Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything TEDtalks "Best of the Web." About this talk "Blind river dolphins, reclusive lemurs, a parrot as fearless as it is lovelorn ... Douglas Adams' close encounters with these rare and unusual animals reveal that evolution, ever ingenious, can be fickle too— in a University of California talk that sparkles with his trademark satiric wit."

I miss Douglas Adams. I once wrote Douglas Adams a zany letter after finishing the Hitchhiker series, and he wrote right back! Will have to haul it out someday. I always liked his story about the computer that calculated that the answer to the question, "What is the meaning of life?" The answer was always "42".

Twig Doug nattering on about close encounters of the lemurian kind. An Arthur-Dentianish eye view of the eye-eye and its even rarer cousin, the lemur with Marty Feldman eyes and the evolution of his long bird (or twig) finger.

Followed by a man-eating Komodo dragon chaser with bad breath.

The flightless parrot, the kakapoo is a bird that's forgotten that he's forgotten how to fly...We won't even mention the kakapoo's elaborate, if ineffectual, 100-night basso profundo mating rituals...

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