And what are we doing in the UK?
We should do more than name a street. He should be on our banknotes.
A group of American Douglas Adams fans are seeking to have a street named after him in Portland, Oregon. The chosen street - naturally - is currently called 42nd Avenue. "On May 11, 2001 a very talented writer and activist was taken from this world far before his time," say the activists of rename42nd.org. "Not yet 50 years …
Sounds like the perfect tribute to me. Although I'm not sure what the man who wrote this would think about it:
“This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”
"That's like saying that it's always possible that some Reg readers haven't seen Star Wars - surely neither is a serious possibility..."
As a big fan of Mr. Adams' work, I fit into one of these categories. However; I've never seen Star Wars (or at least all the way through), for reasons of laziness.. in other words, I've fell asleep during the films. Also, other than the flight sequences (mostly robbed from 633 Squadron) and 'light' sabre fights (insert numerous swash-buckling or-the-like films circa 1920s onwards) they're relatively boring adventure films.
I'd much rather watch something like Indiana Jones, The Battleship Potemkin or Metropolis. They're much better films depicting the genres of adventure, the fight of independence versus imperialism and sci-fi. Then again, I'm not knocking the Star Wars films, just not of the opinion they're as ground-breaking as everyone seems to think they are. I'll get my coat, after all, it is Friday..
like 'the dude', the hhgttg book was perfect for its time and place in history. Plus, its a cult thing. Cearly there is a fair degree of overlap between reg readers/athiests/geeks/people who aren't retarded and people who enjoy hhgttg.
So tbh, anyone who says he's over-rated is totally not in the 'in-group' and should be executed immediately for incitement of religious hatred.
"We should do more than name a street. He should be on our banknotes."
Perhaps he could be put on a one penny coin - stored in the deepest vaults of the Bank of England, down a staircase, in a disused toilet with "beware of the leopard" written on the door, in a little box with Douglas Adams' name on it.
Trillions of years from now this penny will have accured enough compound interest for Adams to afford a seat at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, where he can watch creation end ad inifinitum. That's where I like to think he will end up, sitting at a nice table, sipping whatever it is he liked to drink, signing autographs etc, giving people tips on how to finish old Infocom games. Trying hard not to think about the "Hitch-Hiker's" film.
"How about naming a bypass after the great man?"
That's a pretty awesome idea. How about Newbury Bypass? That destroyed an incredible amount of the environment and is falling apart. Suitably fitting?
Best contact the Highways Agency about it, although they will no doubt need various forms filled out in triplicate.
Two films the man said. What two films???
There was one. That awful one.
I remember watching the HHGTTG tv series out-takes at a little known hotel in Blackpool in the 80s. Kevin Davies, the mouse keeper, was a hoot!
Tried to sell me cell sheets of the cartoon sequences.
Wish I had...
I've still got my Zaphod Beeble Bear. (Imagine a toy teddybear with 2 heads and 3 arms.) Used to give small children nightmares did that bear.
I'll go back in my closet now...
I once heard an interview with Douglas Adams in which he reveled where the inspiration for Forty Two came from. It was a training video featuring John Cleese and Michael Palin where Micheal was the ignored customer and John Cleese the bank teller. At the end of the skit, John finally looks up from the numbers he has been working on and shouts "Forty Two!"
Great game. Utterly frustrated me tho, I couldn't get off the bleeding ship. I remember you had to put something in a cup of tea, but I never figured out the whole thing. Drove me crazy.
Glad someone else knows The Meaning of Liff - how so many useful words haven't become commonly used is beyond me!
As a lad raised Macclesfield, I have actually driven through Lower Peover.
I have on more than one occasion smiled ruefully to myself as I go to relieve myself at the onset of one!
Naturally my partner has no inkling as to the cause of my amusement, and I haven't tried to explain.
(Paris icon, as I can imagine noone I'd like to experience one with more).
But given the amount of heat that Martin Luthur King, Rosa Parks and Cesar Chavez have generated in Portland, I am so glad to see this progressing nicely - besides, we are planning on storming the City Hall with Vogon Poetry if they try to block us. (teach them!!)
Diana, Portland, Oregon
It's the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. On the book they hyphenated it to fit the cover.
Now I risk having my own arm wrenching itself off from my body and beating me to death for such an act of pedantry.
Just been re-listening to the radio series. Most definitely the best format, and best listened to in the dark.
Douglas Adams should be beatified.
With an arch over the onramp reading "We Apologise For The Inconvenience". As for the ZZ9 Beeblebears, does anybody else still have one of the original ZZ9 towels, the ones with the Guide entry on towels printed on them? Mine's still in pretty good shape for a 23-yr old towel.
Don't forget the Babel Fish, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six, spending a year dead for tax purposes, the best bang since the big one, and...
"Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so."
"Well, what’s so unpleasant about being drunk? You ask a glass of water!"
"I'll never be unkind to a Gin and Tonic again."
"When I was young I used to have this nightmare about dying. I used to lie awake at nights screaming. All my school friends went to heaven or hell and I was sent to Southend!"
I've never worn a digital watch since I first heard that radio programme, just 1,978 years after they nailed some guy to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change.
Ah well, enough reminiscing. I have this pain in the diodes all down my left side, so I'm off for a Pan-Galactic gargleblaster.
The books were okay (although I gave up reading them after the Krikket one, it just wasn't funny) but the correct medium was the radio series (both of them!)
I also had the double album which only went up to the end of the 4th episode. However if you looked closely at the gap after the inner groove in the record you would see "ZZ plural Z alpha" scratched into the plastic.
Only on radio do the "Hey Zaphod did you know your robot can hum like Pink Floyd" and the "I'd probably be able to cope better if I hadn't bruised my arm" jokes work properly.
As for the film... just don't, okay, just don't!
While you're on the subject...am I the only one here who's watched John Cleese's management training videos and was instantly reminded of the old MP "Argument Clinic" sketch with Cleese & Palin?
"This isn't an argument!"
Taking away the moments that make up a dull day,
Well, you could grok the walkthrough out from gamefaqs...
And I agree, that man was a genius. Sure, I have all 5 of the trilogies shoved at the bottom of a drawer in my room, but I go through them from time to time.
Forget the gown. I'll do with a towel, a packet of peanuts and grog.
And forget the taxi, I'll use my thumb.
I would like to 42nd the nomination for the "Don't Panic" icon.
I raise a glass to Mr. Adams. Taken from us far too soon...
I would like to take a moment to quote a poem by Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Essex, England...On second thought, perhaps not...we know what happened the last time her poetry was featured....
Gotta go...Frogstar Scout Class "c" coming to GET me...where the hell did I put my towel...
Personally I don't think much of the final 4 icons (developers..., outlook not good, iFan and iHate) and can't think when I'd ever use any of them, surely there is room for a "42", a "small green piece of paper", a "ZZ9" or a "Don't Panic" icon pleeeeeeeeese.
I'm a big fan of the Hitchhiker books but I have to say that I really enjoyed the film as well. I think it brought Adams to the mainstream and to a whole new generation.
It did a pretty good job of staying (fairly) true to the book but being a modern glitzy film. The particular highlight for me was "so long and thanks for all the fish" and how thye set up a couple of bits of the film so that the book could be quoted.
I would love to see the restaurant at the end of the universe turned into a film as well.
Please don't start flaming me until I get my asbestos coat on!
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