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New Big iron on the big screen
An interesting article here on how computers have been depicted onscreen in recent decades, principally in science fiction flicks:

http://unsane.info/t...puters-on-screen/

The whole piece is worth a read, but I commend to your particular attention this screenshot of the self-destruct device from Ridley Scott's 1979 Alien. My, but the set designers were having their little jokes: "aum"? "shakti"? "agaric fly"? (Google "fly agaric," AKA Amanita muscaria). Could they have ever imagined being ratted out like this?

http://69.195.124.62...Self-Destruct.png

cordially,
New The one to the left of fly argaric
is simply "trip".
New I left that one to be discovered
Incidentally, I recall that Ridley Scott was at pains to give the spaceship a "lived-in" look, but unless the self-destruct unit has other unenumerated functions (microwave oven? MP3 player?), that keypad looks pretty grimy for a device I'd expect to see only one-time use.

cordially,
New Yet the output has remained constant
Meaning that whenever the computer produces something to be parsed by the user, from the early days until now, it is a nonsensical stream of gobbledygook. Random snippets of BASIC and C seem to rule the roost.
New I'm reading Red Dwarf
again. For the 10ish time.

I love comparing what tech he predicted vs what showed up for the 100% misses such as little mechanical droids moving pages of "data" around instead of networking.
New One of my fav sources of 'quotes' too..
But especially the er, Existential Conundrum ... and the mechanical Solution of the
[not so much Smart-Interstellar Bomb-guy (and he as All-"guy" IMO)
--but a "Guy" programmed by Pat Robertson or any other Nut-Fundie du that jour or this one.
{{sigh}} yan illustration of the folly of Boolean Logic™ when attempting to Reason? about homo-sap confusions about the ineffable.

I too shall continue to marvel at the apocalyptic-DNA? basic-programming of the human Reptile Brain, and its role in [among Many areas]
the continuing disregard of the cacophony of today's Tocsins/Warning-Bells concerning [actually.. Not-concerning]
..the proximate Fate of the Planet VS trivialities like: numbers-in-some banker's storage device, generally believed to represent *Wealth.

All those billions of people ... perhaps expiring way-early? because of homo-sap's stark inability to grok to Fullness, Tom Lehrer's magnum-Opus:

We Shall All Go Together When We GO ... ...

* shades of Marley's Ghost, haunting the pecuniary brain-pans of all Vulture Capitalists--especially Ours. Little Rmoney clones, everywhere.
Asshole species.



Law above fear, justice above law, mercy above justice, love above all.
     Big iron on the big screen - (rcareaga) - (5)
         The one to the left of fly argaric - (crazy) - (1)
             I left that one to be discovered - (rcareaga)
         Yet the output has remained constant - (scoenye) - (2)
             I'm reading Red Dwarf - (crazy) - (1)
                 One of my fav sources of 'quotes' too.. - (Ashton)

I swear, you make people want to jump into a volcano.
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