[FoRK] Its almost programmer's time

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Fri Sep 10 10:23:58 PDT 2004

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Elias Sinderson writes:
> Okay, so how about a group of wealthy dotcommers who made their fortunes 
> young and now, to keep from being bored by their playboy lifestyles, 
> international adventure vacations, etc., have formed a band of rogue 
> hackers for hire - taking on dangerous part-time consulting work for 
> what would otherwise be dangerous clinetelle, e.g. black ops government 
> agancies, the mafia (online gambling rings?)...? They would, of course 
> have eccentric and dangerous hobbies, beautiful (rotating) girlfriends, 
> fast cars or motorcycles or whathaveyou... Their less fortunate friends 
> would occasionally get into trouble requiring high-risk adventures.

Don't forget framed for a crime they didn't commit, and on the run
from a shadowy uber-CEO figure with connections.

PS: "rotating girlfriends"?  what, like dervishes?

- --j.

> I'd have friends record it for me to watch when I visited them...  :-)
> E
> __________________
> Meltsner, Kenneth wrote:
> >MacGyver?  A brilliant engineer/super agent?  Banacek, which wrapped
> >improbable thefts with romance and humor?
> >
> >To be honest, as much as I enjoy the supernerd exploits of Marshall
> >(Alias), Jake (Jake 2.0 -- go Dr. Thora!) or Broots (Pretender), I can't
> >imagine making an entire show around them without the usual leavening of
> >romance and manufactured suspense.  Of course, if you've ever watched
> >lawyers work, you wouldn't believe that you could construct multiple
> >series about them, but amazingly, people have.
> >
> >The trick, I guess, is to show the actual work as infrequently as
> >possible, and to concentrate on zany high jinks, romantic triangles,
> >conspicuous consumption, etc.  Given this, you probably want really rich
> >engineers or programmers.  
> >
> >If real work isn't sufficiently dangerous or life-threatening to hold
> >viewer interest (as it would be for cops, emergency department doctors,
> >or spies), you need characters to act stupid enough to get killed or to
> >work with dangerously unbalanced clients if you want to maintain
> >suspense, especially since engineering and programming is about as
> >interesting as watching a doctor fill out HMO paperwork, or a lawyer
> >research precedents on LEXIS.
> >
> >Ken
> >
> >
> >
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