Today, Douglas Adams fans are celebrating “Towel Day,” the commemorative holiday created after his death and inspired by his science-fiction series that began with “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.”
Adams fans will carry a towel with them all day, because the Hitchiker’s Guide says that a towel is “the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”
Adams died in 2001, but has the perfect, tongue-in-cheek quote about the way that people view technology that’s still applicable today:
“I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technology”:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things.
(Hat-tip to investor Chris Dixon, who recently posted the quote on his blog.)
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