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Mike Cohen
Halt and Catch Silicon Valley
on Jun 10, 2014 at 5:35:36 pm

Oddly enough there are two new series related to the computer industry.

Silicon Valley, on HBO, created by Mike Judge, follows the trials and tribulations of a startup team building a new compression algorithm. Led by a socially awkward programmer, and his slightly less awkward friends, the group calling themselves Pied Piper get into one ridiculous situation after another. The nemesis, a Steve Jobs-esque leader of a Google-like company always seems to be a step ahead.

The show, like many single camera comedies, is not always funny, but has a few moments per episode which are funny because they are sad (portraying previously mentioned social awkwardness) or true or absurd.

Finally in the season finale a several minute sequence which cannot be discussed here in this family-friendly forum became one of the funniest bits on tv for a long time. Google it yourself if you did not already hear about it.

Sadly, one of the secondary characters stopped appearing in the show and was only mentioned occasionally, because the actor Christopher Evan Welch died halfway through filming the series.

On a happier note, Halt and Catch Fire on AMC follows a team at a fictional Texas computer company in the early 80's trying to create their own personal computer, to compete with IBM.

In the opening episode, a former IBM sales guy, and the company's senior engineer decompile the IBM BIOS, and get the company into a heap of trouble. The company comes up with a scheme to get around a major lawsuit and off we go. This one seems to be taking its time with one ongoing story, rather than little episode by episode stories like traditional network TV. We'll see if it stays interesting.

Mike Cohen


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Andrew Kimery
Re: Halt and Catch Silicon Valley
on Jun 10, 2014 at 8:46:42 pm

The scene in SV that can't be mentioned was great on so many levels.

There is also an Amazon original streaming series called "Betas" which is a comedic look as startup life in San Francisco. I think they try for more character development in Betas where as SV feels more like stereotypes placed in humors/outlandish situations.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Halt and Catch Silicon Valley
on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:43:58 pm
Last Edited By Mark Suszko on Jun 11, 2014 at 2:44:28 pm

Been watching Halt and Catch Fire. it more or less delivers on the premise of "Mad Men in the 80's Computer biz". The attention to detail in the art direction, costuming, lighting, props, all outstanding. The Don Draper analog is very, um, Draper-y. In that he's a sociopathic, visionary scumbag compulsive liar, driven by inner demons, who nevertheless inspires ordinary people around him to greatness. The plot so far doesn't hold any surprises, but it executes well. The punk girl coder writing the BIOS for the new computer looks to me a lot like Mary Stuart Masterson, and plays her character as if she's Katee Sackhoff in Battlestar Galactica.

What I wonder about with this show is, it's like Titanic, in that you know how history plays out on the grand scale. So, what they have to deliver here is a plausible "story you never knew about" vibe, a fake narrative of a road that was promising but ultimately, not taken. And was that because of technology, personalities, dumb fate, or what?

So far, it seems to be a thinly disguised re-telling of the story of Eagle computers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Computer


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Scott Roberts
Re: Halt and Catch Silicon Valley
on Jun 17, 2014 at 1:24:46 pm

I agree with Mike and Andrew, Silicon Valley is great. Probably my favorite new show of the year behind only Rick and Morty. Mike Judge said in a Stern interview a couple of weeks ago that HBO originally wanted him to make a show about video game culture, but he didn’t know enough about it to be credible, so he changed it to software development. That’s what’s called a fun fact.

Also, as for the amazing season finale joke that everyone should experience at some point in their lives; some dudes at Stanford actually wrote a 12 page report on it that validates its legitimacy, which only adds to its legacy:


http://www.scribd.com/doc/228831637/Optimal-Tip-to-Tip-Efficiency

Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency



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