Douglas Adams is best known for his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio plays and novels, but he wrote a lot of other stuff over the course of his productive career. The two Dirk Gently novels are not as famous as the Hitchhiker’s books, but they may be even more pure distillations of Adams’ personality and interests. The books tell of Dirk Gently (one of the character’s pseudonyms) who works out cases based on the “fundamental interconnectedness of all things,” and whose cases can involve time travel, impossible physics, systems of divination and old gods.
Now a new Dirk Gently TV series is in development, from IDW and Dave Alpert (The Walking Dead) of Circle of Confusion.
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One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. The engineers at Apple have also included a bunch of cool Easter eggs in the results.
For example, when Siri is asked “What’s the best phone?” it says, “Wait… there are other phones?” or when a person says “I love you” to Siri, she responds, “I hope you don’t say that to those other mobile phones, [NAME]”. When you ask her what her name is, she responds “My name is Siri, but you already knew that.” If you ask who made Siri, she responds “Like it says on the box, I was designed by Apple in California.” And this is only the beginning of a list of funny responses that has been uncovered pre-release.
But best of all, Siri responds to, and references, Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Douglas Adams‘ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Details after the jump.
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