We Are Legion (We Are Bob) A Fun Sci-Fi Book With Good Things To Come

I don’t read much fiction, but I heard We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Tayor was pretty good. I enjoyed reading it, but this book is only for tech nerds, most likely men. Lots of Star Trek and Sci-Fi references. There’s a couple interesting scenarios that I’ll not discuss for spoiler purposes, but I was pretty well entertained. It’s a healthy mix of comedy, action, and drama.

My only major complaint was the author’s choice to pick the Catholic Church as an antagonist of the future. What are the odds of the Catholic Church, or any Christian Church, even TRYING to take over America in the next 100 years? Slim to none! It’s both boring and unrealistic to pick the irrelevant One True Faith as the villain of the 21st century.

Other than that, I really did enjoy the entire book.

As a side note, the Audible version was VERY well performed by Ray Porter. I may look for other narratives by him. Various characters including Homer Simpson and Admiral Ackbar were performed quite masterfully.

If you’re a tech guy, you’ll probably enjoy this. This also appears to be part 1 of 3.

Powerball Lotto Hoopla

Best Lotto interview, ever. See below. Only need to watch from 30 seconds 1:06 into it. For what it’s worth, playing this particular lotto is a tremendously bad game. For an illustration of how remote your odds are of winning, you must get a point in time down to the second over a span of time greater than 10 years. Additionally, the % return is incredibly poor, it’d be like betting on the even money while only getting to cover 38% of the board in roulette.

One would be far better off pooling their money with other lotto junkies and trying a martingale strategy or some plan to win 10 hands of baccarat by doubling up winnings trying to achieve $10 million (honestly would you bet a life of 10 million dollars to gain one of 600 million?? — I wouldn’t).

Also what some “smarter” people are failing to include in their calculation is that odds of being the ONLY winner, versus sharing it with 2 to 4 other people is incredibly low given how many people are currently playing

Anyway, fun video…

FOLLOWUP: Three people one it. All too easy to predict.

 

Fun Video I Made With Just A Little Editing

There’s a restaurant in San Diego called 94th Aero Squadron. It’s got some cool World War I items on the premises. While waiting for our food, I went out with my two boys and got the idea to make the following 30 second video. I filmed with my phone, did a quick search for sounds, ultimately weaving them together.

If you enjoy, give it a “like”, as it’s on his channel.

Today Excel is The Meaning Of Life!

For all you Excel geeks and fans of A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (yes, both of you), today’s date is 42,000. I’ll let you derive the deep meaning of this cosmic alignment. For everyone else, an early Happy New Year to you!
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For those that haven’t read A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s a a great read. Lots of witty humor and has a nice anti-authority message. In the first chapter the main character fights his house being condemned by local government. The authorities argue that he should have seen the notice about the zoning rule taking place which was located at City Hall “on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying Beware of the Leopard.”

Another unrelated yet fun line from the book I felt could have been applied to me in my younger days when during which time I had a job that I had no idea what was going: “One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphod was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn’t be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid.”

Enjoy and happy 42,000!