A 50mm Space Odyssey

by Flemming Bo Jensen

Hello HAL, do you read me HAL?

Affirmative, I read you Dave.

I need the wide angle lens please.

I am sorry Dave. I'm afraid I cannot do that.

What's the problem?

I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

What are you talking about?

You have to use the focal length formerly known as 50mm Dave.

[feigning ignorance] Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?

Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Give me the lens!

Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

[Unplugs HAL, looks for wide angle lens]