You know, I think one of my neighbours must’ve bought a box set of Quantum Leap and has been playing it loudly while I slept because I woke up this morning with the theme tune in my head and I can’t get it out. Could be a lot worse I suppose. After all, they could have bought Lost In Space…
You know Quantum Leap predicted the future (the highest accolade for a show about time travel) in some ways? Many people count Star Trek as the science fiction show that predicted mobile phones and, while it’s true that the communicators in the Star Trek series were one of the original inspirations for mobile phones, they didn’t predict the way that people would use them. The characters in Star Trek are so calm when they use their technology. It’s one of the reasons that they got it wrong and one of the reasons Quantum Leap got it right.
Remember Al the hologram in Quantum Leap, played by Dean Stockwell? That little handheld device he’s got to link back to the main computer, that keeps freezing on him in the middle of sentences, causing him to hit it in order to get it to start working again. Now those are the mobile phones I know! I’m loading a page in Opera Mini and suddenly it just stops with 43/68KB loaded, meaning there’s still some text I can’t read and an image that hasn’t loaded. I start banging the phone with my palm, trying to shake loose the extra data that I know is just waiting for me to disconnect before it starts to try loading. It’s the natural reaction of anyone faced with disobedient technology and I think I’ll probably miss doing it if we ever enter the Star Trek era where everything works first time without any problems. How about you? Would you prefer clean interaction every time or something a little more unpredictable?
***leaves the post, walks around a corner and seems to start talking to a brick wall***
Al, why haven’t I leaped yet?
Uh, Ziggy says you have to make the animal bloggers admit they’re really human first.
Don’t worry, I’ll get ’em!