Towel Day 2011 or, Why I Have a Towel With Me Today

Today is International Towel Day, a day that commemorates the life and work of author, Apple Computer owner, activist and atheist Douglas Adams.  The most notable thing that he did, in my eyes, is create the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of books, radio scripts and TV show amongst other things.  He died 10 years ago, on the 11th of May 2001.  I am currently sporting my towel, unlike last year, when I left it in my flat on my towel rack.

I feel sad when I think of Adams' death, not because I selfishly would like a sixth book in the series (the less we consider the well meaning but empirically disappointing ...And Another Thing that was released a while back the better), but because I always wonder what he would make of the world that exists today, ten years from his death.  I wonder what he would have made of the iPad, a literally portable computer, in your hands, and Wifi or 3G internet, truly always connected internet, and what he would make of Wikipedia - the editable anywhere updating and ever expanding Encyclopedia that mimics so much of the Guide it still makes me laugh to this day.  I've talked about this already.

What would he have said of it all?  Well, we can only speculate, but what you should know is that it would have been a grand slant on modern life from a man who knew how to be funny and intelligent, clever and comedic, and in these days of Big Bang Theory and fucking Frankie Boyle, I think we miss his comedy more and more than we could, or he could have ever realised.

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