Parrots, The Universe, And Everything
I've been thinking a lot about Douglas Adams today. This is largely due to the fact that I've been transferring my cassettes of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy into digital form for the purpose of having a backup in case either the tapes wear out or my remaining tape player packs up.
This led me to do some searching around out here on teh interwebs, where I found this very splendid and worthwhile lecture which the author gave at the University of California, Santa Barbara a matter of a month or so before his death at the obscenely young age of 49 in 2001. It's mostly about his book A Last Chance To See, but there are links to his most famous work:
(A small warning - the video runs for nearly 88 minutes, so make yourself a nice hot cup of tea and make sure you know where your towel is before starting).