Adams and the internet

Douglas Adams is sorely missed, especially in the way that his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was so completely shat upon when adapted to the big screen several years ago, after he was dead and couldn’t scream, “Jesus, what have you done?!!”

I had come across this years ago, but am now only coming round again to his How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet which is indeed still very much true, 12 years after he wrote it. The part about aging, I found ever so real:

1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.

There’s really not much more to say, other than rest in peace Mister Adams. I hope you brought your good towel.