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7th Jun '18 8:23:52 PM Midna
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* In the ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' Minerva's Den DLC, you can find an ''Asteroids''-esque game called ''Spitfire'', created by Rapture Central Computing's engineers. Next to it is an Audio Diary where the lead designer claims their boss called it "a waste of time" (a rather odd sentiment considering Rapture's ultra capitalistic and entrepreneurial society).
** Early in the main game, you can find an audio log recorded by Prentice-Mill, the owner of the Atlantic Express railway. He laments losing a lot of business to personal bathyspheres, but is confident that personal transportation is simply a passing fad and that he's set to bounce back at any moment. [[spoiler:Becomes a major TearJerker later on when you find another log of his at a small memorial shrine dedicated to him, where he reveals that Ryan talked (or perhaps forced) him into sinking his cash reserves into Rapture's failing banks forcing him to sell the Express to a bathysphere company who immediately proceeds to decommission it, leaving Prentice-Mill broke, alone and heavily implied to be about to commit suicide.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock2''
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In the ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' Minerva's Den DLC, you can find an ''Asteroids''-esque game called ''Spitfire'', created by Rapture Central Computing's engineers. Next to it is an Audio Diary where the lead designer claims their boss called it "a waste of time" (a rather odd sentiment considering Rapture's ultra capitalistic and entrepreneurial society).
** Early in the main game, you can find an audio log recorded by Prentice-Mill, the owner of the Atlantic Express railway. He laments losing a lot of business to personal bathyspheres, but is confident that personal transportation is simply a passing fad and that he's set to bounce back at any moment. [[spoiler:Becomes a major TearJerker later on when you Later on, this gets {{deconstructed|Trope}} and PlayedForDrama: [[spoiler:You find another log of his at a small memorial shrine dedicated to him, where he reveals that Ryan talked (or perhaps forced) him into sinking his cash reserves into Rapture's failing banks forcing him to sell the Express to a bathysphere company who immediately proceeds to decommission it, leaving Prentice-Mill broke, alone alone, and heavily implied to be about to commit suicide.implicitly suicidal.]]
30th May '18 7:25:16 PM erforce
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* A deleted scene in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' has Lestrade express exasperation and incredulity when Holmes suggests that he employ a photographer to record a crime scene.

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* A deleted scene in ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'' has Lestrade express exasperation and incredulity when Holmes suggests that he employ a photographer to record a crime scene.
16th May '18 8:34:43 PM Premonition45
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** Professor Frink, in a flashback, states that computers in the future will only be owned by the five richest kings in the world and will be the size of a baseball stadium. (In-joke to a quote attributed to Thomas J. Watson of IBM, "I think there is a world market for about five computers.")
** In an episode where Smithers is taking a leave of absence to star in a musical based on the Malibu Stacy doll, Mr. Burns thinks it's ridiculous, "A musical about a doll? Why not one about [[Theatre/{{Cats}} the common cat]]? Or [[Theatre/TheKingAndI the King of Siam]]?" This isn't a flashback; Burns is just that out-of-touch.
** Mr. Burns reminisces about his days as a child when his grandfather is running his "atom-smashing" plant. After a worker is caught stealing some atoms, he is dragged away, and warns him about the future of the working man.

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** In "Much Apu About Nothing", Professor Frink, in a flashback, states that computers in the future will only be owned by the five richest kings in the world and will be the size of a baseball stadium. (In-joke to a quote attributed to Thomas J. Watson of IBM, "I think there is a world market for about five computers.")
** In an episode where "Homer vs. Dignity", Smithers is taking a leave of absence to star in a musical based on the Malibu Stacy doll, Mr. Burns thinks it's ridiculous, "A musical about a doll? Why not one about [[Theatre/{{Cats}} the common cat]]? Or [[Theatre/TheKingAndI the King of Siam]]?" This isn't a flashback; Burns is just that out-of-touch.
** In "Last Exit to Springfield", Mr. Burns reminisces about his days as a child when his grandfather is running his "atom-smashing" plant. After a worker is caught stealing some atoms, he is dragged away, and warns him about the future of the working man.



** Spoofed in an episode where, during Homer's youth (in a sequence parodying ''Film/StandByMe''), Carl asks if the others have heard about this "Internet" thing... only to reveal he's talking about the inner "net" lining they're starting to put in swim trunks.

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** Spoofed in an episode "The Blunder Years" where, during Homer's youth (in a sequence parodying ''Film/StandByMe''), Carl asks if the others have heard about this "Internet" thing... only to reveal he's talking about the inner "net" lining they're starting to put in swim trunks.
2nd May '18 2:49:27 PM danlansdowne
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** Inverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]], in which Creator/CharlesDickens asks if his books will endure and is pleased to learn that they will endure "forever".
21st Apr '18 11:27:54 AM Prfnoff
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* In the Kaufman and Hart play ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'', Cyrus Winthrop, inventor of cellopaper, has by 1934 become a millionaire and is busy investing his profits in art. In 1922, when his name was Simon Weintraub, he wastes his time pitching his invention to a couple in the paper and twine business, who tell him the public won't buy it, "like that radio thing over there." There is also a scene where a producer says that he's turned down the melodrama ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_(play) Broadway]]'' because he expects "the play won't get a nickel." In TheMusical, set four decades later, the producer is approached by a waiter who wants him to invest in his new invention, the answering machine, but he sees no profit in it because answering services already do the same work for people like him; the inventor, of course, reaps millions in time.

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* In the Kaufman and Hart play ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'', Cyrus Winthrop, inventor of cellopaper, has by 1934 become a millionaire and is busy investing his profits in art. In 1922, when his name was Simon Weintraub, he wastes his time pitching his invention to a couple in the paper and twine business, who tell him the public won't buy it, "like that radio thing over there." (One of the other characters in the 1934 scene is a famous radio crooner.) There is also a scene where a producer says that he's turned down the melodrama ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_(play) Broadway]]'' because he expects "the play won't get a nickel." In TheMusical, set four decades later, the producer is approached by a waiter who wants him to invest in his new invention, the answering machine, but he sees no profit in it because answering services already do the same work for people like him; the inventor, of course, reaps millions in time.
18th Mar '18 6:59:59 PM HumanTorch2
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* In ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' Sid comes up with the idea of a series of interlocking metal teeth positioned around the groin of trousers that can be zipped open and shut to make going to the bathroom easier. Galavant and Isabella tell him to stop being ridiculous. Also, Gareth proposes developing a standardized system of telling time based on the rotation of the Earth in relation to its position to the Sun and the Moon. King Richard dismisses this, saying that Gareth is talking like a witch.

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* In ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' Sid comes up with the idea of a series of interlocking metal teeth positioned around the groin of trousers that can be zipped open and shut to make going to the bathroom easier. Galavant and Isabella tell him to stop being ridiculous. Also, [[{{ItMakesSenseInContext}} Gareth proposes developing a standardized system of telling time based on the rotation of the Earth in relation to its position to the Sun and the Moon.Moon]]. King Richard dismisses this, saying that Gareth is talking like a witch.
12th Mar '18 10:28:36 PM MarkLungo
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** And in "The Night of the Big Blackmail", Gordon speculates that entertainment using the newfangled kinetoscope could be profitable. West scoffs.

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** And in "The "[[Recap/TheWildWildWestS4E1TheNightOfTheBigBlackmail The Night of the Big Blackmail", Blackmail]]", Gordon speculates that entertainment using the newfangled kinetoscope could be profitable. West scoffs.
5th Mar '18 12:57:02 PM LtFedora
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'''Steve Jobs:''' So, I wanted to help get you in on the same kind of great deal, get in on the ground floor of this new project of mine. See, these guys at [=FingerWorks=] have started up with this "touchscreen technology." If we bought them out...\\

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'''Steve Jobs:''' So, I wanted to help get you in on the same kind of great deal, get in on the ground floor of this new project of mine. See, these guys at [=FingerWorks=] have started up with this "touchscreen technology." If we bought them out...\\out-\\
3rd Mar '18 9:46:42 PM nombretomado
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'''Ron:''' That's never gonna work. That's ridiculous. That's like a [[Creator/FoodNetwork 24-hour cooking network]] or an [[Creator/{{MTV}} all-music channel]]. Ridiculous, that's really dumb. Seriously, this thing is going to be a financial and cultural disaster. ''SportsCenter'', think about that. That's just dumb.

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'''Ron:''' That's never gonna work. That's ridiculous. That's like a [[Creator/FoodNetwork 24-hour cooking network]] or an [[Creator/{{MTV}} all-music channel]]. Ridiculous, that's really dumb. Seriously, this thing is going to be a financial and cultural disaster. ''SportsCenter'', ''Series/SportsCenter'', think about that. That's just dumb.
22nd Feb '18 8:10:05 PM jamespolk
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* ''Babes In Arms'' begins with a vaudevillian being warned that vaudeville might soon be eclipsed by the motion picture. He, of course, laughs off this warning.

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* ''Babes In Arms'' ''Film/BabesInArms'' begins with a vaudevillian being warned that vaudeville might soon be eclipsed by the motion picture. He, of course, laughs off this warning.
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