David Lohner
21 minutes ago
3 hours ago

There are two types of people in the world
Those who like Douglas Adams and those who dislike Douglas Adams
count me in the latter group



Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
5 hours ago

At least, one of them
And somewhere in the way
Arthur looked at them

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
13 hours ago

Where had he got them
He told it about Ceylon
Out of this planet

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
21 hours ago

They had to forget
And somewhere in the way
Fine white sand, alright

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 day ago

Great to see it go
Risen out of the voyage
Marvin shook his head

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
2 days ago

He didn't let it pass
The noise echoed round the cabin
He turned and trundled off

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
2 days ago

Fine white sand, alright
He looked down at the strangers
He turned to face him

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
2 days ago

It lay in their seats
I have never heard of this
He turned to face him

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
3 days ago

Down on the paper
He shook his head solemnly
Zaphod stared at him

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
3 days ago

Roosta took it off
He had not yet even moved
It was a heat-sink

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
3 days ago

The man shrugged and moved
Zaphod took and looked again
So far they had left

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
4 days ago

The howl of the voice
The light was getting louder
He shook his heads spin

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4 days ago

I'm sad 😔.... Because of how it ends and because it is the end

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#mostlyharmless #douglasadams #reading #books #sciencefiction #scifi #quotations #bookquotes

"In spite of having taken what he regarded as an extremely positive piece of action, the Grebulon Leader ended up having a very bad month after all. It was pretty much the same as all the previous months except that there was now nothing on the television any more. He put on a little light music instead"--A quotation from Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series)
Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
4 days ago

She turned and trundled off
He twisted round in his life
Behind me the sponge

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4 days ago

#TIL trivia That the »Dish Of The Day« in the 1981 TV adaption of »The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy« was played by the then 5th #DoctorWho Peter Davison.

… only by reading the credits ;)


Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
4 days ago

There were now ringing
Ford was puzzled to see it go
He asked what it did

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
5 days ago

They say the doubters
Looking over his shoulder
He didn't let it pass

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5 days ago

The "biscuit" joke from So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams is now one of my favourite jokes from the series

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1/3 "‘He did this. He leaned across the table, picked up the packet of biscuits, tore it open, took one out, and . . .’
‘Ate it.’
‘He ate it.’
Fenchurch looked at him in astonishment. ‘What on earth did you do?’
‘Well, in the circumstances I did what any red-blooded Englishman would do. I was compelled,’ said Arthur, ‘to ignore it.’"
2/3 "‘I went into the breach again. I took,’ said Arthur, ‘another biscuit. And for an instant our eyes met.’
‘Like this?’
‘Yes, well, no, not quite like that. But they met. Just for an instant. And we both looked away. But I am here to tell you,’ said Arthur, ‘that there was a little electricity in the air. There was a little tension building up over the table. At about this time.’
‘I can imagine.’
‘We went through the whole packet like this. Him, me, him, me . . .’"
3/3 "‘There is that. So. When the empty packet was lying dead between us the man at last got up, having done his worst, and left. I heaved a sigh of relief, of course. As it happened, my train was announced a moment or two later, so I finished my coffee, stood up, picked up the newspaper, and underneath the newspaper . . .’
‘Were my biscuits.’
‘What?’ said Fenchurch. ‘What?’
‘True.’"--extracts from So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series).
Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
5 days ago

It was very neat
The first thing that froze his ankles
It was a heat-sink

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5 days ago

Milliways: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
A long time ago, there was a radio series called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was about a man named Arthur Dent, who with the aid of his friend Ford Prefect managed to escape from the Earth when it was demolished to make way for a hyperspace byp
#indies #niche #douglasadams #fansequel #hitchhikersguidetothegalaxy #indie #infocom #interactivefiction #maxfox #niche #stevemeretzky #textadventure

Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
5 days ago

It was very small
He twisted a single day
He stared at the ship

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
6 days ago

Thinking back to her
All this lay in thick black space
Roosta sat on the knee

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
6 days ago

Zaphod stared at him
This has led to the other
That's what he saw it

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6 days ago

So my newish TV has informed me that the HDMI cable I have attached is sub-par, and it wants a swoopier, higher bandwidth HDMI cable.

Have we arrived at the Sirius Cybernetics future?

Will there be lemon soaked paper napkins? :)

#douglasadams #tv #hdmi

Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
6 days ago

Then they stared at him
They both stood and looked about
Most of them away

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

That's what he saw it
The ruler of the voyage
Well, so many times

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

The reason for it
Away to his feet again
Oh, and then stood still

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

The sound of the cat
He gestured at the strangers
He peered through the ship

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

It was going to do
Ford let it worry him though
Zaphod looked at it

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

What do you do now
He hadn't asked to be working
Well, so many times

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

Two million years ago
I wouldn't be any more moments
He looked up sharply

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1 week ago
Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

He asked what it did
And the others turned to Ford
This had the option

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1 week ago
"We live in strange times.
We also live in strange places: each in a universe of our own. The people with whom we populate our universes are the shadows of whole other universes intersecting with our own. Being able to glance out into this bewildering complexity of infinite recursion and say things like, ‘Oh, hi, Ed! Nice tan. How’s Carol?’ involves a great deal of filtering skill for which all conscious entities have eventually to develop a capacity in order to protect themselves from the contemplation of the chaos through which they seethe and tumble. So give your kid a break, OK?
Extract from Practical Parenting in a Fractally Demented Universe"
--A quotation from Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series)
Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

Fine, so far away
Ford stuck his head solemnly
At the end of the tree

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1 week ago

Studie über die #Superreichen, veröffentlicht im Ticker der ZDF-App

"Ein Rudel hirnloser Irrer, die als erste an die Wand gestellt werden, wenn die #Revolution kommt"
- Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis, Kap. 11 #DouglasAdams

Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

Why this is the Earth
After a while in silence
He leapt to his leg

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Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
1 week ago

High up in the sun
Ford called out the wag again
At the fifteenth floor

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Une toute petite tombe pour un immense auteur, qui m’aura fait rire tant et plus.

Douglas Adams, auteur notamment du Guide du routard galactique, est enterré à Highgate, au nord-ouest de Londres.

#DouglasAdams #H2G2 #london

La tombe de Douglas Adams, dans le cimetière de Highgate, à Londres. Juste une petite stèle , ornée de stylos dans un pot et de divers objets laissés en hommage par les fans.
2 weeks ago

The importance of objectivity cannot be understated. Not just for scientists but for everyone.
A quotation from #solongandthanksforallthefish by #douglasadams ( #thehitchhikersguidetothegalaxy series)

@bookstodon @bookstadon #books #reading #quotations #bookquotes #scifi

"I’m a scientist and I know what constitutes proof. But the reason I call myself by my childhood name is to remind myself that a scientist must also be absolutely like a child. If he sees a thing, he must say that he sees it, whether it was what he thought he was going to see or not. See first, think later, then test. But always see first. Otherwise you will only see what you were expecting." - - A quotation from So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series).
Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
2 weeks ago

He lapped up the line
The reason for his wine glass
Arthur turned to Ford

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Rep A. L
2 weeks ago

Ya tenéis aquí la última entrada que haré analizando la obra de #DouglasAdams

En ella hablo de la metahistoria, que para mí es uno de elementos más importantes para la consistencia y coherencia de las historias, sean del género que sean.

¿Qué fue para ti lo que más te gustó del #libro?

#loscuadernosdeRep #literatura #cienciaficcion #humor #literaverso #worldbuilding #lecturas

3 weeks ago

Ooch. Alle hacken hier auf diesem #Musk -Egomanen rum. Wie ich an anderer Stelle erwähnte: Lasst den mal machen. Je näher er an einem funktionierenden #Starship ist, desto näher sind wir an einer B-Arche ☺️

Manuel Kehl
3 weeks ago

As a huge #DouglasAdams fan, I think @zenitizer now officially has the perfect number of ratings on the US #AppStore 🥳

Would be a shame, if this post somehow went “viral” and tons of people left a nice rating to “ruin” this for me *wink* 😜😏 So, please refrain from boosting this! *cough*

Just sharing the link to prove that the count is actually 42 and definitely not to encourage anyone to rate or review my app: 🙃

#iOSdev #indieDev #HitchhikersGuide

A screenshot showing that Zenitizer has 42 App Store reviews (with a solid five star average which makes me very happy and grateful)
Hitchhiker's Guide Haiku
3 weeks ago

Zaphod shook his head
He paused for a quick recheck
Ford and Arthur Dent

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3 weeks ago

'Time,' said Arthur weakly, 'is not currently one of my problems.'
#TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy #DouglasAdams

3 weeks ago

Eén van de leukste personages van The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is Bowerick Wowbagger, die na - per ongeluk onsterfelijk te worden - besluit alle wezens in het universum persoonlijk en in alfabetische volgorde te beledigen. Soms wil ik dat ook. #TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy #DouglasAdams #FortyTwo

Rob Cranmer
4 weeks ago

Tommy DeVito betraying his Hitchhiker's Guide love with that quote there

#NFL #DouglasAdams

Todd Belcher
4 weeks ago

I really love for a lot of reasons. Fun is just one of them

RIP #DouglasAdams

4 weeks ago

Am I the first to notice that the name of Douglas Adams' 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' is totally misleading? It is not a guide to the galaxy (which of the trillions of galaxies in existence would that even be?) but to the whole Universe.

Why did he misname the book like that? Of course, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe' sounds a bit lame, so I guess that answers that question...

#TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy #DouglasAdams

4 weeks ago

'Look,' said Arthur, 'would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?'
#TheHitchhikersGideToTheGalaxy #DouglasAdams

4 weeks ago

And all dared to brave the unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before - and thus was the Empire forged.
#TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy #DouglasAdams

4 weeks ago

Oh I totally get that man.... Though I my case I'm too lazy to do calculations in my head... 🤣

"For a moment or two the old man didn’t reply. He was staring at the instruments with the air of one who is trying to convert Fahrenheit to centigrade in his head whilst his house is burning down."

From #lifetheuniverseandeverything by #douglasadams ( #hitchhikersguidetothegalaxy series)
@bookstodon @sciencefiction #books #jokes #humor #bookquotes #funnyquotes

4 weeks ago
"They were robots, white robots.
What was most extraordinary about them was that they appeared to have come dressed for the occasion. Not only were they white, but they carried what appeared to be cricket bats, and not only that, but they also carried what appeared to be cricket balls, and not only that but they wore white ribbing pads round the lower parts of their legs. These last were extraordinary because they appeared to contain jets which allowed these curiously civilized robots to fly down from their hovering spaceship and start to kill people, which is what they did."-- A quotation from Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series).
Roman ALAN
1 month ago

The song is based on an incident in a LA bar, but the title is from a character in one of the best SF book series ever (I'll fight you over that statement) –

Radiohead, "Paranoid Android" (1997)

#BookishBeats #Radiohead #DouglasAdams #MarvinTheParanoidAndroid

"Please, could you stop the noise?
I'm trying to get some rest
From all the unborn chicken voices in my head …"

Clara Listensprechen
1 month ago
Tim McTuffty
1 month ago

Diary of an ASD Squirrel. Day 11 Thursday 09/11/23

TL:DR It took you 8 hours to pick a kettle, what are you on Squirrel ! Or : is this squirrel autistic or just anally retentive ?

Day 4 of the great lurgy outbreak of November ‘23 , & you find you’re fave squirrel feeling much better, a little less snotty & a lot more mentally agile! EDITORS NOTE: (You may live ot regret this, I’m on a roll! )

Talking with friends today it occurred to me that another aspect of my personality may be ASD related.

Bear with me here the logic may , or may not hold together.

I take a LONG time to make a decision a lot of the time especially if its a fairly open ended and low importance, wether it’s what to have for lunch or what kind of kettle I want to buy to replace a busted one.

I know that while not particularly change resistant consciously my unconscious ASD mind is not at all fond of change - put a mug away in the wronng place, or indeed the wrong way round & it will trigger me!

I know that I am very detailed orientated, & like to know the ins & outs of my kit (if not my lunch 😂) . Again fairly classic ASD .

I hate waste with a vengence, it does my tree in ! ASD related OCD you say, probably say I!

Let’s take these ingredients & apply them to making a choice of say . . . a kettle 😁

Prime requirements are :
a) It should boil water efficiently.
b) It should be big enough.
c) It should have a visible level indicator.
d) It should have an on/off led
e) It should be robust .
f) It should look ok
g) It should not suffer from design faults discovered on previous kettles
h) It should be value for money, preferably in a sale of some flavour!

So here we see the attention to detail kicking in, not even started looking yet.

It can take an hour to create a list of candidates from online stores.

Then we have to weed out the manufacturers we don’t like.

Now the serious work begins, energy efficiency ratings to be compared, price on various sites to be checked , aesthetics to be considered in comparison to the existing kettle, reviews to be read and compared.

Now we’re down to a shortlist of maybe 3 or 4, elapsed time about 5 hours.

Here we enter what #DouglasAdams would call the ‘Dark teatime of the Soul’ that period of ooohming & ahhhing over the final candidates, the “oooh that one ! “ moments , followed swiftly by the “yes but, on the other hand” moments.
Everyone in present at the time & indeed reading this going - “Just , for the love of humanity , CHOOSE ! “

Finally 8 hours later , the kettle Parfait, purchased !

I suspect the final phase is largely my ASD whispering “can you not fix the broken kettle! Look this new one is different because ….! “

So I leave you with this final chain of thought:
It shouldn’t take 8 hours to pick a kettle, really it’s a kettle !
Don’t even ask how long it takes me to pick a new TV, or worse Laptop!
I feel that the ND attributes I know to be present in myself are playing a role here, that my unconscious mind is fighting every step of the way to reduce the list of choices to make the choice easy, by setting strict boundary conditions. Then promptly changing tack & fighting tooth and nail to make the simplest choice of all - not to change !

This has been a somewhat tortuous road to write & I suspect read, & the logic may , or may not hold together.
I value input on this from across the neural spectrum 🙏

Thanks to those who are helping me on this journey, in a myriad different ways. I am thankful to each & every one of you ! 😊🫶🐿️🖖

#TimsASDjourney #ActuallyAutistic #TheMammutMoves

1 month ago

These lines from #therestaurantattheendoftheuniverse by #douglasadams are a satire on the extent of selfishness and shortsightedness we as humans can be sometimes prone to, as seen all too commonly around us.

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"‘Thank you. Since we decided a few weeks ago to adopt the leaf as legal tender, we have, of course, all become immensely rich.’
Ford stared in disbelief at the crowd who were murmuring appreciatively at this and greedily fingering the wads of leaves with which their track suits were stuffed.
‘But we have also,’ continued the management consultant, ‘run into a small inflation problem on account of the high level of leaf availability, which means that, I gather, the current going rate has something like three deciduous forests buying one ship’s peanut.’
Murmurs of alarm came from the crowd. The management consultant waved them down.
‘So in order to obviate this problem,’ he continued, ‘and effectively revalue the leaf, we are about to embark on a massive defoliation campaign, and . . . er, burn down all the forests. I think you’ll all agree that’s a sensible move under the circumstances.’"
-- A quotation from The Restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series).
1 month ago

'Please relax,' said the voice pleasantly, like a stewardess in an airliner with only one wing and two engines one of which is on fire, 'you are perfectly safe.'
#TheHitchhikersGideToTheGalaxy #DouglasAdams

1 month ago


I can't help but think of the telephone sanitizers from planet Golgafrincham in #Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy whenever someone makes the claim that a class of jobs is useless


1 month ago

I, for one, am all for our our Lord and Savior, the #cat !! 🤣 🤣

"‘It’s nothing to do with me,’ he said, ‘I am not involved with people. The Lord knows I am not a cruel man.’
‘Ah!’ barked Zarniwoop, ‘you say “The Lord”. You believe in something!’
‘My cat,’ said the man benignly, picking it up and stroking it. ‘I call him The Lord..." from #therestaurantattheendoftheuniverse by #douglasadams ( #thehitchikersguidetothegalaxy series)

@bookstodon @reading #bookquotes #jokes #funny #humour

Cory Doctorow
1 month ago

Amazon's burying of this vital information will be familiar to #DouglasAdams readers, as the "#BewareOfTheLeopard" tactic. It's not even the first time Amazon's deployed it:

Another group of scholars recently coined a useful term to describe this ripoff: in a paper published last week, @timoreilly, #MarianaMazzucato and #IlanStrauss dubbed the costs of all this complexity #AttentionRents:


1 month ago

The whole "bovine" joke in #therestaurantattheendoftheuniverse by #douglasadams was hilarious. It got me thinking: how would I feel if an animal I was about to consume came up to me enthusiastically conveying its consent for being eaten? I will be horrified, just like Arthur! But why?
Will it be better to eat against its consent instead? Why?
Then… what about salad's consent?!🤣
Interesting thought experiment...

#reading #jokes #funny #quotes #thehitchikersguidetothegalaxy

"I think I’ll just have a green salad,’ he muttered.
‘May I urge you to consider my liver?’ asked the animal. ‘It must be very rich and tender by now, I’ve been force-feeding myself for months.’
‘A green salad,’ said Arthur emphatically.
‘A green salad?’ said the animal, rolling his eyes disapprovingly at Arthur.
‘Are you going to tell me,’ said Arthur, ‘that I shouldn’t have green salad?’
‘Well,’ said the animal, ‘I know many vegetables that are very clear on that point. Which is why it was eventually decided to cut through the whole tangled problem and breed an animal that actually wanted to be eaten and was capable of saying so clearly and distinctly. And here I am.’
It managed a very slight bow.
‘Glass of water, please,’ said Arthur."--quote 3 from the restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series).
"A large dairy animal approached Zaphod Beeblebrox’s table, a large fat meaty quadruped of the bovine type with large watery eyes, small horns and what might almost have been an ingratiating smile on its lips.
‘Good evening,’ it lowed and sat back heavily on its haunches, ‘I am the main Dish of the Day. May I interest you in parts of my body?’ It harrumphed and gurgled a bit, wriggled its hind quarters into a more comfortable position and gazed peacefully at them.
Its gaze was met by looks of startled bewilderment from Arthur and Trillian, a resigned shrug from Ford Prefect and naked hunger from Zaphod Beeblebrox.
‘Something off the shoulder, perhaps,’ suggested the animal, ‘braised in a white wine sauce?’
‘Er, your shoulder?’ said Arthur in a horrified whisper."--quote from the Restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series).
"‘You mean this animal actually wants us to eat it?’ whispered Trillian to Ford.
‘Me?’ said Ford, with a glazed look in his eyes. ‘I don’t mean anything.’
‘That’s absolutely horrible,’ exclaimed Arthur, ‘the most revolting thing I’ve ever heard.’
‘What’s the problem, Earthman?’ said Zaphod, now transferring his attention to the animal’s enormous rump.
‘I just don’t want to eat an animal that’s standing there inviting me to,’ said Arthur, ‘it’s heartless.’
‘Better than eating an animal that doesn’t want to be eaten,’ said Zaphod.
‘That’s not the point,’ Arthur protested. Then he thought about it for a moment. ‘All right,’ he said, ‘maybe it is the point. I don’t care, I’m not going to think about it now. I’ll just . . . er . . .’"--quote 2 from the Restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series).
1 month ago

The Hitchhiker’s Guide was famously written by correspondents like Ford Prefect. It wasn’t an #AI that made shit up based on some random sub-ether drivel. As a result, it was useful.

God, #DouglasAdams would have fucking hated #ElonMusk.

Curiously enough, an edition of The Guide that fell through a time warp from a thousand years in the future defined the executive board of X as “a bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came”.

Announcing Grok!
Grok is an Al modeled after the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask!
1 month ago

A true sense of proportion of the infinity of the universe with respect to humanity fills me with wonder, but may also sometimes lead one to have an existential crisis. I think I would definitely be interested in trying the Total Perspective Vortex!

Oh how I love cosmology!
@bookstodon @reading #therestaurantattheendoftheuniverse #hgttg #douglasadams #TheHitchhikersGuide #TheHitchhikersGideToTheGalaxy #quotes #bookquotes #reading #books

"... which is why the Total Perspective Vortex is as horrific as it is.
For when you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little marker, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says "You are here.""--A quotation from The Restaurant at the end of the Universe, by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series)
Joanne Fisher
1 month ago

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
Douglas Adams

#quote #DouglasAdams

1 month ago

@DekaBlack DNA sneaked in a number of hints that the two universes intersect.
#DouglasAdams #DoctorWho #HHGG #H2G2 #OolonColluphid #DestinyOfTheDaleks

1 month ago

LOL now that's an interesting piece of logic 🤣🤣

‘The argument goes something like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
‘“But,” says Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”

--from the #hitchhikersguidetothegalaxy by #douglasadams
@bookstodon #hitchhikersguide #scifi #humour #reading #HGTTGG #quotes

1 month ago

@bruces I was so hoping for something that harvests Brownian motion, so we could power things with a really hot cup of tea


"Dirk Gentlys holistische Detektei" ist ja auch eine krasse Serie 😆

#Netflix #DouglasAdams

MaJ1 🐿️
2 months ago

Ok Peeps , I’m gonna go make a coffee & beat the living daylights out of some Scorched & Super Mutants on FO76

They will of course be wearing EDF insignias in my imagination .

Eat Radioactive tipped arrows you buggers !

Sorry , normal cute squirrel behaviour will resume ‘as soon as we are sure what is normal anyway ‘ #DouglasAdams #HitchHikersGuide

⌨️📴 Try not to break the interweb while I’m away 😁😜😁


@ NovaNaturalist
2 months ago


I think we are all going to need an electronic Monk Plus for this...

#douglasadams #ElectricMonk

A quote from Douglas Adams' novel 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency'

"Electric monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe... The new improved Monk Plus models were twice as powerful, had an entirely new multi-tasking Negative Capability feature that allowed them to hold up to 16 entirely different and contradictory ideas in memory simultaneously without generating any irritating system errors."
Mirthless End
2 months ago

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a #BBC television adaptation of #DouglasAdams' work which aired Jan 5 - Feb 9 1981 on BBC 2 in the UK

Although initially thought by BBC executives to be un-filmable, the series was successfully produced & directed by Alan J. W. Bell & went on to win a Royal Television Society Award as Most Original Programme of 1981, as well as several British Academy Television Awards for its graphics & editing.

#hhgttg #tv #bbc #scifi

Corentin Lamy
2 months ago

Ça fait parti des jeux que j'ai achetés parce que je suis tombé sur une affaire mais auxquels je n'ai toujours pas joué : #StarshipTitanic écrit par #DouglasAdams (qui a d'ailleurs donné lieu à une adaptation oubliable qui se lit comme un spin-off de #H2G2, aka le Guide Galactique), qui m'attirait autant en raison de son pedigree que pour, autant que je m'en souvienne, une vague promesse d'IA extraordinaire qui devait être vaguement bullshit. En tout cas la #bigbox est très big et très belle.

Recto de Starship Titanic
Verso et contenu de Starship Titanic
Le volet intérieur de la boîte.
ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha
3 months ago

#DouglasAdams' Hyperland came out 33 years ago.

This documentary about hypertext, multimedia and similar technologies pre-dated the first web browser by about a year.

Wikipedia has more info and links to a watchable version on

3 months ago

"Lahmer Drecksplanet ist das. Ich habe nicht das geringste Mitleid" Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz #douglasadams

MsDB42 🦘♀🌈🐧
3 months ago

***LAST EDITED*** 2/9/23



Jenny Daly
3 months ago

It's my birthday today, and a beloved cousin has been waiting years to make a very specific age-related joke. #DontPanic #DouglasAdams

A grey and white towel on a table. The words 'don't panic' are stitched on the towel
Amiga Love ❤
3 months ago
Simon R Jones
3 months ago

Happy to have received 42: The Wildly Improbable Ideas of Douglas Adams in the post today, after seeing some of Adams archive material at St John’s College and backing the book project 2 years or so ago! #DouglasAdams #books

Front cover of the book, a big 42 on the cover and a photo of a grinning Douglas Adams in the bottom right corner
3 months ago

In the beginning the internet was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
// mostly #DouglasAdams

Emery Brooks ✒️📚
4 months ago

Do you like #DouglasAdams, specifically his Dirk Gently series?
Maybe you've read the #books, maybe you've only seen the BBC or Netflix shows based off them, maybe you're shaking your head to all of this.

Regardless of however you responded internally, I invite you to check out a free chapter from my #book,

Pocket of Fortune - The present of being present

It was written as an homage to Adams who is a personal idol of mine.
Please check it out here, it's a quick read!❤️

Cover for my book, pocket of Fortune. Features a floating silhouette of a woman with an eclipse behind her in between tall buildings of a busy city at sunset. In the background a meteorite is crashing towards her.
Eclectic Lee
4 months ago

#Introduction I'm Eclectic Lee, a middle-aged geek/nerd who's into #ComedyMusic (#WeirdAl, #TheFuMP), #ClassicVideoGames (#Atari), & #ComicBooks (#RomSpaceknight, #NewUniverse). I particularly like when those interests cross over (#PacManFever, #AtariForce). Minor interests include #DouglasAdams, #StarWars, #StarTrek, #DoctorWho & #TheatreOrgan. I hate politics, but will occasionally boost a political post, although I try to keep it positive. I've been on this Internet thing since the 1990s.

This Douglas Adams quote from 'The Salmon of Doubt' never stops being relevant, especially in a time where we've witnessed the damage disinformation and hate speech can cause. Lives have been literally lost, both by people spreading lies during the pandemic, and by bigoted rhetoric targeting women and marginalized groups. Legitimizing such views as just "difference of opinion" instead of challenging them for what they are only causes further harm.

#quotes #quote #DouglasAdams #books #bookstodon

“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.”
― Douglas Adams
5 months ago

It is an immutable #LawOfTheUniverse that, if one needs one of those flat watch type batteries, the one spare that happens to be in the drawer is not the correct type.

Shades of #BistroMath #DouglasAdams

MaJ1 🐿️
5 months ago

Quote from #DouglasAdams #HitchHikersGuide when Zarniwoop meets the ruler of the Universe:

“You don’t understand what you decide in this shack affects the lives & fates of millions of people? This is all monstrously wrong!”

“I don’t know. I’ve never met these people you speak of. & neither, I suspect, have you. They only exist in words we hear. It is folly to say you know what is happenin to other people. Only they know, if they exist. They have their own Universes of their own eyes and ears.”

What do the other birds do? Jump, then miss the ground?

I wanted to do a late #FollowFriday for some people who have helped make Mastodon fun and supportive during my time here, but whom I may not have mentioned yet. Thanks to all of you!
(And I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting, and I'll try to list more of you next time.)

@panicatthesisqo – Great music recommendations, poetry, drawings. Open about sharing life challenges. Inspired me to start drawing. (Thank you!)
@ElizabethLeeCo – Great horror/mystery movie/book recommendations and fun, silly real-life updates.
@Eamon1916 - A geek who posts about politics, games and sports, but also has witty replies.
@photovotary – Great photography and insightful rambling.
@nellie_m - Chicken keeper, dog lover, photo enthusiast, kind responder.
@JStatePost – posts political comedy, very supportive in people’s endeavors.
@MaJ1 - massive #TerryPratchett & #DouglasAdams fan and it shows. Will be silly with you.
@nlarson830 - Always willing to play along.

@clive ...predicted by #DouglasAdams in the first Dirk Gently book.

The Electric Monk was a labor-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder. Dishwashers washed tedious dishes for you, thus saving you the bother of washing them yourself, video recorders watched tedious television for you, thus saving you the bother of looking at it yourself; Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an incrcasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.


The late great #DouglasAdams is one of my favorite authors. I was fortunate to meet him during two of his book tours, in Evanston, IL for "Mostly Harmless" and in Berkeley, CA for "Last Chance to See".


Mark A. Rayner
6 months ago

“In the beginning the Universe was created. This had made many people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”
― Douglas Adams

Happy Towel Day!

#towelday #towelday2023 #douglasadams #hhgttg #dontpanic #humor #humour #funny

Image that says: Don't Panic in red letters with yellow outline
6 months ago

Recently finished this quilted terry cloth purse so I’ll always know where my towel is at

#TowelDay #DouglasAdams #HitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy #Quilt

Small messenger bag-style cloth purse; its black cloth flap is embroidered with the Hitchhiker’s alien and the words Don’t Panic. The main purse body is bright lime green and the long strap is black and white striped.
cory hughart
6 months ago

🛸 Happy Towel Day to those who celebrate.

Have you read a good book lately? One you'd be willing to wear a towel around town to commemorate the author every year?

I would wear a lilac today too if I had a lilac tree and if they were still in bloom this time of year.

#TowelDay #TowelDay2023 #DouglasAdams #HitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy #H2G2 #TerryPratchet #Discworld #Chihuahua

Cory looks off into the sky with his thumb up and Sam the Chihuahua on his lap. Both have towels draped over their shoulder. Cory's towel is embroidered with the words "Don't Panic" in large friendly letters.
Cory Doctorow
6 months ago

Hey look at this

* There Is No Antitrust Exception To Rules Of Statutory Interpretation (h/t Matt Stoller)

* #Bandcamp workers have voted to unionize (h/t @slashdot)

* #DouglasAdams' Hitchhiker's Guide Gets a Glorious New #FolioSociety Edition