February 13, 2010
It started snowing in Atlanta Friday afternoon so both my wife and I came home early. With nothing to do and not wanting to watch Wall to Wall coverage of “THE BLIZZARD” we decided to watch a movie on HBO that we had missed when it premiered last week, Temple Grandin with Claire Danes.
I was somewhat familiar with the real life Temple Grandin story (Click here for a full bio) because my wife is currently reading her book “Animals Make Us Human” and there was a profile of her on 60 minutes a few years ago.
The primary thing to know about Temple Grandin is that she is a highly educated and respected animal scientist and professor but is also autistic. Most importantly for this post is that as part of her autism she says that she – “Thinks in pictures”, like internet pages. She visualizes anything she has seen, in her mind and can pull it back up and piece it together with other like material – Basically she is a human google.
All of this is covered in the HBO movie and is quite fascinating. But while watching the movie it dawned on me – SHE’S A REAL LIFE “CHUCK”!!!
In case you are not familiar with the NBC show Chuck - it revolves around a central character named Chuck who has had massive CIA files downloaded in to his brain. And when he recognizes something he “flashes” and all the information stored in his brain for that item is downloaded in to his conscious mind – LIKE A HUMAN GOOGLE!!!
This has to be obvious to everyone who sees both because I am SOOO bad at making these kinds of connections like everyone says that the movie “Clueless” is based on Jane Austen’s “Emma” – Once told I see the connection but I’m not one to spot it.
If you are not convinced watch the show on Monday nights on NBC and watch the movie on HBO. Then make up your own mind.
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