Monday, January 24, 2005

Movie Clichés

This is an amusing site on movie clichés. It's a bit nit-picky at times -- I mean, some things are movie clichés because it would be boring to show the more realistic alternative (e.g., we only hear the interesting answering-machine messages in movies, rather than long boring ones from the electrician).

But I do think this Morse code bit is on the mark (especially on "Alias"):

  • If the tapping sound or flashing light represents Morse code, there's always someone around that can interpret the message.
  • When Morse Code is used, the interpreter will call out words as they are being sent, rather than letters. Furthermore, a single word is represented by a few "beeps", and all words are sent at the same rate, no matter how long the word is. Example:beep-beep-be-beep..."Help..."be-be-beep beep..."Us..."beep-be-be-beep beep..."We're..."beep beep-be-beep..."Surrounded..."be-beep beep beep..."Send..."be-be-be-beep beep..."Reinforcements..."beep be-beep beep..."Hurry..."etc.
  • A message in Morse Code will start several seconds before someone actually interprets it; however, no information is lost, as the message actually begins when the interpreter starts to read it.