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15th May '17 9:07:33 PM karstovich2
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* The comedy actor and closet engineer Robbie Coltrane noted in a book on engines that public trust of propeller and jet planes has almost swapped since the 1950s. "People used to be scared of jet planes because they couldn't see the propeller going round. I was in a turbo-prop recently and this woman sitting beside me said 'Look at the propeller going round, it's really scary isn't it!' Obviously the once-alien jet engine has proven itself over time, and the prop has come to be viewed as old-fashioned and unreliable -- even if it's a ''modern'' propeller design.

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* The comedy actor Actor and closet engineer Robbie Coltrane Creator/RobbieColtrane noted in a book on engines that public trust of propeller and jet planes has almost swapped since the 1950s. "People used to be scared of jet planes because they couldn't see the propeller going round. I was in a turbo-prop recently and this woman sitting beside me said 'Look at the propeller going round, it's really scary isn't it!' Obviously the once-alien jet engine has proven itself over time, and the prop has come to be viewed as old-fashioned and unreliable -- even if it's a ''modern'' propeller design.
14th May '17 7:44:29 PM HelloLamppost
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In rare cases, some design choices ''do'' age well, which can make them appear more modern now than when they were first produced. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey is an excellent example: in utilizing the minimalistic AsceticAesthetic design fad of the 1960's as the primary design aesthetic, it inadvertently matches today's vision that EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture in numerous instances, such as Hal's interfaces being a simple red lens and speaker on a plain surface, rather than a complex panel covered in buttons, switches, and blinking lights, and his core is oddly similar to modern plug-in server rack layouts. Likewise, the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek's]]'' sets are generally much sleeker and more minimalistic than those of its prequel series ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise,'' but at the time ''Enterprise'' was on, viewers complained that the prequel series looked ''more'' advanced, because minimalism was out of fashion at the time.

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In rare cases, some design choices ''do'' age well, which can make them appear more modern now than when they were first produced. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey is an excellent example: in utilizing the minimalistic AsceticAesthetic design fad of the 1960's as the primary design aesthetic, it inadvertently matches today's vision that EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture in numerous instances, such as Hal's interfaces being a simple red lens and speaker on a plain surface, rather than a complex panel covered in buttons, switches, and blinking lights, and his core is oddly similar to modern plug-in server rack layouts. Likewise, the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek's]]'' sets are generally much sleeker and more minimalistic than those of its prequel series ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise,'' but bhtut at the time ''Enterprise'' was on, viewers complained that the prequel series looked ''more'' advanced, because minimalism was out of fashion at the time.
14th May '17 6:59:28 PM HelloLamppost
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For reasons that ought to be obvious, this fallacy is largely absent among fans of SteamPunk. See also ShinyLookingSpaceships, UsedFuture, ExcessiveSteamSyndrome, EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture and HighTechHexagons. See also CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel.

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For reasons that ought to be obvious, this fallacy is largely absent among fans of SteamPunk. See also ShinyLookingSpaceships, UsedFuture, ExcessiveSteamSyndrome, EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture and HighTechHexagons. See also CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel. Compare to TechnologyMarchesOn, which has to do with the substance and capabilities of technology, rather than what it looks like.
14th May '17 6:58:01 PM HelloLamppost
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In rare cases, some design choices ''do'' age well, which can make them appear more modern now than when they were first produced. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey is an excellent example: in utilizing the minimalistic AsceticAesthetic design fad of the 1960's as the primary design aesthetic, it inadvertently matches today's vision that EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture in numerous instances, such as Hal's interfaces being a simple red lens and speaker on a plain surface, rather than a complex panel covered in buttons, switches, and blinking lights, and his core is oddly similar to modern plug-in server rack layouts.

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In rare cases, some design choices ''do'' age well, which can make them appear more modern now than when they were first produced. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey is an excellent example: in utilizing the minimalistic AsceticAesthetic design fad of the 1960's as the primary design aesthetic, it inadvertently matches today's vision that EverythingIsAnIPodInTheFuture in numerous instances, such as Hal's interfaces being a simple red lens and speaker on a plain surface, rather than a complex panel covered in buttons, switches, and blinking lights, and his core is oddly similar to modern plug-in server rack layouts.
layouts. Likewise, the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek's]]'' sets are generally much sleeker and more minimalistic than those of its prequel series ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise,'' but at the time ''Enterprise'' was on, viewers complained that the prequel series looked ''more'' advanced, because minimalism was out of fashion at the time.
14th May '17 6:53:17 PM HelloLamppost
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** In the original series, one of the most notable instances of this was in "The Keeper Of Traken." The Trakens show Adric the SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology that runs their world, and he comments on how amazingly "advanced" it looks. It's a pile of very clunky-looking late 1970's electronic parts sitting on a cheap metal cabinet. It's both adorable and sad.

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** In the original series, one of the most notable instances of this was in "The Keeper Of Traken." The Trakens show Adric the SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology that runs their world, and he comments on how amazingly "advanced" advanced it looks. It's a pile of very clunky-looking late 1970's electronic parts sitting on a cheap metal cabinet. It's both adorable and sad.
14th May '17 6:52:51 PM HelloLamppost
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* ''Series/DoctorWho:'' Both because of how [[LongRunners long]] the series has been running, and because of what a tight budget it was on for most of that time, its extremely common in the original series for devices that are supposed to be insanely high-tech look quite clunky and primitive, especially to a modern audience. The new series has consciously and lovingly ''embraced'' this, to the point where it's almost rare for a high-tech device ''not'' to look deliberately clunky and old-fashioned.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho:'' Both because of how [[LongRunners long]] the series has been running, and because of what a tight budget it was on for most of that time, its extremely common in the original series for devices that are supposed to be insanely high-tech look quite clunky and primitive, especially to a modern audience. The new series has consciously and lovingly ''embraced'' this, to the point where it's almost rare for a high-tech device ''not'' to look deliberately clunky and old-fashioned.
14th May '17 8:51:42 AM HelloLamppost
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* ''Series/DoctorWho:'' Both because of how [[LongRunners long]] the series has been running, and because of what a tight budget it was on for most of that time, its extremely common in the original series for devices that are supposed to be insanely high-tech look quite clunky and primitive, especially to a modern audience. The new series has consciously and lovingly ''embraced'' this, to the point where it's almost rare for a high-tech device ''not'' to look deliberately clunky and old-fashioned.
** In the original series, one of the most notable instances of this was in "The Keeper Of Traken." The Trakens show Adric the SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology that runs their world, and he comments on how amazingly "advanced" it looks. It's a pile of very clunky-looking late 1970's electronic parts sitting on a cheap metal cabinet. It's both adorable and sad.
4th May '17 5:53:47 AM nombretomado
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* Aviation gives us a partial subversion: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su-47 Su-47 Berkut]] has badass forward-pointing wings, making it look more advanced, or at least more exotic and interesting, than fighter jets with standard wings ([[CoolPlane this very plane]] was [[TransformersAnimated the basis for]] [[TheStarscream Starscream's]] [[{{Fancruft}} alt-mode]]). The wing design confers upon the plane increased maneuverability, the ability to take off and land on a shorter runway, and the ability to fly slower without stalling.

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* Aviation gives us a partial subversion: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su-47 Su-47 Berkut]] has badass forward-pointing wings, making it look more advanced, or at least more exotic and interesting, than fighter jets with standard wings ([[CoolPlane this very plane]] was [[TransformersAnimated [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated the basis for]] [[TheStarscream Starscream's]] [[{{Fancruft}} alt-mode]]). The wing design confers upon the plane increased maneuverability, the ability to take off and land on a shorter runway, and the ability to fly slower without stalling.
17th Apr '17 10:53:20 AM Jake
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* Discussed in-universe in ''Literature/TheLostFleet'', as recently-defrosted HumanPopsicle John Geary comes to grips with [[ColdSleepColdFuture just how bad things have got while he was gone]]:
--> He shifted position slightly, clenching his hands tighter against the cold that welled up from within, as one knee brushed against the rough edge of the small desk this stateroom boasted. He stared at that edge, trying to grasp what it meant. The future was supposed to be smooth. Smooth and clean and bright. It wasn’t supposed to be rougher and more worn than the past. Everybody knew that. But then, wars weren’t supposed to be apparently endless, going on and on and draining the smoothness and brightness from a future that could now only afford efficiency.
16th Apr '17 3:45:06 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** The yellow speeder that Anakin and Obi-Wan use while chasing Zam Wesell was inspired by the yellow '32 Ford coupe from Lucas' ''AmericanGraffiti''. All it needed was flames painted on the side.

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** The yellow speeder that Anakin and Obi-Wan use while chasing Zam Wesell was inspired by the yellow '32 Ford coupe from Lucas' ''AmericanGraffiti''.''Film/AmericanGraffiti''. All it needed was flames painted on the side.
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