Happy Towel Day!

“ So, carry a towel and…DON’T PANIC!”

Towel Day is an annual tribute to the author Douglas Adams.
It’s celebrated every year on 25 May: on this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

“A towel, ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ 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.”

How can I get involved?


Simply follow the simple rules on Official Website:

  • Help spread the word about Towel Day (#towelday): tweet, blog, post in forums, share a link in Facebook, make art, etc.
  • Tell us about events you organize on Towel Day, and we will announce them here!
  • On Towel Day, carry a towel. Where? Everywhere.
  • Proudly show the world you’ve observed Towel Day! You can post your picture and watch others’ on the Facebook page or in the Flickr group. Videos are cool there too, as well as on YouTube.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series, born originally as a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, it was later adapted to other formats, including stage shows, novels, comic books, a 1981 TV series, a 1984 computer game, and 2005 feature film.

A prominent series in British popular culture, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has become an international multi-media phenomenon; the novels are the most widely distributed, having been translated into more than 30 languages by 2005.

The author

Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952–11 May 2001) was an English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist.

Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but also wrote Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), and co-wrote The Meaning of Liff (1983), The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990), Last Chance to See (1990), and three stories for the television series Doctor Who.

Adams was known as an advocate for environmentalism and conservation, as a lover of fast cars, cameras, technological innovation and the Apple Macintosh, and as a “devout atheist”.

(Wikipedia page)




Linux kernel explained, with a comic

“What is it, and how does it work?”

A funny explanation of linux kernel, made with a comic by Consolia.


I think more developers should know how the linux kernel works. Regarding it as a black box only gets you so far.

On a different note, some interesting things about the kernel i couldn’t share in the comic:

  • The kernel implements networking protocols such as IP, TCP and UDP, but application protocols such as FTP, DNS and HTTP are are not part of the kernel — implemented in the user space instead.
  • /proc is an illusion, it’s just a way for the kernel to talk to you — and for you to talk to the kernel.
  • All but two of the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers run on Linux (the other two run on IBM AIX).
  • At time of writing the linux kernel has 18 million lines of code.

About Consolia

Techy, sciencey, nerdy, slightly weird, all rolled into a comic.