My name is Rebecka, but everyone calls me Becky. I’m the one behind Verkstad 42 (Workshop 42 in english). I chose 42 based on Douglas Adams’ The hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy where the number 42 is the famous Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer, Deep Thought.
Douglas Adams was asked many times why he chose the number 42. Many theories were proposed, including that 42 is 101010 in binary code, that light refracts off water by 42 degrees to create a rainbow, that light requires 10−42 seconds to cross the diameter of a proton. Adams rejected them all. On 3 November 1993, he gave an answer on alt.fan.douglas-adams:
“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.“
Nevertheless, the number is known for being the answer to the meaning of life, and I chose it because everything on this webpage will somehow be related to the meaning of my life. End of story.