He was an honorary Python, wrote for Doctor Who, and gave us Zaphod Beeblebrox, Arthur Dent and Dirk Gently; Douglas Adams, born on this day in 1952, was a giant of a man in many ways, especially his contributions to science fiction and comedy. He left us far too soon, but his impact on geekdom and science fiction is still powerful today. Who else could inspire a massive inside joke with a simple “42?” He also loved technology and would have been awesome on Twitter, better than Steve Martin and Nathan Fillion combined. Yeah, we said it.
Celebrate today by carrying your towel or donating a little cash to save endangered animals, one of his favorite causes. If you don’t know who Adams is and you think BabelFish is just a translation website, get yourself to a bookstore immediately for a copy of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Also, check out the lovely Google Doodle in his memory today, or watch his last interview filmed shortly before his untimely death in 2001 on the now defunct TechTV show, Big Thinkers.Tweet
If you’ve ever accidentally swapped “your” for “you’re” on a Facebook status, you know how passionate some people are about grammar. Whether you’re a frequent grammar abuser or the one holding the wooden ruler of correction over someone’s knuckles, take a moment to appreciate the intricacies of language. English is one of the toughest languages around. It steals from other languages, mocks those trying to learn it, and acts all innocent when spoken but gets demonic when someone tries to spell it.
Celebrate today by looking up a new word, re-reading the Elements of Style or using proper spelling in your texts for the day. Not only will you make the grammar fans happy, you’ll shock someone with your language skills.
While you’re in a grammarian groove, visit Grammar Girl’s site for celebratory e-cards, wallpaper and other goodies.
Today we celebrate the book birthday of the Battlespace anthology, an excellent project by our friends over at The Science Fiction Show. Jason Tudor, Keith Houin and Michael Wistock have collected 28 of the best original military science fiction stories you’ll ever encounter, and topped it off with an introduction by Stephen J. Sansweet, president & CEO of Rancho Obiwan and former director of content management and head of fan relations at Lucasfilm Ltd. That’s serious geek cred right there.
Just compiling the anthology would be enough to celebrate, but the guys did it for a special cause: proceeds from anthology sales benefit Warrior Cry, an organization that helps wounded soldiers with musical therapy.