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So What brought you all to H2G2?

Post 41

Jo (Dead)

I'm glad you did. I'm here 'cos Zaphara my very unstable "friend" from school told me about it, but she's a traitor. She has officially "gone off" The Hitchhikers Guide. I think this is apalling.
smiley - smiley


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Post 42

Mike A (snowblind)

Uh-huh, that sounds right.

I popped into that h2g2 addiction centre thing. but I neglected to say anything because that would be a sure sign of being addicted. not that that's a bad thing...smiley - winkeye


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Post 43

Lupa Mirabilis, Serious Inquisitor

After several fruitless attempts to compose a limerick that actually conveys what I want it to, I've given up. As far as I know, wolves don't bark except perhaps an occasional yip as cubs.


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Post 44

Rateotu

I am embarrassed to admit that I only got around to reading HHGTTG just this past year (what took me so long?), but I loved the whole thing tremendously. I went on to read Restaraunt at the End... .
I found H2G2 by accident, though. I chat on Undernet in a channel that another researcher chats in, and we're both listed on the channel's regulars' page. H2G2 is in his information, so I clicked over to check it out. I then posted in a conversation, which coincidentally was to the person I followed in here. Small world, I guess.


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Post 45

Irving Washington - Gone Writing

Once upon a time, a long time ago (well, sort of), I read about Starship Titanic in Newsweek. Then I looked it up online, found TDV, and I think I signed onto some sort of newsletter thing regarding Douglas Adams. After a while I got an eMail from someone who's screen name was "Ford Prefect". Being curious about why someone named after a fictional character should eMail me, I opened, and found a link to www.h2g2.com . I followed it only to find that my browser didn't support anything at all that seemed designed to make the site interesting. Disappointed, I left for a few months. Moving into the University I discovered that I had free, unlimited internet access. I rememberd a site that I'd read about in an email... www.h2g2.com ... So I tried it again, and lo and behold it worked! I've been here ever since...


So What brought you all to H2G2?

Post 46

Anonymouse

Irc just naturally leads to h2g2... Wonder why there are so few of us here. smiley - winkeye


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Post 47

Irving Washington - Gone Writing

I've heard this before... and I noticed (just now) a funny thing about your above post. Your equations come out to

50 + 4base10
52 + 2base13

Now, looking at just the part that ends in base ten and base thirteen, do you notice the two numbers that line up vertically? 4 and 2? I realize this has no signifigance (does it?) but it's weird how many ways you cand find things if you look hard enough... did you know that the hebrew's knowledge of god's name is nothing other than that it is 42 characters long? They lost the name itself long ago, but since their alphabet and language are numerically based (father+mother works out equally to child, and other interesting things like that) that number DOES have signifigance to them...

42 is everywhere! It's in our subconsious, programmed into us! Just like in the books!


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Post 48

Bruce

Here is an unofficial copy of the official reaction to 42 spotting -> http://www.h2g2.com/A47990

share & enjoy
;^)#


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Post 49

Jo (Dead)

Dunno.
smiley - smiley


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Post 50

The Mummy, administrator of the [email protected] Project (A193231) and The Reluctant Dead on the FFFF (A254314)

My story's quite simple.

I read the first three novels of the HHGttG somewhere in the early 80's and had lots of fun. After lending them to a guy that I've never seen again since (no chance of finding him back again eithersmiley - sadface), I found myself now without these books, but I still remember a lot of it, which is rather uncommon for me.

A year ago I met some guy on IRC, with whom I only have very little contact. But about two months ago, he sent me an email containing the URL of his first trial for a homepage. It didn't look like much yet (it was a first trial, after all), and it contained only three links to other pages. But one of these immediately had my full attention: http://www.h2g2.com "The HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy"

Well, the rest might be considered "known history" smiley - winkeye


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Post 51

Jo (Dead)

That's far more interesting and less depressing to think about than my story.
smiley - smiley


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Post 52

The Mummy, administrator of the [email protected] Project (A193231) and The Reluctant Dead on the FFFF (A254314)

smiley - smiley And why would your story be so depressing, then? Only because of that unstable lady-friend from school, who deserted you here?
Hmm, maybe she thought, she'd be doing you a favour.. smiley - winkeye


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Post 53

Technoyokel (muse of poetry)

I heard Douglas Adams on radio 4 too - while I was away from home with no computer (ahh) having just joined the internet wotsit (err..explosion...technology...thingy?!).

When I got back home I looked up the BBC and got a link to h2g2 and now that's all I ever look at - well nearly!smiley - smiley


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Post 54

Squint

I came here courtesy of the Guardian newspaper. I read about this site ages ago, but, like a few other people, it wasn't until the happy experience of uni with it's free access and uncluttered timetables that I was able to emerge wide-eyed with wonder into h2g2.
While I'm here I'd like to ask if anybody else suffers from a kind of shyness while in h2g2. I read all this funny, witty stuff that makes me laugh, and I want to contribute, yet whatever I write seems to be stilted and flat, and I think I sound like a bit of a gimp... Has anybody got any hints or tips as to how I can emerge from my cyber-shyness? It's official, I'm cyber-shy. And what annoys me is it's totally illogical. No-one knows me, no-one can see me, yet I'm still self-conscious, but in the real world I'm not that shy at all.


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Post 55

The Mummy, administrator of the [email protected] Project (A193231) and The Reluctant Dead on the FFFF (A254314)

Hi Squint!

I think I know what the problem is, since I suffered from the same thing for a while. It's not any form of shyness, but rather like a form of writers-block. You just haven't got the right idea to write about.

When I first logged on (we're talking not even a month ago), I was completely overwhelmed by the number of entries available and I was sure I would NEVER be able to create something worthy of looking at.
However, within a week that feeling passed, and I wrote my first article: "Playing God". It's far from ready yet, but I'm still proud of what I've been doing.

So, whatever it is you're suffering from... don't worry, it'll pass.


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Post 56

Blatherskite the Mugwump - Bandwidth Bandit

Some helpful tips to avoid writer's block:

1. Write what you know.

2. Write about something you feel strongly about, whether it's antipathy, joy, or boredom.

3. Write about something not many people know anything about, but should.

4. Most importantly, don't get caught up with worry about what other people think. If you like it, others will.

Hope this helps!


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Post 57

The Mummy, administrator of the [email protected] Project (A193231) and The Reluctant Dead on the FFFF (A254314)

Hi GB!

> 1. Write what you know.

Most people know lots of things, right? If it were as simply as that, I'd expect everyone on this world to have written at least one or two books by now smiley - smiley

> 2. Write about something you feel strongly about, whether it's antipathy, joy, or boredom.

Hahahahaha... As Kirk said to Scotty, when they saw the Enterprise B off on her maiden voyage: I'm glad you're an engineer, with tact like that you'd make a lousy psychiatrist smiley - winkeye

> 3. Write about something not many people know anything about, but should.

Poor me, I know a *little* about almost any subject you could mention. However, I don't expect any of my knowledge to be less than commonly known or more than averagely necessary. Do you have another tip to get me depressed?

> 4. Most importantly, don't get caught up with worry about what other people think. If you like it, others will.

You'd be surpised, I guess... But... I really *do* agree with that one. smiley - smiley Didn't help me much yet, but at least you inspired me just enough te reply to this posting of yours smiley - winkeye


So What brought you all to H2G2?

Post 58

Jo (Dead)

Why do you know exactly what is happening in my life!!??
Are you watching me?!





Yeah that's pretty much right.
smiley - smiley


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Post 59

The Mummy, administrator of the [email protected] Project (A193231) and The Reluctant Dead on the FFFF (A254314)

Do I sense paranoia? Good!! smiley - winkeye

Yes indeed, I make it a serious point to know what makes my partners in conversation tick. And actually, you mentioned that fact to me personally somewhere smiley - winkeye


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Post 60

Jo (Dead)

Was that me or my annoying extra (and rather gossipy) mouth Lisa?
smiley - smiley


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