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Monday, November 24, 2008

 

Assuming you have a terrycloth robe

On Halloween, I heard, "That guy is awesome," as someone passed me in the train station on my way to the office in the morning. Arthur Dent is an effortless costume, so I'm surprised anyone was impressed. You just wear your pyjamas all day and set the background of your phone to say "Don't Panic" in large friendly letters. Maybe he thought I was dressed as the Dude.



Just two things differentiate an iPhone from a canonical copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: our species' parochial travel habits and the all too limited lifespan of our cell phone batteries. If we were to make the advances in physics and engineering necessary to produce cell phone batteries that last more than a day and interstellar travel that took less than a day, there would be huge demand for Lonely Exoplanet guides in the App Store.

But in the meantime, I recommend getting the free Z-machine interpreter iPhone application, Frotz, and trying to puzzle out Douglas Adam's brilliant Infocom game, also called Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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