Douglas Adams, AppleMaster, SF author and creator of the hugely successful Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and four sequels along with numerous other books, died Friday of a sudden heart attack in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 49. Read more from MacNN’s “Douglas Adams, AppleMaster, dies at 49,” Richard Dawkins’ (author of The Selfish Gene) “Lament for Douglas Adams” in The Guardian, The Guardian’s Obituary for Douglas Adams, and Apple’s tribute.
- Happy Towel Day! — Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or share their folded animal towels to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the [...]
- Burial Plots: Robert Aickman’s Eerily... — Burial Plots: Robert Aickman’s Eerily Ordinary Stories | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/burial-plots-robert-aickmans-eerily-ordinary-stories?mbid=nl_Daily%20050718&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13459185&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1400626123&spReportId=MTQwMDYyNjEyMwS2Not a lot tends to happen in a story by Robert Aickman. Two young women picnic near a country churchyard. A newly elected councillor is appointed to a committee that oversees maintenance of the local cemetery. Somewhere on a Mediterranean-seeming island, an English couple buys [...]
- Facebook Now Suppresses Untrustworthy... — What an excruciatingly miniscule amount of effort for the largest social media platform. But then again, not all members of this community are human beings. Followers you say? Technically they’re bots. Just like their master! Clearly he’s not human. </donvy> Facebook Now Suppresses Untrustworthy Sites to Weed out Fake Newshttps://www.idropnews.com/news/fast-tech/facebook-will-suppress-certain-news-sites-weed-fake-news/70562/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=05042018&utm_term=NewsletterDuring a speech this week at [...]
- Legal weed in California: A consumer&... — Legal weed in California: A consumer’s guidehttp://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-cannabis-consumer-guide-20180420-htmlstory.htmlThe recreational use of marijuana became legal in California on Jan. 1. The state is now home to the country’s largest legal pot market. From how to buy it to where to smoke it, your guide to legal pot in California. [...]
- Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing @ Ma... — Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing | MasterClasshttps://www.masterclass.com/classes/malcolm-gladwell-teaches-writing?Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point, teaches you how to turn big ideas into powerful narratives. Learn how in his first MasterClass: [...]