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All Our Yesterdays [Jul. 5th, 2014|11:43 pm]
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The Enterprise arrives at the planet Sarpeidon to rescue its ENTIRE PLANETARY POPULATION from an impending supernova that is predicted to take place later that afternoon.

First, how were they even going to do that? Were there only 14 people on the planet? Can the transporters move ENTIRE PLANETARY POPULATION numbers of people in under three hours with enough power left in the ship to warp away from an exploding star? Assuming that the transporters can handle this challenge, where were all of those people going to go? The Enterprise has a crew complement of 400. Even if the population of Sarpeidon was only a few thousand people, the Enterprise doesn't have room for them.

The good news is, the people of Sarpeidon didn't wait around to see if anyone was coming. The Federation hadn't previously made contact, because Sarpeidon hadn't developed a warp drive yet, so they didn't even know rescue by outside forces was a possibility. Instead they developed time travel and fled to their planetary past to live out their lives pre-supernova. From Starfleet's perspective, the population of the planet is mysteriously missing.

So, way to go Federation anthropological survey teams, for failing to notice that Sarpeidon had that interesting little chunk of technology that the Federation absolutely does not. And apparently, they've had it for a long time - before it was used for humanitarian purposes, it was used as a punishment for political dissidents.

If the Enterprise encounters time travel, someone must get sucked into the past. In this case, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Kirk goes to Ireland/pre-Revolutionary France/the Inquisition, and Spock and McCoy wind up in the Ice Age. The Ice Age has a pretty girl in a super-practical leather bikini. I recognize her from A.C. Crispin's _Yesterday's Son_. She has hot springs, fur blankets, and mammoth meat. Since they've gone back in time 5000 years, Spock regresses to the aggressive emotional state of Vulcans 5000 years ago. This allows him to have feelings about women. McCoy does not regress to a Bronze Age state - that would be ridiculous. Kirk finds his own way home and rescues Spock and McCoy just barely in time for Scotty to beam them aboard and the Enterprise to get out of Dodge.

Also, there is a library that maintains historical records so that people can decide which time period they want to live in and be transported there. My favorite part of this episode is that librarians saved all the people.

My least favorite part of this episode is that Sarpeidon is a planet-sized MacGuffin whose purpose is to get Spock laid.
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The Savage Curtain [Jun. 27th, 2014|07:47 am]
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It's been a long time since I posted about a Star Trek episode, and this one is way out of order. Also, completely weird. The Enterprise investigates a boring planet with lots of volcanoes, and is surprised to find Abraham Lincoln. And Surak. And then a species of talking rock makes Kirk, Spock, Surak, and Lincoln fight four fabricated evil dudes from earth's history so they can better understand the merits and drawbacks of good and evil. Given that 6 out of 8 combatants are dreamed up by talking rocks, it's not clear why Kirk and Spock need to be there at all, except to demonstrate their ability to get Lincoln and Surak killed (again). It's like Arena, without the underlying logic.
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(no subject) [May. 4th, 2014|08:14 pm]
My garden has TEN tulips, and a ton of dwarf daffodils. There are more tulips in early stages of blooming. The tulips are all by the front door. They are huge. I've been reading the Search for Spock, which has some plants in it that grow much more quickly than expected, break through rock, and are also unexpectedly psychotropic. The tulips are like that.

The daffodils run along the front of the hedges. Apparently, they are very happy. They fit in small spaces. I thought about cutting some to put in a vase this afternoon, but I don't own any vases short enough.

The crocuses never really took. I planted 24. I saw three. Then they were eaten by passing wildlife. Apparently, crocuses are dodgy. Who knew?

I was expecting a lot more tulips. I planted a lot of them in the bed at the side of the yard, and some of them put out foliage, but the foliage got eaten by squirrels, and they are not to be.

The allegedly low-maintenance strawberries seem unlikely to bear fruit, but I have resolved to neglect them a little longer before I tear them out of the ground and plant something else. In the end, I think their plot is sunny and I will use it for more tulips, of the variety that has been so successful by the front door. I will then try a different allegedly-low-maintenance variety of strawberries in the shady patch where the tulips failed.
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Go! Read! [Apr. 29th, 2014|03:41 pm]
Yet another blog post.
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You know the drill [Mar. 12th, 2014|10:56 am]
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/03/spock-walks-away-from-omelas-the-pandora-principle-by-carolyn-clowes
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Read! Hit like! [Mar. 5th, 2014|02:03 pm]
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/03/thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-a-romulan-warbird-diane-duanes-my-enemy-my-ally
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Usborne Illustrated Adventure Stories [Feb. 20th, 2014|11:44 am]
Ricevermicelli was looking for some Dickens for DangerLad! a couple weeks back, and in the process of digging around for that, we found the Usborne anthologies, which looked cool. The coolest looking one is Usborne Illustrated Classics for Boys, which might be a hard sell (Usborne Illustrated Classics for Girls features abridged versions of The Secret Garden, Heidi, and Little Women, which would be a harder sell, and also all those stories were written for children, so the need for abridging is questionable), so I picked up Usborne Illustrated Adventure Stories.

Great illustrations, very readable. Obviously very abridged, which is helpful for the reader with a shorter attention span. Harriet finds the ending of The Three Musketeers very disappointing. It seems she was more interested in D'Artangan's relationship with Constance than his earning his commission as a Musketeer.
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I'm learning a lot [Feb. 1st, 2014|09:32 pm]
Man ist entweder frei, oder nichts. Hat er eine Schwester?

Wohin geht sein Söhn mit meiner Tochter? Hmmmm?

The articles are pretty rough, but it's nice to know that now I can travel to German-speaking and ask annoying questions.
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Liebe Duolingo, [Jan. 30th, 2014|10:41 pm]
Ich lerne Deutsch. Ich möchte Deutsch. Ich möchte das App kostenlos. Doch habe ich kein Pferd. Jede Frage hat eine Antwort. Wie viele Pferde habe ich? Kein, danke. Mein Pferd isst keine Erdbeere. Mein Pferd trinkt kein Wasser. Es gibt kein Pferd. Die Vogel essen jedem Erdbeere. Meine Kinder essen die Apfel.

Ich habe viele Frage. Wer ist der Leiter? Wo ist der Leiter? Wohin gehen der Leiter? Warum bringt der Leiter das Gerät? Was ist das Gerät? Wie viele meter rennen wir? Jede Frage hat eine Antwort! Wieso gibt es viele Frage aus den Gerät? Ist das ein Haushaltsgerät? Ja? Warum rennen wir zehn meter?

Danke.
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Go read a thing [Jan. 23rd, 2014|11:38 am]
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/01/book-review-keith-r-a-decandido-star-trek-a-time-for-war-a-time-for-peace

Don't be afraid to hit "Like."
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