Have you come across the Halfbakery? They collect, critique and vote on half-baked ideas, fictitious inventions. The Film Noir Home, for instance:

A very ‘wired’ home which knows what you’re doing and uses voice synthesis to announce, in the first person, what you are doing. Then to make your life seem like Film Noir, all you have to do is to wear dark sunglasses so that everything looks a bit murky.

For example, you wake up in the night and go and get a glass of water. As you fill your glass from the kitchen tap, a dark, gravelly voice announces “It was late at night and I couldn’t sleep – I was thirsty so I went to get a glass of water”.

One of the commentators suggests an extension package for a daytime serial effect, which given the time and effort I might have been able to relate to Elouise’s recent post on blogs, time and closure:

When you walk in the door, a voice says “When we last saw our hero…” When you leave it says “To be continued…”

There are, of course, nights where my brain does this with no wiring at all. Tonight might well turn out to be one of them.

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