Friday, February 24, 2006

Life, the Universe and Everything



Before there was the movie, there was a very hip television series (short-lived, like most great things), from the BBC. Before there was the television series, or maybe sort of simultaneously, sort of, there was a series of books, all the brainchildren of Douglas Adams (so long, and thanks for all the fish, may he rest in peace!). And before that, there was a radio series.

Now there is a new radio series, from the BBC, if you can get it. Find out at the link above.

If you have never been exposed to Douglas Adams' excellent brand of humor, this is a very good time to do so. There are copies of his many books everywhere. Run, do not walk, to your nearest library or bookstore, and procure a copy of the first book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I think it's probably the best of the lot, though he went on from there. You can get the original TV series on DVD now (watch Zaphod Beeblebrox with 2 heads and 3 arms and marvel and how amazingly cool he still manages to come off). The special effects still manage to rock even after 25 years! It is to laugh, and laughing is good for the heart.

Find out how the amazing Babblefish, which excretes translation in any language through the ear into the brain, manages to set off more wars since the various life forms can actually understand each other! Learn why the planet earth was created, and for whom. And what is the meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything.

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