Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Quote of the day, 6/4/08: complete anorak edition (well, one of them...)

We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!


I am so cool, you could keep a side of meat in me for a month. I am so hip, I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.


[The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a] mind-bogglingly stupid animal. It thinks that if you can't see it, it can't see you. Terribly daft, but very, very ravenous.

--Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


PhysioProf said...

It thinks that if you can't see it, it can't see you.

This is our cat. If he gets disturbed, he'll go hide under the bed, but with his long-ass tail hanging all the way out in the open. HAHAHAH!

SnowdropExplodes said...

Douglas Adams came up with some wonderfully philosophical nonsense.

Zenobia said...

I wouldn't exactly call it nonsense, I'd call it the incredibly worldview of a clinically depressed man. Still, awesome and funny in spite of it. Always loved that second quote.

I'm kind of shocked how Douglas Adams is usually considered to be all light-hearted and jolly, I can't think of anything much more bleak and depressing than the planet where it's always dusk on Saturday night and time for cocktails.

zenobia said...

*incredibly weary, I meant of course, not just incredibly.

a very public sociologist said...

I'm with you there, Physio. My cat hasn't sussed that one out either.

I read Hitchhiker's a few years ago. Am i the only one who wasn't terribly impressed?

[Ducks to avoid incoming fire]

belledame222 said...

well, it's probably not what you call great literature or anything, but I always enjoyed it. de gustibus etc. etc.

saorla said...

I heart Douglas Adams and his amazing view of the universe.

"The major problem — one of the major problems, for there are several — one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.

To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem."

Zenobia said...

I read Hitchhiker's a few years ago. Am i the only one who wasn't terribly impressed?

That could be because it was a radio show first, a TV series second, and a book third, and he didn't really want to write the book that badly. If you want the best version, try and find the radio show - if not, the TV series is great also. Haven't seen the movie though.

I didn't actually like the fourth book much at all, all Arthur Dent flying naked above the English countryside with his paramour.

belledame222 said...

I kind of liked the flying lessons, but agree that it was a very different erm tone to the previous three.

and the fifth book was utterly depressing.

I loved the original TV show. The movie...not recommended. Some cute moments, but you know how Americans try to remake British humor and just totally don't get it at all? It's that. plus Hollywood special effects overdoing it. the utter cheesiness of the TV series works much better somehow, as does the original cast. (casting Ford Prefect as an American just made no sense whatsoever; they'd have been better off doing Zaphod as such if anyone).

Jozet at Halushki said...

I can't wait until my kids are old enough to read DA. My eldest is nine, and she's just honing her understanding of and appreciation for the absurdly ridiculous and its intersections with satirical truths.

We started with Monty Python and have just moved forward to Edward Gorey.

belledame222 said...

Gorey is teh awesome. welcome, Jozet.