The HAL 9000 Christmas ornament


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/10/19/the-hal-9000-christmas-ornamen.html


#2

I’m sorry, Dave; I can’t let anyone put that on my tree…


#3

Ouch! $40 in Canuckistanian dollars on Amazon.ca. Will have to visit the local Hallmark store to see if they have one.


#4

Open the fireplace gate Hal.
I am afraid I can’t do that Santa.


#5

Beats Elf-on-a-Shelf. I ought to put HAL on my mantel and tell my children it’s watching them.


#6

Remember when Harlan Ellison went after them for making a Guardian of Forever ornament?


#7


Fixed that for ya


#8

Obligatory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JepKVUym9Fg


#9

Interesting ideas. But so expensive. The Enterprise, the Millennium Falcon, the TIE fighter, are all $40. Not to mention a $100 Deathstar.


#10

I have a bunch of Hallmarks “Space” ornaments from the late 90’s.
They had a classic space series with John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, The LEM, and a sound and motion “Freedom 7”. Along with Jetson’s (Rose and Saucer), Star Wars, Trek ships, our tree looked like a SciFi convention.


#11

With manufacturers secreting in surveillance capabilities into their products, the warning to your kids may turn out to be true.


#12

If you want to get some good idea about some of the wonderful things hallmark offers for SciFi/Movies etc
here’s a direct link. (you can still use amazon to give boingboing a credit cut—I think boing gets credits if you purchase amazon stuff within X mins after viewing a boinglink)
https://www.hallmark.com/ornaments/all-ornaments/?prefn1=theme&srule=featured&prefv1=Sci-Fi&prefn0=theme&prefv0=Sci-Fi&navTo=Sci-Fi&navMenuSubTitle=By%20Theme&navMenuTitle=Ornaments&navLocation=Header&navMenu=Main%20Menu

Tho amazon has some discontinued ones still available.


#13

The slow Daisy does not match my memory of it very closely, but I didn’t try to compare.


#14

They’ve just restored this sculpture right outside my office:


I don’t have a photo of the restoration, but it is deep black and shiny.


#15

Sacrifice one, cut the speaker wires and feed it into better system.


#16

No. Black, yes. But not shiny. Not shiny.


#17

Hm. Internet of Shit Happy Holiday decorations that allow your friends/family to send greeting pictures/video/audio clips.

I mean, what could go wrong?


#18

Did he? Why I am not surprised… I’ve had that for years, and it recently stopped working (3 or 4 christmases ago?).


#19

A tad off topic, but I will always love Hallmark for creating a ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ that is really close to the book. Omar Sharif plays a character never before seen and Ted Danson stars. His wife is, er, his wife in the pic. It is a bit obscure and hard to find, but worth the effort.


#20

I suppose it would be more accurate to say that, rather than Hallmark directly, Ellison sued Paramount for not giving him his cut. I expect it had reverberations when it came to future licensing agreements, though.

I seem to recall reading that a lot of these older ornaments can fetch reasonably high prices from collectors.