## Erlang the Movie

From: mike@erix.ericsson.se (Mike Williams)
To: erlang-questions@erlang.org

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As one of the main "actors" in "Erlang the Movie", I
absolutely and categorically forbid its showing *anywhere*. If there
was a competition for "turkey" short movies, I think we would win
hands down.



That's right, now you too can own the movie that "Bjarne used whenever he wanted to get rid of unwanted guests at CS lab parties"! Download the torrent or the file on erlang.org if you have 200MB of disk space to spare!

No, no and again, NO!!!


## Comment viewing options

### Couldn't get the video to work.

Could anyone else get the video to work? I tried Microsofts player, Quicktime, and "DivX Player". Nothing worked. Dad gummit, I wanna see Bjarne's acting debut!

### Player

I found an "MPEG Player" on VersionTracker that worked on my Mac OS X 10.3.5 system. YMMV.

Both work...

### Looks like it's Mac-only

I even went so far as to install http://www.k-litecodecpack.com/ (I recommend it) on my work machine, to no avail. Was anyone able to view it using any software running on Windows XP (SP2)?

### Video Lan Client

worked for me in Windows
Pretty cool video actually, if you can get past the geekiness/general awkwardness.

### Cool Video

Jeff Cutsinger: Pretty cool video actually, if you can get past the geekiness/general awkwardness.

I wasn't going to say anything, but to me, the geekiness/general awkwardness is a considerable part of its charm.

For a somewhat more modern example of the same phenomenon, compare and contrast this 3rd-generation Unreal technology presentation with this one.

Don't hurt me, Tim! ;-)

### Video Lan Client worked for me

Thanks,
Video Lan Client worked for me with WinXP. Ha ha... "Hello Joe. Hello Mike. Hello Mike. Hello Robert. Hello Joe, Hello Mike. Hello."

### I enjoyed it; whereas the not

I enjoyed it; whereas the notorious Introducing Python made me cringe a lot. Which I suppose is really good if you're British.

"Mustn't appear too desperate... I'll just let it ring a couple times."

### Ugh

This film (and the Python one) should be regarded as an admonition never to let a computer scientist (resp. hacker) in front of a camera.

When I make "The (Rocky Horror) Arrow Film", I will be sure to hire only hot gothic succubi in PVC and lace to parade impishly in front of the camera, swish their cat-o'-nine-tails to and fro suggestively, and make lewd and profane advances to the camera (behind which, of course, you will find me). I believe this would be about as relevant and informative as these films were, and rather more enjoyable.

BTW, was anyone else reminded of the communist manifesto and a call for world revolution on watching the opening scene? ("When the revolution comes, imperative programmers will be the first ones with their backs against the wall." :)

"Hello Joe. Hello Mike. Hello Mike. Hello Robert. Hello Joe, Hello Mike. Hello."

This recalled a scene at the beginning of Northfork.

### The FPL Manifesto

BTW, was anyone else reminded of the communist manifesto and a call for world revolution on watching the opening scene? ("When the revolution comes, imperative programmers will be the first ones with their backs against the wall." :)

I was reminded of this.

### Why?

I don't see the relevance...

### The result of such revolutions

The post I linked was written in the tone of socialist state propaganda, which is the usual result of such revolutions. I use to make (seemingly) unrelated associations with some subjects.

### Ah.

I see; I missed the part at the end there.

Actually, I was thinking more of the opening image, which reminds me of all those portraits of Lenin. I couldn't find a really close one, but try for example here, here, here and here. More here.

### If the career in academia doesn't pan out

May I suggest that a career in goth-sploitation film-making beckons?

### Well...

Although I can't find any URL's for it at the moment, there is a
set of DVD's where porn actresses explain networking concepts
such as TCP/IP and firewalling while stripping and looking generally
tempting. That would fit the bill for `Gothic succubi', would it not?

And yeah, the opening (and closing) scene definitely smacked heavily of propaganda. I was reminded of the original Tetris though, somehow.

### There's "Cryptic Seduction" too

there is a set of DVD's where porn actresses explain networking concepts such as TCP/IP and firewalling

On porn and computer science there's also Cryptic Seduction.