“Open the pod-bay door, Hal”

In Lifestyle on June 27, 2011 at 10:35 am

An eerie "Doppleganger" for HAL

As I was subjected to Verizon’s television ad for the umpteenth time in one hour of tee-vee viewing, I wondered if anyone else noticed the similarity of appearance between the new Droid phone and HAL-9000?

Readers may recall, HAL was the malevolent computer on the spaceship Odyssey in Stanley Kubrick’s, “2001: A Space Odyssey“.  Aside from singing Bicycle Built for Two as the sole-surviving human crew member shuts HAL down, the HAL-9000computer is best remembered for saying, “I’m sorry, Dave.  I can’t do that.”

HAL had his own agenda and HAL did as much as “he” could to thwart the crew’s efforts…right down to murdering a few of them while they were in “hyper-sleep”.

It is not important for me to have the latest wireless phone as a penis-substitute.  But, still, it would be so FUN to program HAL’s famous line into the device whenever it drops a call.


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