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Saturday, November 19, 2005


Early attempts at depicting the inner workings of a computer resulted in a lot of planes (the two-dimensional kind) floating through space, like those in this Zylos by George Machado necktie, which reminds me of Disney's classic computer movie Tron (starring Jeff Bridges--that's two Jeff Bridges-related ties in a row!-- and SciFi Channel fixture Bruce Boxleitner.) While computer programs had been anthropomorphized in the movies before (HAL spoke with a human voice in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, in 1968), Tron was perhaps the first to actually show them as people. Other notable computer-programs-as-people (or creatures) are in the computer-animated cartoon series Reboot, and of course the apotheosis of the genre, the Matrix trilogy. This is an unusual design for a Zylos tie, most of which are in unimaginative but unoffensive geometric patterns, generally classified as "art deco." But this one says, "Welcome to the retro future!"

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