Hm…Too late I noticed that Nerdpride Day coincides with Towel Day. On this day, Geeks carry towels to honor Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who passed away 11 May 2001, at the age of 49. According to the third chapter of the Hitchhikers Guide a towel is the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Hence its symbolic role in this celebration.
A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. — Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Some Geeks celebrate Towel Day with a performance of the Japanese Algorithm March
I enjoyed reading The Hitchhikers Guide, not only for it’s geeky humor, but I didn’t celebrate Towel Day, I use a towel everyday.
At Slashdot was a small thread about Towel Day. There I found the following quote:
We don’t have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it.
— Douglas Adams, Speech at The University of California
Wikiquote has even more quotes: there I found this one from Triumph of the Nerds, that brings us back to Nerdpride Day:
I think a nerd is a person who uses the telephone to talk to other people about telephones. And a computer nerd therefore is somebody who uses a computer in order to use a computer.