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Jack Bohn
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Posted: 06 November 2017 at 10:56am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

So, this secret agency -- not highly funded -- has to decrypt some comuter files from its earlier days, they are stored on 5 and 1/4 inch floppy disks. No special point is made of it, but the tech guy is seen working on them with a Commodore 64. He's got the Commodore monitor, and the Commodore disk drive. Here's the thing: we get shots of his face from behind this setup, and the disk drive isn't plugged into the computer! It's only funny to people who know and who are paying attention, and they make an obvious mistake! There's an abandoned house set with dust and leaves blown in, scratched paint and distressed wallpaper, but plugging in one cable was too hard!

Sorry, had to vent.
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Rob Ocelot
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Posted: 08 November 2017 at 10:24pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Ahahaha.   I love spotting goofs like that.

My friend on the other hand absolutely hates things like that, saying it pulls him out of a show or movie and he can no longer watch it.

His biggest pet peeve:

When there's a computer or laptop running amok and the computer needs to be 'disabled'.  Someone almost always shoots the computer screen, making it spark and smoke but the computer itself is likely still running!  Derp.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 09 November 2017 at 12:41am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Computers are amazing things, depending on who's using them. Why, someone from a couple of centuries in the future could probably use an old beige box Macintosh to TYPE a 3D rendering!
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 10 November 2017 at 8:05am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Scotty is just that smart!
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 11 November 2017 at 2:36am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

As to the show itself and the goof?  Never caught it.  Doesn't bother me now that I know.  I think it's a really great show.  Fun, funny and original.  
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Jack Bohn
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Posted: 11 November 2017 at 8:02am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Well, I only caught the goof when I backed it up a bit because I was slow to notice he was using the C64. It was then that I saw its box of a disk drive and remembered its two serial ports so one could daisy-chain to a printer or another disk drive (although when would anyone need two disk drives?) and noticed it wasn't connected.

Maybe it is a second layer of humor for those who go to the second layer of noticing.

[Edited to add a second layer of thought:]

The first series wasn't an adaptation of the first book, but did share its time travel theme. Didn't The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul involve alternate dimensions?


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Matt Reed
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Don't know.  Huge fan of HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE and its sequels but I only have a passing knowledge of DIRK.  I have heard that the series is a melding of the three books with a heaping helping of additional characters and bits.
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Posted: 12 November 2017 at 2:37am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I find Max Landis pretentious, but it works to his advantage in Dirk Gently, and I really enjoy the show.
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Matt Reed
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Agreed.  Max Landis isn't one of my favorite people, but whatever he's doing and/or his level of involvement, it's working.  
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