Out of the Blue

Yesterday's trip to introduce Gunnar to his Uncle Sparky went great, everybody got along famously, and by the end 14-year-old Sparky was horsing around with the youngsters like he was a puppy himself. Gunnar did leave a submarine-sized turd in the bedroom, but it cleaned up pretty readily, and he was forgiven for his toilet training shortcomings. This morning, however, Hudson the wonder dog resumed her recent spate of picking on the other dogs in her trail-running pack, focusing on large males and unfamiliar faces, as she seems quite determined to exert her dominance over the group as alpha dog... if this continues as it is, I may actually have to stop taking her out to run with this crowd, which would be a shame.

Who knows what links lurk in the hearts of men? Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
Links of the Day: The Time Traveler Convention. Thanks Brian.
You're fired. Thanks Ant.
Story of the Day: Berman: Trek needs a rest.
Down Under cemetery given OK to bury dead standing up.
Washington Bureaucrats Make Way for Ducklings.
Science: Testing a Sun-Powered Space Sail.
Auction of the Day: Barris Motor Car Collection. Thanks Devicer.
Images of the Day: Scandals 3.
Teh Funnies: FoxTrot.
Follow-ups: Bill Would Outlaw Sale of Copied Cats.
Scientists: Life on Mars Likely.
NASA Scrubs Shuttle Launch. Thanks Loonybomber.
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Re: I'll tell you what f**ked up Star Trek
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Re: I'll tell you what f**ked up Star Trek May 3, 2005, 11:07
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I'm going off of what Braga and Berman have said themselves. Of course none of the Star Treks have been militaristic, but TNG was IMO pure sci-fi. Maybe it was because Stewart was playing Picard so sternly, or maybe it was just how Roddenbery wrote the characters, but I just don't see how any of the Star Treks, with the exception of seasons of DS9, can be in any way compared favorably with TNG.

Voyager was a disaster. The captain treated her crew like she had them over for dinner. "Groan, I need coffee...*cheesy smile*"...

Enterprise, which I watched the first few episodes of and tried to re-watch recently, is even worse, IMO.

And regarding "24," its obvious you're not seeing what I'm talking about, so I'll point it out:

1) Chloe and Edgar having petty debates about computer usage. Both of them would be FIRED in a real government organization for that kind of stupid bickering, where neither is actually communicating to each other, but rather, just whining.

2) The disc that had the information regarding the pilot who'd stolen the stealth fighter sat on Edgar's desk for a whole episode. Once again, intolerable. The show actually portrays a lot of the terrorists progress/victory as being the result of poor communication within CTU. Now I don't have a problem with showing some poor communication, because obviously we had some in our own government a few years ago, but its every episode. Its as if they can't discover another plot convention other than bickering and incompetence.

3) The Vice-president was so blatantly incompetent, a man who'd spent years of his life fully understanding the role of the vice-president couldn't even work at a baskin robbins when the task was thrust on him. Don't tell me he was not ready for it and that we should give him a break. He gets paid a few hundred thousand dollars a year to be the vice-president, and then if something happens to the president, he becomes the president.

Frankly, I think you've just ignored most of the stuff I'm citing, or, you just don't think it demonstrates incompetence. Well there's no question that it DOES, but the argument you could provide, that everyone is being tested under extreme circumstances...I can only buy that to a degree, only tolerate that to the first episodes. Its like no one grows, no one learns from their mistakes.

And I'm sorry, if a bunch of people in the most important counter-terrorism branch of the US all had slept together and all had to constantly pull each other aside to talk about their relationships, the whole building would need to be blown up.

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