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2013-03-11 02:27:10 AM
I tried telling my boss once that the answer to the status of the quarterly reports was "42," he didn't get it.
 
2013-03-11 02:37:29 AM
I'm going to put DON'T PANIC! as my Nexus 7 wallpaper.

Why didn't I think of this sooner?
 
2013-03-11 08:18:14 AM
Share and Enjoy!
 
2013-03-11 08:44:05 AM
Died at 49. Way too young.
 
2013-03-11 08:58:18 AM
Be sure to check out Google's doodle today.
 
2013-03-11 08:59:58 AM
Adam's?  Really, subby?
 
2013-03-11 09:15:34 AM

strangeluck: I tried telling my boss once that the answer to the status of the quarterly reports was "42," he didn't get it.


That's my typical answer to well, everything. I've yet to have anyone understand it.
 
2013-03-11 09:20:25 AM

Unoriginal_Username: strangeluck: I tried telling my boss once that the answer to the status of the quarterly reports was "42," he didn't get it.

That's my typical answer to well, everything. I've yet to have anyone understand it.


"Go stick your head in a pig" also works.
 
2013-03-11 09:27:10 AM

intotheabyss81: Be sure to check out Google's doodle today.


Fist thing I noticed at work today, made me smile... a difficult task on a Monday.
 
2013-03-11 09:28:20 AM
* Adams'

/The more you know....
 
2013-03-11 09:35:08 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Unoriginal_Username: strangeluck: I tried telling my boss once that the answer to the status of the quarterly reports was "42," he didn't get it.

That's my typical answer to well, everything. I've yet to have anyone understand it.

"Go stick your head in a pig" also works.


I need to try that when our training manager asks me to change something on the image we're using.
 
2013-03-11 09:41:49 AM

intotheabyss81: Be sure to check out Google's doodle today.


Can someone fill me in on what the doodle is?  I share a birthday with Douglas Adams so all I get is the stupid birthday cake thing today.
 
2013-03-11 09:46:23 AM
The fact that Douglas died at such a young age just pisses me off.
Will have a Pan Galactic Gargle blaster in his honor tonight
 
2013-03-11 09:50:56 AM

Anderson's Pooper: intotheabyss81: Be sure to check out Google's doodle today.

Can someone fill me in on what the doodle is?  I share a birthday with Douglas Adams so all I get is the stupid birthday cake thing today.


Sign out of google and go back to the home page
You should be able to see it
 
2013-03-11 09:51:27 AM
Article fails in the first sentence. It's the answer to LtUaE, not the secret to LtUaE.
 
2013-03-11 09:56:12 AM
If you haven't listened to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in its original radio incarnation then you haven't experienced the story at all properly.

The rest are all pale imitations. 100% true.
 
2013-03-11 10:11:06 AM
Subby,

Who is Douglas Adam?
 
2013-03-11 10:20:25 AM
Grammar Nazis

The HHGTG describes Grammar Nazis as someone obsessed by punctuation and sentence structure to the point of turning into pontificating assbags when their holy rules of grammar were violated.

A little known fact is that the Golganfrinchams managed to rid their planet of Grammar Nazis by convincing them (along with management consultants, phone sanitizers and insurance salespersons) that a mutant star goat would soon eat the planet and the planet needed to be evacuated.
 
2013-03-11 10:36:58 AM

NuttierThanEver: Grammar Nazis

The HHGTG describes Grammar Nazis as someone obsessed by punctuation and sentence structure to the point of turning into pontificating assbags when their holy rules of grammar were violated.

A little known fact is that the Golganfrinchams managed to rid their planet of Grammar Nazis by convincing them (along with management consultants, phone sanitizers and insurance salespersons) that a mutant star goat would soon eat the planet and the planet needed to be evacuated.


I thought it was that the planet was about to be invaded by a gigantic swarm of twelve-foot piranha bees. Wasn't that it?
 
2013-03-11 10:38:34 AM

vogonity: Subby,

Who is Douglas Adam?


There's a guy named Doug Adam who does news and sports on some of the local radio stations around here.
 
2013-03-11 10:48:50 AM

Unoriginal_Username: That's my typical answer to well, everything. I've yet to have anyone understand it.


I used to work the word "Slartibartfast" into my lessons when I was teaching, just to watch for a reaction.

Finally stopped as it got too damned depressing.


/Kids today.
 
2013-03-11 10:57:25 AM

Unoriginal_Username: Sign out of google and go back to the home page
You should be able to see it


Thank you kindly!
 
2013-03-11 11:06:38 AM

intotheabyss81: Be sure to check out Google's doodle today.


That was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike amusing.
 
2013-03-11 11:22:02 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: Article fails in the first sentence. It's the answer to LtUaE, not the secret to LtUaE.


Well.. Technically.. It's the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. You know, just... Everything!
 
2013-03-11 11:22:23 AM
When asked for my input in meetings, someday I like to respond: "I have a million ideas, but they all point to certain death."


/Brought a towel to work today.  I was pleasantly surprised that my Boss got it right away.
 
2013-03-11 11:30:45 AM

Highroller48: When asked for my input in meetings, someday I like to respond: "I have a million ideas, but they all point to certain death."


/Brought a towel to work today.  I was pleasantly surprised that my Boss got it right away.


I wish I had brought a towel.  It's raining cats and dogs here.  I'm beginning to think that maybe I'm a rain god.

/I need some tea
 
2013-03-11 11:51:06 AM

Gordon Bennett: If you haven't listened to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in its original radio incarnation then you haven't experienced the story at all properly.

The rest are all pale imitations. 100% true.



Oh not this again...
 
2013-03-11 12:10:59 PM
Fact. 6x9=42 in base 13. I wish I knew if this was intentional. It changes everything.
 
2013-03-11 12:18:31 PM
Having read the books (well) before ever seeing the t.v. series or movie, I'm disappointed that my idea of what Marvin looked like is not even remotely close to what those media show him as. I always envisioned him as looking something like the robot sprite from M.U.L.E.

atari.limitevisual.com
 
2013-03-11 12:47:26 PM
I think the irony is that if he had stuck to hitch hiking everywhere he'd still be alive.
 
2013-03-11 01:17:36 PM
I discovered the Hitchhiker's Guide by serendippity when the radio show was played on CBC Radio in the early 80s (not that long after its original UK run). Unfortunately, in those pre-internet days, it was almost impossible to remember when anything was on CBC Radio unless you subscribed to their schedule, so I only got to hear it intermittantly.

Since then I have acquired the books, scripts, the 6-part TV series, and the movie.

I also learned that Douglas Adams was a writer on the Monty Python Show and that he appears in a couple of sketches. He was about 6 foot seven, so he's easy to pick out of a crowd, even in a mask. IIRC, he co-wrote Episode 42 and a couple of others late in the run of the show when the principals were getting sick of each other and thinking of making a run for independent careers.

As for 6 x 9 = 4213, this fact plays a role in the life of Lewis Caroll, who was 42 when he met Alice Liddell the model for the Alice in the Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass novels. Also, it takes 42 minutes for an object to fall through the Earth to the centre of the Earth, and there is a fountain on the Oxford University campus that is 42 feet across, which probably inspired thoughts on falling into fountains and looking-glasses, not to mention through the Earth.

Lewis Carroll was a logician and when he suffered from insomnia, which was frequently, worked out math puzzles. He was capable of great mathemagical deviousness and invented a number of mildly educational games.

In one of his lesser known books, Sylvie & Bruno  (1874) the address 42 Queer Street plays a role. He also introduces the idea of a time machine (in this case, a watch which sets time back exactly one hour and which can make time run backward for the same period) twenty years before H.G. Wells' more famous Time Machine (1894). He also  anticipates Albert Einstein's theory of relativity by imagining what happens when you drop a tea cup in a house that is falling in uniform motion itself so as to create artificial gravity. The teacup is a metaphor for the irreversible nature of time, and is used as such by many physicists, a group of people  who love to quote Lewis Carroll almost as much as Economists and Mathematicians and logic puzzle makers.

Perhaps Lewis Carroll knew  the question to the answer 42.

Douglas Adams seems to have selected that number because it is memorable or because it alludes to an important achievement of his television writing and acting career. But some numbers are "strange attractors". If you ask somebody to name a number between 1 and 10, most will say 7. If you ask them to name a number between 1 and 50, a disproportionate  number of them will say "42" even if they don't know the work of Douglas Adams.
 
2013-03-11 01:24:55 PM
So there is a Get Fuzzy out there w/ the cat clutching a towel in tribute to DA.
My google-fu has failed me. Can any farkers assist?
 
2013-03-11 01:26:47 PM

Gordon Bennett: If you haven't listened to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in its original radio incarnation then you haven't experienced the story at all properly.

The rest are all pale imitations. 100% true.


Except that Adams wrote them all.

(except for the Eoin Colfer one, of course).
 
2013-03-11 01:35:10 PM
brantgoose:

Infamous trivia-spouting aviary species from the Ennuie nebula.
Mostly Harmless.

Here is what to do if you want to get information from a Brantgoose: Forget it. They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy - not actually evil, but nauseating, interminably-winded, verbose and narcissistic. They wouldn't even stop typing to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without all of their anecdotes sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public enquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as Fark postings.

The best way to get silence out of a Brantgoose is to stick your finger down his throat, and the best way to irritate him is to feed his encyclopedia to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.

On no account allow a Brantgoose to read starship specifications at you.

/Sorry, just couldn't resist!
 
2013-03-11 02:24:34 PM
Thankfully nobody ever tried to make Hitchhiker's Guide into a movie. That would have sucked.
 
2013-03-11 03:39:44 PM
Hey, you sass that hoopy Highroller48? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is.
 
2013-03-11 04:18:06 PM

Gordon Bennett: If you haven't listened to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in its original radio incarnation then you haven't experienced the story at all properly.

The rest are all pale imitations. 100% true.



Oh, so much THIS.

The radio version explains the probability drive a lot better than the other versions.

/girlfriend (at the time) got me an album of the BBC radio version of Genesis of the Daleks.  she could also suck the chrome off a trailer hitch.  good times....
 
2013-03-11 04:35:43 PM
I really liked the google doodle today, I think thats the first time thats happened... They need one for Vonnegut.

"The best way to get silence out of a Brantgoose is to stick your finger down his throat.... "

Speaking of which, thats an expression I've used quite a few times. The original that is. About drinks and not brantgooses.

Another random favorite that comes to mind:

"A bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes."
 
2013-03-11 05:03:08 PM

brantgoose: I discovered the Hitchhiker's Guide by serendippity when the radio show was played on CBC Radio in the early 80s (not that long after its original UK run). Unfortunately, in those pre-internet days, it was almost impossible to remember when anything was on CBC Radio unless you subscribed to their schedule, so I only got to hear it intermittantly.

Since then I have acquired the books, scripts, the 6-part TV series, and the movie.

I also learned that Douglas Adams was a writer on the Monty Python Show and that he appears in a couple of sketches. He was about 6 foot seven, so he's easy to pick out of a crowd, even in a mask. IIRC, he co-wrote Episode 42 and a couple of others late in the run of the show when the principals were getting sick of each other and thinking of making a run for independent careers.

As for 6 x 9 = 4213, this fact plays a role in the life of Lewis Caroll, who was 42 when he met Alice Liddell the model for the Alice in the Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass novels. Also, it takes 42 minutes for an object to fall through the Earth to the centre of the Earth, and there is a fountain on the Oxford University campus that is 42 feet across, which probably inspired thoughts on falling into fountains and looking-glasses, not to mention through the Earth.

Lewis Carroll was a logician and when he suffered from insomnia, which was frequently, worked out math puzzles. He was capable of great mathemagical deviousness and invented a number of mildly educational games.

In one of his lesser known books, Sylvie & Bruno  (1874) the address 42 Queer Street plays a role. He also introduces the idea of a time machine (in this case, a watch which sets time back exactly one hour and which can make time run backward for the same period) twenty years before H.G. Wells' more famous Time Machine (1894). He also  anticipates Albert Einstein's theory of relativity by imagining what happens when you drop a tea cup in a house that is falling in uniform motion ...


Did you know that he was in the six-part series?  It is Douglas Adams walking back into the ocean, nekid.
 
2013-03-11 05:36:36 PM
I less than three this thread.
 
2013-03-11 06:04:06 PM

Elvis_Bogart: I'm going to put DON'T PANIC! as my Nexus 7 wallpaper.

Why didn't I think of this sooner?


I got my Dad a Nexus 7 for his birthday and had a good friend emboss 'Don't Panic' on the leather case in gold. (Shocking that they don't have those ready-made, really.) I wrapped it up in one of the lilac-colored towels with '42' embroidered on the corner from last year's Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May and put a ribbon around it, so he'd never guess what it was until he opened it. Dad shares a computer with Mom, doesn't even have a smartphone and Facebook games are about as computer-y as he's had the chance to get in the past few years, plus, what with various economic stresses, I don't think he was expecting anything like a computer for his birthday. He only asked for 'Snuff' by Sir Terry Pratchett, and since the bookstore was out of the tree-meat, it occurred to me that getting him something that ran eBooks would be a better choice, and Lord knows he deserves it, after raising me.

And twenty years after my father first read to seven-year-old me about the perils of Vogon poetry and the vital importance of knowing where one's towel is, I brought him a real Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If I ever picked a good present in my life, that was it. Dad's first experiment upon opening and powering up his new toy was to Google 'Eccentrica Gallumbits' just to see if it worked, and of course, it did.

Something tells me that Douglas Adams would approve.
 
2013-03-11 06:39:10 PM

SpiderQueenDemon: Elvis_Bogart: I'm going to put DON'T PANIC! as my Nexus 7 wallpaper.

Why didn't I think of this sooner?

I got my Dad a Nexus 7 for his birthday and had a good friend emboss 'Don't Panic' on the leather case in gold. (Shocking that they don't have those ready-made, really.) I wrapped it up in one of the lilac-colored towels with '42' embroidered on the corner from last year's Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May and put a ribbon around it, so he'd never guess what it was until he opened it. Dad shares a computer with Mom, doesn't even have a smartphone and Facebook games are about as computer-y as he's had the chance to get in the past few years, plus, what with various economic stresses, I don't think he was expecting anything like a computer for his birthday. He only asked for 'Snuff' by Sir Terry Pratchett, and since the bookstore was out of the tree-meat, it occurred to me that getting him something that ran eBooks would be a better choice, and Lord knows he deserves it, after raising me.

And twenty years after my father first read to seven-year-old me about the perils of Vogon poetry and the vital importance of knowing where one's towel is, I brought him a real Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If I ever picked a good present in my life, that was it. Dad's first experiment upon opening and powering up his new toy was to Google 'Eccentrica Gallumbits' just to see if it worked, and of course, it did.

Something tells me that Douglas Adams would approve.


I think I just fell in love.  (Great gift too)
 
2013-03-11 07:35:36 PM
Belgium man
 
2013-03-11 07:52:03 PM
I saw him speak a month or so before he died.  I even had a chance to meet him at that time and sign my copy of Hitchhikers, but I had forgotten it at home, so I didn't bother, figuring the chance would come again.

He was a brilliant, brilliant man.
 
2013-03-11 09:41:17 PM
I raise a toast with a Pan Galactic Gargleblaster to Mr. Adams
 
2013-03-11 11:56:50 PM
No such user 'Phartiphukborlz'. Tastes like chicken.

HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!
 
2013-03-12 12:59:49 AM

brantgoose: I discovered the Hitchhiker's Guide by serendippity when the radio show was played on CBC Radio in the early 80s (not that long after its original UK run). Unfortunately, in those pre-internet days, it was almost impossible to remember when anything was on CBC Radio unless you subscribed to their schedule, so I only got to hear it intermittantly.

Since then I have acquired the books, scripts, the 6-part TV series, and the movie.

I also learned that Douglas Adams was a writer on the Monty Python Show and that he appears in a couple of sketches. He was about 6 foot seven, so he's easy to pick out of a crowd, even in a mask. IIRC, he co-wrote Episode 42 and a couple of others late in the run of the show when the principals were getting sick of each other and thinking of making a run for independent careers.

As for 6 x 9 = 4213, this fact plays a role in the life of Lewis Caroll, who was 42 when he met Alice Liddell the model for the Alice in the Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass novels. Also, it takes 42 minutes for an object to fall through the Earth to the centre of the Earth, and there is a fountain on the Oxford University campus that is 42 feet across, which probably inspired thoughts on falling into fountains and looking-glasses, not to mention through the Earth.

Lewis Carroll was a logician and when he suffered from insomnia, which was frequently, worked out math puzzles. He was capable of great mathemagical deviousness and invented a number of mildly educational games.

In one of his lesser known books, Sylvie & Bruno  (1874) the address 42 Queer Street plays a role. He also introduces the idea of a time machine (in this case, a watch which sets time back exactly one hour and which can make time run backward for the same period) twenty years before H.G. Wells' more famous Time Machine (1894). He also  anticipates Albert Einstein's theory of relativity by imagining what happens when you drop a tea cup in a house that is falling in uniform motion ...


Didn't he have a kid born when he was 42?
 
2013-03-12 01:06:21 AM

SpiderQueenDemon: Elvis_Bogart: I'm going to put DON'T PANIC! as my Nexus 7 wallpaper.

Why didn't I think of this sooner?

I got my Dad a Nexus 7 for his birthday and had a good friend emboss 'Don't Panic' on the leather case in gold. (Shocking that they don't have those ready-made, really.) I wrapped it up in one of the lilac-colored towels with '42' embroidered on the corner from last year's Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May and put a ribbon around it, so he'd never guess what it was until he opened it. Dad shares a computer with Mom, doesn't even have a smartphone and Facebook games are about as computer-y as he's had the chance to get in the past few years, plus, what with various economic stresses, I don't think he was expecting anything like a computer for his birthday. He only asked for 'Snuff' by Sir Terry Pratchett, and since the bookstore was out of the tree-meat, it occurred to me that getting him something that ran eBooks would be a better choice, and Lord knows he deserves it, after raising me.

And twenty years after my father first read to seven-year-old me about the perils of Vogon poetry and the vital importance of knowing where one's towel is, I brought him a real Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If I ever picked a good present in my life, that was it. Dad's first experiment upon opening and powering up his new toy was to Google 'Eccentrica Gallumbits' just to see if it worked, and of course, it did.

Something tells me that Douglas Adams would approve.


Doubt it. He was a huge Apple fan....

/Wrote to him just before the TV series aired, and he wrote back on BBC headed paper.
//Still have the letter.
 
2013-03-12 04:23:58 AM

Luse: Get Fuzzy out there w/ the cat clutching a towel in tribute to DA


This one?
sattlers.org
 
2013-03-14 12:21:37 AM

Flint Ironstag: Doubt it. He was a huge Apple fan....

/Wrote to him just before the TV series aired, and he wrote back on BBC headed paper.
//Still have the letter.


I almost got Dad an iPad, but I didn't have enough money.

Next year...
 
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