Space Piracy!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Oh, snap!

Faceplant



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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

In which I challenge Flocons to a dance off.

Battlestar Galactica has ruined, in whole, Star Trek, for me, forever.

In response to Ray's indefensible apology for Star Trek, I spew the following;

Ronald D. Moore was one of the most influencial writers on DS9. His vision for both DS9 and Voyager was to make it darker and ask harder questions about humaity in general.

But of course, in classic Star Trek fashion this didn't happen. Before the hard questions could be explored earnestly the story-line was candied up and made palatable for the utopian sect of Nerdism, regardless of his efforts.

Yeah yeah, everybody's happy. Quantifiable, hard science fixes all problems. The greater good prevails with what some might call MINIMAL effort on the part of our heroes. When science fails, it's time to sit back and let unseen "higher beings" intervene to wrap up the story before the hour is over.

The universe, in effect, is tamed and made benign by benevolent and incorruptible human masters.

It is known. All of it. And what is not known will be discovered within 45 minutes.

It's a great colonial wank-fest in grand Victorian style. It's almost a universe created by Lenin populated with Randian heroes.

Even the original Star Trek was darker than the most recent fecal discharges from the ST universe. Kirk broke the prime directive once per half hour and got it on with anything that had secondary female sexual characteristics.

Dystopian Nerds were left, of course, with more tripe like Andromeda (Kevin SORBO??) and Babylon 5 (aliens that look like Count Chocula? What the F?), until the more recent advent of Firefly and BSG.

If BSG is guilty of pulling themes from prior art, then Star Trek, at least the latest round, is twice as culpable. Worse, ST takes those themes, and much like the Barefoot Contessa, adds a pound of butter and two cups of sugar to the mix.

So why does BSG explore some of the same themes we've seen in Star Trek? Because Ronald D. Moore is the primary creative force behind the newly re-imagined Galactica. He had to eject, screaming from the Star Trek franchise to save his artistic message from the Sunkist-soda enema that is Starfleet.

My final deathblow against the artistic legitimacy of modern day Star Trek? The MF'n Star Trek Casino...



This is just here to rub it in...

Friday, January 13, 2006

This wins it.

See what happens when you leave Ray?

Photo: lesbian kiss in Tiananmen Square under guards, Mao:
Xeni Jardin:

Link, and here is another angle, and another and another. (Thanks, Pete!)



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Saturday, November 26, 2005

CO2 Highest For 650,000 Years

From Treehugger: we're all screwed...

CO2 Highest For 650,000 Years:



antarctica-base-01.jpgEuropean scientists have analyzed ice taken from 3km below the surface of Antarctica and discovered from tiny gas bubbles trapped in the ice that "current levels of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere are higher now than at any time in the past 650,000 years." Bad news. "Over a five year period commencing in 1999, scientists working with the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (Epica) have drilled 3,270m into the Dome C ice, which equates to drilling nearly 900,000 years back in time. [...] 'We find that CO2 is about 30% higher than at any time, and methane 130% higher than at any time; and the rates of increase are absolutely exceptional: [...] Update: "Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have risen 200 times faster over the past 50 years than at any other time during this period," says Thomas Stocker of the University of Bern, Switzerland, who led the analysis. ::CO2 'highest for 650,000 years', ::Greenhouse-gas levels highest for 650,000 years





Hands-on: Sony PSP Talkman - Translate, Speak...

Hands-on: Sony PSP Talkman - Translate, Speak...:





Lik-Sang is running a feature on the PSP Talkman, which is a "Universal Translator" of sorts. Described as a voice-activated translation software application, it can translate between English Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.


I predict that it's somewhat frustrating to use but not as frustrating as being completely up the creek when it comes to communications in a foreign country... unless I'm mis-judging how far voice recognition software has come since I last fooled with trying to get a computer to understand what I was saying.


The Talkman will also make an attempt to teach you language with a game mode. I find that somewhat enticing. Any serious attempt at learning language as an adult, from what I hear, is best with the "Pimsleur series.


Of course, considering the Pimsleur stuff is often as expensive as a PSP with this software included, that'll be a tough call when I'm finally traveling to Korea.



I hope that's not unintentionally rude...

Monday, November 21, 2005

EyeToy Kinetic

Looks pretty neat, and yes, I want one.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Where to begin?

I'm afraid you'll just have to see for yourself.

I don't know why I'm committing further Internet resources to this...

A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice
to the crowd of drinkers. He says,
"I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I'll give $500
American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10
pints of Guinness back-to-back."

The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan's offer.
One man even leaves.

Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows
back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder.

"Is your bet still good?" asks the Irishman.

The Texan says it is and asks the bartender to line up 10
pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10
of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back.

The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in
amazement.

The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, "If ya
don't mind me askin', where did you go for that 30 minutes you were
gone?"

The Irishman replies, "Oh...I had to go to the pub down
the street to see if I could do it first".

The God of Small, Hidden Things

The God of Small, Hidden Things:


Ancient statues give up their precious secrets in Hidden Treasures: The Inner Life of the Buddhas. By Jeanette Borzo from Wired magazine.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Five blades!

I present, for your viewing pleasure;

An Onion article and
real life.

Yeah, ok, this IS kinda hot...

Sony VAIO TX Series made of Carbon FiberIf I was a PC user I'd probably eventually be fooled into purchasing a Sony Vaio. Even though they have piss-poor customer support. Thankfully I'm not.