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Professor Frink predicts the future of computing

by Critical Commons Manager

The character of Professor John Frink on The Simpsons is known primarily for failed and poorly conceived experiments such as his death ray and sarcasm detector. In this flashback to the 1970s, Frink demonstrates a version of his supercomputer, the Frinkiac 7. In formulating his prediction of the future of computing, Frink inverts the usual formula of processing power, size and cost to conclude that, while processing power would merely double, the size and cost of the machines themselves would increase exponentially to the point where they were affordable only by the richest kings of Europe.

Flash back in Forrest Gump

by Michael Frierson

One traditional kind of narrative flashback in film is recounted enactment: a character in the film recounts something in his or her past and we see that event enacted on screen. In Forest Gump (Robert Zemeckis, 1994) Forrest (Tom Hanks) strikes up a philosophical conversation with a nurse on a park bench about her shoes. As the camera pushes in, Forrest recalls “I bet if I think about it real hard I could remember my first pair of shoes.” He closes his eyes, thinking hard, and continues, “Moma said they would take me anywhere,” cut to Forrest as a young boy, striking the same facial expression. As the camera pulls back, the adult Forrest’s voice continues, “She said they were my magic shoes.” The camera reveals Forrest in a doctor’s office. As Forrest opens his eyes in astonishment, the camera continues back to reveal his first pair of leg braces.

The Simpsons on immigration and technological innovation

A flashback reveals Apu's background in Computer Science

from The Simpsons Much Apu About Nothing (1996)
Creator: Matt Groening
Distributor: Fox
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