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Old 10-06-2022, 10:33 PM   #16
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just a perfect cup of tea--surely that's not to much to ask of an infinite improbability drive...
 
Old 10-07-2022, 06:02 AM   #17
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Have you guys swallowed the book or something? I'm worried by the way you can regurgitate factoids from it at will.
 
Old 10-07-2022, 07:04 AM   #18
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Have you guys swallowed the book or something? I'm worried by the way you can regurgitate factoids from it at will.
Something like that.
I cannot claim that my approach to Douglas Adams were representative in any way. But I stumbled over his books at a time when my grasp of the English language had become thorough enough to read satire (or grotesque) and even comprehend some of it. Douglas Adams was just the right size – Dirk Gently inclusive.
 
Old 10-07-2022, 09:28 AM   #19
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Have you guys swallowed the book or something? I'm worried by the way you can regurgitate factoids from it at will.
Well, I may have no use for geek culture, but to my consequent discomfort, I'm still a geek; and one of our usual distinguishing features is remembering everything that ever interested us, no matter how unimportant. So yeah, we generally remember what was in the books, even if we read them decades ago. I gave up Douglas Adams years ago, having tired of his nihilism (and simultaneous vanity), and am not sure I still own any of his books.

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Old 10-07-2022, 12:14 PM   #20
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I have over half a million miles on my old dodge, and the way I don't fall asleep behind the wheel is: audiobooks. I can listen to those stories over and over and never tire, and on each revisit, I hear a new twist that I hadn't noticed before.
 
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I'm not really the out & out geek type, but definitely the nutty professor/eccentric type.

I spent a lot of time boxing above my weight in Industrial Electronics Repair and developed a single track mental process so if I can't split concentration. I totally get the long recall. I can still recall stuff from a disgusting number of decades back. I haven't started forgertting yesterday either.
 
Old 10-11-2022, 12:00 PM   #22
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I'm on the out and out... I used to have single track focus, especially in the middle of the nights when everyone and the phone was asleep so I couldn't be interrupted--but today, not only have I forgotten yesterday, I've forgotten a few moments ago. Luckily, I have a 12-year-old son who tracks and organizes all my tools, because its faster relying on him than upon my own memory of where I last set that tool...
 
Old 10-11-2022, 01:13 PM   #23
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Have you guys swallowed the book or something? I'm worried by the way you can regurgitate factoids from it at will.
That was a consequence of having owned a VCR. The "Hitchhiker's Guide" appealed to the 20-something me (along with "Airplane!" and "This is Spinal Tap").
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I have over half a million miles on my old dodge, and the way I don't fall asleep behind the wheel is: audiobooks. I can listen to those stories over and over and never tire, and on each revisit, I hear a new twist that I hadn't noticed before.
I haven't been fit to drive since 2015. Hopefully a modified automatic/electric next year? But I'd love to have something like that going with the Bible. I'll have to try it.
 
Old 10-11-2022, 07:11 PM   #25
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I have over half a million miles on my old dodge, and the way I don't fall asleep behind the wheel is: audiobooks. I can listen to those stories over and over and never tire, and on each revisit, I hear a new twist that I hadn't noticed before.
I would have used music, something lively with variations, so nothing can become sleep-inducing. The reading of a book would be likely to take my attention away from the oncoming traffic accident...
 
Old 10-12-2022, 04:26 AM   #26
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It's a case of whatever you have become accustomed to. Unfortunately I became accustomed to silence. trying it now.
 
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God's last message to his creation, say's. it all.
 
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God's last message to his creation, say's. it all.
Whassat?
 
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Spoiler alert!

from so long and thanks for all the fish, at the end just before marvin dies.
SPOILER ALERT!
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"We apologize for the inconvenience"
 
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Actually, see my post (#6) - I already covered that one ..
 
  


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