2 years ago 🥁 for day 146, 2020 with 614 words.

That's Just Peanuts To Space

Days sheltering in place: 70.
Days to normality: 8 (at least).
Keyboarding: Just the once, briefly, but I did.


In March 1978 I listened to an radio play written by an unknown - to me - author who I later discovered also wrote Dr Who scripts. This show was something totally different, in a good way and would have a lasting effect on my life.

The are many authors that are missed. I still miss Asimov and I remember when I heard the news that he had passed. Having read his autobiography is was quite clear in the final chapters that he knew he was dying. Asimov wrote / edited over 500 books. A very extensive collection including formulating the three laws of robotics.

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

          - Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams on the other hand wrote far fewer books - less than ten I think - as he, unlike Asimov, was a reluctant writer. Anything he could do to procrastinate he would do, including taking many baths. Publishers would literally lock him in hotel rooms to get him to finish anything.

But what he did finish was gems - other than one book which he was forced to write to pay the bills after his accountant ripped him off. You can tell it wasn't his best work.

It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

          - The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, as written by Douglas Adams

He left us with many things. The number 42 of course. Also Towels, Bistro Mathematics, that earth was constructed as a giant experiment by mice, a SEP (Somebody Elses Problem) field, Paranoid Androids, appliances with True People Personalities, Tea, Vogon Poetry, Infinite Improbability, that digital watches are not actually a really neat idea, the art of flying and finally that in the scheme of things that earth is "mostly harmless".

“The Guide says there is an art to flying, or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”

          - The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, as written by Douglas Adams

Today is International Towel Day in celebration of the life and works of Douglas N. Adams (AKA: DNA).

“Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”

          - The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy, as written by Douglas Adams

For anyone who has only ever read the Hitch-Hikers Trilogy (all five parts), the Dirk Gently Novels are worth a read - and absolutely nothing like the TV Series made by BBC America. Also, the book of his essays and unfinished works is interesting stuff too.

I was fortunate enough to see him talk at an Apple World-Wide Developers Conference where he spoke about being asked to give talk and spending the entire trip from the UK to the time he was on stage in California procrastinating about writing it thus coming on stage to apologize for the fact that he hadn't yet written his speach and spending the next hour explaining why and how it could have been different. It was wonderful, and that was the speach that he gave, making it up as he went. It was also very Douglas Adams.

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By Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Chief WriteTogether Bug Finder & character stringer. Generally, to create computer code, but sometimes actual words and paragraphs. Listens to lots of music, takes lots of photos, & invests in stocks for the long haul.

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