« Previous | Main | Next »

Happy Birthday h2g2

Post categories:

Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 11:50 UK time, Tuesday, 28 April 2009

A tenth birthday is always worth celebrating.

So it's my pleasure today to say "Happy Tenth Birthday h2g2".

If you don't know what h2g2 is there's a useful summary here.

h2g2_logo.JPGI'm old enough to remember the original Radio 4 series of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" with the late, lamented Peter Jones as the voice of the book.

But it wasn't until recently that I became aware that there was a whole community out there actually trying to write the definitive guide to 'Life, the Universe and Everything'.

As a newcomer, the most enjoyable part of h2g2 to me is the Edited Guide which produces quirky 'weird and wonderful entries' like these:

Envy-free Cake Division

The London Beer Flood of 1814

Malaysian Teapot Worship: The Ayah Pin Cult

my coeditor enjoyed this one about memorable football press conferences.

But there's more to h2g2 than the Edited Guide. It's like a vast, sprawling virtual city where its community members try their hand at pretty much anything they fancy. For example there's a spin off group of h2g2 people called the Aviators making videos including this one:

One thing I do know is that h2g2 people really value - indeed, love - their community and its spirit.


Members of the h2g2 community Phil, Hypatia,Teuchter, Vip, Elentari, Acid Override, Matt and Metal Chicken at a Birmingham Mini-Meet on the 25th April, 2009. Photo by permission of Websailor on flickr.

So if you're a past or present member of the community I hope you'll join me in wishing h2g2 a happy birthday.

Nick Reynolds is editor, BBC Internet blog



More from this blog...

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.