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On You, Me And "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

I totally drank Earl Grey Tea (hot) because of Picard. I was only slightly disappointed that it's oily and slightly bitter. I like to pretend these days I'm a rival captain with just as awesome a crew who drinks his tea, oolong, hot, with milk and sugar. Take that, Picard.

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm 1

On You, Me And "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

@barnhouse Ron Moore, who produced BSG, wrote for DS9, so yes, it's probably deliberate, or at least the result of both being written by the same person.

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm 1

On 25 Days To Read "Cloud Atlas" Before Tom Hanks Ruins It Forever

This phenomenon of movies colonizing the books they are based on is a hit or miss phenomenon for me. Some do it more than others and it seems to effect some people more. I have friends who hate the Tim Burton version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to the point where they claim it has even ruined not just the book, but the 60s film version with Gene Wilder. I feel sad for them, as the gene Wilder film still is one of my favorite weird kid movies and the book and Tim Burton film are big bland whatevers for me.

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm 0

On 25 Days To Read "Cloud Atlas" Before Tom Hanks Ruins It Forever

For the same reason I just reread the Hobbit (having not read it since middle school) and found it was too late. I was already hearing Ian McKellen as Gandalf narrating the story and seeing Martin freeman as Bilbo. And I am OK with this.

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm 0

On 'Gone With The Wind': Devil In A Black Bombazine Dress

Never having been south of the Mason-Dixon line, everything I know about the South comes from several college courses, this book, and Justified. What am I missing?

Not a damn thing. Lived in GA for 12 years and all that's changed is they now have cell phones and the smarter ones have learned to curb their racism enough to not sound like overt creeps.

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm 0

On 'Gone With The Wind': Devil In A Black Bombazine Dress

Never having been south of the Mason-Dixon line, everything I know about the South comes from several college courses, this book, and Justified. What am I missing?

Not a damn thing. Lived in GA for 12 years and all that's changed is they now have cell phones and the smarter ones have learned to curb their racism enough to not sound like overt creeps.

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm 1

On Things That Should Fall Out Of A Piñata At A Cinco De Mayo Party

I recently attended a party where my niece and another girl went at a pinata shaped like Winnie the Pooh. It was slightly disturbing to watch two 5 year olds beat an effigy of a beloved cartoon character with sticks for half an hour. Later, we fired shotguns at nothing in particular, then played a game of badmitten that was called on account of cows.

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm 1

On How Did the Recession Completely Avoid Office Rampage Killings?

I knew there was something I was supposed to do when I got laid off!

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm 0

On What If Ron Paul Stopped Working and It Didn't Matter?

Participating in the Federal Government only makes it bigger. That's why as President, Paul has pledged to do absolutely nothing.

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm 0

On What Books Make You Cringe To Remember?

@Molly Rand's novels are thinly veiled polemics in which she lays out her dreadful Objectivist philosophy. I recommend you read upon it, even just the Wikipedia entry will make you want to retch when you realize how many of our current and recently-past leaders believed this stuff. It's all about how being selfish is the highest ideal and that you shouldn't feel bad for screwing over the less fortunate because they're basically scum and deserve it for not being as awesome and dickish as the elite supermen.

On the Road is, well one of those books from another time. The Beats were pretty disillusioned by the emptiness of the post-war American scene, all that uptight, Leave It To Beaver stuff. So they did lots of drugs and tried to find a pure expression of what it means to live outside of that society. Most of the Beats either died or got over themselves. Kerouac died and is remembered as a sort of iconic hero of that era, but his prose is pretty awful. My theory is that, during a peyote ritual gone wrong, he transferred all his punctuation to Allen Ginsburg.

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 2:26 am 1