‘E’ Mode

Posted: December 2, 2008 in Gadgetry, Spy Dames We Wish Were Real
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imagesIf you have children, nieces or nephews, or just really loud neighbors kids living next door, you are probably familiar with the the 2004 Pixar movie The Incredibles.  A terrifically silly film about a family of superheroes trying to juggle their abilities and their relationships while maintaining a new identity after the government forced all superheroes into retirement following the advent of mass litigation for rescues resulting in collateral damage.

Along with said superheroes forced underground is Edna ‘E’ Mode. She is the research and development specialist, forced into hiding as well, who designed the super-suits for the superheroes only to be relegated to designing clothes for supermodels, or as E refers to them: “Supermodels. Heh! Nothing super about them… spoiled, stupid little stick figures with poofy lips who think only about themselves. Feh! I
used to design for Gods!”

how-the-incredibles-works-6E is part ‘Q’ from James Bond, part Anna Wintour from Vogue, and a force to be reckoned with. A simple patch-up job on an old super-suit turns into a new line for the entire family, custom engineered to suit one’s individual ability. The skewering commentary she offers for her services is, of course, free.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy of an animated R&D character in a cartoon, except to say she is a funny little minx, but I do want to comment on the need for research and development in the Intelligence Community.

Simple fact is that not everyone is an agent. The IC hires scientists, computer programmers, doctors, nurses, secretaries and even janitors. Not everyone is cut out to be an analyst or an operative, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place for you in the IC. Want to contribute to greater good and security of your country? Step up and put your smarts to good work.

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