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11:17 am - This device isn't a space ship. It's a time machine.
I just circulated this email to everyone at my work:
At the end of
Season 2 of Mad Men the advertising agency they all work for is shut down, and people are finding it hard. Over the final credits they play a little known-song by Roy Orbison called Shahdaroba: ‘The future is much better than the past’. I looked it up on Youtube and here is a little video with the song playing over footage of the office empting and people leaving.

Ultimately a positive and uplifting message

communicator

PS this is also a lovely scene from Mad Men. It is a pitch to a technology company about the emotional meaning of technology, but I think it means a lot more than that.

“This device isn’t a space ship. It’s a time machine

andy d reminds me I got my seasons mixed up. The above is what I sent round. Incidentally that last clip confirms my suspicion that I am Harry, the office idiot. Don does this massive creative pitch of awesomeness, and my alter-ego sits stunned and then bursts into tears. But funnily enough his clumsy blundering away, blocking the screen at the end, is part of the impact of the presentation.

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From:andrewducker
Date:February 4th, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
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The agency is shut down at the end of season two? It's been a while since I saw it, but my memory is _completely_ failing me!
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From:communicator
Date:February 4th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
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One of the seasons, which one is it?

ETA season 3 that's it. Well, strictly kind of bought up and destroyed but it comes to the same thing.

Edited at 2011-02-04 12:21 pm (UTC)
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From:andrewducker
Date:February 4th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Aaaah, gotcha. I was thinking you meant people were fired, whereas at the end of season three they all quit and run off to form their own company.

Still pretty inspiring.

Have you decided what your future holds?
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From:communicator
Date:February 4th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
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What would Don Draper do? Take the money and run. I have to sign the papers by Monday.
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From:andrewducker
Date:February 4th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Good luck!
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From:sjkasabi
Date:February 5th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
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Good on you! And have fun with the writing. I've been contemplating risks and the taking thereof lately too, and it's a weird feeling, trying to find the courage to do the thing you actually want to do quite a lot but are programmed to feel you shouldn't.
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From:communicator
Date:February 5th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Up til 3am last night worrying about it. God I worry enough when I have to make the most trivial decision, this is agony.

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