Ok, I'll admit, I had a set-back. I took on too much "assigned" reading and then had a fit of impulse Kindle buying that led to a Heyer glom. So, um, goals? What goals? My horse and I continue to progress in our training but I've pretty much been ignoring all else.... But now let's dust off those goals again and get going... but first...
Since we know I'll watch Jake Gyllenhaal pretty much no matter what it should come as no surprise that I gave Source Code another try after not liking it in the theatre. Even with the lowered expectations I lost interest at about the same spot and had all the same questions at the end. I think the most disappointing aspect of the movie is how well it starts off and how badly it ends. But, whatever, we're here to talk about the Big Red Button.
**If you haven't seen Source Code here's your SPOILER warning. Also, if you haven't seen The Matrix Revolutions here's your SPOILER warning (yeah, I get that that seems weird but it's going to come up).**
The Big Red Button in Source Code is located on a control panel that is positioned at about waist height in a room with a poorly guarded (from humans and bacteria) soldier whose brain is linked with a computer, or similar. The entire operation is, it can be inferred, the source of several people's livelihood and quite an expensive endeavor. I'm talking millions of dollars and wo/man-hours here. Big bucks!!! So much money! Please understand how much money is at stake here. Now that you have envisioned a big pile of money, let's think about the Big Red Button again. It's on a control panel. The panel is about waist high. It is not shielded by a plastic cover. From this information you might think to yourself, Oh this must be a button that calls emergency personnel. Well, that's a good idea! It should be easily accessible and obvious to the eye. Yes, very good design here of an emergency button. But wait! It's actually a kill switch. Yeah! It kills the only fucking soldier that has been found to be compatible with source code. Besides the fact that it exists AT ALL it exists in a locale that an untimely stumble might lead to its being depressed! What????? Are you kidding me?
Apropos of nothing, I was thinking of the final battle in The Matrix Revolutions earlier today. Much like the Big Red Button, the design of the fighting machines the soldiers controlled for shooting lots of bullets was nonsensical. I could make a list but it's mostly the 15th Century Coal Delivery-like technology that always struck me. If you've seen The Matrix you know the kinds of technology available to our rebel fighters (if you haven't seen it then this will make no sense anyway), and yet they chose to employ unarmored youth and hand carts to supply ammo to the fighting machines. The carts, by the way, had to pushed across a platform riddled with cords, spent casings, fighting machines, detritus, flexible piping, etc. What???? Are you kidding me???