We were catching up on SNL's 42nd season premier late this past Sunday night, after putting the kids to bed, when I was excited to see a hilarious sketch/parody of Mr. Robot.
If SNL is my oldest TV favorite, Mr. Robot is certainly my newest! Just wrapping its 2nd season, it's a brilliantly written, flawlessly acted, impeccably set techno drama series on USA. I'm completely smitten, and the story seems to be just getting started!
Okay, so Kim and I are watching a hilarious sketch where Leslie Jones asks Elliot to track down the person who recently hacked her social media accounts. And, as always, I take note of what's going in the background on the computer screen. It's just something I do. I love to try and spot the app, the OS, the version, identify the Linux kernel oops, etc., of anything on any computer screen on TV.
At about the 1:32 mark of the SNL/Mr.Robot skit, there was something unmistakable on the left computer, just over actor Pete Davidson's right shoulder. Merely a fraction of a second, and I recognized it instantly! A dark terminal, split into a dozen sections. A light grey boarder, with a thicker grey highlighting one split. The green drip of text from The Matrix in one of the splits. A flashing, bouncing yellow audio wave in another. An instant rearrangement of all of those windows each second.
It was Byobu and Hollywood! I knew it. Kim didn't believe me at first, until I proved it ;-)
A couple of years ago, after seeing a 007 film in the theater, I created a bit of silliness -- a joke of a program that could turn any Linux terminal into a James Bond caliber hacker screen. The result is a package called hollywood, which any Ubuntu user can install and run by simply typing:
$ sudo apt install hollywood $ hollywood
And a few months ago , Hollywood found its way into an NBC News piece that took itself perhaps a little too seriously, as it drummed up a bit of fear around "Ransomware".
But, far more appropriately, I'm absolutely delighted to see another NBC program -- Saturday Night Live -- using Hollywood exactly as intended -- for parody!
Enjoy a few screenshots below...