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04 June 2005 @ 05:12 pm
A few days ago, while watching an episode of the (TV series) Hitchhiker's Guide To the Universe -- one of the local public television stations had rerun them in honor of the movie -- I had one of those goddamn it I'm stupid moments as to where the title of The Also People, by Ben Aaronovitch, came from. It's the Restaurant At the End of the Universe episode, where Arthur is wandering through the restaurant:

Arthur: "The things! The people!"
Ford: "The things are also people."
Arthur: "The people! The... also people!"

I've seen the episode several times since I heard the title, and certainly since I read the book (public tv has been rerunning it a lot), but that's managed to fly past me every previous time. It's definitely the source, because the book has a passage (I'd quote, but the book is currently buried in a pile somewhere) that expresses much the same "the things are also people" sentiment.

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04 June 2005 @ 05:31 pm
While on the subject of Doctor Who: I've been wanting to see the new series, since my UK friendslist and downloaders seem very pleased, but it looks like no American station is going to pick it up. If I download and burn DVDs, are any locals interested in a Who viewing night or two? Though if it's more than three or four people, it'll have to be hosted somewhere else than my tiny living room.