??? This simple calculation (even with my perpensity for excess parentheses) proves I am a *true* researcher
or not.

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First Entry

OK. I've been wandering around the offices of the h2g2 and I've decided to stay. Having made that monumental decision, it was only a matter of time before I had to start marking my territory smiley - biggrin.

I plan to wonder the universe picking up interesting tidbits and adding them to the vast wealth of information that is the Guide. How much of that information is accurate, complete, or useful is left to the determination of the reader. After all, I can't be doing all of the work for you or you won't learn nothin'! Besides, how's a researcher to have time for smiley - stiffdrinksmiley - alesmiley - cheerssmiley - stiffdrink if he spends all his time checking the accuracy of his research?

Further journal entries may, or may not, be made as time and temperament dictate.

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