The world is full of things. These are some of them.
News reports about the Cocteau Twins performing in Columbus, OH in 1985.
I was just listening to a radio show that was playing a lot of Cocteau Twins, and then I came across this — that can’t be a coincidence, can it? Well, of course it can, but an awesome one.
There’s so much to love here. The cheesy 1980s news reporters, one of whom announces “A rock happening”, the newsletter publisher who takes credit for bringing the band to down, the breathless “You don’t normally see people like this on Columbus streets” reporting.
Based on the poster in the background (regarding decimalization), I have to assume that this ad dates from 1970 or possibly ‘71, making it easily the earliest recruitment ad for developers I’ve seen. Obviously a trailblazer, today every recruitment ad features the dev with a pencil in his hand and a blonde draped over him and his desk. It’s practically cliche.
You don’t see a lot of “live coding”, and although the music is a little glitchy even for me, I have admit I’m a little ticked by the idea of programming as part of a live performance.
In this case they’re using Haskell, which is a very interesting language that I spent some time learning earlier this year. In particular, I was following along with The Haskell School of Music, which I bet this is at least partially based on. Cool!
Certainly not what I think of with when the word ‘camouflage’ is used, but there’s a long history of using bright colors, strange angles and weird patterns for camouflage on ships. Called “Dazzle Camouflage" (also, sometimes, "Razzle Dazzle"), it’s goal is not to make the ship impossible to see, but to confuse the senses about it’s exact orientation, direction and speed.
Reportedly, during World War I, the patterns could so confuse the person firing a torpedo that it would be off by as much as 55 degrees!
I kind of want to see “Jazz Hands Camouflage” now.