Happy Towel day!
Today is Towel day (I never know where my towel is. I am a terrible hitchhiker) and I’ve just been outed as some kind of mega geek at work as I have been sent the special edition DVD of the IT crowd with added RPG fun. (Does anyone wanna play?)
I am a bit embarrassed. I’ve started this blog and I have a couple of things I want to talk about but those posts need thought and research and stuff. Something I have little of at the moment. Which means I don’t know what to post. But I don’t want to leave it 2 months before posting again. So I thought I’d just celebrate Douglas Adams a bit.
Douglas Adams is a massive hero of mine. He managed to break my heart exactly a week before my 21st birthday by going and dying. It’s been 10 years since and I still miss him even though if he was still around he probably would have only written half a book by now. My favourite thing about DNA is that he was incredible forward thinking, he was wondering about where technology was going and what could be done with it.
Here is an essay he wrote on the internet. I was thinking about it today in reference to tumblr, which I don’t understand at all. Please bear this in mind when I say the following. I only vaguely understand the concept of re-blogging so I might have this idea very wrong. The idea of replicating what is already there to bring it to a new audience bothers me. I like the idea of links to but the idea of just going look I found all this good stuff on the net and you can read it too if you follow me is weird, not horrible weird, just weird to someone very used to linear blogs. But then I realise (whilst not all people using tumblr are young) that we are coming up to a generation who haven’t lived without the internet. They are deciding the direction and I think these cut and paste blogs make sense because they’re a way of going: these are the little bits that make me up, just like Zines before them. I’ve always thought of myself as tech savvy but at some point I will look around and the net won’t make any sense to me because someone else is deciding its direction. That’s what is so fascinating about a people led technology.
Anyway, if I ever get a Kindle I am tempted to make it a cover with Don’t Panic on the front in friendly letters.