Douglas Adams lecture

Her's an 80-minute Douglas Adams lecture entitled "Parrots, the universe and everything from the University of California in 2001.

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the universe and everything (Thanks, Arkizzle!)


  1. I saw him give a version of this speech a decade earlier at an Apple developer’s conference – this one is great of only for the bit near the end about trying to buy condoms in China ……

    Science however has moved on … we now know that komodo dragons are venomous … it’s not just the bad breath ….

  2. @t1wl3t “such a tragedy that he’s not still doing them”

    What do you mean? He’s performing every Friday night at the Domain of the King Bar and Grill.

  3. I don’t have time to watch the video at work, but just looking at the poster frame above, I can’t help but think that, at least visually, he was the anti-Jobs.

  4. I was at that lecture. I’ll forever kick myself for deciding not to stand in the line to meet him that night.

  5. I believe this is the third time I’ve watched this all the way through. It’s better every time I watch it. There was something about Adams that made him so effortlessly funny – it’s as though the humor was just built into his personality, into the way he thought and spoke.

  6. What did he mean when he said that only two dams in the whole world have worked, all the rest failed?

  7. This lecture gave me the idea to watch “Hyperland” a 1990 Douglas Adams prospective documentary ( ).
    He describes 20 years ago, the internet as we know it now.
    What is further enjoyable is that he interacts as if he were on an iPad !
    Hypertext with micons, definition as the text scrolls, monotasking, it’s all there iPad style.
    Maybe S.J’s inspiration:°)

    PS : For younger readers, we didn’t have WWW then, but i guess you know that anyway.

  8. actually they don’t mention Douglas Adams.. I think it’s Douglas Adams that mentions Stephen(sp) Fry.

  9. I worked at this event at UCSB (I was a student) and had the job of sitting with Mr. Adams during the after-lecture book signing. I had no idea who he was but he seemed really cool. But he was frantic and seemed very stressed out which was maybe a sign of what was to come. He died a month or so later.

  10. thanks for a bit of lightness to what right now feels like a heavy weight and a sense of hopelessness about the world and “general” human focus towards it.

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