> Yoyodyne was introduced as a fictional defense contractor in Thomas Pynchon's V. (1963) and featured prominently in his novel The Crying of Lot 49 (1966).

> Numerous references in the Star Trek series, such as control panels and dedication plaques, indicate that parts of Federation starships were manufactured by Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems or YPS.

> Many technical works, such as Cricket Liu's DNS and BIND (O'Reilly), Per Cederqvist's Version Management with CVS, Jesse Vincent's RT Essentials (O'Reilly), and the GNU General Public License version 2 use Yoyodyne as a company name in their examples.

I was reading en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adve… and I thought hey, that name sounds familiar. Probably from the GPL in my case.
I saw a thread yesterday on the topic "Say one line that fans of a movie will instantly recognize".

Someone wrote "No matter where you go, there you are" and I had no idea where it was from. I searched for the phrase, no luck. So that was yesterday.

Today I was reading random things and there was a thing about how Meatloaf in 1987 growled back at Prince Andrew for being an entitled dick, and so I ended up on that Meatloaf explainer I just posted.

Somehow that ended up showing me a clip entitled with exactly the phrase I couldn't find the day before, from Banzai Buckaroo.
> It stars Peter Weller in the titular role, with Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, and Christopher Lloyd. The supporting cast includes Lewis Smith, Rosalind Cash, Clancy Brown

I'd watch it just for that cast! But it seems like a fun, quirky document from 1984 too, which makes it even more interesting. Somehow this film has evaded me.


Buckaroo banzai is one of my favorite obscure movie. It's just completely crazy.

@ParadeGrotesque @clacke I love Buckaroo Banzai. It's a wild and hilarious movie, quirky and weird, just brilliant. I saw the end titles on TV when I was a kid and it took me years to hunt down a copy to see the rest of the movie.

I worked at a computer manufacturer whose test lab was called Banzai (or maybe it was Buckaroo), and it had a poster of the movie in the lab, just so there was no confusion as to the origin of the name.

@klaatu @ParadeGrotesque Now I've watched it. I don't love it, maybe it hasn't grown on me yet, but I liked it and enjoyed it.

What I really like is that it's written as a glimpse of a universe, with a lot of implicit backstory. Afterwards there would be Buckaroo books and comics and stuff, but the movie came out first! So it's really written like that, the audience has to accept that the whole story is a big in medias res of a bigger story they won't fully be told.

Nobody dares write movies like that, even Marvel and DC with 60 years of comics as backstory will make the first movie of every character their origin story, and they will cut out any side characters or events that cannot be fully explained within the movie as a self-contained unit.

When they skipped that with MCU Spiderman it was a bold move only made possible by several previous incarnations already having provided the origin story for movie-goers.

@clacke @klaatu

And now I feel old, because I saw that movie in a theater, when it came out... ☹️

@ParadeGrotesque Yep, that makes you a bit older than me. One of the first things I saw in the cinema was Roger Rabbit.

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