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Rain Breaks Through (A Review of the New Turing Movie)

One of the nice things about northern California is the general lack of "weather." But after months of unusual drought, we've been hit with what is an epic storm for this area (but would be considered a usual Saturday afternoon on the East Coast) and unheard of rain.

 

The photo below (thanks Dan E.!) captures the effect on unprepared roofs: it's the closing credits to the new movie we saw this evening about Alan Turing, reflected in a growing pool of water at the front of the movie theatre.  

 

The Silicon Valley theatre was packed celebrating this biopic of one of this computer science hero, and arriving late we had to sit in the front row. The movie follows Turing's code breaking during WWII, and the tension was palpable as the pool of water grew closer and closer, the rain leaking in adding an extra gurgling freneticism to the dialogue.  About 3/4 of the way through the movie the rain won, and we had to retreat to higher ground with an inferior viewing angle.

 

The movie itself? I was pleasantly surprised at enjoyable it was, and as a "techie" it was fun to see the passionate problem-solving and code-breaking celebrated, and thankful of how far we've come as a society in terms of civil rights and equal opportunity since WWII. Not surprisingly though, the movie took quite a few liberties with historical accuracy - see more about movie vs truth here.

 



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