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In the scene in The Incredibles where Helen (Elastagirl) is flying the plane, her use of radio protocol is exceptionally accurate for a movie. The terminology used hints that she has had military flight training. In the director’s commentary Brad Bird says that actress Holly Hunter insisted on learning both the lingo and its meaning.
- “VFR on top” means she is flying in the regime of Visual Flight Rules ‘on top’ of a cloud cover.
- She requests “vectors to the initial”, or directions on how to get to the initial landing approach.
- “Angels 10” is her altitude call, ten thousand feet. This is a military term. Civilian flights use the term “flight level”.
- “Track east” is her direction of travel.
- “Buddy spike(d)” is a US military brevity code meaning “friendly anti-aircraft radar has locked on to me, (please don’t shoot)”.
- “Transmitting in the Blind Guard” is a call on the emergency frequency where 2-way communication has not been established.
- “Abort” is also a military brevity code, a directive meaning “stop the action/mission/attack”.
god i love when actors/ voice actors are intent on using correct lingo for things like this
its so easy to BS this sort of thing and sometimes it might work but it’s vastly more impressive when they actually use correct terminology
She also uses the handle “India Golf Niner-Niner” or, in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, IG99.
The Iron Giant (1999), also directed by Brad Bird.
Having Skype capability available during other software like games is pretty fantastic. I would really like to see my teammates and respond to their emotional cues because voice chat doesn’t really cut it all the time. Playing squad based games or even something like Army of Two would lead to some pretty incredible teamwork. You could say that kind of technology pushes the limits of gaming overall.
Not a good enough feature to make me forget how stupid half of these product designs are, but I do like that it’s being picked up on by companies. I have little doubt Sony will fire back before launch with their own Eye Candy brand or otherwise.
If I hear one more thing about Xbox One having television support, I might give up on Microsoft completely. TV was a big new and exciting technology decades ago. Are they really trying to push old tech that hard? Netflix users (and the like as far as apps go) already have devices to use it on. Gotta come up with more than that.