My thoughts on e-books have been expressed about a year ago. Even so, I’m not a complete ignoramus about the topic. I don’t think that my (selective) ludditious leanings have anything to do with the embarrassing blind-spot in my pop culture knowledge and reasoning skills.
I was watching an episode of Dollhouse from last season with my wife. (We had it saved on the DVR and have started to catch up since the new season started.) The episode has Patton Oswalt as a computer software mogul who hires one of the Actives every year to “relive” a moment that he had missed. After the FBI agent (who is looking to find the Dollhouse) beats up his bodyguards, Oswalt’s character says something like, “The judge is going to throw the Kindle at you.” My wife and I both laughed at this line. I thought it was great that Joss Whedon (who wrote this episode) had included a current piece of technology into the dialog. (We both marveled at the twist Joss put in the last part of the episode, which I had guessed but had retracted just before the twist was revealed.)
On my way home for lunch the next day, the right neurons started firing and the true reason for the use of “Kindle” in the old legal adage dawned on me. I would have hit myself on the forehead and exclaimed “D’oh!” if I hadn’t been driving. When I told my wife that I had just gotten it, she had nothing but pity for my feeble mind. She had gotten it right off and thought I had too. *sigh* Getting old sucks.
I did learn two things from this:
- Joss Whedon is still a genius, and
- Never admit when you finally “get it” to anyone that did get the joke/reference the first time.