(This is a test post to see if removing and re-adding my RSS feed kicked micro.blog into updating my timeline again or not. I may delete this post later on.)
Star Trek: Picard S01E01: As wonderful as it is to see Jean-Luc on screen again, and as gorgeous as the episode was, I do have some slight reservations. But this is just episode one, and they had a lot of groundwork to get in place. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the start. 🖖
Spoilers after the jump…
Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past. Here are my past posts for January 23…
There are 18 posts previously published on January 23rd
- Linkdump for January 11th through January 23rd An automatically generated list of links that caught my eye between January 11th and January 23rd. • A meteor hit the moon during the lunar eclipse. Here’s what we know. • DuckDuckGo Taps Apple Maps to Power Private Search Results • To save the sound of a Stradivarius, a whole city must keep quiet • An Idea for Electoral College Reform That Both Parties Might Actually Like • he oral history of the Hampsterdance: The twisted true story of one of the world's first memes ➡
- A full set of 2018 #pkdickaward nominees to read before the award ceremony at #nwc41. Better get started! ➡
- Book four of 2016: Nexus, by Ramez Naam. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #rameznaam #PKDickAward pre-nominee. (23/366) ➡
- Note: Contains Nudity This is one of the funniest things I've seen today: Netflix' summary for a movie titled 'Sexmission'... ➡
- Stop! The Windows Error Message Generator allowed me to recreate (to the best of my ability) the single funniest and most exasperating error messages I've ever seen on a Windows machine. ➡
- Read this. Any attempt at an introduction or pullquote wouldn't do this justice, so just go read it. ➡
- Most-blogged books of 2003 Another list post, this time, All Consuming's list of the most-blogged books of 2003. As before, books in bold and prefaced with » I've read. ➡
- The real State of the Union I found this link purporting to be a remix of this year's State of the Union address (much like one from last year), but given the content of the snippets used, I think that it's just another take on last year's speech. It's still bizarre and often laugh-out-loud funny, though. ➡
- AOL Presidential Match Lane pointed out the AOL presidential selector today, so I wandered over to take a look. It's quite similar to the Presidential Candidate Selector that I pointed out last July, though the results were a bit different (of course, the possible candidates are different now, and there has been more time for all of them to fine-tune their policies and messages). ➡
- iTMS RSS feeds For any of you RSS/Newsreader junkies out there: you can now create customized RSS feeds from the iTunes Music Store. New releases, just added, top sellers, just the categories and information you want. Quite nifty. ➡
- Lizette& album available I've mentioned the band Lizette& before. When I got up this morning, I found a comment from their drummer, Alex, letting me know that their album is (finally) now available for order through their website! I've been waiting for this one for a while. ➡
- Plot vs. Monster of the Week The more I watch of Buffy, I'm starting to notice one definite similarity between my enjoyment of that show and my enjoyment of the X-Files. ➡
It’s this year’s Philip K. Dick Award nominees (plus two, as one nominee was the third book in a trilogy)! 📚
Ada Hoffman, The Outside
Megan E. O’Keefe, Velocity Weapon
Susan Palwick, All Worlds Are Real
Sarah Pinsker, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea
Tade Thompson, The Rosewater Redemption
Sarah Tolmie, The Little Animals
Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past. Here are my past posts for January 22…
There are 24 posts previously published on January 22nd
- Edgar Lots of people on Twitter and Facebook getting all excited about Edgar, and every time, the first picture I have in my head is from Men in Black. (I think they’re actually talking about sports. Glad they’re excited, it’s just not a fandom I’m a part of, and it’s been making me laugh this afternoon.) ➡
- Book six of 2019: A Man of Shadows, by Jeff Noon. ⭐️⭐️ 📚 An odd book, with elements that reminded me of other media I’ve enjoyed (the film Dark City, Michael Ende’s Momo), but which ultimately didn’t satisfy me. Hoping I’ll like the #PKDickAward nominated sequel more. ➡
- This is how this newspaper proof of life thing works, right? Right? #doingitwrong #neverescaping (22/366) ➡
- Ack! Getting sucked in to the computer! Ooh, maybe I’ll get to meet Tron. See you on the Grid! ➡
- Why 1984 Won’t Be Like ‘1984’ Twenty-five years ago today, Apple's '1984' commercial broadcast. ➡
- The New Me Last week sometime, I was brainstorming with ways to personalize the design of my site a bit while still working within my limited artistic and design sensibilities. On a whim, I emailed Shari to see if she might be willing to sketch a version of me that I'd be able to work into the design somehow. ➡
- Obama and Open Government It's reports like this one from the EFF that go a long way towards boosting my confidence in the next four (eight!) years. I think I'm going to like this guy. ➡
- Seahawks 34, Panthers 14 Y'know, I don't care about football. Never have. But even I can't be a complete curmudgeon about the Seahawks' win today. ➡
- Japanese Manhole Covers Something of particular interest to Josh, I'd think, with his Drainspotting project: a gallery of beautiful Japanese manhole covers. ➡
- Ain’t it the truth… Non Sequitur on weblogs. ➡
- Requested: Favorite Pike Place Market Store Requested by Robert: Okay, you've lived in Seattle for a few years yet, so why not tell us what your favorite store at The Pike is and giving us a description of it? ➡
- Requested: The Meaning of Life Requested by Tim Who?: What is the meaning of life? ➡
- Requested: Turn Your Back On Bush Requested by AxsDeny: I'd like to hear your take on the turnyourbackonbush.com people. Specifically the incidents at OSU that led to the removal of a few of the students from the graduation ceremony. ➡
- Requested: Women and Science Requested by Royce: I'm interested in hearing what you think about the Harvard 'women may be congenitally less apt for the sciences' comment. ➡
- Requested: Penguins and Monkeys Requested by Candice: Penguins.....definately penguins....Oh! And monkeys too! :P ➡
- Jobs for everyone I doubt this is very serious (or likely), but apparently someone has set up a grassroots movement to elect Apple CEO Steve Jobs president! ➡
- State of the Union Some people think it's more important to give a big campaign contribution than to vote…that it's "the American way" to buy access and influence with big money…that it's OK if public policy is sold to the highest bidder. Some even think that the only real democracy is in the marketplace, where we all supposedly vote with our dollars. ➡
- Small World Back when I worked at TimeFrame, I worked with a 'gentleman' by the name of J.C. Truly a piece of work, this guy was — I mean, I hate to call the guy a prick, but the only reason he'd ever wear a tie would be to keep the foreskin from snapping up over his face. ➡
- Singing my own song I've always tried to do my best to sing my own song. Some days I do better than others, of course, and it's easy to get lost in the chorus, but at least I can always keep trying. ➡
- Why I collect movies Every so often I get people expressing amazement, wonder, or just shaking their heads in confusion when they see my DVD collection, either by checking the listing here on my site, or coming by my house and seeing the bookcase full of discs. ➡
- Apt Ringers? Dead Pupil? Two new ones today -- one of which I've never seen, and the other I've only seen part of. Yes, I do this on occasion...luckily, very rarely come up with a real dud. ➡
Childhood me would have loved this Star Trek train set (on pp.130-131)—aside from it being O-scale, where my train set was HO-scale.
Adult me is amused, because on several levels, it doesn’t make much sense. But I like it anyway.
Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past. Here are my past posts for January 21…
There are 18 posts previously published on January 21st
- Got back to town and found the #Ellensburg rally in support of the #womensmarch events! We hit two protests in one day! ➡
- Signs! #womensmarch #yakima ➡
- So many people, even on this side of the state! We’ve heard others guessing around 2,000, which wouldn’t surprise us! #womensmarch #yakima ➡
- Make vaginas great again! #womensmarch #yakima ➡
- Gathering for the #womensmarch in #yakima! ➡
- Proof of life! ;) Some of my contacts have expressed concerns that my daily photo updates were a ruse, and asked my captors to include a newspaper in a photo as proof that these are being taken on the appropriate day. So here I am with this week’s issue of the CWU Observer (the only […] ➡
- Got the last of the P. K. Dick nominees in the mail today. Adding it to the to-read stack! ➡
- Links for January 21st from 08:43 to 17:23 Sometime between 08:43 and 17:23, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too! • US Democracy Server: Patch Day • Gregg Nations’s Job - Keeping ‘Lost’ on Track • The Inauguration of President Barack Obama - The Big Picture • 88 Lines about 44 Presidents • Obama inauguration stops traffic - web traffic, that is ➡
- Mars Dead or Alive If you've got an hour to kill and a broadband connection, the NOVA program 'Mars Dead or Alive' is freely available on the web! ➡
- Pictures from Mars Very cool webpage automatically collecting and displaying the newest images from Mars. ➡
- Preliminary Birthday Wishlist This is really early (my birthday isn't until May 3rd), but I'm starting to put together a birthday wishlist. Admittedly, just about everything I've come up with so far is definitely on the 'wish' side (as in, triple-digit prices), but I can dream, right? ;) ➡
- A look at the Iowa caucus experience Lane and Tina have both posted their impressions of the caucus session for their corner of Iowa, on Eat Your Vegetables and Kickass Sociology, respectively. Some interesting comments, especially as I'm planning on hitting the local precinct caucus for my area of Seattle in early February. ➡
The Brother Always Dies First: on sex, death, and cinematic depictions of race is an excellent essay by author Steven Barnes, exploring two propositions regarding race in American cinema:
Proposed: Black men cannot have sex in movies without it hurting the box office.
Evidence: No non-white male is able to have sex in a movie and have that film cross $100 million at the domestic box office.
Exception: After thirty years of observation, there are now actually THREE movies that contradict this! Huzzah! (Do you know what they are? Answers at the end.)
Proposition #2: It is NOT true that “the black guy always dies first.” This is easily proven as far back as Night of the Living Dead. The reality is rather more difficult to wrap minds around. It is this: there are countless films in which ALL the black characters die, or all the black males die. And there are NO American films in which all the white characters die, if anyone else at all survives. Not one.
I have compiled a list of over ONE HUNDRED such films, which appears at the end of this article.
Explanation: A “character” is someone with at least one line of dialogue.
Exception: On January 17, 2020, I finally saw a movie that contradicts this, the very first American film I’ve ever seen or heard of where black people survive while all the white people die. Not a bad movie, either. The name is in the footnotes.
Some of this I was semi-conscious of, at least in the “the black guy always dies first” sense. But I certainly hadn’t taken as deep a dive into it as Steven has (and, gee, I wonder why, as I look at my nearly-translucent white skin…).
Can ‘Star Trek’ Chart a Way Forward?: “With ‘Picard,’ a spinoff following Patrick Stewart’s Starfleet officer, the franchise is trying to rediscover its place in a universe it effectively invented.”