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Create your own Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Creat a real-life version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (abridged) following these easy steps.

Creat a real-life version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (abridged) following these easy steps:

  1. Procure an outdated handheld PC
  2. Pave over the handheld OS with Linux
  3. Download the complete Wikipedia onto the device
  4. Slap a Don't Panic sticker on the cover

Granted, it's not as simple as it sounds, the device will likely be unreliable, and the information will often be inaccurate to the point of parody--just like the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Grab your towel and your ready to hitch your way to infinite improbabilty.

Here's the Instructables how-to on actually building your real-life Hitchhiker's Guide.

(Found via io9.)

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2 comments
TheChas
TheChas

Yes, now that we have devices like the iPad and the Kindle, it would be feasible to have a physical Hitch-Hikers Guide. Still, rather than just use existing information and a basic download data dump, I would prefer a more traditional route of creation. First, start out just as Douglas Adams did, and tour Europe for $5 per day while hitch-hiking. Next, after taking in all the sights of the continent you can absorb, choose an appropriate location with a hillside that has a good view of the night sky. As twilight approaches, imbibe in large quantities of the local cheap wine. Once the night sky is at it's full prominence, lay back on the hillside and ponder the potential to hitch-hike the vast expanses of the universe. Tweet and Blog the facts of what you discover to a network of like minded researchers. Now, where is that galactic beacon? Chas

Jillianmichielle
Jillianmichielle

ok, what a quesion, even term papers won't be enough over here.

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