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It’s funny how sometimes my brain decides that all the interesting and fun things I usually enjoy doing are actually pretty boring. For some reason, this bank holiday weekend is one of those where I entered The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul almost as soon as I woke up on Good Friday morning.

Perhaps a nice hot cup of coffee will awaken my interest again.


This article by the late great Douglas Adams cropped up on Twitter earlier. It’s still remarkably cogent.

I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this: 

  1. everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal; 
  2. anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it; 
  3. anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really. 

Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.

Thanks to Adam Banks and others for jogging the brain cells.

Incidentally, I can’t actually believe it’ll be ten years since Adams died in May next year? How time flies. Sadly, although the world is a smaller, shabbier place since he left us, I am kind of glad he’s not been around to see the spiralling madness since 9/11.