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Started by bossab2 on Apr 4, 2018 8:41:48 PM
Eddies in the Space Time Continuum - Was Douglas Adams right about Life the Universe and EVERYTHING ?

Baring in mind that he wrote most of the books in the late 70s/ early 80s:

Einstein's gravitational waves 'seen' from black holes

Scientists are claiming a stunning discovery in their quest to fully understand gravity.

They have observed the warping of space-time generated by the collision of two black holes more than a billion light-years from Earth.

bossab2 - 04 Apr 2018 20:42:53 (#1 of 60)

Or as Adams put it:

“I have detected," he said, "disturbances in the wash."...Arthur asked him to repeat what he had just said because he hadn't quite understood his meaning. Ford repeated it."The wash?" said Arthur."The space time wash," said Ford.Arthur nodded, and then cleared his throat."Are we talking about," he asked cautiously, "some sort of Vogon laundromat, or what are we talking about?""Eddies," said Ford, "in the space-time continuum.""Ah," nodded Arthur, "is he. Is he."

bossab2 - 04 Apr 2018 20:44:59 (#2 of 60)

And of course the Earth isn't really just a gigantic computer...

Verdigris - 04 Apr 2018 20:51:27 (#3 of 60)

Bearing, ffs!

thisonehasalittlehat - 04 Apr 2018 21:13:29 (#4 of 60)

I'm pretty sure Einstein did relativity before Adams did his eddy / Eddie joke. Hang on I'll check.

thisonehasalittlehat - 04 Apr 2018 21:14:34 (#5 of 60)

Yes I was right.

thisonehasalittlehat - 04 Apr 2018 21:15:06 (#6 of 60)

I didn't actually bother checking I just knew I was right because I'm not fik.

breakfast - 04 Apr 2018 21:48:31 (#7 of 60)

Why did British Arthur Dent say laundromat rather than laundrette?

bossab2 - 04 Apr 2018 21:59:48 (#8 of 60)

Because the Americans have been leading the world at being bonkers for a long time.

"It seemed to me that any civilization that had so far lost its head as to need to include a set of detailed instructions for use in a packet of toothpicks, was no longer a civilization in which I could live and stay sane."

AlanII - 04 Apr 2018 22:01:18 (#9 of 60)

#6 Heh

Brunothecat - 04 Apr 2018 22:02:42 (#10 of 60)

Was Douglas Adams right

Bound to be in one or another version of The Earth. This is a plural zone, remember.

bossab2 - 04 Apr 2018 22:06:44 (#11 of 60)

And of course Adams correctly predicted that Human beings would be totally obsessed with portable electronic devices:

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches* are a pretty neat idea.”

Update this with *Smartphones - and the gist is much the same.

bossab2 - 04 Apr 2018 22:08:30 (#12 of 60)

Bound to be in one or another version of The Earth. This is a plural zone, remember.

The Question and The Answer are mutually exclusive.

Like Schrödinger's cat

Ebadlun - 04 Apr 2018 22:10:09 (#13 of 60)

He didn't really 'predict' digital watches, though, did he?

Brunothecat - 04 Apr 2018 22:12:56 (#14 of 60)

I thought he was referring to the effect on the ape descendents of the electronic gadgets.

Ebadlun - 04 Apr 2018 22:13:43 (#15 of 60)

The electronic gadgets had ape descendents?

Brunothecat - 04 Apr 2018 22:17:49 (#16 of 60)

The i-Sprog

bossab2 - 04 Apr 2018 22:17:58 (#17 of 60)

He predicted portable electronic guides connected by a wireless connection to the 'SubEtherNet' back in 1982...

Sub-Etha is an interstellar faster-than-light telecommunications network used by hitchhikers to flag down passing spaceships. The primary hitcher's tool is known as the Electronic Thumb, a short black rod that can be used to contact passing ships and ask to be let on board. Ford also carries a Sens-O-Matic, a device for monitoring ships' Sub-Etha signals, and learns from it that the Vogons are on their way to demolish the Earth. Sub-Etha is used throughout the Milky Way for any kind of data transmission, such as listening to the news or updating the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy itself. The name is a reference to the ether, which was once believed to be a medium filling the universe.

Brunothecat - 04 Apr 2018 22:19:03 (#18 of 60)

frantically bangs rocks together

bossab2 - 04 Apr 2018 22:22:01 (#19 of 60)

And of course There's the 'Intelligent' Happy Vertical People Transporter:

Here's Microsofts version:

Catspyjamas17 - 04 Apr 2018 22:31:28 (#20 of 60)

Smartphones are the Hitchhiker's Guide itself. My first one was the Samsung Galaxy S with a DON'T PANIC case.

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