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by Hugh Akston
13 Apr 2018, 12:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 2986
Views: 115522

Re: What are you reading?

Re: audiobooks I’ve been listening to Robert Heinlein’s collected short fiction as read by Bronson Pinchot, who is generally very good except for womens voices. There were a couple of occasions where RAH described someone’s reaction as ‘balky’.
by Hugh Akston
04 Apr 2018, 18:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Skynet in the sky: The Flying Killer Robot thread
Replies: 602
Views: 30820

Re: Skynet in the sky: The Flying Killer Robot thread

3,000+ Google employees demand the company shut down an object-recognition project for military drones . While the project is "specifically scoped to be for non-offensive purposes," the employee letter takes issue with this assurance, saying that "the technology is being built for the military, and ...
by Hugh Akston
06 Feb 2018, 18:22
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom
Replies: 298
Views: 17590

Re: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom

https://tribfox40.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/coyote.jpg Coyote rescued after spending 13 days with a plastic jar stuck over its head The container compromised the coyote’s breathing, eyesight, hearing and sense of smell, Nuckolls said. It was infested with ticks and fleas, had been sprayed by a sk...
by Hugh Akston
17 Jan 2018, 23:27
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom
Replies: 298
Views: 17590

Re: Heroes and zeroes of the animal kingdom

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/content/dam/news/2018/01/16/dolphin-chokes-octopus/01-dolphin-chokes-octopus-Fig-1.adapt.590.1.jpg This is the face of a dolphin who died with regrets He "seems to have been extremely greedy and thought, 'You know what, I’m going to swallow it whole,'" says study...
by Hugh Akston
27 Aug 2017, 00:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

That's one way to read it. It's literally what the guy said to writers. And after Roddenberry died, nobody bothered with that premise, anymore. And authorial intent is one way to read a text among others which are different. What other episodes/stories did they have the opportunity to address/redre...
by Hugh Akston
26 Aug 2017, 19:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6252
Views: 175934

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

or, uh, cooking it?
by Hugh Akston
26 Aug 2017, 13:32
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

At Tasha's funeral they honored even as they lamented their loss and their anger that she died for nothing. When Geordi and Ro died they threw a big swinging party to celebrate their lives. IIRC, the latter was Riker's idea, because he was a jazz fan and thus decided to do an old-fashioned New Orle...
by Hugh Akston
26 Aug 2017, 13:31
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

So there's no difference in degree between not wanting X and being terrified of X? We've seen plenty of characters afraid of dying. The episode is one of the high points of Roddenberry's very smarmy, up his own ass, take on utopianism. As he famously told writers, in the TNG era, death isn't someth...
by Hugh Akston
26 Aug 2017, 01:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

At Tasha's funeral they honored even as they lamented their loss and their anger that she died for nothing. When Geordi and Ro died they threw a big swinging party to celebrate their lives.
by Hugh Akston
26 Aug 2017, 00:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

So there's no difference in degree between not wanting X and being terrified of X? We've seen plenty of characters afraid of dying. The episode is one of the high points of Roddenberry's very smarmy, up his own ass, take on utopianism. As he famously told writers, in the TNG era, death isn't someth...
by Hugh Akston
25 Aug 2017, 23:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

So there's no difference in degree between not wanting X and being terrified of X? We've seen plenty of characters afraid of dying. The episode is one of the high points of Roddenberry's very smarmy, up his own ass, take on utopianism. As he famously told writers, in the TNG era, death isn't someth...
by Hugh Akston
25 Aug 2017, 22:38
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

So there's no difference in degree between not wanting X and being terrified of X? We've seen plenty of characters afraid of dying. The episode is one of the high points of Roddenberry's very smarmy, up his own ass, take on utopianism. As he famously told writers, in the TNG era, death isn't someth...
by Hugh Akston
25 Aug 2017, 22:03
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)
Replies: 490
Views: 41407

Re: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)

My mom came to visit and revealed a hitherto unknown Barbie fandom. Like she showed up wearing a letterman's jacket with her Barbie club user name awkwardly sewn on in a combination of patches and Barbie pink embroidery. I had her wait for me in the combination Barbie museum/cafeteria which was weir...
by Hugh Akston
25 Aug 2017, 17:18
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

So there's no difference in degree between not wanting X and being terrified of X?
by Hugh Akston
25 Aug 2017, 15:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Orange is the new President
Replies: 4986
Views: 98104

Re: Orange is the new President

Calling dibs right now on the joke where Trump expresses sympathy for the hurricane damage and devastation caused by both sides.
by Hugh Akston
25 Aug 2017, 11:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Star Trek Wankery
Replies: 1234
Views: 59661

Re: Star Trek Wankery

It did not occur to me until just now that the kid who plays Picard's Uncle Rene in "Family" is the same one who plays the de-aged Picard in "Rascals".
by Hugh Akston
24 Aug 2017, 18:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Earworm Infestations
Replies: 292
Views: 20664

Re: Earworm Infestations

Watched the pilot for the new series this morning while I was working and now I can't get the damn theme song out of my head.



by Hugh Akston
24 Aug 2017, 14:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: There must be a pony in here somewhere.
Replies: 1520
Views: 44469

Re: There must be a pony in here somewhere.

I have no Twitter and I can see all of the tweets that have apparently replaced actual articles now.
by Hugh Akston
24 Aug 2017, 13:25
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: It's not the size of the screen...
Replies: 2528
Views: 118990

Re: It's not the size of the screen...



Yessssssss
by Hugh Akston
23 Aug 2017, 13:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The F Word
Replies: 710
Views: 17420

Re: The F Word

This is a good place to start figuring it out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influence ... nfluencers