I promised a contest for one of my Google Wave invites, and here it is:

What number am I thinking of right now?

Yup, that’s it. Get it right, you win.

I’ll run this contest until, oh, 8pm eastern today.

In the event no one gets it, I’ll pick the number closest to it. If more than one person picks the number I’ll pick the first one to pick it.

To assure you that I will not just pick a number out of the air, I have entrusted Justine Larbalestier with the number for verification purposes. YOU CANNOT BRIBE HER. I already gave her one of my other GWave invites.

Note also that while I will process the winning e-mail for notification immediately, I make no promises on how long it will take to process (they are technically “nominations”). That’s up to Google.

Now: Tell me the number!

1. 42

2. Pi.

3. 19

Congratulations to whoever ends up winning as I’m pretty sure it won’t be me. ;)

4. 42? The life universe and everything ;)

5. 42, because it’s the answer to everything.

6. 33.

7. Pi – 3.14159265 etc.

8. 42

9. 8675309 ?

10. Can we vote more than once?

11. 87

12. 1,134!

13. 29

14. 75

15. OK, wow. there were zero comments and in the time it took me to type “42” I ended 11th in line.

16. 48

17. 666 innit? :)

18. Why did I click the subscribe button?!?

19. I’m going with the my old ‘guess the number’ standby, fourteen (14).

20. My guess is 17.

21. 3.14159…

22. I have to go with 42. Even if I’m wrong, it seems so appropriate.

23. 42

24. I don’t even know what Google Wave is (cuz i haven’t googled it) but I know that I want it.

You are thinking of the #7.

25. I bet it’s one of those imaginary numbers, like eleventeen or thirty-twelve.

26. 842.1

Why are so many of you assuming it’s between 1 and 100? :p

27. 37

28. 23.

(yes, I read too much Wilson)

29. 37

30. Eleventy seven.

31. 11

32. 143

33. Oh, heck – for some reason the comments didn’t come up when I looked (before I posted) and I see someone else has 42. May I switch to 55? (My age as of yesterday…)

34. @shawn
I swear your response wasn’t there when I started to post. I would say something about great minds, but I’m not sure that being stuck on 80s rock makes us great.

35. 42! (Does the ! help?) I’m hoping so. Can’t wait to run my car on AAA batteries! Plus my cat looks flat.

36. Dare I say it? Googol.

37. 3.

38. To clarify, the specific euler’s number I was thinking of is (pulling from Wikipedia)…

2.71828 18284 59045 23536…

(Sorry for the irrelevant comment.)

39. 104

40. 4610

41. Number nine, number nine

42. 69, dude! (*air-guitar*)

43. A Googol

i.e. 10^100
10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

44. Seven. Oh please let it be seven.

45. 9!

46. 5

47. Zero

48. e (2.718…)

49. 16,432

50. 67

51. OK, I’ll bite…

1984

52. Zero

53. a googol

54. 7 =D

55. Damn, between opening the page and finding somewhere that had a googol written down (so I could copy paste it in) 67 comments got posted including someone else who picked 10^100, guess that makes me not the winner :)

56. Avogadro’s Number: 6.0221415 × 10 ^ -23

57. negative 4.

58. 103

59. I’d guess your Daughter Athena’s age.

or

more then 2….

60. 16843 random guess :)

61. @sarah #52 — you’re right, it wasn’t there at first. I had to go “Back in Time” Huey Lewis style to post before you.

Yeah, we’re a bit lame I guess… ;)

62. One billion (1,000,000,000)

63. I’m going to guess…

one googol.

64. Ok, if it is a actually a Googol, I am going to be pissed off for missing by less than a minute!

65. 2701

The product of two primes 37 and the digit reversal of it: 73. That is, 37*73=2701; Made so famous in N.S.’s Cryptonomicon.

66. 500

67. A googolplex!

10^(10^100)

(What, too obvious? Sigh.)

68. 38. No idea why.

69. 75

70. 333! (not the factorial…)

71. Sqrt(-1)!

! Indicates emphasis, not factorial, by the way.

72. I’m beginning to think there might be more than 4 or 5 us following Scalzi… Glad I didn’t check the follow-up comments box!

73. If my calculations are correct, the answer is:

834

74. Oh, oh, it’s 168! It is, isn’t it?

75. Negative infinity minus one.

76. @ 114: I did and I immediately regretted my decision.

77. 100109

78. Rational? Integer? Negative or positive?

8

79. 38

80. And I’m an idiot. Avogadro’s number, correctly noted: 6.022 x 10 ^ 23. Minus sign FAIL.

81. 1337

Maybe. Well… only if you’re a huge geek. In which case we both kinda lose.

82. 20, because that is as high as you can count. And even that requires taking off socks.

83. 661 because Google is the beast and 666 is too obvious.

84. 1999

85. 1701

86. 73

87. The number i (as in i squared = -1)

88. 24601 – For all the Les Miserables fans out there!

89. 3. It’s a magic number.

90. 47?

91. 472

92. 711

Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart?

93. 172

94. 815

95. 36

96. 6.02 x 10^23

97. 871

Sorry, initially sent it by e-mail.

98. Google Wave in Binary is 0100011101101111011011110110011101101100011001010010000001010111011000010111011001100101.

That’s the number you’re thinking of.

99. 69?

100. 2 minus 3 = negative fun.

101. 1001

102. 137. The cosmic number..ooooOOOOOooh!

103. 299,792,458 (the speed of light).

104. -42

105. 2000?

106. 867-5309

107. 43

108. 23

109. 40

:>

110. 1344

111. 1. Thanks for the invite!

Everybody else, go home. We have a winner. *cough*

112. i. As in the Sq Rt of -1.

113. 40

114. going with 0.

115. 0
even though it isn’t technically a number

116. 1652

117. 517

118. 1218

119. 24601

120. 2009

121. I’m going to go with googolplex. One with one hundred zeros behind it. Probably not the answer, but it had to be mentioned in the thread someplace.

122. -100

123. 525

126. woops, I was’t copying, I swear… okay, disregard my “42”.

make it… um… (searches above) (damn, someone took the golden ratio!)

53 (just popped into my head)

127. 42 – The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

128. 238

129. 144

130. 3.14159265

131. 26, under the “it’s too unremarkable to have been guessed already” theory.

132. @ Irene Delse (108) – You beat me to it! Curses, foiled again!

133. 11

134. I know I’m wrong, but I really really really want an invite so I’m trying anyway.

0x476F6F676C652057617656

135. 2005

136. 97.

137. PI since I’m feeling very circular today.

3.14159 26535 89793 23846 26433 83279 50288 41971 69399 37510

138. Twelfty.

139. 45

140. 75

141. – 273,15

142. 32,767

143. 12

145. 1.803 x 10^12

3.1415-nein!

147. 10452

148. Weird. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a thread here accumulate responses as fast as this one is.

227, which is how many responses are up so far.

149. Numberwang.

150. 2310

151. 3

152. 769

153. 6
The number of novels you’ve had out so far
-Joe

154. 3

155. 11

156. 42

157. It looks like most of the unique and interesting choices are taken, so I’ll go with 34. Don’t think I’ve seen that one yet.

158. 13,000

159. 112

160. 0

161. 12345

162. @195 – Kris – Nice!

163. 500513

164. 525,600
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes…

165. 99

166. You = silly.

24601.

167. 01000111011011110110111101100111011011000110010100100000010101110110000101110110
01100101

168. 51069

169. 1,396,008

170. Ha, teach me not to search first. Well, there are only so many… Huh… infinity? (“What, zero’s a percent.”)

171. googol

172. The Golden Ratio, 1.618

174. 7,168

175. 9283

176. 52

177. 8,202,008

I feel like we’re playing the Price is Right.

178. A longshot, but how about googolplex?

179. 1423

180. 777

181. 417

182. 1,284,413

183. 7,240

Seven thousand, two hundred and forty.

184. I think it is a GOOGOLPLEX, or ten to the power of a googol.

185. n = c / pi ^ 2 + i (10^100) / 42 ^ e

I think that pretty well covers all the pop culture constants, doesn’t it?

Yeah, yeah, I know – pi isn’t squared, it’s round.

186. 723

187. DANG IT! By the time I wrote that, it went from no googolplexes to several before my post… Man this is filling up fast!

188. 444!

189. 77 why not.

though I was tempted to throw in a Fibonacci sequence (good thing I didn’t, had to use google to find the spelling.

190. Three people have already guessed Valjean’s first prison number. (He did have a second one, but it only appears in the book, and I doubt Scalzi is that much of a Les Miz geek.)

No one has guessed the temperature at which paper catches fire (Fahrenheit or Celsius) — and we’re in the middle of Banned Books week, geesh.

I’m not guessing either of those numbers, as I said in the other thread, I already have been nominated. I’m just saying I’m disappointed.

191. NOOOOO!!! john, john please let me delete the comment. y’see I’m a m…. yeah a member of the ultra secret Fibonacci group.

and they’ll take my secret decoder ring away.

192. I’m gonna go with 8680, Bob.

193. 152

194. Because you’re on your way to VP XIII soon, I’m going to guess 13.

195. 75, the age John Perry joins the army.

196. A googol?

197. 47

198. Aw, hell, never mind–two people in front of me picked 13! That’s what I get for NOT searching first…

199. Man Pi, e, Zero and 42 got taken quickly. I’m going to go with i (square root of negitive 1)

200. 1 googol
= 10100
= 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

201. 65

202. 5.39124(27) x 10^-44

203. 482

204. 429.. that’s the random number that Roboform generated for me.

205. 1000

206. 97,542,988.56

207. 40

208. 666!

209. 412

210. 357

Scalzi transliterated into Hebrew and assigned a numerical value according to the principals of gematria.

211. 3985

K

213. 1969

214. 712

215. 731

216. 86

217. -6

218. 3.14

219. The square root of -1

220. Graham’s Number. This number is so big that it can’t be written in standard scientific notation. You can’t even write down the number of digits it has in scientific notation. Heck, you can’t write down the number that states the number of digits of the number that states the number of digits of Graham’s Number in scientific notation.

As a side note, Graham’s Number is the upper bound in a particular combinatorial proof. The current lower bound is 11 (recently improved from 6, which isn’t really that much of an improvement if you think about it).

221. 973

222. The number you’re thinking about then or now? Or… now? What about later; after you’ve read this? 3!!! Just then you thought of the number 3. Okay, yes, I did force you to think 3… damn I did it again, sorry. I’ll stop making you think of 3, from now on I’ll only focus on the number 41. You’re thinking about the number 41. Ah ha! I was right, you are thinking of 41 just then. Even now, you’re thinking of 41. After this clearly distracting sentence you think of the number 41! 41, 41, 41. Okay, now you’re reflecting on how I made you think of the number 3, but like I said we’re done with the 3, so stop thinking about it… I’m confused now. I know, I clearly made you think of the number 3 and the number 41, but what will you ultimately think of? Hell, it could be the number 159 and I’ll lose because it wasn’t 159 and some other number like 77. No, I’ve decided; you thought of 41. However, to increase my chances I foresee you thought of 3, 41, 3 (again), 77, 159, and then 41 within the last 90 seconds.

Did I win?

223. 8,675,309!

224. 1001

225. 83

226. 4863

227. 10.

228. err make that 1001.1. Didn’t realize someone already have 1001.

229. 9-4-1998 date Google was incorporated

230. 3

231. 12764

232. 792

233. As uttered by Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan; “69 dude!”.

But I’ll disqualify myself John as I am already on the Gwave.

234. 647.5, since no one else has guessed that yet.

235. 1001

236. -1678

237. 6

238. 206

239. I’ll go with 159. (I see that #342 has already mentioned it, but for some reason it seems to be the last number my son recognizes before he gets to “google” and “googleplex”)

240. 54!

241. 24

242. 7

243. Pi

244. e

245. 44

Because it’s a perfectly fine number.

246. i

247. I can’t believe Matt B posted my number first, “152”. Who the Hell picks 152 except for me? OK, Matt B, my number is now 153. Suck on that!

248. negative infinity

249. 1975

250. 19

251. 1234

252. 365.25

253. 347
I was going to do 247, but someone else got that. Hudson, that wave was gonna be *mine*.

254. 6.0221415 × 1023

255. Bah, that’s supposed to be 6.0221415 x 10^23

256. 876

257. Oooh! Oooh! 378!

258. 91

259. um… 512

260. one thousand and one

261. Since 42 is taken, I’ll double that guess, and make my guess 84.

262. Eleventy-one.

263. 516

264. “You are coming through in waves,”
from Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb is 6:54,
therefore, I’m going with 654.
PS I’m listening to it now . . .

265. 17

266. 10-2-2009, on second thought, for the premiere of SG-U that our esteemed host might just have some small interest in…..

267. Well since every mundane possibility has been guessed so far, I’ll go with Aleph-One: the cardinality of the set of all countable ordinal numbers. (This is opposed to the smaller infinity Aleph-Null the cardinality of the set of all natural numbers, which could be construed as taken by the earlier guess at “infinity.”)

268. meant, “every mundane possibility I had happened to think of”

269. 6765, the 20th number in the Fibonacci sequence.

270. 87. No idea why.

271. I think it is 8,847,192 give or take 3.

272. 42 was obviously your first choice, but that would be too easy, wouldn’t it?

On the other hand, if you wanted people to think it would be too easy, you’d pick it, just to throw us off.

On the other hand, we know how sneaky you are, and we’d think you’d NOT pick it because you might pick it just to throw us off.

On the other hand, I’m confusing myself with all these hands, so I’m just going to pick 967.

273. 100,000 just like the amount of google invites they released :-)

274. 415 guesses and no one has said “googol” yet?

275. Oh, wait, @305 guessed that. I pick the highest prime number, then.

276. 1127

277. 3720 (to 1!) :)

278. i (as in the square root of negative 1)
It totally makes sense because the number is in your head, which makes it imaginary…. yeah, totally makes sense… right?

My second guess (are we allowed 2? oh well) would be 8, because that’s how many invites you get and whatnot

279. 91

280. 186,000

281. 524678.

282. 432.

283. #142.

Hopefully.

284. 84.

285. -1

286. 8675309

287. 1998

288. Because nobody else is likely to pick it.

Kaitou Kid’s number… 1412

289. 37?

290. e^(pi*i)

291. 3.14159, ’cause who doesn’t like pi?

292. 101

293. 2349872348979283742340093234820981230981

294. 2525

295. 8793

296. -192.8

297. 1.

298. 47.

Because that’s my jersey number. And a prime number. Makes it doubly cool.

Please send the invite to my mom, she’s interested in this new Wave-thingy. Oh wait, no, I already sent one to her after I sent one to you. See? You rank ABOVE my mother.

299. 10022009

300. 15,892

301. 149 – the first 3 squares, the ratio of the sides of the Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

667 – the neighbor of the beast

123456789

10012009
20091001
1001

How many guesses do we get again?

302. 1024

303. 108

304. 120

The number on the Prisoner’s license plates: KAR120C

305. 872

306. 186

307. Uh…’D’

308. The fine structure constant. Perhaps the closest a simple number comes to being the answer to life the universe and everything.

7.297352570(5)×10−3 is the best current estimate – it’s e^2cμ0 / 2h (ie the charge on an electron squared time the speed of light, times the permittivity of free space divided by twice Planck’s constant)

309. 148

310. Square root of negative infinity.

311. I’m gonna guess 1998, the year Athena was born. I didn’t have time to go through and read all the rest of the replies though so sorry if it’s a repeat (this page took FOREVER to load).

312. 578

313. 8. Suprisingly, I don’t think anyone else has guessed that yet, though searching for it is hard.
Or:
8 and a half. No reason.

314. 86. It burns in my mind’s eye.

315. 171

316. 18. (just looking for simple things not taken yet)

317. No 1138 yet? Are we among geeks or what?

318. 437

319. dayam! almost 500 posts in three hours. 494 as of my typing this so that’s my number. 494 Hope I don’t win. I don’t even know what Google Wave is. Heh.

320. 256?

321. I submit the following nunbers. Being nerdy, I loaded the existing comments into a spreadsheet, filtered and sorted, and herby submit all the integers from 0 to 100 not already claimed.
(it is possible and likely I missed some integers with additional text in the comments enough to confuse my spreadsheet filter)
4
9
14
15
16
20
22
25
26
28
30
34
35
39
46
49
51
53
54
56
58
60
61
62
63
64
66
68
69
70
72
74
76
77
78
80
81
82
85
88
89
90
93
94
95
96
98
:-)

322. I’m gonna have to go with 81, even though comment 500 technically grabbed it.

323. 432!

324. 8i.

You know, just in case.

325. 58!

326. of course 9!!!

327. 47,323

328. I’m going with 5. Unless you have an oddly shaped hand.

329. 51069

330. 872 :)

331. 11.2 Just because

332. 523.

333. 987654321

334. 445

335. 7!

336. o, zero, ou…

337. 72,563,981,754

338. My standard “random” number is 5,238

[My other guesses would have been pi and e.

Thanks!

339. 421

340. 117

341. Hey Mr. Scalzi:

Just out of curiosity, when you say “closest” is that closest arithmetically, or a Price is Right kind of closest, where it’s closest to intent, or closest without going over, or something like that?

342. 7945

343. 2009

345. 71

346. I wanted to pick 0, but someone has already, and feel it is important to mention that fact – harrumph! So I pick 649.

347. Ooh, I want to change my guess to 316006

348. I also submit 777

349. I’m not sure what google wave is, or I’d be looking up John, Athena, and the Mrs. birthdays and looking for months/days that haven’t been claimed yet.
:-)

350. 01123581321

351. I’ll go with the Mersenne prime (2^43,112,609 − 1). I’m not sure if this conflicts with @419, seeing as it’s the largest “known” prime number.

As a backup let’s say Avagadro’s number (approx 6.022 141 79 × 10^23).

352. It’s gotta be 51999

353. 242

354. 1962.

355. 3.14159265389793238462643383
(that’s all I have memorized….)(why, yes, I am a nerd)

356. #0

Wait! Whats the rules around if someone already picked the number you picked?

Is it first post, first served or is it based on whoever guessed it with more feeling?

357. 1954

358. The square root of 2.
1.414…

359. 22 for sure.

360. I’m going with 212.

361. I’ll go with the number google

362. How ’bout 1596062991? Or is the other way round – 978-1596062993?

363. 511

364. 65456

365. What number are you thinking right now, right now when? Like, right now right now, or right now when you posted?

Because right now right now you’re thinking about bacon. And Bacon isn’t a number.

Dammit, now you’re thinking about your Hugo awards. Give it a rest.

9675309

366. Hmm… Should have read the comments first. Let’s go with 3125 or 5^5. I’ve always thought base 5 more natural than base 10, so I’m hoping you do the same.

367. 525600

368. 202

369. 23.

370. 18

371. Bacon isn’t a number, but Scalzi has a bacon number. John Scalzi works on Stargate Universe, which has actor Lou Diamond Phillips in it. He was in Striking Range with Glenn Morshower, who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon

Ergo, Scalzi has a bacon number of 3.

372. 29

373. -1,894,841

374. Nooooooooooo. It’s still 7:59pm, right? I’ll just guess 18,753 for the heck of it.

375. 721

376. Bugger. My clock is off.

377. all the cool numbers are taken, i pick bacon

378. 67.5

379. 4

380. Somewhere around -700?

I’m tempted to guess interesting numbers, like the largest known Mersenne prime, or just a run-of-the-mill imaginary number. But I don’t want to mess up my chances. Besides, I just did an in-page search for “Mersenne”, and it’s already taken. *sigh*

381. Why do I not read the rules before posting?

382. e.

383. People, the contest is over now and has been for 12 hours.