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May 19, 2008

HAL 9000, an oil painting portrait. *SOLD*

Wow, what an auction! Thanks to pv for picking up this painting!
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Earlier this year marked the passing of one of our heroes, science-fiction writer and visionary Arthur C. Clarke. Looking over our work at The Joy of Tech and AfterY2K, you will find many references in our comics to his books and ideas. One of his most famous and beloved characters is the HAL 9000 computer from his Space Odyssey saga. HAL is an artificial intelligence, the sentient on-board computer of the spaceship Discovery. In the movie 2001: A Space Oydessy, HAL is depicted as an omnipotent presence, with an all-seeing red lens, but with soft voice and a pleasant manner, even when trying to kill his astronaut crew. The effect is chilling, humourous, and unforgettable.

(Snaggy and I created a tribute comic to Arthur C. Clarke, which featured HAL, you can find that here, and of course you can read more about HAL over on WikiPedia.)

I really like this painting. What should be a rather cold and lifeless image, of metal and glass, is actually a very warm one. I get the strange feeling there is someone, or some presence, behind that red glow, watching everthing that is going on in the room. And of course it reminds me of the brilliant imagination of Arthur C. Clarke, and that makes me smile.

I think you will love having your own HAL 9000 in your home or office, or spaceship, to keep an eye on you. Perhaps one day it will say "Good morning Dave." :-)

Details: "HAL 9000" is Nitrozac's 38th painting of her Painting Blog. It's an oil painting, on 11 x 14 inch stretched canvas. Because it is oil paint, it may take weeks before it is completely dry and ready to ship, so please be patient. The back of the painting will contain the title, the date painted, Nitrozac's signature, and a fingerprint for authenticity.

Shipping for each painting is extra... to the US and Canada it is 25 dollars, to other locations, 35 dollars. Please Note: Canadians will be charged any appropriate taxes (GST) and PST if the bidder is from British Columbia, in addition to the sale price.

Thanks again to all the bidders!
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Posted by Nitrozac at May 19, 2008 05:45 PM