DNA, the Universe & Everything Else => Everything Else => Topic started by: Kilman on May 29, 2009, 04:16:24 AM

Title: Introductions
Post by: Kilman on May 29, 2009, 04:16:24 AM
For those of you who don't remember me from the kojv site, or were never on the kojv site, a few bits of information as introduction might be in order.

I am, surprisingly, a Douglas Adams fan.  My first exposure to his work was before the release of Life, the Universe and Everything, and I remember eagerly awaiting its publication.  In the mid-80s, I spent many hours with the Infocom text game of Hitchhikers and have many fond memories of trying to get a babel fish in my ear.  My favorite DNA book is actually Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, though I realize I am in the minority on that.  During the Mostly Harmless book tour, I arranged to have DNA do a signing at my bookstore (not mine in an ownership sense) and thereby managed to have a fairly lengthy and memorable discussion with him on such subjects as writing and computers.  In the late 90s, I enjoyed the Starship Titanic game.  And of course, in 2001 I was completely stunned.

Other favorite authors include humorists Kurt Vonnegut & Mark Twain (Interestingly, Adams admired Vonnegut's writing and Vonnegut admired Twain's writing).  I also enjoy a wide variety of Science fiction, classics and non-fiction.

For music, I tend toward classic rock, blues & classical.  Favorite bands include Yes, Pink Floyd & Jimi Hentrix.

I've written many things, published a few, but mostly I find my writings to be rubbish and abandon them like so many unwanted children.

I live in beautiful Colorado and enjoy the outdoors, hiking in the mountains, etc...

In between bouts of employment, I stay home to raise and teach my 5 children (homeschool).

Hobbies include reading, hiking, music & fantasy sports.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on May 29, 2009, 06:32:23 PM
Hmm, I'll give this a go as well.

I was first exposed to Douglas's work after he had already passed (or at least, I think so; I have a terrible memory for . . . um, everything): my cousin, Orphic Okapi, showed me The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, and, well, you know how it is. Multiple reports of people literally falling off their chairs laughing the first time they read the book. So I bought myself a copy. Eventually I was also able to get my hands on the radio show, which I consider roughly equal to the books; part of me wants to say better, but I haven't reread the books in a long time now. I own the TV series, but, interestingly enough, haven't finished watching it yet; I have a tendency to not do things. I do own and have read both Dirk Gently books, Last Chance to See, and the Salmon of Doubt. I own the movie mostly because the towel they used looks exactly like mine.

The only major difference between me and Orphic Okapi is that he does things, which includes reading. He's read so many of the best books that I don't think the Guide had the same impact on him that it did on me. It changed the way I see comedy--hugely. Plus, although I still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea, I can relate in a lot of ways to Douglas's unique world view, even if I can't understand some of the more intelligent bits.

There's little else to say about me. I write things occasionally, but rarely finish them; the same goes for creating video games. Traditionally, Orphic Okapi and I have understood that he is better than writing and I'm better at game-making; he then points out that I've actually finished writing one or two things, but he's finished more than he'll admit, he just never showed them to me. Furthermore, back in the good old days, "game making" just meant writing down every minute detail of the idea for a video game; now that I have the cleverly named Game Maker program, I have to actually do a lot of work in order to make a game. The game I'm working on right now will, I dare to say it, be pretty decent if I do indeed finish it, but that won't be for many moons. I'm drawing everything, programming everything, and making the sound effects, but Orphic Okapi is writing the music, which I can't do and he can.

I have a tendency to make far longer posts and e-mails than I had originally intended.

I live in Oregon and flunked out of community college. I'll be going to a university in the fall.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Donna on May 29, 2009, 11:54:57 PM
I was a latecomer to Douglas Adams.  I believe it was around 2001 when I first picked up the Hitch Hiker's Guide.

I live in Northeastern Marland (about 30 miles north & east of Baltimore).  Former military brat, we settled in Maryland 20 years ago when my dad took a job at the Pentagon.  Been in Maryland since.  Engaged & have 2 younguns (nearly 3 yrs, 16 mos)

Almost finished re-reading Hitch Hiker, & am going to explore more of Doug's works when I'm done.  Computer geek (IT specialist by trade) and reader James Patterson, Steven King, whatever I can get my hands on.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: VogonGirl on June 01, 2009, 10:27:25 PM
Well, I live in Colorado Springs, CO :D  I have not yet read the HitchHikers Guide :'( but this summer I will read it :D  I'm Kilman's daughter ;D  I'm not in any 2005 towelday pics because I was doing what my sister was doing not having a towel :(  But in 2006 I started my first ever Towelday yay! ;D  My babelfish were named Anna (the orange one), Kyle (the brown one), and Scales (the bronzish greenish one) :)  Kyle and Anna died recently this week :'(  I buried them in the back yard.  I have a pet dog named Artemis after the Greek Goddess of the Hunt (she’s a Labrador and Border Collie mix).  I have a pet bird named Cosmina (she’s a Cockatiel) and my little sister has some fish too.  Hers are all orange except Bloopers, he is orange and has a white belly.  The others, Jerry and Martin, are just orange.  Martin is smaller than Jerry, so it is easy to tell which fish who ;).  Well that's me, VogonGirl, Bye! ;)   
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Salty_Jon42 on June 05, 2009, 05:19:18 AM
Let's see, I don't know if I even gave a very good intro to me on kojv, so I'll have a go at it now.

I'm a now-21-year-old fan of DNA living in a little town in southwestern PA, roughly 30-45 minutes from Pittsburgh.  My aunt got me interested in sci-fi in my mid-teens, and maybe 5 or 6 years ago now I read Hitchhiker's Guide for the first time.  I'm currently going to school for a degree in general sciences, after which I plan to find some way to go back to school for a degree in music education.  That choice is mainly because I realized I would never want to do hard science for the rest of my life.  :P  I'm 100% addicted to progressive rock; favorite bands include Magma, Caravan, King Crimson, Yes, Koenjihyakkei, Soft Machine, Samla Mammas Manna, Frank Zappa, Supersister, National Health, Hatfield and the North, the entire "Canterbury scene" and "Zeuhl" subgenres of prog in general, the Police, and varied classical music and jazz.  I've played instruments for close to 12 years now, trombone through middle and high school, starting bass in either 9th or 10th grade.  I'll be a senior in college starting next semester.  Favorite authors other than Douglas Adams: Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Dick, Jonathan Lethem, James Morrow, Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, Frank Herbert, and possibly some others I've forgotten.  Favorite movies include nearly anything Charlie Chaplin/Marx Brothers/Abbott and Costello/Laurel and Hardy made, Blade Runner, 2001, the Third Man, the original Pink Panther movies, Dr. Strangelove, and hundreds more.  Oh, and I have a mostly nonsensical sense of humor...if that makes any sort of sense.

Hopefully that gives a bit of an idea what interests me and what I'm like.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Teatime on August 14, 2009, 03:17:15 AM
Oh, neato, I found you. Sorry, Kilman, I should check my MySpace emails more often. I'm a thirty-blah-blah year old Adams fan. I've been reading him since high school. At the moment... well, not this very moment, I'm writing a young adult urban fantasy novel. I'm married and have two to five kids depending on how you want to count them and I should actually be doing the dishes right now.

This wasn't the best Towel Day year for me. Think -drama centered around teenage runaway with crappy boyfriend that this mother would like to feed to a ravenous bugblatter beast sort of year.  :P

Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on August 14, 2009, 08:05:19 AM
I remember you. Welcome back. I hope more people find us.
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Teatime on August 14, 2009, 11:36:54 PM
Thanks Lewot!  :D

Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Kilman on August 15, 2009, 07:43:14 PM
Yes, welcome back, sorry to hear it was a tough year.  It's too bad it is illegal to feed teenage boys to ravenous bugblatter beasts.  I have four daughters (2 teens) and would find that very useful.

I think we will see more people for Towel Day 2010.  The site wasn't quite ready for 2009, so people looking for the old kojv site would have missed this.  People are slowly collecting, and I think things will pick up (especially if I can ever get around to programming the Towel Day event planner).
Title: Re: Introductions
Post by: Teatime on August 18, 2009, 10:04:27 PM
Oh, Kilman, four daughters. You poor thing. Between my husband and me we have five. At least our cat's a boy.