Wednesday, 11 March 2009

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

Who can't forget the opening from this Britsh show in the early 80s...




The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy was first a stage play, then a book, then a radio series, then an early 80s television series on the BBC and on PBS in North America and most recently a film.
It's author, Douglas Adams, died at the age of 49. Today he would have turned 57. The book is one of the funniest things I've ever read. And the BBC TV series was equally funny. Here are a few quotes Adams is fondly remembered for:
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

8 comments:

Joel Klebanoff said...

Because I write a blog that I label as humorous, I try to be humorous when I leave comments on other people's blogs. I can't do that here. Since first discovering his books, I have been in awe of Douglas Adam's ability and I truly regret that he is no longer around to entertain me through his writing.

Jenn Thorson said...

I did love Douglas Adams-- in fact, he was one of the main writers that got me interested in writing humor. The humor science fantasy novel I'm working on right now owes more than a little of that initial inspiration to dear Mr. Adams.

He was one hoopy frood dude. :)

nonamedufus said...

Joe: I'm glad your an Adams fan and enjoyed the post. You are a funny guy!

Jenn: I don't think I've ever enjoyed a book more. The BBC series was a hoot, too.

nonamedufus said...

Joe: ...glad "you're" an...(sorry)

Janna said...

I loved reading the Hitchhiker's Guide series.
It's one of those things that I've re-read many times, yet still enjoy the idea of reading it again.
Funny stuff.

Brent Diggs said...

When it comes to writing humor, DNA is the man. His unfortunate demise has done nothing to change that.

I try to re-read the whole series every six months just to stay sharp.

nonamedufus said...

Janna & Brent: It's fun to rediscover and revisit H2G2, isn't it.

Brent Diggs said...

When it comes to writing humor, DNA is the man. His unfortunate demise has done nothing to change that.

I try to re-read the whole series every six months just to stay sharp.

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