julian.cable at bbc.co.uk
Wed Oct 7 13:37:05 UTC 2009
Every now and then, this list makes my day worthwhile.
From: Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E] [mailto:olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov]
Sent: 06 October 2009 21:24
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Cc: 'msb at vex.net'
Subject: FW: tz-art.htm
From: Mark Brader [mailto:msb at vex.net]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 6:27
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* The 1953 railway comedy movie "The Titfield Thunderbolt" includes a
play on words on British Double Summer Time. Valentine's wife wants
him to leave the pub and asks him, "Do you know what time it is?"
And he, happy where he is, replies: "Yes, my love. Summer double time."
IMDB page: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0046436/
* The premise of the 1999 caper movie "Entrapment" involves computers
in an international banking network being shut down briefly at
midnight in each time zone to avoid any problems at the transition
from the year 1999 to 2000 in that zone. (Hmmmm.) If this shutdown
is extended by 10 seconds, it will create a one-time opportunity for
a gigantic computerized theft. To achieve this, at one location the
crooks interfere with the microwave system supplying time signals to
the computer, advancing the time by 0.1 second each minute over the
last hour of 1999. (So this movie teaches us that 0.1 x 60 = 10.)
IMDB page: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0137494/
And while I'm writing: the item about "A Matter of Life and Death"
is missing the word "movie" or similar, and does not mention its
other title, which it's known by in the US: "Stairway to Heaven".
Mark Brader, Toronto | "In cyberspace, the lunatics not only run the asylum,
msb at vex.net | but they helped build it..." --Richard Kadrey
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