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Friday, September 10, 2010

No Can Do


History and wonder surround us, and we trudge by, deafened and blinded by pedestrian, workaday concerns! Perhaps I exaggerate, but a hundred yards eastward lies to Chelsea Hotel, where much Great 20th Century Literature was penned...
This includes Arthur C. Clarke's '2001: A Space Odyssey,' as I learned from one of the numerous plaques that adorns the venerable hostel's fa├žade.
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I wasn't at all aware that Clarke was a scientist invented communications satellites, that his 1952 book was used to convince President Kennedy to shoot for the moon, or that the Queen had knighted him... Reminder to open my eyes and ears, as overworked and congested as they may respectively be... Below, Kubrik's classic, chilling rendering of computer Hal's 'No Can Do' decision, referred to on the above plaque, much to the dismay of Kier Dullea's 'Dave'..

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