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BookReview: The Salmon of Doubt
by Douglas Adams, Random House, 2002

Adams is brilliant. This book contains many of his non-fiction essays and a novella called The Salmon of Doubt.

[p. xxiii] he treated writing as a performance art [and] he needs an audience to bounce things off.

[p92] And now we have the World Wide Web (the only thing I know of whose shortened form--www--takes three times longer to say in what it's short for).

[p115] We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. How do you recognize something that is still technology? A good clue is if it comes with a manual.

[p124] Whatever complexities a computer produces--modeling wind turbulence, modeling economies or the way light dances in the eye of an imaginary dinosaur--it all grows out of simple lines of code that start with adding one and one, testing the result, and then doing it again.

Via Rob 2002