I don't often do this but I can't resist showing off my latest creation. It is a queen sized afghan crocheted in my favourite colours. It has 18 different yarns, 320 squares, 1280 colour changes and 1352 ends woven in. It took a little over four months to finish. It sits on my bed and I confess that I love it and am quite proud of it.
On to inchies:
It's relevant to remember that there was no such things as personal laptops when The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was written. How far we have come and how marvelous the future is going to be!
There are many references to computers in HHGG, but the best is to Eddie, the obnoxiously happy computer. He both talks -- not a common feature of computers in 1979 -- and has ticker tape.
I've pared down my references to just one (this post was very long to begin with!) The gang have just discovered the legendary planet Magrathea and call on the computer for help. It replies,
''Hi there! This is Eddie your shipboard computer, and I'm feeling just great guys, and I know I'm just going to get a bundle of kicks out of any programme you care to run through me." [chapter 16] (Later they find an alternate, equally annoying, personality for the computer but I haven't found that in the book yet.)
Like the cybernetic doors, it is infinitely annoying.
Now for the inchies. I wanted to draw one of those old fashioned computers such as I imagine Eddie looks like, including ticker tape which says the same thing his voice does.
And again I couldn't think of how to quill a computer so I made a tiny laptop from paper. It has the world's shortest alphabet but those pieces of paper are so tiny I could hardly hold them even with tweezers, never mind fit any more in. It also explains why they aren't exactly square either. It's hard to see but the 'screen' has stickles on it so it shines.
Hope you have a happy, happy week!