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    A small bookstore finally opened in my town, and in the back corner they were selling the new hardcover H2G2 (as people would later call the Hitchhiker's Guide). Thinking back, I believe the moment before I opened it to a middle page everything was still all in black & white, as it had been my whole life until then (after the roaring lion as I was born, of course). The next thing I remember, I'd read at least 30 pages, and could feel that I'd been laughing out loud for many minutes. Reading more and stopping again felt like the strobed fade out/in of a transporter beam, Kirk's voice somehow stating "engage".

    Yes, it changed my life. Especially when I realised there were two more books, and that the writer was part of the reason Monty Python's Flying Circus was so funny. The meme trails of that krewe have ranged far throughout the "hip universe". In fact, Steve Jobs' Apple quality standard, "Insanely Great", was clearly inspired by the language and approach in the books. Using the Web, especially Wikipedia, on an iPad, seems like just the kind of thing Arthur Dent would finally get the hang of before the Vogons started work.

    At least having read the novels we get the joke.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 09:10:55 AM PST

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