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Friday 05 April 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 15

She says This is a military grade cryptographic security protocol but on screen is a dozen or so lines of C, looping over argc and setting some flags. Oddly formatted C too, I don't think I've ever seen anything like it - a space before closing right brackets, but no spaces around the left brackets.

When I become a superhero/spy/villian, there is no way I'm going to put flashing LEDs on my electronic gizmos. Obviously when I used to build electronic devices for a living, I put in as many LEDs as I possibly could. El Morso and I once spent several hours agonising over whether we could justify one of the then brand new and wildly expensive blue LEDs into something we were making. We didn't, thus saving just over £10 to spend on science instead.

Here's a tantalising idea from D'Israeli, devilishly clever artist on a number of terrifically terrific comics. Describing the references and allusions in his Stickleback series currently running in 2000AD* he says

The 3D projection aspect owes more to Star Wars than any real technology, though. It's interesting that even retro-futuristic technology has to have this extra level to it now; I suspect ten years ago we might have limited the capabilities of such a devise precisely to show that we were in the past. I think of this as "super-duperness inflation."
As technology advances, not only do our visions of the future become more, well, extreme, but so do our visions of the retrofuture. I do like that.

And I'm going to nail down the airduct covers in my secret underground hideout too.

ID Tokens. This is accessible but really smart stuff. It'll take a little while, but OpenID is going to make life easier for all of us.

To Mars! On a nuclear rocket!

* - The Galaxy's Greatest Comic. Fact! ^


Tagged retrofuturism, comics, and programming-on-tv


Jez Higgins

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