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    #1

    have a son fast forward

    Is this a metaphor or slang for having a son? It seems to come from tape recorders.

    gw13
    00:10:21 - I mean, not that that's... - No, it's ok.
    00:10:23 My father, he loved cars and he didn't have a son fast forward, here I am,
    00:10:27 - or something like that. - Wow. I'm in awe.

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    Re: have a son fast forward

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is this a metaphor or slang for having a son? It seems to come from tape recorders.

    gw13
    00:10:21 - I mean, not that that's... - No, it's ok.
    00:10:23 My father, he loved cars and he didn't have a son fast forward, here I am,
    00:10:27 - or something like that. - Wow. I'm in awe.
    I have absolutely no idea what any of that means. The problem with dialogue is that when people speak naturally, they frequently mix up their words, their tenses, change their mind halfway through the sentence, start speaking without having any idea what they're going to say next.

    As far as your main question is concerned, "to have a son fast forward" makes no sense at all.

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    Re: have a son fast forward

    There's some punctuation missing- what fast forward means here is that the narrative is going to jump in time, skipping a lot IMO.

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    Re: have a son fast forward

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is this a metaphor or slang for having a son? It seems to come from tape recorders.

    gw13
    00:10:21 - I mean, not that that's... - No, it's ok.
    00:10:23 My father, he loved cars and he didn't have a son fast forward, here I am,
    00:10:27 - or something like that. - Wow. I'm in awe.
    Ah, well done Tdol! Yes, that makes sense. It should read ...

    My father, he loved cars and he didn't have a son. Fast forward, here I am.

    I totally agree. "Fast forward" is used to mean "And now, skipping forward a long way in time very quickly". Just in case people here are too young to remember them (!), cassette tape players and video recorders/players had a "FFWD" or "FWD" button which moved the tape further forward quickly. The letters were the abbreviation of "Fast forward".

    They also had a "REW" button to move the tape backwards and we use the full word in speech sometimes to do the same thing:

    - One of my three kids turned 21 last weekend.
    - Hang on. Rewind! You have three kids?!
    - Ah yes, we haven't met for a while, have we? Yeah, I've got three now.
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    Re: have a son fast forward

    Good point, about 'REW' (Yet another example of metaphors outliving the technology they refer to (e.g. 'hang up' at the end of a phone call...)

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    Re: have a son fast forward

    Though there is no "tape" used to record, a DVR or DVD disk still has a "fast forward" and "rewind" function.

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    Re: have a son fast forward

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Though there is no "tape" used to record, a DVR or DVD disk still has a "fast forward" and "rewind" function.

    Yes they do, but if you think about it - not with VCR, but with DVD - nothing is actually being rewound. The disc continues to spin at the the same date and in the same direction, and the reading* mechanism, whatever it is, focuses further out on the disc (that is, closer to the edge).

    * Theree's another of those metaphors

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    Re: have a son fast forward

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Yes they do, but if you think about it - not with VCR, but with DVD - nothing is actually being rewound. The disc continues to spin at the the same date and in the same direction, and the reading* mechanism, whatever it is, focuses further out on the disc (that is, closer to the edge).

    * Theree's another of those metaphors


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    Well, you can still think of the movie being watched as a linear stream of data, through which you are moving. So you can move fast forward or in reverse through that stream.

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    Re: have a son fast forward

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Well, you can still think of the movie being watched as a linear stream of data, through which you are moving. So you can move fast forward or in reverse through that stream.
    Yes you can, and I imagine most people do. What I'm saying is that the analogue metaphor [a linear series of snapshots - life goes on continuously, but we see it as though it were Wallace and Gromit ] doesn't match the digital reality.

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