The winners are – Morning-AJ did best so is ahead of the rest Congratulations. Kaybee came second after 'phoning a friend' so to speak. As to the millions of runners up who have expressed their total indifference to such an exciting challenge, I am at a loss for words. The answers are ...
Each picture represents a well known movie. Try to guess what its title is. None of them are new movies, so people of my generation may stand a better chance at guessing. Apologies for the rather childish drawings, I am not as skilled in art as some.
Number one - there have been several versions of this movie but the first was the best
Number two - A haunting theme tune and a damn good plot
So here we are, another Christmas with the family over and back home again once more and now into the Year 2011. Two thousand and eleven! I still have not yet completely got over the idea that I am alive the other side of 2000AD, let alone a decade past then. 2000AD was the date when everything happened. All my life until then, every projection and forecast began with ‘By the year 2000…’ Also we should have all been living on the Moon, subsisting on food pills and wearing shiny silver suits with a personal jet pack by now.
Mind you, no one predicted that everyone would have a personal computer and be able to talk to anyone in the world with free video communication if you want, shop from home or find any TV programme, past or present. Other wonders that have crept into our lives that were never predicted are that my car knows if a bulb has failed, which street it is in, how many miles to the gallon it is consuming and how far I will get on my remaining fuel. My phone is a minature two way radio that is more intelligent than ENIAC (a 1950s computer) and uses a radio band that would have been undetectable around the time of my birth and a modulation system that would be undecipherable even if it could have been received.
My grandmother had an old fashioned black Bakelite pedestal phone and you could make a whistling sound if you put the earpiece against the microphone and so end an unwanted conversation with feedback and pretend there was a fault on the line.
We had no dial and a live operator would say ‘Number Please’ when you lifted the receiver. I don’t think my other grandmother even had a phone at all for many years. Now I feel undressed if I go out without my mobile phone (cell phone in American).
Mankind has been to the moon and now cannot afford to go back. What would Dan Dare or Flash Gordon have said about that? When I was young, the first Moon landing was only a matter of time and it was bound to be a British space ship, manned by moustachioed ex WWII fighter aces that had transferred to Spacefleet and would plant the Union Jack on the moon in the name of the Queen. The Americans would probably have been second but no one suspected the Russians would get into space at all, let alone first.
Seriously, we were ahead of the Americans at one point when their rockets were exploding and proving the old saying ‘that what goes up must come down’, we knew why they were having problems and had solved them on the British Black Knight and Blue Streak rocket design, but due to government short sightedness the plug was pulled leaving the USA a clear field in space technology.
A successful launch of Black Knight c 1959 in Woomera Australia
It is some of this American space technology that brought us the minute microelectronics which allows a mobile phone to be such a compact and powerful product, and the research all paid for by the American tax payer, thanks very much. This also allowed the games industry to produce the games machines that are now totally interactive. Ironically the technology that drives electronics development is led by both the military and the games market. PCs would not have high resolution colour graphics screens if it had not been for games software demanding more and more realistic graphics, when the PC originally only catered for text.
It is often incorrectly quoted that one of the founders of IBM once stated that there would never be much demand for computers and thought that five was the maximum market due to cost and lack of expertise to operate them. This may have been true in the early forties but as a prediction it would have been wildly wrong since even greetings cards now have a more advanced computer chip in them than was available then, which plays the obnoxious sounding message when they are opened. However, you can get a greeting card which allows you to record a message that does not have to be obnoxious.
So life in the twenty-first century is not all shiny suits and jet packs, but a lot of unforeseen changes, and we have a new lifestyle that would baffle people from earlier generations.
So congratulations to all you wonderful people who have dragged yourselves into the 21st century and can receive this message and a Happy New Year to you all.
Happily married, retired. The name SNAFU was accidental, I got cross with Blogger because my name is so commonplace any variation I could think of was already in use. Computer systems do not do sarcasm and so it accepted my comment as my user name. I am not hiding my identity, my name is Pete Morris. Lifelong geek and technophile. Bookshelves in nearly every room of the house, from Blyton to Einstein. Spent most of my working life training adults in geeky stuff, from basic electrics to computer systems. My heroes are, amongst others, Richard Feynman, Freeman Dyson and Eric Laithwaite and if you don’t need to look them up in Wikipedia then you are my kind of geek. .