I don’t know why, but I just started wondering as to what would be the funniest and/or goofiest and/or spoofiest science fiction video on YouTube…
Of course there are a few old favorites that immediately spring to mind. For example, there’s the classic Eddie Izzard sketch about Darth Vader in the Death Star canteen featuring little Lego characters. No matter how many times I see this it always makes me laugh my socks off.
In fact, my friend “Little Steve” (who is visiting from England) is sitting in my office and I just set this video running on my iPad and he’s now happily chuckling away to himself (Click Here to see this video).
And do you remember my blog from a few weeks ago about that short science fiction story 'They're Made Out Of Meat' by Terry Bisson? In addition to the hard copy version of this story, I managed to find a couple of videos that were rather good (Click Here to see that blog).
The thing is that there are a whole bunch of really funny science fiction spoof videos out there. Check out the following examples and see what you think”
The first is a “Star Trek meets Monty Python” type thing. Titled Python Trek: Who Mourns for Frenchmen? This is an absolute hoot! Of course you have to be familiar with the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and with the original Star Trek series ... but if you are you will laugh your socks off (so you'd better don a pair of elasticated socks before viewing):
Here’s another "Star Trek meets Monty Python". Once again, this involves the soundtrack from Monty Python and the Holy Grail combined with some really great editing of clips from the original Star Trek TV series:
The following “Scottish Star Trek” spoof is really funny, but the accents are so strong that I think you'd have to be from Britain or of Scottish decent to have a clue what they are saying:
And last but not least (for the moment), we have “Doctor Who meets Fawlty Towers”. This involves some very clever splicing between episodes from the old English comedy series Fawlty Towers and the more recent incarnation of the British science fiction series Doctor Who:
But I’m sure these are just a drop in the ocean – if you know of any other science fiction spoof videos out there, please share them with the rest of us…
If you found this article to be of interest, visit Programmable Logic Designline where – in addition to my blogs on all sorts of "stuff" – you will find the latest and greatest design, technology, product, and news articles with regard to programmable logic devices of every flavor and size (FPGAs, CPLDs, CSSPs, PSoCs...).
Also, you can obtain a highlights update delivered directly to your inbox by signing up for my weekly newsletter – just Click Here to request this newsletter using the Manage Newsletters tab (if you aren't already a member you'll be asked to register, but it's free and painless so don't let that stop you [grin]).
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.