Thursday, 1 November 2012

Unit 2: Research into 'Colossus' (Real World)

Related real world searches for Colossus:
  1. The colossus (Painting)
  2. Colossus - The Forbin Project 
  3. Colossus (Computer) 
  4. Colossus of Rhodes 

The colossus (Painting)

The Colossus (1812 ), also called giant , Panic and Storm ,is a painting traditionally attributed to Francisco de Goya in which a colossal giant stands behind some hills that hide your legs-thigh -, occupying the centre of the image, surrounded by clouds and fists. The lower third of the canvas is occupied by a dark valley where a multitude of people and livestock are scattering chaotically in different directions. 

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Colossus - The Forbin Project

Colossus: The Forbin Project is a 1970 American science fiction thriller film. It is based upon the 1966 novel Colossus, by Dennis Feltham Jones, about a massive American defence computer, named Colossus, becoming sentient and deciding to assume control of the world. 

Colossus (Computer)

As mentioned above; Colossus was the world's first electronicdigitalcomputer that was at all programmable. The Colossus computers were used by British codebreakers during World War II to help in the Cryptanalysis of the Lorenz cipher. Without them, the Allies would have been deprived of the very valuable intelligence that was obtained from reading the vast quantity of encrypted high-level German Army messages. Colossus used thermionic valves (vacuum tubes) to perform Boolean operations and calculations.

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Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek Titan Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes on the Greek island of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC. It is considered one of theSeven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was constructed to celebrate Rhodes' victory over the ruler of Cyprus, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, whose son unsuccessfully besieged Rhodes in 305 BC. Before its destruction in 226 BC—due to an earthquake—the Colossus of Rhodes stood over 30 meters (107 ft) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world.
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1 comment:

  1. Why is a painting of a colossus classified as real world while concept art of one for a video game gets thrown into media? what's the distinction you're making? Also on the colossus (media) page why did you feel it necessary to include the line "Despite this being a game, I've included it into my research due to the large amount of artwork surrounding it"?