January 24, 2007
Paging Steve Austin's Cat, White Courtesy Phone Please

Slashdot linked up news of the development of new electronic retinal implants meant to fight degenerative retinal diseases. In humans and cats, no less. I wonder if they'll make a weird "boopity-boopity" noise when they're used?

The sad thing is, there are a lot of people out there who won't get the reference. Damned kids.

Posted by scott at January 24, 2007 08:50 AM

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That's a Star Trek: The Next Generation reference, right? It's really not fair to expect netizens to get a reference that's, what, 20 years old now?

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on January 24, 2007 05:24 PM

Ok, you officially suck now, aiight? 'Cos I know you can hum that theme song, just like I can, and it got nothing to do with warp speed! :)

Posted by: scott on January 24, 2007 08:10 PM

Sorry, just couldn't pass up the chance to make someone feel even older.

Speaking of disco-era sound effects, isn't it strange how nobody uses them any more? I don't think any shows produced after 1980 used the boops to represent vision powers, or the na-na noise for bionic strength, etc. Maybe because the studios figured out new ways to represent such abilities visually, so the sound cues were no longer needed; maybe it was a conscious decision on the part of the Hollywood studios to purposely date their 70s productions, in order to take advantage of the nostalgia people would feel for them 30 years down the road.

0r maybe it's because they finally realized that the sound effects weren't as cool as they thought (part of the "holy crap this music sucks" death-knell of the disco era), so the studios went back to using the recorded sound effects they used before they discovered synthesizers.

(... @nd did you really have to set your spam filter to freak out when I start a sentence with a conjunction? I realize it's poor grammar, but sheesh!)

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on January 25, 2007 08:02 AM

Nope. It's because the TV producers caught a nasty case of teh ghey* many years ago. The results of this are American Idol, Magnum PI, any of those damn shows about angst-ridden teenagers (the OC, Dawson's Creek, etc.). Aside from Scrubs, Discovery, the History Channel, and Cartoon Network, there aren't any actual shows worth watching.

*not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: ron on January 25, 2007 08:57 PM
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