Thursday, March 5, 2009

For the Big Nerd in your life

If you are hanging out at work or wherever today and you want to really impress that special nerd in you life, try this one:

"Hey, did you hear that Daftpunk is going to score Tron 2.0. What a great choice! Wendy Carlos did an amazing job with the original. This movie is going to be huge. Its like the new Watchman."

Say something like that and see what happens.

Let me unpack it for you a bit.

Tron was originally released in 1983. It is the best movie that Disney has ever made. A human enters the computer world to save programs from being deleted by the Master Control Program. This was pretty heavy duty stuff in 1983. I saw the movie when I was in kindergarten. It is one of the reasons I became a nerd.

Here is the original movie poster:

Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo. They formed in 1987 and had their first mainstream commercial success with their album Homework, released in 1997. They are both awesome and important.

Check out the dancing spacemen in this video:

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Around the World Daft Punk - Homework - Around the World

Tron 2.0 is the sequel to Tron. Currently in pre-production. Slated for a 2011 release.

Wendy Carlos is the electronic musician who scored the original Tron. She also wrote the score for Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange and The Shining. She was an early master of the moog synthesizer, a real genius. Her most successful album, Switched on Bach, sold over one-million copies. I bought it and love it.

An early Moog Synthesizer:

Watchmen is a movie based on an awesome comic book. It comes out this Friday. Nerds everywhere rejoice.

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