Saturday, January 23, 2010

COMP: Grumpy Robot Seeks Home

Marvin

Meet Marvin. He's loosely based on the BBC TV version of the character from the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy. I knitted him several years ago as a jokey birthday present for an ex, who solemnly returned it when we split up. I found it again packing up to move house last week. I don't really want to keep him, but someone's got to look after those dodgy diodes down his left-side (if you don't get that reference, you can leave now). So, want him?

Enter this competition. All you have to do is guess how many books I have at home. The closest guess posted in the comments form on this post by 3rd February, 5pm GMT wins Marvin.

Remember to include some sort of link/ email address in your guess so I can contact you if you win. If you don't, the entry will be discounted. I'm happy to post internationally. In case of a draw, I'll pick one out of a hat. I've emailed the total number to myself, so that email can act as a record in case of query. I'm not having people round to count them just to check. I should probably also note it hasn't been knitted to any toy safety standards.

The photo isn't a clue, as it was taken on my bookshelves at college, which I haven't counted. Yes, those are 'work' books, they are primary data for my research. The answer is probably less than you might imagine a lit-PhD-ex-bookseller might have (I'm really, really, not a book hoarder), but it's also probably more than you might imagine too, just because everyone has more books than you think.

UPDATE (3/2/10): and the answer is... 185. So the winner is Mr Robert Weaselspoon, who guessed 172.

Marvin standing

21 comments:

Sadie said...

He's rather cute!

I'm sure there's a bit of a clue in the fact that you managed to count all your books! I'm going to guess 1,352, anyway.

Amy said...

That's one cute disgruntled robot! I think that as you're not a hoarder, I'll go with 167? I'm an English graduate and it's surprising how many books you don't want to keep! Maybe I just took boring modules!

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Kate said...

937. Books on shelves are magically smaller and lighter than books in boxes. Good luck on the move!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Hmmm, well given your tendencies and proclivities as an academic and crafter, I'm going with 487. And good luck with the move & remember to get rid of as much extraneous stuff as possible, you won't regret it!

grammynan said...

My guess? 784
The word "robot" is used approximately 784 times a day by my 3 1/2 yr old grandson so that is my rational for my guess on your book count.

Tesla said...

That robot is as cute as can be!

hmmmmm.....2313


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charissa said...

Poor toy... there he is, brain the size of a planet, and he's guarding your work books... : )
I'd guess 486, although that feels low.
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weeseaweed said...

ok, i think you've got 999 books, because i'm not entirely sure it's moral to have more than 1000 - given all the empty shelves in my local library!

i hope no-one gets hurt in the move.

Kat said...

Well, I have to say 42, obviously. But I'm sure you have many more than that, I know I do.

OK, guessing... 400 books. I know from experience that you need a lot of space to keep that many. It may be more, but I don't know how much room you have :)

Bailey said...

Ok, I'll give a modest guess of 150. If it's anything above 200 than you've lied about your book hoarding tendencies!

Good luck moving.

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Robert said...

172. I should be coming round to help with woodwork on Friday, so I'd better enter before I could be accused of cheating.

Robert

hughimandsqueezehimandcallhimmarvin@weaselspoon.com

Uslan said...

you've actually counted how many books you have Dr Alice?

Sarah said...

330??

Marvin looks so comfortable up there...

nikki said...

Oh, he would fit right in with my husband's knitted & sewn robot collection.

I guess 570 books in your home.

Pigwotflies said...

Oh Marvin. And oh what variation in number. I shall guess 562.

medve said...

864. why not.

Sarah the Great said...

What the heck ... I've been reading you a long while, always loved your knits, and might as well comment. :) Especially if you're willing to ship to so distant a place as "overseas".

I'm guessing 642, just based on a space comparison with my own collection hoarded in my tiny studio apartment.

Lottie said...

I am going to guess 753. It does make me quite tempted to count how many books I have!

Simon K said...

Fewer books that we'd think, eh? Or rather, fewer books than you think we'd think, knowing that you've told us that you have fewer (and more) books than we think.

This is clearly a problem in Game Theory. Therefore my answer has to be 417 with a probability of 25%, 617 with a probability of 50%, and 817 with a probability of 25%, and I shall now toss two coins to work out which.

OK, my answer is 817. @simonk01 on twitter if I win.

Thea said...

I'm going to say 428. It's a number based completely on guesswork and the fact that it's all even numbers. I don't follow the logic, either.

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weeseaweed said...

alice, i gave your blog an award. not because you blog remotely frequently, but because i always value your content.