OT: Sad news :(

Posted by Patrick Butler at 05/13/2001 9:55 AM EST

Student on team #122, NASA Knights, from NHGS and NASA Langley Research Center.

Douglas Adams died Saturday :(. It’s totally off topic but you all would probably want to know about this.


http://ars-technica.com

Patrik

“A message from God”
They rounded the foot of Quentulus Quazgar Mountains, and there was the message written in blazing letters along the crest of the Mountain. There was a little observation vantage point with a rail built along the top of a large rock facing it, from which you could get a good view. It had a little pay-telescope for looking at the letters in detail, but no one would ever use it because the letters burned with the divine brilliance of the heavens and would, if seen through a telescope, have severely damaged the retina and the optic nerve.

They gazed at God’s Final Message in wonderment, and were slowly and ineffably filled with a great sense of peace, and of final and complete understanding.

Fenchruch sighed. ‘Yes,’ she said, ‘that was it.’

They had been staring at ut for fully ten minutes before they became aware that Marvin, hanging between their shoulders, was in difficulties. The robot could no longer lift his head, had not read the message. They lifted his head, but he complained that his vision circuits had almost gone.

They found a coin and helped him to the telescope. He complained and insulted them, but they helped him look at each individual letter in turn. The first letter was a ‘w’, the second an ‘e’. Then there was a gap. An ‘a’ follow, then a ‘p’, an ‘o’ and an ‘l’.

Marvin paused for a rest. After a few moments they resumed and let him see the ‘o’, the ‘g’, the ‘i’, the ‘s’, and the ‘e’.

The next two words were ‘for’ and ‘the’. The last one was a long on, and Marvin needed another rest before he could tackle it.

It started with ‘i’, then ‘n’ then a ‘c’. Next came an ‘o’ and an ‘n’, followed by a ‘v’, an ‘e’, another ‘n’, and an ‘i’.

After a final pause, Marvin gathered his strength for the last stretch.

He read the ‘e’, the ‘n’, the ‘c’ and at last the final ‘e’, and staggered back into their arms.

‘I think’, he muttered at last, from deep within his corroding rattling thorax, ‘I feel good about it.’

The lights went out in his eyes for absolutely the very last time ever.

Luckily, there was a stall nearby where you could rent scooters from guys with green wings.

–Dougal Adams

Posted by Justin at 05/14/2001 12:31 AM EST

Alumni on team #146, Blue Lightning, from none and The Blue Lightning Alumni Association.

In Reply to: OT: Sad news :frowning:
Posted by Patrick Butler on 05/13/2001 9:55 AM EST:

: Douglas Adams died Saturday :(. It’s totally off topic but you all would probably want to know about this.
: http://slashdot.org/articles/01/05/12/1238236.shtml
: http://ars-technica.com

: Patrik

:
: “A message from God”
: They rounded the foot of Quentulus Quazgar Mountains, and there was the message written in blazing letters along the crest of the Mountain. There was a little observation vantage point with a rail built along the top of a large rock facing it, from which you could get a good view. It had a little pay-telescope for looking at the letters in detail, but no one would ever use it because the letters burned with the divine brilliance of the heavens and would, if seen through a telescope, have severely damaged the retina and the optic nerve.

: They gazed at God’s Final Message in wonderment, and were slowly and ineffably filled with a great sense of peace, and of final and complete understanding.

: Fenchruch sighed. ‘Yes,’ she said, ‘that was it.’

: They had been staring at ut for fully ten minutes before they became aware that Marvin, hanging between their shoulders, was in difficulties. The robot could no longer lift his head, had not read the message. They lifted his head, but he complained that his vision circuits had almost gone.

: They found a coin and helped him to the telescope. He complained and insulted them, but they helped him look at each individual letter in turn. The first letter was a ‘w’, the second an ‘e’. Then there was a gap. An ‘a’ follow, then a ‘p’, an ‘o’ and an ‘l’.

: Marvin paused for a rest. After a few moments they resumed and let him see the ‘o’, the ‘g’, the ‘i’, the ‘s’, and the ‘e’.

: The next two words were ‘for’ and ‘the’. The last one was a long on, and Marvin needed another rest before he could tackle it.

: It started with ‘i’, then ‘n’ then a ‘c’. Next came an ‘o’ and an ‘n’, followed by a ‘v’, an ‘e’, another ‘n’, and an ‘i’.

: After a final pause, Marvin gathered his strength for the last stretch.

: He read the ‘e’, the ‘n’, the ‘c’ and at last the final ‘e’, and staggered back into their arms.

: ‘I think’, he muttered at last, from deep within his corroding rattling thorax, ‘I feel good about it.’

: The lights went out in his eyes for absolutely the very last time ever.
:
: Luckily, there was a stall nearby where you could rent scooters from guys with green wings.

: --Dougal Adams