[quote] Memorable Book Openings (#8): The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams …

‘Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. 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. And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches. Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans. ‘

Memorable Book Openings (#8): The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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I love deadlines. I like the wooshing sound they make as they pass…


Before the Myspace craze, before the outbreak of Harry Pothead fans, before the stupid war of Bush-dumbness-ism, there was a man who called himself Douglas Adams.

A fascinating man, more fascinating than digital watches (and iPods. Definitely more than those), Adams was a true writer. It is my belief that his “mad writing skills” succeeded that of Shakespeare. After all, I can easily relate to being a 2-headed, 3-armed president! But I can not relate to being able to fall in love with someone as horribly named as “Romeo”.

No matter what planet you are from, Adams is a heroic author and extreme boredom savior!

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