POTD: Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Paris, France 2002

I was spending some time in the WABAC Machine (a.k.a. in my case as the many folders of old photos on my hard drive) and came across this from my photos of Paris ten years ago. (“Mr. Sherman, set the WABAC machine to Paris in 2002.”) It was taken with my first ever digital camera, a 5mp Sony F707, a very advanced camera in it’s time. Anyway, it seemed appropriate for Halloween. Note, if all this WABAC stuff makes sense to you then, well, you’re probably as ancient as I am. Actually I always thought of it as just the Wayback Machine. It wasn’t until I read about it on Wikipedia that I realized it was a reference to early computers such as the UNIVAC. I wonder if I knew that back then; probably not as I would not likely have cared about such things when I was nine or ten.]]>

6 thoughts on “POTD: Happy Halloween!”

  1. Methinks this photo needs your “texture” treatment to give it more of a spooky atmosphere! Still a great image! And I too thought it was the “Wayback” machine…though I never actually watched the cartoon. Love that it was a tongue in cheek reference to the first computers! 🙂 Thanks for the trivia! Oh, and btw, I don’t feel ancient at all….but then I haven’t recently had my chest cracked open!!! Hope your recovery is going well!

    1. Kathy, I agree about the need for the texture treatment to make it more spooky. Let’s just say I was in a hurry (not just too lazy) to get something together for the post to get that done. And you’re also correct about the correlation between feeling ancient and having your chest cracked. My recovery is going well, feeling less ancient every day.

  2. I always thought it was cute that Peabody was the dog in charge. There’s a modern cartoon on TV now called The Family Guy where there’s a dog that, as near as I can tell, has a similar role, though I’m sure the creators of this cartoon think theirs is a ‘fresh’ take on this and ‘modernized’ for today’s audience and sense of humor (which basically means the humor is just more crass).
    I was also a big fan of Rocky and Bullwinkle. I thought they were a good comedy duo.
    I also had no idea the WABAC machine was spelled this way. I’ll have to go read about it on wikipedia.

    1. Jeffrey, I’m always amazed at how much adult humor (not necessarily ribald, just more mentally mature) there is in those old cartoons; things like the WABAC machine that I can appreciate now but meant nothing to me when I was young. As you suggest, today’s adult humor is typically the ribald, crass stuff. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that, but it’s obviously not suitable for children. No duo audiences in mind for those writers it doesn’t seem.

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