Saucers of Mud

February 25, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 8:23 am

I’ve been saying that the Web is the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for years. Months, anyway.

I mean

[H]e also had a device that looked rather like a largish electronic calculator. This had about a hundred tiny flat press buttons and a screen about four inches square on which any one of a million “pages” could be summoned at a moment’s notice. It looked insanely complicated, and this was one of the reasons why the snug plastic cover it fitted into had the words DON’T PANIC printed on it in large friendly letters. The other reason was that this device was in fact that most remarkable of all books ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The reason why it was published in the form of a micro sub meson electronic component is that if it were printed in normal book form, an interstellar hitchhiker would require several inconveniently large buildings to carry it around in.

The only thing Adams got wrong is that he made the editorial standards a bit too high.


1 Comment »

  1. How come we haven’t seen a picture of some geek stickering “DON’T PANIC” on their Kindle yet?

    Google language tools does automatic translation (clumsily), but once upon a time the go-to site for automatic translation was

    Comment by Ben — February 27, 2009 @ 1:31 am

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