Do Androids Dream of Ceefax

May 27, 2010

After years of not quite getting round to it, I have finally read Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – Don’t worry if you have not read it, there are no spoilers here.

Something funny struck me. The Penfield Mood Organ, which has a selection of moods you can dial up, has a setting called “The desire to watch TV no matter what’s on it”. And the number for this mood? 888 – the old Ceefax number for subtitles. I wonder if this is coincidence or significant? Did the organisers of Ceefax has a sense of humour? I doubt anybody will ever know but it did make me chuckle to myself.

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