The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy first published 35 years ago today, October, 12 1979.
"The President in particular is very much a figurehead- he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. On those criteria Zaphod Beeblebrox is one of the most successful Presidents the Galaxy has ever had- he has already spent two of his ten presidential years in prison for fraud. Very very few people realize that the President and the Government have virtually no power at all, and of these few people only six know whence ultimate political power is wielded. Most of the others secretly believe that the ultimate decision-making process is handled by a computer. They couldn’t be more wrong."
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy (via hitchhikersguidetothegalaxy)
These perfect astronauts. [x]
Featuring: Terry Virts and Anton Shkaplerov as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Aleksandr Samokutyayev as Humma Kavula, Barry “Butch” Wilmore as Arthur Dent, Elena Serova as Ford Prefect, Samantha Cristoforetti as Trillian, and Robonaut (Nasa’s humanoid robotic development project), as Marvin the Paranoid Android.
Costumes by Melissa Johnson, POV gun by Glenn Johnson, and Graphics by Sean Collins.
So this has appeared in Windsor - Shortly after Ben & Jerry’s down the road became a shoe shop, next door to another 2 shoe shops, with 3 more shoe shops around the corner…
The Shoe Event Horizon is imminent!
After all, one’s never alone with a rubber duck
Infinity itself looks flat and uninteresting. Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinity—distance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy