This is it. It’s the last episode I crafted gifsets out of for Tumblr a few years ago. We’re all caught up.
There’s one more thing to archive off of that site but it can be done in a gallery and I’ll get to that, later…
(28 February 2016)
â€œYou line it up North/South because itâ€™s got a compass. Then you use these twoÂ sights here to draw a bead on the guns you want to destroy and you can see from the scale how many degrees they are away from North to one side as it were fromÂ you here. You then go down the road a known distance and do that again. And thatÂ comes down to some very simple geometry which used to do on their drum heads, like this.â€ â€“ James Burke,Â Connections
Finally we get to one of my all-time favorite bits in any of the Connections and TDTUC episodes. Blah blah, geometry, whatever, and then:Â Oh yeah. Right. Hereâ€™s why war drove innovation, in a nutshell: You need a better way to do things, or the enemyÂ kills you.
I had this one sketched out and almost ready to produce when I ran into a problem with my web/email server situation which required most of Februaryâ€™s free time in order to remedy. Thatâ€™s over with, now, so hereâ€™s a fun snippet fromÂ â€œCountdown,â€ the penultimate episode of the originalÂ ConnectionsÂ series.
Next time, weâ€™ll highlight another harsh look into our modern society, even more relevant now than it was when the show was recorded.
(6 March 2016)
â€œItâ€™s ironic that the story of how television happened should have been told here,Â in Edisonâ€™s laboratory. Television tells us every day that we live in a world weÂ donâ€™t understand. And yet in the main it does very little to explain that world.Â It tells us of new products that make the products we have either old-fashionedÂ or obsolete. Above all, if today we are aware of how fast the world around us isÂ changing, itâ€™s because television acts as a relentless reminder of that fact.â€ â€“ James Burke,Â Connections
I started this run ofÂ ConnectionsÂ sets with kind of a heavy-message bit, andâ€¦ here we are at (or toward) the end with another one. But boy howdy, just how on-the-nose can you get? How relevant for TODAY is this just-one-minute of television from THE LATE 1970s? Seriously.
This is in the last few minutes of the ninth episode (â€Countdownâ€) of the originalÂ ConnectionsÂ series, and if this doesnâ€™t make you stop and think about how Western civilization got to where we are today, I donâ€™t know what will.
On aÂ technicalÂ note: Yes, thereâ€™s an apostrophe not showing. Itâ€™s notÂ missingÂ because I know itâ€™sÂ there. I triple-checked the text when I told Instagiffer to do its thing, but the software simply decided not toÂ showÂ it in the resulting image. I have no idea why. Iâ€™m certainly not about to try coming up with a whole other way of making gifsets when Iâ€™m this close to the finish line.
OnÂ thatÂ note: The wrap-up episode,Â â€œYesterday, Tomorrow and Youâ€ (no Oxford comma, shame shame), may or may not yield any workable bits. If notâ€¦ well, ending this project the same weekend as the finalÂ MythbustersÂ episode airs isnâ€™t too bad a way to go. Weâ€™ll see, though.