Jun
24
2016
6

‘Hand in my Pocket.’

OK, look, I liked Jagged Little Pill, all right?  It didn’t suck as an album. And, yes, I’m incredibly defensive about feeling this way. :shrug:

Jun
24
2016
8

So, poll: the new Star Trek. Suck, or not-suck?

I just read a bunch of articles that set off warning bells in my head. Not so much the political stuff – Trek is one of those IPs that gets a lot of mutually-exclusive, broad-spectrum fan love – but because there may be cussin’ and maybe a bare rear or two*. Which is, when you think about it, a rather unusual thing to have happen in that particular series.

This is the point where I would write Not that I’m a prude or anything – but, Hell: maybe I am a prude, when it comes to Star Trek. Which would be kind of funny, really.

Moe Lane

*It all has to do with streaming services, apparently.

Jun
24
2016
0

I would have gone with ‘See the cyborg elephant!’

I mean, it made you click through, right?

Mosha, an Asian elephant, who’d lost her right foreleg from a landmine explosion, is the world’s first recipient of an elephant prosthesis.

I think that I’ve mentioned, but: I can’t help but think that, when I look at an elephant, there’s maybe some kind of person in there. I am thus a little leery of being too cavalier towards the species. Elephants, pretty much all cetaceans, most of the greater primate species, and a couple of species of parrots.  Those are all on my Better Safe Than Sorry list.

Plus, again: cyborg elephants are cool.

Via Fark Geek.

Jun
24
2016
2

Watch me commit heresy over Paramount’s new Star Trek fan film rules.

There’s nothing particularly unusual about them.  To sum them up: there’s a half hour limit on productions, the work has to be studiously non-commercial and amateur (for example: no more cameos from people who were in a previous Star Trek production), stick disclaimers anywhere and keep it clean*.  And, oh, yeah: if you buy Star Trek uniforms or gear for your movie, use the official stuff. (more…)

Jun
24
2016
3
Jun
24
2016
0

In the mail: Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham.

Class-action suit Amazon money for the win! I’ve been on the fence about picking this up for a while, but the intersection of free-and-clear cash and me scrolling past the entry was just too neat to pass up. Also, I just read the back cover blurb. “In his cave in Gotham, the Dark Knight waits, dreaming.” That should have made the sale for me a while back, honestly.

Jun
24
2016
4

[Weekend open thread.]

[I got really annoyed with what happened to a particular webcomic artist this week, but I can’t figure out how to write about it without breaking my own rules. This is as close as I can respectably get, I think. So, hey, how about the new Independence Day flick, huh?]

Jun
23
2016
1

‘Rule Britannia.’

Not taking sides, but it was this or something from Gilbert & Sullivan. Bit of a puzzler, that.

Jun
23
2016
4

Hey, turns out Tomb Raider *is* on Steam Summer sale!

And it’s on sale by quite a bit: under eight bucks for the delux version of the 2013 Tomb Raider. I am downloading it even as we speak.  Should be interesting…

Jun
23
2016
1

Choose your own adventure: ‘You are a bear.’

This is a very strange thing and it comes from a very strange site.  But it is not a bad strange. It’s a dry strange, without being cynical or pawkish. The author’s really trying hard to think like a bear.

Jun
23
2016
1

‘Fix the car for the boys in green.’

I absolutely KNOW that I must be related to these fine fellows.

(more…)

Jun
23
2016
0

Oh, Boston Dynamics released another four-legged robot video.

It’s amazing how quickly you can get used to stuff like this.

Also: my wife would like to remind you that the bit at the very end is not actually the robot playing with the person. Although that’d make for an interesting story. At what point do the androids get souls?

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