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"UNIversity X 1971": Did Stanley Kubrick or his fictional Dr. Alcot read his signage?

November 25, 2023 at 4:14 A.M. Eastern Time

In the previous write-up, I said the iconic Richard Stallman red shirt had been found in the aforementioned movie 'A Clockwork Orange'. If you're a completist, my apologies, but you know how these things can be in old movies when you find them sometimes. Aside from references to UNIX and perhaps computer science, I hadn't noticed that the art system was being used to place an uppercase letter 'F' near the lowercased letters 'rms' to spell the word 'farms' on the left-hand side of the picture. You might also notice that the shape of the rail on the stairway matches art from a popular Nintendo video game software title, which is considered to be a title that shipped opposite of the 'Metro-I.D.' title I'd registered complaints about months ago. Visual indications from a game title by id Software named 'Quake' was noticed in a scene where the movie's Alex character has to find help after a police assault.

If nothing else, it's noteworthy that if we have a vague idea of the area of a problem, that we then have plenty to do, as if by magic, after we've finished being run through a movie presentation. Perhaps even moreso than a vague audio presentation. It may be this level of interest, and not necessarily overwrought reference-making, that allowed the staffing accessibilities that led people into the real-life roles that they today occupy. Or maybe it's the C.I.A., which is there to make sure you have all the movies and situations that James Bond wants to watch, if only he could log on.

Most people with enough preparation to be a critic of the signage (hopefully you're in this group) would know how not to panic when faced with a word system failure such as Mr. Kubrick has rigged. Seemingly, maybe, for my initials to find with the descending 'Demonstration' that's being noted. Although, we are such a privileged society today that we often do not think of the many people who cannot read, and who deserve the freedom to not be assaulted by what I can only call stacked imagery flaunting a bunch of letters, not words. In autism, this could be percieved as stimulus overload – we do have to put up with a lot. Well..

The signage is very good in layout, giving space accommodations to the actors to make sure they're not blocking any lettering, and the staging is excellent. The 'mic-rose-oft' reference on the desk (or the cot) is just as curious as the red-colored book located near the telephone, which perhaps is a writeup by a concerned writer of the era about the sign behind the actors. The hint here is to expect something amazing (or maze-worthy) somewhere in a Stanley Kubrick movie, but the technology depicted probably used to be just a person on a bed in ages past. Such as today. We don't often need to go our of our way to notice things like this in movies, or upon signage, and that's usually good for our health.

Did you notice the letter 'Z' missing on the signage from above the receptionist's head? If you were to play into counting from A to Z to see if they missed any letters? They do have a wrist-watch showing at the desk, so it may hint at the inability to source a clock for the scene, for some reason.. There's also some interesting signage with a missing letter in what was almost a two-way hallway in the doors behind them. Maybe hinting at .gz, or the gzip format (initialed in sentence as Gzip). Would you trust expensive compression that didn't have access to a decompressor or at least some really good source code?

I'd said at some point that game company Nintendo was depicted in Stanley Kubrick's movie adaptation of 'A Clockwork Orange'. Sure enough, I went back to do some comparison, and I found that until Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata's death, the company had hired in names, faces, and thus executive personalities that are well-represented 'alternates' from motion pictures, both in production and in the actual productions themselves. So here's a bit more Digital Rights WAN-age-meant to consider..

  • The movies are a secluded, pay-your-way marshalling point for certain cliques of society to be conditioned into expecting what to expect, while everyone else differs or fails into the next phase of a local society, optionally led by the movie-watchers. Whoever they are.
  • The news isn't far behind, but consider coverage of movies in news, and consider how movies depict news of news that happens within them. This is sometimes the same honeypot as the signage failure.
  • The games are thus what we are left with when the movies lose their attractiveness and their threats (often simultaneous and inextricable). That's my view of that; it may differ from yours.

    I'm not quite keen on explaining the lineage of war and the continuing lack of peace in many societies that led to the bombing of Japan and the up-ranking of Nintendo – the name hinting at the company not really owing you anything. Until you have a meta-dissertation of all the minutae of that (including the "ouch" of the 'owing') to make sure the Japanese guy who's running the business can be respected, just understand that there are successful deconstructions of Dr. Alcot's employer's signage from 1971, he probably had to sign a contract to start working as an actor after the movie was over (not that movie; the previous one), he may have chosen his suit color to match or clash with the red signage, and he probably had an access card or identification badge somewhere on his person. I'm sure there was at least one Dr. Alcot fan club. If I had to go in as a writer for just a minute, I'd like to try that to explain something:

    Dr. Alcot
     "Good morning. Do you have an order of committal?"

    Chief Officer Barnes
     "Uh.. That is not a necessity with the prisoner in such confines, sir!"

    Dr. Alcot
     "Oh, .. well.. Officer, do you see that nick on the floor over there? Shaped like a playing card?"

    Chief Officer Barnes
     "A playing .. a.. .. Do you suggest that we take the prisoner away, sir?!"

    Dr. Alcot
     "Hm.. Just a moment, please, I'll telephone to find an answer.."

    Did Dr. Alcot read his signage? (Did Nintendo ever owe you anything?)

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