|Luke Van Hook Paintings Now at Brand Library Galleries "Circle in the Square" Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, Cheryl Walker thru Sept 5th 2008|
The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008
PHOTO-JOURNAL BY GINGER VAN HOOK
Cathy Billings, Art Librarian and Gallery Manager of theÂ
Brand Library Art Galleries and Co-Curator ofÂ
"Circle in the Square" selected Luke Van HookÂ
as one of the artists to show his circle paintingsÂ
which explore Giotto's fabled "perfect circle.
Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor, Gallery DirectorÂ
and Co-curator pictured with Luke Van Hook.
Both ladies made studio visits all over Los Angeles and surrounding communities in search of the "perfect circle" of artists to represent the illusive qualities of the circle.
It takes over a year to prepare for a large show at the Brand Library Art Galleries and no one will have a better story to tell you about the waiting process than Galleries Manager and Curator, Cathy Billings or Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor and Gallery Director. These ladies traveled to Inglewood, California for a studio visit to see Luke Van Hook's circle paintings some time in the early summer of 2007. They told Luke that they were preparing to curate a show of artists working on the motif of the 'circle'. Â They had already reviewed a number of artists and found making the final decision difficult, first because there were a number of artists who worked with this subject and secondly, the talent was very competitive.Â The subject of the circle and how each artist approaches this topic is worth dedicated study in and of itself. Â These lovely ladies, Cathy and Alyssa, with a keen eye for artistic talent, selected a total of five talented artists to show together this summer. Â Â
Here you will find photos of how each artist expressed their obsession with the circular form. Â I'll begin my blog entry with a brief history of what I believe may have led Luke Van Hook to painting the circle and continue with the photos and biographical information of the additional four artists each selected for working with the motif of circles, independently of each other, with their own unique and individual interpretations of the circle: Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, and Cheryl Walker.
Luke Van Hook began his present study of the circle in 2005. He first discovered the legend of Giotto's "Perfect Circle" in a class about ancient history; but the idea didn't sink in at first. He needed time to reason with his quest. While Luke approached the specific task of painting the circle with thin paintbrushes and applying layer upon layer of color to a raw naked canvas, I set about trying to understand what the hell prompted my husband to go circle crazy in the first place. Â I started researching what the circle meant and I found a lot of literature in the realm of magic, rituals, mathematics, secret societies and romance. But my first impression was that the circle was a way to get back to the beginning of things. Â Then I delved deeper. Â Was Luke trying to say that he was going in circles? Â Were we at this artistic point in our lives as a result of a past life? Â Was our circular existence referencing our cycle of birth, death and rebirth? Â Or was the answer more basic than that, like "the earth is round and it's an orbital thing.' There were other issues on the table I was urged to deal with also. Â Were these circle paintings partly influenced by the school we had attended? Â Once we leave school we are expected to make works of art that have fresh meaning and to blow out the cobwebs of old thinking. Â While at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Luke Van Hook studied all the required areas to excel in his chosen profession as a fine arts painter including the figure, landscapes and abstracts. But the abstract visual image is what finally drew Luke back in. Â Could it be the understated obvious fact that the big 'O' (which formed a circle on every memo, syllabus and brochure in the name of Otis College) was influencing him subconsciously? Â
Luke's earlier work involved intricately small hatch marks that evolved into large abstract images full of vibrant colors. Â This work was very reminiscent of Jasper Johns. Â So where did this circle idea really emanate from? Â Did his hatch marks get married or what? Â Observers of Luke Van Hook's work have stated that it raises the question, 'Is it a painting or a drawing? Â Is it text or writing?' Â Luke will often begin a row of circles that reads from left to right just as western literature is expressed. Â But sometimes he changes his mind, and the direction of his technique, and he starts to paint his rows from right to left. At other times, he completes a horizontal column of circles which refers more to ancient Asian forms of writing going from the top, down.
During his graduating year at Otis College in 2004, Luke went on a mission to explore machine technology as it pertained to replacing humans. Â He painted large canvases with a number of faces and shapes that represented cyborgs expressing the fear, uncertainty and ambivalence that humans have toward our technological future. Â But once out of school, a full year later, in 2005 Luke seem to have turned a corner. Â He seemed to have replaced his fear of technology with a competitive defiance that defied all reason. Â Luke started working with his father-in-law, in his machine shop, where he started to observe how everything around him involved the circle in one way or another. Â He watched the machines (Fadal CNC's- numerical control production machines) in action. The tool would spin in circles, plunging in and out of aluminum, stainless steel and plastic materials. The space left behind was almost always a perfect circle. Â Perhaps, this was Luke's starting point. It was the first time he'd really seen a machine make simple circles and Luke probably said something to himself like 'I can do this! Just watch me!' then promptly, decided to take on his destiny. To compete with a machine, may have been the early impulse that drew Luke to paint the circle, but the legend of Giotto's 'perfect circle' was what has kept Luke going full steam ahead into production of abstract works of art. Â The initial pieces he created were prototypes. These were the experiments he and his father-in-law Luis Ingels, worked on before moving into the hand made pieces. As his first experiment, Luke inserted a paint brush into the collet of the machine and programmed the coordinates to match the canvas. He overshot his calculations and the brush came crashing down upon the canvas; the collet smashed the brush right through the canvas and even broke the frame. Perhaps, Luke might have thought as he and my father, Luis, looked at each other, 'it was time to go back to the drawing board'. Undaunted by initial failure, Luke did complete an entire series of machine made circles before he went on to the main event, the competition of drawing the circles, one by one, by hand. Â
Each piece of artwork created since his first attempts, is meticulously reinvented into creative visual landscapes layering circles upon circles of color schemes in gradations of complementary hues. Â The colors reveal very subtle changes. Â The circles pull the eye in. Â The images seem to have a life of their own, a vibrant quality of pushing the viewer to look for patterns while pulling the eyes into fishers, crevices, or 'wormholes' as one collector observed. I have witnessed the intimate evolution of Luke's circles only because I have the honor and privilege of being Luke's wife. Â The fact that I am discussing my husband's art work is of significance only in the sense that it is somewhat rare, although not unheard of, for the artist's loved one to interject a provocative discussion of the artwork publicly in a blog; however, this is a sign of the times we live in today and I feel blessed as a writer to have this open forum to share with you the joys and struggles inherent in Luke's artistic process.
The way I see it, Luke has taken on Â the impossible task of creating the perfect circle, where no perfect circle has ever existed before, despite Giotto's legend. Â All mathematical equations to date reveal that there is no perfect circle. It is a myth. So why Luke has persisted in this impossible feat only reminds me of the story of Don Quixote. Here is where I see Luke chasing his windmills. This is where in my imagination, I view the circles on the canvas as Luke's quest for the impossible dream and his circles are his windmills. Â His paintbrush is his sword. Â Thus LukeÂ
Van Hook's paintings, for me, exhibit all the romantic qualities innate in a love story. Â Seeking to please his beloved Lucia, these references emerging from raw canvas could be read practically like text. Â Some art collectors saw the circles as Braille text or some secret code or language. Â The secret, I think, lies in Luke's love of sports! Â Sometimes I interpret this circle code to reflect images of the sports activities I see Luke enjoy daily; Â I make visual connections to the circles on the wheels of his bicycles which hang in his studio or his skate boards that decorate the rafters of the painting bays or even the wheels that drive his car which sits resting on almost perfect circles on the driveway.
For a while, I was convinced that Luke's enthusiasm for cycling was directly influencing the subjects of his paintings because one day, I was staring at one of his earlier images, (which is hung lovingly on the wall of the dining room right over the microwave oven); I saw it hanging next to a photograph of Luke participating in the 'Death Race 1999', a bicycle ride that cycle enthusiasts pursue along the most dangerous mountainous roads known as the California Alps in Northern California at the edge of the Northern Nevada border where Markleeville meets the Carson Valley. Â The image Luke had painted in 1998, while recovering, ironically, from a broken ankle suffered in a bicycle race in Minden; was the image of three bicycles in a dead heat on the gray pavement with the yellow dividing line providing a ground for what appears as three large helmets (representative of the riders) in red, green and yellow. Â The eventual emergence of Luke's hatch marks from work created in 2000, can be seen on the helmets and if you are really looking for this, (with your microscope) you may even find, the very beginnings of the influences which have eventually led to this mad case of circle paintings! Â The circle imagery you might be searching for could have started at the base of the bicycle's anatomy with the wheels spinning along the highway to Kingsbury Grade, somewhere near Genoa, along the bottom of the hill leading to Lake Tahoe. Â I comfort myself as painter's wife, that even Picasso had his periods, as did Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin and so long as Luke Van Hook doesn't try to cut off his ear we are doing just fine with these circles.
But don't take my word for it. Luke Van Hook's circle paintings are something you should see for yourself. Â The subtlety of the work is difficult to capture on film, although I tried my best to create a video after struggling with photographing the stills for three years. Â But even the video work fails to reveal the whole story. Â You've got to stand in front of one of these pieces to involve yourself in the novella of Luke's life. Â Although I can decode a small portion of what I see through his work, the rest of the circles on the canvas are still a vague mystery to me as well. Â Every relationship has its secrets. Â Thus Luke and I, as artists, are no different. Â Even when we know each other, there are elements of surprise and adventure that we have yet to tell each other. Â The mystery in his canvases is what really thrills me to see Luke's work on display under gallery lighting! (Sales don't hurt my enthusiasm either!)
When I think of Luke Van Hook's circle paintings, today, in 2008, I often think of Luke riding a skateboard doing 'ollies' and then trying for a loop-de-loop in mid-air. Â This is because in January of 2008, Luke begged for a skateboard for his birthday and little did I know what would happen when I wrapped it up for him! Â He has returned to the love of his youth. Â Luke Van Hook has come full circle to his beginnings to land on his home base. The skateboard has also flown in mid-air, in harmony with gravity, and both land as one in a perfect execution of a move I would never dare try to do myself. Â I see each circle on the canvas as Luke's attempt to catapult his work into the mainstream of the art-world with each rotation of the paintbrush on the surface of the canvas. Â This is where I see Luke Van Hook in mid catapult, surfing on the air, light in transition, from youth to inspired maturity; from student to master, with paintbrush in hand landing and continuing to roll on four wheels with a great big shit-eating grin on his face. ('four' being the lucky number of his numerology charts). I see the ordered struggle, the innate joy in the success of one loop-de-loop after another. And once in a while, I also see the crash landing and the bloody injuries. Â What is more important is that Luke gets up and does it again each and every time. Â Luke has to begin again with each new circle, every circle becoming a part of a larger layer of community, thus his canvases vibrate with activity, mystery, romance and adventure. Â I find my own meanings in each image Â as it develops day by day and I am privileged to stand beside him, admire and witness the struggle of our Don Quixote in the new millennium, first hand.
There is still time to see these painting up close and personal. The Brand Library Art Galleries is part of the Glendale Public Library, located at 1601 West Mountain Street in the City of Glendale, 91201 Â Telephone: Â 818-548-2051/ fax 818-548-2713 ; Â visit the Brand Library Art Galleries online at Â www.brandlibrary.org Â Â to Â check for Library hours.
Cookie Gallegos, Ana Porras and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Art Library Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Margo Payne, Lynn Nantana-Green and Angela Williams attend the exhibition "Circle in the Square" in support of Luke Van Hook.
Lynn Lantana-Green came to support Artist, Luke Van Hook at the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" an art exhibition held at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Â Photos by Ginger Van Hook
Kevin Powell came to support Luke Van Hook and enjoy the paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist Luke Van Hook brought home-made pies to his reception of the exhibition "Circle in the Square". In addition to painting, Luke Van Hook has a reputation for making awesome pies from scratch.Â Photographed milling around the Double Fudge Pican Pie and the Sweet Berry Pie were the grandchildren of Hector Sticker. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Claudio Sticker, Hector Sticker, Peter Bolten, Martha Ingels, Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels attend the reception of Â "Circle in the Square". Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels worked together to create circles on canvas with the use of robotic CNC machines. After creating a little over a dozen machine-made paintings, Luke went on to compete with the machine and do the circles on his own by hand, one by one. Each circle is represented as being one breath and Luke Van Hook states that these are the marks he is leaving behind which define his existence during this lifetime as he continues to pursue the legend of "Giotto's Perfect Circle". Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
From left to right, Ohannes Berberian, his daughter Melanie, Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian attend the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008. Â Ohannes Berberian owns DigiTECH Camera Repair in Monrovia, California (www.digitechcamerarepair.com). Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian are both fine art painters and members of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (M.A.F.A.). Rouzanna Berberian is a teacher in the after-school arts programs supported by M.A.F.A. Â which promotes the goal of enhancing the lives of those within the community through interaction with the arts and to increase the opportunities of children through art education. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
From left to right, Kathleen Zgonc, photographer Frank Zgonc and artist Luke Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008. Frank Zgonc is a an executive member of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts in Monrovia, California. Frank Zgonc is the vice-president and official curator of Monrovia's yearly October Art Festival. This year the October Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 11th and 12th, 2008 at the Monrovia Community Center located at 119 W. Palm Avenue in Monrovia. Free and open to the public, this art event will feature work by photographer Frank Zgonc; (Scheduled from 10 am to 6pm both days). Â There will also be an Opening Night Celebration Saturday, October 11th from 7-9:30 pm where the special Renaissance Award will be presented to a worthy individual who has made significant contributions to the arts.Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Mr. and Mrs. Luke and Ginger Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Libraries Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California. Â Luke Van Hook an artist working from Inglewood, California earned a BFA Â at Otis College of ARt and Design. Â For several years, Van Hook has been exploring in his work, Giotto's fabled "perfect circle". Â Over time the single-minded focus on the perfection of the circle has been subsumed by the artist's interest in the aesthetic and expressive qualities of the circle. New works depict ritualistically repeated circular brushstrokes on canvas, hemp, and other materials. Van Hook states that he began " as a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle was possible; these circles have now morphed into a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle is Â possible. These circles have now morphed into a study in patience. The sense of time and the marking of time is inherent in the meticulous application of paint. The viewer can appreciate these temporal qualities but is also compelled to bring their own Â interpretation to the work. Are these circles pure abstraction? Combined do they conceal deliberate shapes and forms? or are they perhaps a secret code or language? Van Hook has exhibited at TAG Gallery, Focus One Gallery, and the Bolsky Gallery in Â Westchester. Luke Van Hook's painting may also be viewed on his website: www.lukevanhook.com
Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten
Kevin Powell comes to support Luke Van Hook for his opening reception. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Â Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Jason Porras attends the opening reception to support Luke Van Hook in his endeavors to pursue Giotto's legend of the 'Perfect Circle'. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo By Ginger Van Hook.
Zoe Hengst, Ginger Van Hook and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.
Zoe and Jopie Hengst walk through the center of the exhibition "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook at the opening night, August 2, 2008. Paintings by Susan Sironi in the background. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cookie Gallegos, Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook pose for photographs in front of Luke Van Hook's painting at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.
Cookie Gallegos and Ana Porras watch the dance performance choreographed by Cheryl Walker, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Yesung Kim poses for a photograph in front of her paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 02, 2008, Glendale, California. Yesung Kim from Upland, California, was born in Seoul, South Korea and holds MFA degrees from Chung-Ang University and Claremont Graduate University. Kim's mixed media pieces are seductively simple. Ordinary brown packing string is deftly applied to a painted canvas creating organic shapes that shimmer and reflect light. At times these shapes appear to be on the brink of an amoeba-like division as they spread and expand, dropping off the edge of one canvas and continuing on to another. Kim Â cites the natural world and light and color as the underlying themes that both inspire and permeate her work. Â Following solo shows at the Seoul Museum of Art and the Seoul Arts Center, Kim's work was most recently exhibited at the San Bernardino County Museum's Multi Media Mini Show. More information about Kim's work can be found on her website: www.yesungkim.com
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Painting by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Glass curtain by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008,Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker designed a curtain of vinyl layers of color called 'Waterfall IV' that became the backdrop for a beautiful dance performance using the 'circle in the square' theme exhibited at the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker holds in her hand some of the vinyl circles that were placed upon the windows at the exhibition hall. Her vinyl circles upon the windows created an illusion of Â the stained glass effects. The dance piece entertained a large audience on opening night as artists, collectors, art appreciators and family and friends celebrated the mythologies, geometries, magical and mystical qualities of the circle. Â Dance Performers Liz Â Curtis, and Martha Carrascosa performed a dance which included participation from members of the audience. Â
Members of the audience interacted with the dancers Martha Carrascosa and Liz Curtis at the Brand Library Art Galleries participated in creating a colorful cascade of window art on August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California.
Audience watches dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa from Glendale Community College as they perform a choreographed piece by Cheryl Walker, artist. "Circle in the Square", Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Â Photo By Ginger Van Hook
Dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa performing dance choreographed by artist Cheryl Walker, (within the green curtain), Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California.Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker engaged in performance art intersecting with window art using the artistic theme of 'Circle in the Square'. Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, CAlifornia August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker smiles happily on opening night, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker, a Los Angeles artist, earned her BA in art in her home state of Minnesota, and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. In this exhibition Walker created two large site-specific installations of vinyl, oil pastel and natural and artificial light. Â Walker explains that the driving force behind her work is "human interaction and improvisation in response to a natural phenomenon or situation." Trained as painter, Walker's installations have some of the qualities of painting; when viewed head-on the suspended layers of vinyl can appear to be two-dimensional because of their transparency and the cut shapes and forms applied to the vinyl are reminiscent of brushstrokes--but removed from the wall these works are thrust into what she calls an "interactive field of play." The fluidity of the material she works with and her interest in collaboration between the artist and the viewer have inspired Walker to create works that can be transformed into performance pieces by dance, music and in-situ art-making. In this exhibition, a dance performance captivates the audience on opening night at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008. Â Photos By Ginger Van Hook
Barbara Kolo, Artist from "Circle in the Square" poses for a photograph in front of her painting with her husband Mr. Kolo. Barbara Kolo, a Santa Monica Artist, earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Kolo Participated in a successful two-person show at the Brand Library Art Galleries in 1999. The Brand Library Art Galleries are pleased to present (nearly ten years later) a new body of work by Barbara Kolo that connects to that which was here before. In those works and these, her focus is on representing organic materials. The current large scale acrylic on canvas works are saturated with color; the stippled application of paint creates organic shapes and patterns representative of the natural world. Â The subject matter is open to each viewers interpretation, where one may see a birch forest at dusk, others may see the Â bold aesthetic of pure color and abstraction. Kolo has had recent solo shows at Topanga Canyon Gallery and the Off Rose Gallery in Venice, California. More information about Kolo's work can be found on her website: www.barbarakolo.com Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Barbara Kolo poses for a photograph during opening night celebrations for the exhibition, "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Augusts 2, 2008. Glendale, California.
Susan Sironi, Â an artist living in Altadena, California posed for her photograph in front of her paintings at Â the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008. Â Susan Sironi earned her BFA at California Sate University, Long Beach. This exhibition will showcase Sironi's recent paintings as well as her Glass Curtain installation which is comprised of conjoined antique optometric lenses. Her paintings are about texture, color and process. Small dabs of oil paint are painstakingly applied to aluminum, building up an intricate, thorny surface. Highly textured and multihued when viewed up close, this surface belies the color play minimalist color-field appearance of the work at a distance . In the artist's own words "texture and color play equal roles in these works. They ... set up contradictions within each piece. Painitings Â that seem to invite touch and intimacy are also reserved and automomous. Time and process are weighed against a static and minimal structure. Sironi's work was most recently seen in the Brea Art Gallery's Made in California exhibition, at the Chouinard School of Art Gallery, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Â More information about Sironi's work can be found on her website: web.mac.com/susansironi/susan/sironi/Welcome.html.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook. Â
Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.
The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Luke Van Hook paintings are now showing at the Brand Library Art Galleries in
|The Plot of my Next Game||In the year 30N, a child was born. His parents were hiding from the Institution, aliens who rule over the galaxy with an iron fist. Shortly after being born, their hiding place was discovered. The kid was teleported to the nearest moon base, and holographically disguised as one of the Institutionalized (colloquially abbreviated as the Ized). He was raised by them to be a fighter, not knowing the details of his human past, but programmed to learn at age 30.|
One day at age 30 he was going about his normal alien business when the holograph was deactivated, and he suddenly looked like a human pig. Knowing he would be killed if he was seen by the ized, he ran into hiding trying to figure out what was going on, when a video chip implanted in his brain suddenly explained everything to him. HE KNEW WHAT HAD TO BE DONE. He needed to avenge his fallen parents. Luckily there was a gun shop nearby. He wanted the awesomater, which shot laser bullets made of explosions, but he had no money so he was given the squeaker instead, which shot airsoft pellets. It was enough to protect him until he could afford a cooler gun, or upgrade his current gun.
The first thing he needs to do is clear: get a better gun. So he decides to rob a bank, which involves a lot of stealth since he can't hurt people yet. It's an easy mission, the kung-fu training he was given as a child helped him find the safe. With a new supply of money he could finally afford a good gun that could make aliens bleed and die, and could always make money by robbing the corpses of the aliens he killed so he can upgrade and make more awesome the guns he has, or even get the awesomater.
He realized he needed some defense, so he had to go get some space armor. The only armor shop in the galaxy was in a different space system though, so he had to find his way to the nearest wormhole generator instead. It was heavily guarded by ized troops, so he had to go shooting and kung fu on them to clear a path, before entering the wormhole (when an awesome cutscene plays). He gets the armor and is now ready to infiltrate the main ized base in the garkoblurger system. Along the way he meets a sexy alien chick named Bragana with 3 giant boobs, and they fall in love and fight together for a rest of the game.
He enters the base and starts shooting, guns ablaze. Flashbacks of his mysterious childhood play as hes shooting the evil aliens. Was this right? He is faced with a tough moral decision, but decides to keep killing to avenge his real parents.
Finally he reaches the control room. But what a twist! The chief ized leader is... the ALIEN WHO RAISED HIM AS A CHILD! He says "We may have killed your real parents... but I RAISED YOU. I may not be your real father, but I acted as a father to you. Surely that means something to you?" He replies "But but... you killed them!". He is faced with a moral dilemma, before deciding to kill him. He shoots and an awesome final boss battle begins. When the alien is dead, he hits the self destruct button and he needs to escape the galaxy before it implodes in on itself. On the way out, Bragana slips and falls down. Our hero catches her, but she says it's too late for her and falls into a pit and dies. He screams "NOOOOO" but continues escaping. He gets to a spaceship, and flies it away. As he watches the galaxy implode, a single tear streams down his eye, and the credits roll.
@FormaSounds is an appropriate Twitter name for the synth-obsessed Brooklyn trio. While their sound is reminiscent of grÃ¼vier side of Kosmiche, their contemporary styling isn't as much a nod, as it is a reinterpretation of the effervescent modular sounds produced in Deutschland in the 70s. I recently had the pleasure of seeing Forma score a few experimental films at PS1, and one score in particular, their audio contribution to a Maya Deren's film At Land, left me in mental shambles. The film found Deren meandering on a vacant beach, waves rolling in reverse. Forma played from behind the audience but sounded like they were rising from an oceanic abyss. Their textures were so organic it was hard to think of them as modular creations, as they sounded so much like field recordings. Anyway, I just jammed their debut on Spectrum Spools and it is a subterranean portal into a lost future. Take the pill. Jump down the wormhole. Go in below. (Buy the LP here.)
FORMA: FORMA by alteredzones
|neon hex real 3D portal (no JS)||
No JS, all coded from scratch. All logic is mine, all computed, no guessing, no picking code solutions from anywhere else. Created for [#neonHexagonsWeekend](http://codepen.io/tmrDevelops/blog/hexagons-in-neon). Uses the [Zeon Nebra palette](http://www.colourlovers.com/palette/2148038/%E2%84%A4_Zeon_Nebra). [Inspiration](http://www.superbwallpapers.com/digital-art/hexagon-wormhole-to-earth-15813/): ![inspiration image](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CK0EXofWoAEJFlm.jpg) Tested & works in Firefox 39, Chrome 44, 46 (canary)/ Opera 31 beta on Windows 8. Needs `transform-style: preserve-3d` to work, so no IE up to and including 11. *Should* work in the new Edge browser though. Expected result screenshot: ![screenshot](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CK2Vb5uWUAANVI0.png) Also, you can take a look at [what other lovely people have created for this themed weekend](http://codepen.io/collection/Xdbeaa/).
|Orientalism and the Tourist Archive: A Conversation with Jai Arun Ravine||This month, we had the pleasure of talking with writer, dancer, and designer Jai Arun Ravine, who recently published The Romance of Siam: A Pocket Guide (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016). Join us as Jai shares about the wormholes and winding side streets that led to the creation of their remarkable new book, which takes the […]|
|Turok Evolution (Highly Compressed 158mb)|
Turok: EvoIution is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Acclaim Entertainment. The game was originally released for the Game Boy Advance but then later released for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in 2002. A port for the PC was released in 2003 for the European market. It was the last to follow in the series before is was rebooted by a 2008 entry in theTurok video games series, called Turok.
The game begins with the seer, Tarkeen, explaining the history of the Lost Lands which had, for years, been fought over by tyrannic warlords.
On earth during the old west, Tal'Set faces off his enemy, Captain Bruckner and succeeds in cutting off his arm, but both of them are sucked into a wormhole. Tal'Set is nearly killed and the people of the River Village, who found him, call upon Tarkeen to heal him. Tarkeen then commands them to bring Tal'Set to him. He is sent into the jungle and kills enemy factions, lizard-like enemies known as the Sleg, that are close to the Village. Tal'Set hooks up with Genn, a pilot from the Village, who will be guiding him to the seer. Along the way, he uses the Pterosaur to evict the Sleg from the jungle and destroy their air ship.
Tal'Set reaches Tarkeen's sanctum and Tarkeen tells him that it was he who summoned him and that he must accept the mantle of Turok and release Tarkeen from a curse. When Tal'Set refuses, Tarkeen tells him that the Slegs had managed to reach the Village. This enrages Tal'Set which prompts him to cut through the mountains to reach the Sleg base, where they are holding the villagers and the River Village leader, Wise Father. He infiltrated the base and releases the prisoners and then enters the Sleg fortress.
Turok: Evolution features four-player split screen multiplayer. The game features at least 13 multiplayer maps, several of which contain dinosaur AI bots.
Read more Â»
|Through The Marketing Wormhole||How to navigate todayâs political and digital marketing landscape.|
|A Call to Arms - David Weber, Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope|
A Call to Arms
David Weber, Timothy Zahn, and Thomas Pope
Baen, Oct 6 2015, $26.00
The impoverished Star Kingdom of Manticore parliament debate continues over whether the isolated in a remote area of the galaxy nation needs a defenseless naval fleet loaded with obsolete in terrible shape ships and corrupt lazy officers. Those in favor insist on modernization though know budgeting remains an issue; those opposed insist no one out there gives a crap about this out of the way orb. Changing the pros and cons is the discovery of a strategic wormhole that the external superpowers want to control. The parliamentary members mostly ignore the impact except to consider leasing the rights to control of the wormhole to one of the coveting outside powerhouses.
However, not everyone watching Manticore remains patient with the minor Star Kingdomâs internal argument. Hostile takeover comes to Manticore, but the underfunded obsolete Royal Navy led by courageous in corrigible officers like Lieutenant Travis Long defends their nation while the Parliament deliberates over going to war or less costly (and personally profitable) surrender.
The storyline starts leisurely as the plot builds a solid foundation that leads to an exciting military science fiction. Once again loyal Long thinks outside the crypt while preparing for war at a time when the Manticore Parliament seems to mirror our Congress (take credit for success and blame others for failure; but mostly do nothing except claim exceptionalism and patriotism). In spite of a sameness to the overarching premise to the previous Manticore Ascendant thriller (see A Call To Duty), this is an interesting space opera that Harrington fans will enjoy; especially how ancient history differs from what future generations and historians, and the âbooksâ believe happened.
|Atlas moth! Peacock spider!||I'm stopping the huge piece I'm working on to make some small pieces- I can't stop thinking about an atlas moth that just hatched this weekend in the butterfly room at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The volunteer working the room this weekend told me that atlas moths get up to a foot across and come out of their cocoon without mouths, which means they only live for three days. "Some people wonder what is the use, three days," she said, "but they serve as food for other animals."|
This phrase is ringing in my ears. I'm going back to draw the moth and talk to the full time butterfly guy today- Atlas moths are incredibly interesting creatures. It turns out they live for about two weeks as mouthless moths, sustained by the fat of their caterpillar lives. They eat lime, guava, willow, cinnamon, poplar, avocado and tea... They are full of implications. Even their caterpillarhood is exciting. You can see their video here...
And in the wormhole that is youtube videos of bugs, I found out about the Peacock Spider, who drove me to blog despite the fact that I want to get to work. Because you have to see this guy.
It's a courtship dance.
|Badass Ladies You Should Know: Sarah Nicole Lemon||Done Dirt Cheap, was released in March to rave reviews, but Lemon is also an outspoken advocate for social justice, a rock climber, a mom of three, and a biker babe. Read on to learn more about her publishing journey -- and scroll down to win a signed copy of her book!|
Lemon: I am an author, with one book freshly into the world (DONE DIRT CHEAP) and another set to come out in 2018 (VALLEY GIRLS). I never intended to become a writer, because that felt like a magical thing girls like me did not get to be. I grew up poor and anything with art didnât make money, so it simply wasnât a possibility. But I was always a voracious readerâreading gave me access to the world I couldnât have. When my life gathered some stability, I began looking more towards to writing as something I could actually do, even if it made me no money. I am aware how privileged I am to be doing something I love so much.
Lemon: Not unless you count things in the outdoors? With writing being so cerebral, I appreciate the chance to do something with my hands and feet, and seeing more than just the computer screen. I rock climb, hike, and ride my motorcycle when I can. Honestly though, as a mom to three small children (one special needs), a police wife, and trying to start a writing career, time for anything extra is not readily available. When I was younger, I enjoyed photography, watercolor, and music. I know Iâll find those things again when I have more space. For now, I just enjoy Instagram and getting lost in YouTube wormholes.
Kate: What's your biggest challenge?
Lemon: Iâm going to be real here, and say by far the greatest challenge Iâve encountered has been trying to jump social class. Whenever I open up about it, people are quick to compliment me that they canât even tellâand itâs hard not to cry âbut you canât see how hard Iâm working to have you say that.â Itâs sucked up the most amount of thought, time and effort in my publishing path. Iâll be honest, Iâve shed tears over it. When I first began in publishing, the nicest restaurant Iâd ever been in was basically an Olive Garden. I had never needed to tip service, because I was never in that space. I had only been on a plane once, for my honeymoon when I was 19. Now, Iâm a lot more comfortable in those spaces, and every time I get on a plane, or hand over my bags, or go to a nice restaurant, I marvel at where my life has taken me. Even though it means I no longer fully belong anywhere, Iâve made my peace with it and feel lucky to have had such a broad range of experiences.
Kate: Tell us about a time that you bounced back from failure.
Lemon: Iâm convinced failure is the most important part of success. Iâm a climber, and a terrible one, but I always hear in my head âif you arenât failing [falling], you arenât trying [climbing] hard enough.â DONE DIRT CHEAP is my first published book, but itâs the third book I wrote with my agent. The first was universally loved and rejected (too quiet). The second, my agent lovingly put in the trash (bless her). Those two failures made DDC possible. It made me raw and desperate, and also willing to put all my vulnerabilities on the line and really go for it. I tried to write a book only I could write. The other thing about failure is that its most terrifying before it happens. When it happens, Iâve found itâs much easier to deal with than I expected.
Kate: What's the best compliment you've ever gotten?
Lemon: A friend just told me Iâm the walking subversion of a trope, and itâs one of the nicest things anyoneâs ever said. I understand that my background, my stories, and the way I look creates an immediate distrust (deserved) to people in publishing, but especially PoC. It can be really awkward, in that space to, say, know how to skin a deer. But, I try to take ownership of my history, my peopleâs history, to show you can change, you can learn, you can have different experiences and still have empathy and understanding. I do appreciate my learning experiences about race and class were all done in the real world (as opposed to online). I lived in West Baltimore at the same time as I worked at Georgetown Law, and God bless the black women who guided redneck, floundering me through those spaces.
Lemon: I was raised to believe the worst thing I could become was a feminist. If you wanted to completely take away a womanâs credibility in my community, you called her a feminist. For me, the point in my life where I really came into my own as a feminist was during my first pregnancy. I was 22, and despite being married, college educated, and in a steady white collar job, being pregnant made me lose the âexceptional womanâ status Iâd enjoyed. It also forced me to confront how I relied on white supremacy to reaffirm that belief.
I was living in West Baltimore at the time, and everywhere I went in the medical community in Baltimore, people treated me based on my face, my youth, and my address (the presumption was I was white trash, uneducated, and pregnant with a black, drug dealerâs baby). I was told to abort my child. I was told I shouldnât be bringing kids into the world. Even after his birth, I was continually talked down to, given misinformation and treated as if I wasnât capable of taking care of my child. Itâs hard to spend all your energy trying to prove to people you deserve to exist, that you deserve to be treated with respect, that you deserve to bring a family into the world.
I understood immediately that the treatment I was receiving, however shitty, was still better than the treatment my (black) neighbors received. I understood that if I went missing in West Baltimore, people were going to care a little more than they cared about a missing, pregnant, black woman from West Baltimore. That directly affected my feminism, because suddenly feminism became something incredibly importantâit became something I understood from a systematic perspective. The system does not find much value in the existence of women, but specifically poor or black, and especially poor, black women (and good lord, letâs not forget poor, black trans women!). We, as white women, or âexceptional women,â or black women with privilege, are complicit in that violence unless we actively dismantle that in our lives. Even now, I approach feminism from the systematic perspective. I focus on dismantling the systems that support and reaffirm our prejudices and beliefs. I strive to do that in my writing, in my lane. I also force everyone back home to deal with me as a feminist. I donât shy away from the label.
Lemon: I think the best way to support other women is by looking at the women in your community and finding your role in supporting, elevating and caring for women the most at risk. For me, as an author, it means promoting women of color online, reading their books and talking about their books. It means listening to them when they talk about harm perpetuated in literature. It means I do not tell stories that arenât mine to tell. For my best friend, who was a student midwife and is now in school to be a nurse midwife, it means something totally different (namely, helping at risk women get access to positive maternal care). I think we all have opportunities in our lives to change the system if we are looking with intentionality.
Lightning round: Tell us what youâreâ¦
reading: nothingâ¦whomp whompâ¦Iâm on a deadline. But Iâm super excited about Roshani Chokshiâs new book A CROWN OF WISHES, and that will be the first book I read post deadline.
watching: Dave Chappelleâs comedy special on Netflix.
listening to: Tool, itâs my editing music. Thereâs something in the rhythm that just fits my writing brain.
eating: salad, fried chicken, and Halo Top ice cream.
doing: finishing my 2018 book, VALLEY GIRLS
wearing: Adidas pants and a Metallica t-shirt.
wishing for: everything Gucci right now, which is not at all in my price realm, but a girl can dream.
wanting: to show up at all author events looking like 70âs Jerry Hall (this is an unattainable dream, but I persist in it).
loving: THUG on the NYT list for the third week in a row! [author's note: this answer shows how unacceptably long its taken me to share this interview -- apologies, Lemon!]
Lemon: Right now, Iâm learning a lot about black women of rock and roll and also Asian women climbers. Those are two widely disparate things, I know, but women like Big Mama Thornton (an out and proud black woman in the 50âs who wrote "Ball ân Chain" and recorded "Hound Dog" before Elvis), and also girls like Malavath Poorna (who climbed Everest at 13yo) are incredible and interesting, and I want to read these books! (I am not writing them).
Kate: What is your advice to aspiring badasses?
Lemon: Have a spirit of teachability. (Is that a word?) Iâm a Slytherin, so obviously, I think being teachable is important because it allows you to learn how to be successful, even if nature or nurture hasnât naturally inclined that way.
Win a signed copy of Done Dirt Cheap! Open to US and Canada.
website // twitter // instagram
get Done Dirt Cheap // add Valley Girls to your TBR
|An Early SFR Holiday Treat: ALL I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS by Pauline Baird Jones & Genie Davis|
Authors Pauline Baird Jones and Genie Davis teamed up for a sci-fi romance themed holiday anthology called ALL I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS and itâs available now at various online vendors! Howâs that for being ahead of the game?
Hereâs the cover and blurb:
Beware of aliens bearing gifts!
Christmas is coming and so is All I Got For Christmas. Inside you'll get the evocative and haunting, "Riding for Christmas," and the offbeat and heartwarming, "Up on the Housetop."
Riding For Christmas:
A mesmerizing tale of interstellar time travel and romance!
Jane MacKenzie, visiting her grandfather's abandoned ranch, discovers something in the snow. When she opens the ribbon-wrapped box, it mysteriously returns Sam Harrington, who "disappeared" in an 1885 blizzard.
There's nothing alien in this enduring tale of holiday homecomings and the hope of love that lasts a lifetime.
Up on the House Top:
Will her Christmas be ho, ho, ho? Or oh no, no, no?
Gini knew Christmas in Wyoming would be challenging as she headed over the frozen crick and through the woods to the family cabin. The lights are going out in her mom's attic, the guy who broke her heart is on the porch...and there are aliens on the roof.
According to her mom, it's going to be the best Christmas ever.
Do something for you (0r someone you love) and make "All I Got for Christmas" what you GET for Christmas!
About the authors
Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist, journalist, and produced screen and television writer living near the beach in Los Angeles. Her novels include mystery thriller Marathon, romantic suspense titles The Model Man and Five O'Clock Shadow, and the literary noir, Dreamtown, with two brand new books and an exciting re-issue coming soon. And, writing with Linda Marr, there's the fabulously fun light romantic suspense of Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. She's a winner of RWA's Passionate Plume Award. You can see her work in the arts on her own diversionsLA.com
Pauline Baird Jones had a tough time with reality from the get-go. After "schooling" from four, yes FOUR brothers, she knew that some people needed love and others needed shooting. Pauline figured she could do both. Romantic suspense was the logical starting point, but there were more worlds to explore, more rules to break and minds to bend. She grabbed her pocket watch and time travel device and dove through the wormhole into the world of science fiction and even some Steampunk.
Now she wanders among the genres, trying a little of this and a lot of that, rampaging through her characters' lives like Godzilla because she does love her peril (when it's not happening to her). Never fear, she gives her characters happy endings. Well, the good characters. The bad ones get justice.
|Rain by Christie Cote Cover Reveal|
Iâm very excited to reveal the cover for my first novel Rain today. I have been dying to share it for months now, and I finally can. I spent countless hours sifting through images trying to find the perfect one until I found the image of a girl sitting on a bench. I manipulated the image in Photoshop, which yielded the cover below. I hope you like it.
I Canât wait to share the book with the world. In the meantime, you are welcome to look at the cover and watch the book trailer that I made for it.
Rain Book Trailer:
Iâm also giving away autographed Rain bookmarks to anyone that would like one. Just fill out the form HERE. This offer is international, and I will keep your information private.
I want to give a HUGE shout out to all of the bloggers helping me by participating in the cover reveal today. Thank you for featuring my book and helping me spread the word about it.
Below are the awesome blogs participating. Be sure to check them out, some of them even have special interviews, exclusive quotes and an excerpt.
I reside in Vermont with my Husband and our dog. When Iâm not reading, writing, or dreaming up my next story, I can be found shooting targets with my bow, drawing or baking.
Rain is my first book.
I write Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.
|Comment on Practical Time Travel by mark||certain Australian and american government agencies ( black or othewrwisw ) are said to be experimenting with "time travel" and/or jumping parallel universes and wormholes quite successfully ( witnesses have come forward ) especially if one goes bushwalking into a large tract of forest owned by the people of Australia and reports of said campers being shot at by Australian and American fully kitted soldiers!!!!! On our own land classed as a nature park nto be used by all. So why all the security and agro by soldiers??? Go figure.What are they hiding out there, don`t ask or you might disapear without trace!!!!!!!!!|
|Spacetime Fabric Softener||A cosmonaut investigates a wormhole in deep space.|
|Astronomers have reconfirmed Einstein's most famous theory in a stunning way||
Once again, scientists have confirmed Einstein's theory of general relativity, which describes the way massive objects â like stars â cause space to bend.
For the first time, astronomers have glimpsed the bending of light from a more distant star by a nearby white dwarf. They then used Einstein's theory to calculate the white dwarf's mass. They published their study this week (June 7, 2017) in the peer-reviewed journal Science.
Kailash C. Sahu at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland led the international team that conducted this new research. The team used the Hubble Space Telescope to make their observations.
Terry Oswalt of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida wrote a related perspective piece in the same issue of Science, and his university produced the explanatory video at the top of this post. Oswalt said in a statement:
The research by Sahu and colleagues provides a new tool for determining the masses of objects we can't easily measure by other means. The team determined the mass of a collapsed stellar remnant called a white dwarf star. Such objects have completed their hydrogen-burning life cycle, and thus are the fossils of all prior generations of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Einstein would be proud. One of his key predictions has passed a very rigorous observational test.
Einstein himself believed you could, in theory, obtain mass measurements from gravitational lensing. But his astounding revelations about the universe didn't include predictions about the many advances in instrumentation that have actually occurred. Thus in a 1936 article in the Science, he wrote that because stars are so far apart:
â¦ there is no hope of observing this phenomenon directly.
And yet, of course, the phenomenon of the bending of starlight has been observed, beginning with Arthur Eddington and team's May 1919 measurement of light bending around our local star, the sun, during a total solar eclipse. That early confirmation of Einstein's theory made headlines around the world and made Einstein the world's most famous scientist.
Since 1979, astronomers have had the technological oomph to observe the bending of light by yet-more-distant objects, starting with SBS 0957+561, aka the Twin Quasar.
In the 1980s, astronomers realized that the combination of CCD imagers and computers would allow the brightness of millions of stars to be measured each night. And since then â in observational programs such as Poland's Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE), astronomers have discovered hundreds of examples of gravitational lensing and microlensing.
The statement featuring Terry Oswalt at Embry-Riddle explained why this new research is different and significant:
When a star in the foreground passes exactly between us and a background star, gravitational microlensing results in a perfectly circular ring of light â a so-called 'Einstein ring.'
Sahu's group observed a much more likely scenario: Two objects were slightly out of alignment, and therefore an asymmetrical version of an Einstein ring formed. The ring and its brightening were too small to be measured, but its asymmetry caused the distant star to appear off-center from its true position. This part of Einstein's prediction is called 'astrometric lensing' and Sahu's team was the first to observe it in a star other than the sun â¦
Sahu's team measured shifts in the apparent position of a distant star as its light was deflected around a nearby white dwarf star called Stein 2051 B on eight dates between October 2013 and October 2015. They determined that Stein 2051 B â the sixth-closest white dwarf star to the sun â has a mass that is about two-thirds that of the sun.
Terry Oswalt explained that the finding is important because it "provides a new tool for determining the masses of objects we can't easily measure by other means." He said it also opens a new window to understanding "the history and evolution of galaxies such as our own."
Bottom line: Once again, Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity has been confirmed, using gravitational microlensing. Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the mass of a nearby white dwarf, as it bent the light of a more distant star.
|The Napoleon Wager (Gamester Wars #3)||
author: William R. Forstchen
average rating: 3.79
book published: 1993
read at: 2016/03/20
date added: 2016/03/20
The Napoleon Wager
Author: William R Forstchen
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Published In: NYC, NY
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
The ruling Humans, Gafs, and Xsarns of the Magellanic Cloud have spent an eternity under the thumb of the Overseers, a mysterious advanced race who police the others to keep them from war and enforce civility and law. The Kohs of the first three races have discovered a secret though. The Overseers are squatters just like they are. Their great power is only based on the tech of another even more ancient race long vanished from this area of space, The First Travelers. Now, with the control that the Overseers have used repeatedly on the wane as the power of the Kohs rises, the war games that the Kohs have been playing may be about to become real. And no one will have the power to stop them.
Why this book:
This is a re-read. I loved the trilogy the first time around. This time Iâve read it as itâs component parts and in the cases of the first two parts loved them, at least, equally to how I loved them before.
Napoleon Bonaparte is a great character in this book. Very well written.
Least Favorite Character:
Corbin Gablona is an idiot. Evil. Short sighted. An idiot. Heâs gone through the previous books acting like he was invulnerable. The lessons of The Assassin Gambit should have disavowed him of that ideal. But here he is acting, if possible, even more that way. Very OOC.
When the ancient alien machine that cheats at space chess sets Napoleon up to refight Waterloo on the interior surface of a giant alien dyson sphere in space.
The pace is good. A bit slower than the previous books, but alright.
Plot Holes/Out of Character:
Corbinâs freeing a cadre of Al Shiga from their world, including Ali Hassan after what happened to Corbin and Aldin Larice when they escaped at the end of The Assassin Gambit rings false. Considering the kind of person Corbin is, he wouldnât be able to play the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend card. He couldnât do it. It rings false to the character that he has been built into over the last two books. This is both a plot hole and an out-of-character situation. Even if he is planning on double crossing the Al Shiga, this still rings false for the character as presented previously. The character as written to this point, through the previous 2 books, would have been just as interested in killing all the Al Shiga as he is in doing away with Aldin Larice.
Whereas the previous two books spent much more time with the titular time traveler, Napoleon has barely appeared by halfway and is still in his home time. The historical personages were such a huge part of the previous books that this strikes a, not a false note, but an odd one, to be sure. And Oishi, one of the 47 Ronin from Book 2, is playing an extensive role in this one as well, whereas Alexander has been mentioned in passing only. The characters finally begin discussing a jump through time....and, itâs not Napoleon they are discussing.
The visit to the Xsarn Hive World and the traditional greeting. Bleech! Skatophiles would love that scene.
Why isnât there a screenplay?
While this one is big on destruction, a lot of the first half of the book is taken up with conversation and exhibition. Why do this? Why do that? A world is blown up by a light speed cargo vessel. Do we really want to do this? Will it have the desired consequence? A raid on a pleasure world. Must we act like the barbarians? Will this device truly work? Create an artificial wormhole that runs amok.
Last Page Sound:
Forstchen writes historical personages exceedingly well. Once Napoleon appears in the books, he dominates the proceedings. Alongside Oishi both from the previous book and Alexander from the first book, Napoleon may be one of the best written characters that Iâve ever read.
I will be reading other stuff by Forstchen.
Excepting my thoughts on Corbin which are discussed above, this was well put together.
Knee Jerk Reaction:
really good book
Disposition of Book:
Would recommend to:
|The Atlantis Ship (Carson Mach Adventure #1)||
author: A.C. Hadfield
average rating: 3.65
book published: 2015
read at: 2015/05/18
date added: 2015/05/18
The Atlantis Ship
Author: A. C. Hadfield
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Freelancer. Former War Hero. He hunts a ghost ship, a legend, a Dutchman, the Atlantis Ship.
Then, the object of his quest sails out of a wormhole and starts destroying everything in its path. Carson Mach finds himself against overwhelming odds on a mission across the galaxy. If he fails, all of humanity may pay the price. The mystery of the Atlantis Ship has to be solved.
Why this book:
Came to me on a read for review program.
Carson Mach, neâer-do-well, bounty hunter, troublemaker, washout, busted out of the service. Heâs very Han Solo-ish, from the attitude that comes off of him to the bar fight with one of his bounty targets in his introduction.
Tululu, the vestan engineer. Love the line where Mach wonders if she is excited about her escape or if she is just insane as she pilots her small podship around the Black Swan Orbital.
Squid, the droid. One of Babcockâs many worker droids from his lone exile planet. This one was more companion and friend during his long lonely exile.
Least Favorite Character:
Admiral Morgan comes across as a bit of a cardboard cutout and cliche. And compared to Mach and his crewâs personalities, he seems to not be fully drawn in. The parts of the book where he features feel a bit like we are being lead by the nose rather than being told a story.
Character I Most Identified With:
Carson Mach. Heâs a swashbucker. Heâs what Iâd want to be in that world. An excellent bit of escapism imagining yourself in his shoes.
This is a great mix of Trek, Wars, and Firefly.
Love the open with the poor bastard out doing exterior maintenance on Orbital Forty as the Atlantis Ship wormholes in and destroys the station underneath him.
The Shawshank from the Commonwealth prison as a way to fill out the crew was great.
Tululuaâs escape from the Black Swan Orbital.
The pacing is good, provided you arenât drawn offsides by the occasional editorial lapse. The back-at-command with Admiral Morgan scenes drag on the pace of the story.
Plot Holes/Out of Character:
The Captain sent to investigate the destruction of Orbital Forty being snippy with Admiral Morgan over subspace because she feels that she was sent on a wild goose chase that could have been taken care of by the natives of the local planetary system and, then, intimates to the Admiral that he isnât in her chain of command and that she is really there to challenge the horan movements in the area. If that were the case, then, she would need to be in the area anyway and her one sentence earlier reticence about the mission to the Orbital Forty debris field doesnât wash.
Mack and Adiraâs interactions are repetitious.
A coup in the fleet, Morgan going over his bossâs head due to his being frozen out of the command chain and put on the Atlantis Ship chase without any resources to carry out the mission. How this plays in relation to Mackâs hunt for the Dutchman isnât clear yet. And then, the coup in wider circles playing out as well. The scenes that take place outside of Carson Machâs presence drag.
The best scene featuring Morgan is the last scene in the denouement where he is trying to talk Mach into becoming Sky Marshal.
Why isnât there a screenplay?
This could go big screen. Heck, it could be a series.
Youâd have to reach outside of the obvious choices for Mach due to his similarities to Kirk, Solo, and Reynolds. Maybe Idris Elba.
Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel as Sanchez.
Clancy Brown as Babcock.
Jim Parsons as the voice of Squid.
Last Page Sound:
The story is strong enough to overcome the editorial shorcomings.
The story needed a few more passes under the editorâs blade and a re-read or two from the author. The repetitiousness between Mack and Adira should have been caught by an editor.
The dialogue is very rough in places. The novel desperately needed to be edited another time.
Knee Jerk Reaction:
really good book
Disposition of Book:
Would recommend to:
|Insurrection (Starfire, #1)||
author: David Weber
average rating: 3.89
book published: 1990
read at: 2015/02/16
date added: 2015/02/16
Author: David Weber and Steve White
Publisher: Baen Books
Published In: Riverdale, NY
REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
The wars with the Khanate had shifted the balance of power. The Corporate Worlds used the Fringe and Rim Worlds to supply the raw material and the fighting men. Once the guns fell silent, the Corporate Worlds didnât want to give back the power that they had amassed over the Fringers. They limited the governmental representation of the frontiers and the fringes with the assistance of the Heart Worlds. Forced by blood and to protect their homeworlds, the Fringers are going to take a stand.
Why this book:
Starfire. Love the game. Loved the books. This is a re-read for me.
Ladislaw Skjorning of Beaufort is a great character. Well rounded. Fierce. 3 dimensional.
Least Favorite Character:
Character I Most Identified With:
Admiral / Governor General Trevayne. I understand his character. But heâs on the wrong side of this war having sided with the Federation out of duty despite what the government of the Federation did that triggered the eventual rebellion and the formation of the Republic, even with the huge manpain reason that the Republic gave him by their attack on the Gallowayâs World shipyards and reservation.
Great science fiction.
When Ladislaw challenges Oskar Dieter of New Zurich to a duel of honor after Dieter insults the leader of the Beaufort delegation at the Beaufort embassy/consulate. And Dieter shows his true colors and wusses out.
Fionaâs swan song tragedy is well done. As is Ladislawâs challenge before the Chamber of Worlds when he tells them all that he knows it was an assassination plot orchestrated from that very chamber.
The scene where Ladislaw meets Dame Penelope MacTaggart, Fionaâs mother and leader of the MacTaggart Clan, at the spaceport on his return to Beaufort. It choked me up. Very well written.
When Rear Admiral Li Han stood down the pirates and destroyed them.
The Battle of Zapata is incredible military space opera sci fi.
The pace of this novel is great.
Ladislaw Skjorning would need to be a big guy to reflect his being from a high gravity world. Maybe Hafthor Julius Bjornsson. He was awesome as the Mountain on Game of Thrones. Not sure if he has the acting chops. Brando or Anthony Hopkins could invest Ladislaw with the necessary gravitas, but neither was a big enough man to do the character justice. Of course, one of them is dead and the other is too old for the role. Chris Hemsworth could do it.
Billy Bob Thornton as Oskar Dieter.
Admiral / Governor General Ian Trevayne would be great portrayed by Michael Fassbender.
Danny Trejo as Sergei Ortega.
Last Page Sound:
Thatâs just good stuff.
I love David Weber and Steve Whiteâs work in the Starfire series. David Weber is an awesome writer. He does military sci fi better than anyone.
Knee Jerk Reaction:
instant classic, real classic, real genre classic, really good book, glad I read it, itâs alright, meh!, why did I read this, not as good as I was lead to believe
Disposition of Book:
Would recommend to:
friends, family, kids, colleagues, everyone, genre fans, no one
The sublight space flight of this universe with the warp points/wormholes for extra system travel is a great gimmick.
|Fantasy Money Project||One of my most favorite projects from the 2012 spring semester at SCAD was the Money Project from my Design 101 Color Theory class. In this project we create fictional money based on a real or fantasy country. A narrative of the country should be provided with the original artwork of the fictional money and its downsized version. My money is based on Penrose Capital, a country from my "The Mult" story. I don't have the complete description of my country but I do have some details about it:|
Here's the penciled and colored of the Penrose Captial money:
|The Chatterley Effect||Spoilers? NSFW? I can’t tell anymore. I fell down a psychic wormhole recently while writing about Luis BuÃ±uel’s Belle De Jour (1967) for Film Freak Central. It was one of those chrono-synclastic infundibula that can convince a potheaded college student … Continue reading |
|The Anarchist's Flaw|
|November chart - Techno|
Ma sÃ©lection techno du mois de novembre :
01 Cio DâOr - Goldbrokat (Donato Dozzy Techno Rmx) [Prologue]
02 Traversable Wormhole - Exotic Matter [Traversable Wormhole]
03 David Alvarado - Blue (dub) [Ultra Records]
04 Function - Variance (CH-Signal Laboratories edit) [Sandwell]
05 Jeroen Search - Rise [M_Rec]
06 Lee Holman & Martin MÃ¼ller - Project EP [Home]
07 Alex Cortex - Laconic LP [Source]
08 Gianluca Meloni (Modern Heads) - Trickateng [Prologue]
09 Morphology - TriOptimum [Abstract Forms]
10 Julius Steinhoff - Something Like Wonderfull [Smallville]
|All the Birds in the Sky|
Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky is one of the most intriguing new novels of the year, partially because it defies definition. It’s fantasy, speculative, sci-fi, humor, coming-of-age and awkward epic romance, with the hipster references of a not-so-distant future. Think of it as magical realism for the digital age.
Patricia and Laurence are the quintessential outcasts at school, left out and bullied to varying degrees. Both suffer from clueless, inane parents who fail to recognize and appreciate what their children are capable of — and Patricia is burdened with a sociopathic older sister to boot.
Laurence is a super-tech geek, possessing a brilliant mind capable of easily cobbling together a wristwatch-sized, two-second time machine, which jumps the wearer two seconds in time. He has built a becoming-sentient supercomputer, which he keeps in his bedroom closet. Patricia happens to be a witch, whose powers first manifest as an ability to speak with birds and one particular tree. She’ll later hone these skills at a school for magic, where she finds she doesn’t fit in either — it’s no Hogwarts. Laurence’s parents pack him up and out to a military school, where the bullying intensifies. And while these outcasts don’t immediately embrace friendship (they are really very different), it seems inevitable. The two circle in and out of each other’s social orbits, and their coincidental meetups intensify once Patricia buys a Caddy, a guitar pick-shaped social media super tablet that enhances the user’s life in inexplicable ways.
The story gains momentum when the Earth is suddenly wracked with erupting superstorms. Is Patricia’s band of avenging-angel witches the key to saving the world, or will Laurence’s hacker-inventor cohort succeed in opening a wormhole to a new, better planet? Anders’ clever pre-apocalyptic novel never loses sight of the running themes of being understood, of being valued for who you are and the difficulty of making meaningful connections when you’re out on the fringe.
|How the Self Evolves|
The core of what I teach is the conviction that the shift in paradigm that so many of us recognize is needed, requires a transformation in the human sense of self. The practice of wormhole ... Read More
|How Consciousness Became Identified with Being You: A Wormhole Inquiry|
Now letâs take what we have been discussing so far and put it all this together into a model of identification that will help us visualize what spiritual awakening means in relationship to the possibility ... Read More
The post How Consciousness Became Identified with Being You: A Wormhole Inquiry appeared first on Jeff Carreira.
|Catching Up to Quantum Physics: A Wormhole Inquiry|
We live in an extremely materialistic age and we are all much more materialistic than we might imagine. And when I say materialistic I donât mean in the sense that we like to buy nice ... Read More
The post Catching Up to Quantum Physics: A Wormhole Inquiry appeared first on Jeff Carreira.
|Beyond Our Materialistic Assumptions: A Wormhole Inquiry|
My work is rooted in the conviction that reality can change. And I donât just mean that aspects of reality can change. We all already know that. I mean that reality itself can change. This ... Read More
The post Beyond Our Materialistic Assumptions: A Wormhole Inquiry appeared first on Jeff Carreira.
|Lowlander||A Dutch postman discovers he is âThe Chosen Blokeâ, last of the Time Peasants, destined to travel unimpressive distances in Time through Edamâs wormholes in a quantum shed guided by a brick-sized mobile from 1982 and powered by Greenwich Village Mean Time, an effete form of energy from Manhattanâs Bohemian quarter.
Writer/Director Richard NashÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Starring Ronald [...]|
|Horror Headlines: Friday May 15th, 2009|
On this day in history:
1991: Alan Cooper stands trial in England for "committing a lewd, obscene, and disgusting act on the 12-foot dolphin called Freddie as they frolicked for 20 minutes off the harbor mouth at Amble, Northumberland." Cooper responds by claiming that his accuser was a sworn enemy and had trained dolphins for a movie to jump out of the water and tear off a woman's bikini bra. He is eventually acquitted of masturbating the cetacean.
In Real People News:
If only that guy who yelled out the now infamous line "don't tase me bro!" had a 1 year old child to block the taser with, like this lady, maybe we'd all have bought and then thrown out T-shirts with "don't tase my baby, bro!" instead.
Vinnie Jones goes to trial for assault charges stemming from a bar brawl that took place in South Dakota last year. That's so surprising. He really seemed like a big teddy bear when he was running around bashing people's heads in during "Midnight Meat Train".
College student who was growing pot in her room forgets to clean plants out when she leaves for summer. No need for a punchline on that one.
The official website for the Del Toro-Produced "The Strain", some type of vague vampire film that we don't have a lot of details on yet. Someone let me know at what point we get annoyed that he's got 20 projects going right now but he's not currently directing anything. I always jump the gun on these things.
The teaser poster for "Sorority Row", the remake of the early 80's film "House on Sorority Row". Check it at the link.
New "True Blood" poster. Nope... still don't think Anna Paquin is attractive... sorry, guys.
A crapload of new stills from "Blood: The Last vampire". Blah Blah Blah Japanese School girl who fights vampires.
Warner Bro's snags a movie deal for the SyFy show "Primeval", which is about "ferocious prehistoric and futuristic creatures that appear through wormhole time portals, and a covert team headed by an evolutionary scientist tries to close the doors and quietly thwart the creatures". I haven't seen this show yet, but it sounds like they just mashed up every SyFy feature film ever into a TV show. Anyone a fan?
|The Versatile Blogger award!|
Wow! I'm ecstatic!! This is our first blog award and you'd be laughing at me right now for seeing me do my "happy dance." A BIG, HUGE, ENORMOUS THANK YOU to Fiction Spark for passing this award down to us. We both have something in common: we are new to the blogging world. So go ahead and check out her blog as well and show some love(:
To celebrate this award there are rules that the recievers must fulfill.
So here are 7 things about me (queenB):
7 things about Doris:
And now on to passing this award. Congrats to everyone! We enjoy you're blogs very much and they are fabulous indeed(:
1. A Moment with Mystee
|Donât Starve - Review|| |
By: Steven Santana
Every time you start up a new game in Donât Starve youâll be greeted with a brand new randomized world and nearly nothing on your person to help you survive. Youâll quickly learn the basics that twigs and flint lead to axes and picks which in turn lead to better items used to craft better items. Itâs a progressive structure and the time it takes to advance up the tech tree is determined by your knowledge of the various biomes and the luck of the draw. Donât Starve is another crafting/survival game with the likes of Minecraft but relies more on the survival aspect than the crafting aspect. You wonât find insane human players with rocks like Rust and also wonât be able to construct replica Star Trek ships like in Minecraft. Instead you have a very charming dark game that tries to kill you more so than in other survival games.
The first thing you will learn as you wander the land is that fire is your best friend. Without it you will not survive nighttime as strange creatures will tear you apart. The starting area is pretty generous with items (on the default difficulty) and as you explore beyond the standard green forests and yellow fields you will encounter subversive items. Flowers that diminish your sanity despite previously restoring it, and meat from enemies will restore your hunger but take away health. Chopping wood and finding dark colored rocks is the key to success as they form the basis of refined items which lead to high tech crafting of walls and floors and machines that open up new formulas. At first youâll only have temporary campfires amidst the bushes and trees but soon have a fully walled off home with a lightning rod and weather predictor.
Like everything aspect of Donât Starveâs gameplay, you have to experiment and take risks if you are going to learn anything new. And it was during bold moments where I wandered beyond my comfort zone that I died most often. Exploring a cave without a source of fire, taking on a pack of dogs outside my house, these moments came when I thought I could take a risk, and instead ended in death. Thankfully death isnât quite the end, since interacting with special altars cause them to become respawn points. However if you do die with no altar active, you lose everything and are kicked back to the main menu. Donât Starve does give XP points depending on the quality of your survival which unlocks new characters complete with perks and disadvantages of their own.
The game is full of dark humor and the overall art style is very Burton-esque, with gothic overtones and a late 1800âs dank vibe. The characterâs hair is not fully colored in and everything is shown on a 2D plane, which can disorient when you start shifting the perspectives. All voicework is done in grating whiny tones that sound like a dying record player spouting out a single high note that reverberates. My favorite (and best) character is a little girl named Willow who spawns equipped with a lucky lighter and is obsessed with fire. Everything she interacts with will cause her to spout out lines that just go along the line of thinking: âCan I light this on fire?â Sheâs also immune to fire damage and her sanity increases when sheâs around fire; those features have made me light more than a few forests on fire simply for the pleasure of seeing everything burn while she stands in the middle of it still looking unimpressed. One of my favorite features is a tree enemy who appears when youâve chopped down a bunch of trees. He will follow you around until you plant a bunch of pine cones to create new trees and then goes back to tree form, waiting until you screw up the natural balance of nature again. Another creature I enjoy harassing are these pig humans(?) that live in small houses either alone or in villages. They display some intelligence since they have houses and will freak out whenever you approach one, running and screaming.
Despite my love for the game, I havenât gotten very far. One save file is about to reach thirty days of survival but winter is coming and Iâm ill equipped to survive the oncoming cold. Every time I start a new game, however, I feel more confident in my ability to predict what threat may come upon me, and I slowly get faster at gathering the necessary materials to survive longer. The game taps into that feeling of, âjust one moreâ that I originally satisfied with Nazi Zombies in high school. Despite the lack of nazi zombies, as far as I know, I still enjoy the feeling of imminent doom. I know Iâm going to die eventually, and enjoy that thrill. It can be frustrating when you die because some spiders ambushed you or horned frogs surrounded you as you were gathering berries, which makes me play Donât Starve more in sporadic bursts than late night marathons.
I really like what Donât Starve does. It gives me a big map I have barely explored every time with the tools to master the world. Every game I make it a little farther in, and learn a little more. The urge to consult a wiki in order to master everything is strong, but the satisfaction of learning the mechanics and intrigues on my own are stronger. There is a lot I have yet to see. Wormholes are rarely used due to their unknown destination and cost of sanity. Iâve rarely explored caves since I never feel protected enough and have never traveled very far from my main base. My main goal currently is to build a house of sorts and have a functional farm as a source of food. Each day has itâs own goal of gathering a specific resource, but at the same time youâre working you need to keep threats of raids in the back of your mind and also an eye on the hunger meter.
Donât Starve is simply great. I really enjoy playing it in bursts and interacting with the crazy little world theyâve created with itâs strange twists on animals and dark overtones. Anyone who enjoys the survival genre thatâs recently become very popular should try it out, and a new DLC pack is on itâs way for PS4 owners that brings in some new features, making now the best time to start burning down forests as Willow.
A couple of weeks ago I was in Carlisle for a wedding. I wasn't able to make the actual ceremony, and arrived just in time for the evening celebration. It's been a long time since I've been to a wedding reception, and on this occasion I thought I'd dropped through a wormhole, back in time.
As people gathered, the DJ, incomprehensible on the microphone, started his play list for the evening. Someone leaned over to me and told me that the same guy had run all the hotel's disco needs since 1979.
Well, I don't think he's bought any music since then either!
However, 1979 was a great year for music. I was 16 at the time, and on a Friday evening I would travel into Edinburgh to Cinderellas, an enormous disco at the bottom of St Stephen Street. I recall I wore black trousers that had a thin white line down the seam of each leg, that I had to lie on the floor to squeeze myself into.
Most of the other young people there were busy sneaking in bottles of vodka in their handbags, and so on. But for me, it was straight onto the dance floor. Many of my friends knew how much I loved to dance, and I was pretty good, though I say so myself, and they would follow me onto the floor. The DJ must have loved me too, because I was regularly the first on, and rarely left.
It was probably a subliminal influence of the disco at the wedding reception, but in the middle of this week I found myself researching hits that I remember from the charts around that time. How many of these do you recall:
Le Freak - Chic: Loved this one, sitting on the floor doing particular moves, and I always led from the front.
YMCA - The Village People
Donât bring me down - ELO
Tragedy - Bee Gees
Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
Pop Muzik - M
Light My Fire - Aimii Stewart
Rivers of Babylon - Boney M
The Shuffle - Van McCoy
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Funky Town - Lipps Inc
Then there were others I came across, which though not dance music per se, brought back fond memories:
Monster Mash - Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kickers
Walking on the Moon - Police
Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd
Oxygene part IV - Jean Michel Jarre
19 - Paul Hardcastle
Unfortunately there wasn't a single one of the dance tracks above that the Carlisle hotel DJ played that night, otherwise I would have been first on the floor, and would most likely not have left.
ÐÑÐ¾ ÑÐ¸ÑÐ°ÑÐ° ÑÐ¾Ð¾Ð±ÑÐµÐ½Ð¸Ñ gyord-pro-ladies ÐÑÐ¸Ð³Ð¸Ð½Ð°Ð»ÑÐ½Ð¾Ðµ ÑÐ¾Ð¾Ð±ÑÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ
ÐÑÐµ Ð¼Ñ Ð»ÑÐ±Ð¸Ð¼ Ð¿Ð¾ÑÐ¾Ð¹ ÑÐ°ÐºÐ¾Ðµ Ð±ÐµÑÑÐ¼ÑÑÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½Ð¾Ðµ, Ð½Ð¾ Ð½ÐµÐ¿ÑÐµÐ¼ÐµÐ½Ð½Ð¾ Ð·Ð°ÑÑÐ³Ð¸Ð²Ð°ÑÑÐµÐµ Ð²ÑÐµÐ¼ÑÐ¿ÑÐ¾Ð²Ð¾Ð¶Ð´ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ, ÐºÐ°Ðº Ð¿ÑÐ¾ÑÐ¼Ð¾ÑÑ ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð»Ð¾Ð². ÐÐ¾ Ð±ÑÐ²Ð°ÑÑ ÑÐ°ÐºÐ¸Ðµ ÑÐºÐ·ÐµÐ¼Ð¿Ð»ÑÑÑ ÑÑÐ¾Ð³Ð¾ ÐºÐ¸Ð½Ð¾Ð¶Ð°Ð½ÑÐ°, Ð²ÑÐµÐ¼Ñ Ñ ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ¼Ð¸ ÑÐ¾Ð²ÑÐµÐ¼ Ð½Ðµ Ð¿ÑÐ¾Ð¹Ð´ÐµÑ Ð²Ð¿ÑÑÑÑÑ.
AdMe.ru Ð¿ÑÐµÐ´Ð»Ð°Ð³Ð°ÐµÑ Ð²Ð°Ð¼ ÑÐ¿Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ðº 10 Ð¸Ð·Ð²ÐµÑÑÐ½ÑÑ Ð¸ Ð·Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ð¼Ð°ÑÐµÐ»ÑÐ½ÑÑ Ð½Ð°ÑÑÐ½ÑÑ ÑÐ¸ÐºÐ»Ð¾Ð², ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐµ ÑÐ°ÑÑÐºÐ°Ð¶ÑÑ Ð¾Ð± Ð¾Ð³ÑÐ¾Ð¼Ð½Ð¾Ð¼ Ð¸ Ð·Ð°Ð³Ð°Ð´Ð¾ÑÐ½Ð¾Ð¼ Ð¼Ð¸ÑÐµ, Ð² ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÐ¾Ð¼ Ð¼Ñ Ð¶Ð¸Ð²ÐµÐ¼.
Ð¢Ð°Ð¹Ð½Ñ Ð´ÑÑÐ¸: ÐÑÑ ÐµÑÐ¸Ð¿. ÐÐµÐ²ÑÐ¾Ð·. ÐÐ¸Ð±Ð¸Ð´Ð¾.
ÐÑÐ¾Ñ Ð´Ð¾ÐºÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½ÑÐ°Ð»ÑÐ½ÑÐ¹ ÑÐ¸ÐºÐ» Ð¸Ð· 18 ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð¹ Ð¿Ð¾ÑÐ²ÑÑÐµÐ½ Ð¸Ð·Ð²ÐµÑÑÐ½ÑÐ¼ ÑÑÐµÐ½ÑÐ¼, ÑÐ°Ð±Ð¾ÑÐ°Ð²ÑÐ¸Ð¼ Ð² Ð¾Ð±Ð»Ð°ÑÑÐ¸ Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ñ Ð¾Ð°Ð½Ð°Ð»Ð¸Ð·Ð°, Ð±ÐµÐ·ÑÐ¼Ð½ÑÐ¼ Ð³ÐµÐ½Ð¸ÑÐ¼ Ð¸ Ð¿ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ¾ ÑÐµÐ½Ð¾Ð¼ÐµÐ½Ð°Ð¼ Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ñ Ð¸Ð°ÑÑÐ¸Ð¸. Ð ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð»Ðµ Ð¿ÑÐµÐ´ÑÑÐ°Ð²Ð»ÐµÐ½Ñ Ð¸Ð½ÑÐµÑÐµÑÐ½ÐµÐ¹ÑÐ¸Ðµ Ð¾Ð±ÑÑÑÐ½ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ñ ÑÐ°Ð¹Ð½ ÑÐµÐ»Ð¾Ð²ÐµÑÐµÑÐºÐ¾Ð¹ Ð´ÑÑÐ¸ Ð¸ ÐºÐ»ÑÑÐ¸ Ðº ÑÐµÐ»Ð¾Ð²ÐµÑÐµÑÐºÐ¾Ð¹ Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ñ Ð¸ÐºÐµ. Ð Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ð¼ÐµÑÑ, Ð²Ñ Ð¼Ð¾Ð¶ÐµÑÐµ ÑÐ·Ð½Ð°ÑÑ ÑÐ°Ð·Ð³Ð°Ð´ÐºÐ¸ ÑÐ°ÐºÐ¸Ñ ÑÐ²Ð»ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ð¹, ÐºÐ°Ðº 24 Ð»Ð¸ÑÐ½Ð¾ÑÑÐ¸ ÐÐ¸Ð»Ð»Ð¸ ÐÐ¸Ð»Ð»Ð¸Ð³Ð°Ð½Ð°, Ð¿Ð¾ÑÑÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ¾Ð½Ð½Ð¸Ñ Ð¼Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ð² Ð¸ ÑÐ½Ð¾Ð²Ð¸Ð´ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ð¹, Ð° ÑÐ°ÐºÐ¶Ðµ Ð¿Ð¾ÑÐ¼Ð¾ÑÑÐµÑÑ Ð¸Ð½ÑÐµÑÐµÑÐ½ÐµÐ¹ÑÐ¸Ðµ Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ñ Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ð³Ð¸ÑÐµÑÐºÐ¸Ðµ ÑÐºÑÐ¿ÐµÑÐ¸Ð¼ÐµÐ½ÑÑ Ð² Ð¸ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ¸Ð¸ ÑÐµÐ»Ð¾Ð²ÐµÑÐµÑÑÐ²Ð°.
ÐÐ¾Ð·Ð³. Ð¢Ð°Ð¹Ð½Ñ ÑÐ¾Ð·Ð½Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ñ
The Brain. A Secret History (2010)
ÐÑÐ¾Ñ ÑÐ¸ÐºÐ» BBC Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ð¾ÑÐºÑÐ¾ÐµÑ Ð·Ð°Ð²ÐµÑÑ ÑÐ°Ð¹Ð½Ñ Ð½Ð°Ð´ ÑÐµÐºÑÐµÑÐ°Ð¼Ð¸ ÑÐ°Ð±Ð¾ÑÑ Ð½Ð°ÑÐµÐ³Ð¾ Ð¼Ð¾Ð·Ð³Ð°. ÐÐ´ÐµÑÑ Ð¼Ð¾Ð¶Ð½Ð¾ ÑÐ·Ð½Ð°ÑÑ, Ð¿Ð¾ÑÐµÐ¼Ñ Ð² Ð¾Ð¿ÑÐµÐ´ÐµÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÑ ÑÐ¸ÑÑÐ°ÑÐ¸ÑÑ Ð¼Ñ Ð²ÑÐ¿Ð¾Ð»Ð½ÑÐµÐ¼ ÑÐ¾ Ð¸Ð»Ð¸ Ð¸Ð½Ð¾Ðµ Ð´ÐµÐ¹ÑÑÐ²Ð¸Ðµ; ÑÑÐ¾ Ð½Ð° ÑÐ°Ð¼Ð¾Ð¼ Ð´ÐµÐ»Ðµ Ð´Ð²Ð¸Ð¶ÐµÑ Ð½Ð°Ð¼Ð¸ Ð¸ ÐºÐ°Ðº ÑÐ°Ð±Ð¾ÑÐ°ÐµÑ Ð½Ð°ÑÐµ ÑÐ¾Ð·Ð½Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ðµ; Ð¼Ð¾Ð¶Ð½Ð¾ Ð»Ð¸ ÐºÐ¾Ð½ÑÑÐ¾Ð»Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ð²Ð°ÑÑ ÑÐ²Ð¾Ð¸ Ð¼ÑÑÐ»Ð¸ Ð¸ ÑÐ¿ÑÐ°Ð²Ð»ÑÑÑ Ð´ÑÑÐ³Ð¸Ð¼Ð¸ Ð»ÑÐ´ÑÐ¼Ð¸.
Simon Schama’s Power of Art (2006)
ÐÑÐ¸ÑÐ°Ð½ÑÐºÐ¸Ð¹ Ð¸ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ¸Ðº Ð¸ÑÐºÑÑÑÑÐ²Ð° Ð¡Ð°Ð¹Ð¼Ð¾Ð½ Ð¨Ð°Ð¼Ð° ÑÐ¾Ð·Ð´Ð°Ð» The Power of Art ÐºÐ°Ðº ÑÐ¸ÐºÐ» Ð¸Ð· 8 Ð´Ð¾ÐºÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½ÑÐ°Ð»ÑÐ½ÑÑ Ð¿ÐµÑÐµÐ´Ð°Ñ, ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð°Ñ Ð¸Ð· ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÑÑ Ð¿Ð¾ÑÐ²ÑÑÐµÐ½Ð° Ð¾Ð´Ð½Ð¾Ð¼Ñ ÑÐµÐ´ÐµÐ²ÑÑ 8 Ð³ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ð°Ð»ÑÐ½ÑÑ Ñ ÑÐ´Ð¾Ð¶Ð½Ð¸ÐºÐ¾Ð². ÐÐ¾ ÑÑÐ¾ ÑÐ¾Ð²ÐµÑÑÐµÐ½Ð½Ð¾ Ð½Ðµ Ð½Ð°Ð¿Ð¾Ð¼Ð¸Ð½Ð°ÐµÑ ÑÑÐ¾Ð¼Ð¸ÑÐµÐ»ÑÐ½ÑÑ Ð¿ÑÐ¾Ð³ÑÐ»ÐºÑ Ð¿Ð¾ Ð¼ÑÐ·ÐµÑÐ¼: ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð» Ð¾ÑÐµÐ½Ñ Ð·Ð°Ñ Ð²Ð°ÑÑÐ²Ð°ÑÑÐ¸Ð¹ Ð¸ ÑÐµÐ°Ð»Ð¸ÑÑÐ¸ÑÐ½ÑÐ¹. ÐÐ¾Ð¼ÐµÐ½ÑÑ Ñ Ð²ÐµÐ´ÑÑÐ¸Ð¼ ÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½ÑÑÑÑÑ Ð¸ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ¸ÑÐµÑÐºÐ¸Ð¼Ð¸ Ð¿Ð»Ð°Ð½Ð°Ð¼Ð¸ Ð¸ Ð¿Ð¾Ð»Ð½Ð¾ÑÑÑÑ Ð¾ÐºÑÐ½Ð°ÑÑ Ð·ÑÐ¸ÑÐµÐ»Ñ Ð² Ð¾Ð¿ÑÐµÐ´ÐµÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÑ ÑÐ¿Ð¾Ñ Ñ. Ð Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ð³Ðµ Ð¿ÐµÑÐµÐ´ Ð½Ð°Ð¼Ð¸ Ð¿ÑÐµÐ´ÑÑÐ°ÐµÑ Ð½ÐµÐ²ÐµÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ½Ð¾ Ð¿Ð¾Ð·Ð½Ð°Ð²Ð°ÑÐµÐ»ÑÐ½ÑÐ¹ ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð», ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ¹ Ð¾Ð¿ÑÐµÐ´ÐµÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½Ð¾ ÑÑÐ¾Ð¸Ð»Ð¾ Ð±Ñ Ð¿Ð¾ÐºÐ°Ð·ÑÐ²Ð°ÑÑ Ð² ÑÑÐµÐ±Ð½ÑÑ Ð·Ð°Ð²ÐµÐ´ÐµÐ½Ð¸ÑÑ .
Ð¡ÐºÐ²Ð¾Ð·Ñ Ð¿ÑÐ¾ÑÑÑÐ°Ð½ÑÑÐ²Ð¾ Ð¸ Ð²ÑÐµÐ¼Ñ Ñ ÐÐ¾ÑÐ³Ð°Ð½Ð¾Ð¼ Ð¤ÑÐ¸Ð¼ÐµÐ½Ð¾Ð¼
Through the Wormhole (ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð» 2010 — ...)
© Discovery Science Channel
Ð¡ÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð», Ð²ÐµÐ´ÑÑÐ¸Ð¼ ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÐ¾Ð³Ð¾ ÑÐ²Ð»ÑÐµÑÑÑ ÐÐ¾ÑÐ³Ð°Ð½ Ð¤ÑÐ¸Ð¼ÐµÐ½, ÑÐ¶Ðµ Ð¾Ð±ÑÐµÑÐµÐ½ Ð½Ð° ÑÑÐ¿ÐµÑ . ÐÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð°Ñ ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ñ — ÑÐ²Ð¾ÐµÐ³Ð¾ ÑÐ¾Ð´Ð° ÑÐºÑÐºÑÑÑ Ð²Ð¾ ÐÑÐµÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÑ Ð² Ð¿Ð¾Ð¸ÑÐºÐ°Ñ Ð¾ÑÐ²ÐµÑÐ¾Ð² Ð½Ð° ÑÐ°Ð¼ÑÐµ Ð³Ð»ÑÐ±Ð¸Ð½Ð½ÑÐµ ÑÐ°Ð¹Ð½Ñ ÑÑÑÐµÑÑÐ²Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ñ Ð¸ Ð²Ð¾Ð¿ÑÐ¾ÑÑ, ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐµ Ð²ÑÐµÐ³Ð´Ð° Ð¾Ð·Ð°Ð´Ð°ÑÐ¸Ð²Ð°Ð»Ð¸ ÑÐµÐ»Ð¾Ð²ÐµÑÐµÑÑÐ²Ð¾. Ð Ð¾Ð³ÑÐ¾Ð¼Ð½Ð¾Ðµ ÐºÐ¾Ð»Ð¸ÑÐµÑÑÐ²Ð¾ Ð¸Ð½ÑÐµÑÐ²ÑÑ, Ð»ÑÐ±Ð¾Ð¿ÑÑÐ½ÑÑ Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ð¼ÐµÑÐ¾Ð² Ð¸ ÑÐµÐ¾ÑÐ¸Ð¹, ÑÐ¾ Ð¸ Ð´ÐµÐ»Ð¾ Ð¿ÑÑÐ°ÑÑÐ¸Ñ ÑÑ ÑÐ°Ð·Ð²ÐµÐ½ÑÐ°ÑÑ ÑÑÐµÐ½Ð¸Ñ ÐÐ¹Ð½ÑÑÐµÐ¹Ð½Ð°, ÑÐ°Ðº Ð¸ Ð¿ÑÐ¸ÑÑÐ³Ð¸Ð²Ð°ÑÑ Ðº ÑÐºÑÐ°Ð½Ñ.
ÐÐ¾ ÐÑÐµÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÑ ÑÐ¾ Ð¡ÑÐ¸Ð²ÐµÐ½Ð¾Ð¼ Ð¥Ð¾ÐºÐ¸Ð½Ð³Ð¾Ð¼
Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010 — ...)
© Discovery Channel
ÐÐ¾Ð³Ð´Ð° ÑÐµÑÑ ÐºÐ°ÑÐ°ÐµÑÑÑ ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¼Ð¾ÑÐ°, Ð½ÐµÐ»ÑÐ·Ñ Ð½Ðµ ÑÑÐ¸ÑÐ°ÑÑÑÑ Ñ Ð¼Ð½ÐµÐ½Ð¸ÐµÐ¼ Ð¡ÑÐ¸Ð²ÐµÐ½Ð° Ð¥Ð¾ÐºÐ¸Ð½Ð³Ð°. Ð ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð»Ðµ Ð³ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ð¹ Ð´Ð°ÐµÑ Ð¾ÑÐ²ÐµÑÑ Ð½Ð° Ð¼Ð½Ð¾Ð³Ð¸Ðµ Ð·Ð°Ð³Ð°Ð´ÐºÐ¸ ÐÑÐµÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½Ð¾Ð¹, ÑÐ°ÑÑÐºÐ°Ð·ÑÐ²Ð°ÐµÑ Ð¾ ÑÑÑÐµÑÑÐ²Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ð¸ Ð¸Ð½Ð¾Ð¿Ð»Ð°Ð½ÐµÑÐ½Ð¾Ð¹ Ð¶Ð¸Ð·Ð½Ð¸ Ð¸ Ð¾ ÑÐ¾Ð¼, ÐºÐ°Ðº Ð¼Ñ Ð¼Ð¾Ð¶ÐµÐ¼ Ð¾Ð±Ð¼Ð°Ð½ÑÑÑ Ð²ÑÐµÐ¼Ñ. ÐÐ°Ð¶Ðµ ÐµÑÐ»Ð¸ Ð²Ð°Ð¼ Ð½Ð¸ÐºÐ¾Ð³Ð´Ð° Ð½Ðµ Ð±ÑÐ»Ð° Ð¸Ð½ÑÐµÑÐµÑÐ½Ð° Ð°ÑÑÑÐ¾Ð½Ð¾Ð¼Ð¸Ñ, Ð¿Ð¾ÑÐ»Ðµ Ð¿ÑÐ¾ÑÐ¼Ð¾ÑÑÐ° ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð»Ð° Ð½ÐµÐ²Ð¾Ð·Ð¼Ð¾Ð¶Ð½Ð¾ Ð½Ðµ Ð²Ð»ÑÐ±Ð¸ÑÑÑÑ Ð²Ð¾ ÐÑÐµÐ»ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÑ Ð¸ Ð½Ðµ Ð·Ð°Ñ Ð¾ÑÐµÑÑ ÑÐ°Ð·Ð³Ð°Ð´Ð°ÑÑ ÐµÐµ ÑÐ°Ð¹Ð½Ñ. ÐÑÐ»Ð¸ ÐµÑÑÑ Ð²Ð¾Ð·Ð¼Ð¾Ð¶Ð½Ð¾ÑÑÑ, Ð»ÑÑÑÐµ ÑÐ¼Ð¾ÑÑÐµÑÑ ÑÐ¸Ð»ÑÐ¼ Ð² Ð¾ÑÐ¸Ð³Ð¸Ð½Ð°Ð»Ðµ, ÑÐ°Ðº ÐºÐ°Ðº Ð¾Ð·Ð²ÑÑÐ¸Ð²Ð°ÐµÑ ÐµÐ³Ð¾ Ð½Ðµ ÐºÑÐ¾ Ð¸Ð½Ð¾Ð¹, ÐºÐ°Ðº ÐÐµÐ½ÐµÐ´Ð¸ÐºÑ ÐÐ°Ð¼Ð±ÐµÑÐ±ÑÑÑ.
Lost Worlds (2006–2007)
Ð¡ÐµÑÐ¸Ñ Ð´Ð¾ÐºÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½ÑÐ°Ð»ÑÐ½ÑÑ ÑÐ¸Ð»ÑÐ¼Ð¾Ð² «ÐÐ°ÑÐµÑÑÐ½Ð½ÑÐµ Ð¼Ð¸ÑÑ» Ð¿Ð¾ÑÐ²ÑÑÐµÐ½Ð° Ð·Ð°Ð³Ð°Ð´ÐºÐ°Ð¼ Ð¸ ÑÐ°Ð¹Ð½Ð°Ð¼ Ð¼Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ð²Ð¾Ð¹ Ð¸ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ¸Ð¸: Ð¾Ñ ÑÐµÐºÑÐµÑÐ¾Ð² Ð´ÑÐµÐ²Ð½ÐµÐ³Ð¾ ÐÐ³Ð¸Ð¿ÑÐ° Ð´Ð¾ Ð°ÑÐ¾Ð¼Ð½ÑÑ Ð±ÑÐ½ÐºÐµÑÐ¾Ð² 1950-Ñ Ð³Ð¾Ð´Ð¾Ð², Ð¾Ñ Ð¸ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ¸Ð¸ ÑÐ´Ð¸Ð²Ð¸ÑÐµÐ»ÑÐ½ÑÑ Ñ ÑÐ°Ð¼Ð¾Ð² Ð´Ð¾ Ð¿ÑÐ¾Ð¿Ð°Ð²ÑÐ¸Ñ ÑÐ¸Ð²Ð¸Ð»Ð¸Ð·Ð°ÑÐ¸Ð¹. ÐÐ½ÑÐµÑÐµÑÐ½ÑÐ¹ Ð²ÐµÑÐµÑ Ð¾Ð±ÐµÑÐ¿ÐµÑÐµÐ½.
ÐÑÑÐ°ÑÐ½Ð½ÑÐµ Ð´ÐµÐ³ÑÑÑÐ°ÑÐ¾ÑÑ Ð¾ÑÐ¿ÑÐ°Ð²Ð»ÑÑÑÑÑ...
The Supersizers Go... (2007–2009)
ÐÐ·Ð²ÐµÑÑÐ½ÑÐ¹ ÑÐµÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ°Ð½Ð½ÑÐ¹ ÐºÑÐ¸ÑÐ¸Ðº Ð¸ ÐºÐ¾Ð¼ÐµÐ´Ð¸Ð¹Ð½Ð°Ñ Ð°ÐºÑÑÐ¸ÑÐ° Ð² ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð¼ Ð½Ð¾Ð²Ð¾Ð¼ Ð²ÑÐ¿ÑÑÐºÐµ Ð¾ÑÐ¿ÑÐ°Ð²Ð»ÑÑÑÑÑ Ð² Ð¸Ð½ÑÑÐµÐ½Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð½ÑÑ Ð¸ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ¸ÑÐµÑÐºÑÑ ÑÐ¿Ð¾Ñ Ñ ÐÑÐ¸ÑÐ°Ð½Ð¸Ð¸ Ð¸ Ð¿Ð¸ÑÐ°ÑÑÑÑ Ð¸ÑÐºÐ»ÑÑÐ¸ÑÐµÐ»ÑÐ½Ð¾ ÑÐµÐ¼Ð¸ Ð±Ð»ÑÐ´Ð°Ð¼Ð¸, ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐµ Ð±ÑÐ»Ð¾ Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ð½ÑÑÐ¾ ÐµÑÑÑ Ð² ÑÐµ Ð²ÑÐµÐ¼ÐµÐ½Ð°. ÐÐ¾ÑÐ»Ðµ ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð³Ð¾ ÑÐ°ÐºÐ¾Ð³Ð¾ ÑÐºÑÐ¿ÐµÑÐ¸Ð¼ÐµÐ½ÑÐ° ÑÑÐ°ÑÑÐ½Ð¸ÐºÐ¸ Ð¿ÑÐ¾Ñ Ð¾Ð´ÑÑ Ð¾Ð±ÑÐ»ÐµÐ´Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¸Ðµ Ð¸ Ð¿Ð¾Ð»ÑÑÐ°ÑÑ Ð·Ð°ÐºÐ»ÑÑÐµÐ½Ð¸Ðµ Ð²ÑÐ°ÑÐ° Ð¾ ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ¾ÑÐ½Ð¸Ð¸ Ð·Ð´Ð¾ÑÐ¾Ð²ÑÑ. ÐÐ°Ð±Ð»ÑÐ´Ð°ÑÑ Ð·Ð° Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ð³Ð¾ÑÐ¾Ð²Ð»ÐµÐ½Ð¸ÐµÐ¼ Ð¸ Ð¿Ð¾ÐµÐ´Ð°Ð½Ð¸ÐµÐ¼ Ð±ÐµÐ·ÑÐ¼Ð½ÑÑ Ð±Ð»ÑÐ´ (Ð²ÑÐ¾Ð´Ðµ Ð³Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ð²Ñ Ð±Ð°ÑÐ°Ð½Ð°, Ð¿Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ð³Ð° Ñ Ð»ÑÐ³ÑÑÐºÐ°Ð¼Ð¸, ÑÐ°Ð³Ñ Ð¸Ð· 15 ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ¾Ð² Ð¼ÑÑÐ°, Ð¿Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ð³Ð¾Ð² 30 ÑÐ¼ Ð² Ð²ÑÑÐ¾ÑÑ) Ð¾ÑÑÐµÐ³Ð¾-ÑÐ¾ Ð²ÐµÑÑÐ¼Ð° ÑÐ²Ð»ÐµÐºÐ°ÑÐµÐ»ÑÐ½Ð¾.
Food Factory (2012)
© Discovery Science Channel
ÐÐ°Ð½Ð¸Ð¼Ð°ÑÐµÐ»ÑÐ½ÑÐ¹ ÑÐ¸ÐºÐ» Ð¿ÐµÑÐµÐ´Ð°Ñ «ÐÐ¸ÑÐµÐ²Ð°Ñ ÑÐ°Ð±ÑÐ¸ÐºÐ°» ÑÐ°ÑÑÐºÐ°Ð¶ÐµÑ Ð¾ ÑÐ¾Ð¼, ÐºÐ°Ðº Ð¶Ðµ Ð² ÑÐµÐ°Ð»ÑÐ½Ð¾ÑÑÐ¸ Ð¸Ð·Ð³Ð¾ÑÐ°Ð²Ð»Ð¸Ð²Ð°ÑÑ Ð½Ð°ÑÐ¸ Ð»ÑÐ±Ð¸Ð¼ÑÐµ Ð¿ÑÐ¾Ð´ÑÐºÑÑ: Ð¿Ð¾ÐºÐ°Ð¶ÐµÑ, ÑÑÐ¾ ÐºÑÐ¾ÐµÑÑÑ Ð·Ð° Ð¿ÑÐ¾Ð¸Ð·Ð²Ð¾Ð´ÑÑÐ²ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÐ¼Ð¸ ÑÐµÑ Ð°Ð¼Ð¸, ÐºÐ°ÐºÐ¸Ð¼Ð¸ Ð¸Ð½Ð³ÑÐµÐ´Ð¸ÐµÐ½ÑÐ°Ð¼Ð¸ Ð¸ ÑÐµÐºÑÐµÑÐ°Ð¼Ð¸ Ð¿Ð¾Ð»ÑÐ·ÑÑÑÑÑ Ð¼Ð°ÑÑÐµÑÐ° ÐºÑÐ»Ð¸Ð½Ð°ÑÐ½Ð¾Ð³Ð¾ Ð´ÐµÐ»Ð°. ÐÐµ ÑÐ¼Ð¾ÑÑÐµÑÑ Ð½Ð° Ð³Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ð´Ð½ÑÐ¹ Ð¶ÐµÐ»ÑÐ´Ð¾Ðº!
Stardust Lost In The Andes (1995–1996)
© burns trust television
ÐÐ¾ÐºÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½ÑÐ°Ð»ÑÐ½ÑÐ¹ ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð» Ð¿Ð¾ÑÐ²ÑÑÐµÐ½ ÑÐ¾Ð±ÑÑÐ¸ÑÐ¼ Ð¿ÑÐ¾ÑÐ»Ð¾Ð³Ð¾, ÐºÐ¾ÑÐ¾ÑÑÐµ Ð²ÑÐ·ÑÐ²Ð°ÑÑ Ð²Ð¾Ð¿ÑÐ¾ÑÑ ÑÐ¶Ðµ Ð½Ðµ Ñ Ð¾Ð´Ð½Ð¾Ð³Ð¾ Ð¿Ð¾ÐºÐ¾Ð»ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ñ. ÐÐ°Ð¶Ð´ÑÐ¹ ÑÐ¿Ð¸Ð·Ð¾Ð´ ÑÐ°ÑÑÐºÐ°Ð·ÑÐ²Ð°ÐµÑ Ð¾ Ð·Ð°Ð³Ð°Ð´Ð¾ÑÐ½Ð¾Ð¼ Ð¿ÑÐ¾Ð¸ÑÑÐµÑÑÐ²Ð¸Ð¸: Ð½ÐµÐ¾Ð±ÑÑÑÐ½Ð¸Ð¼Ð¾Ð¼ Ð½Ð° Ð¿ÐµÑÐ²ÑÐ¹ Ð²Ð·Ð³Ð»ÑÐ´ Ð¸ÑÑÐµÐ·Ð½Ð¾Ð²ÐµÐ½Ð¸Ð¸ Ð»ÑÐ´ÐµÐ¹, Ð½Ð°ÑÑÐ½ÑÑ ÑÐºÑÐ¿ÐµÐ´Ð¸ÑÐ¸Ð¹ Ð¸ Ð¼Ð¾ÑÑÐºÐ¸Ñ ÑÑÐ´Ð¾Ð². Ð ÑÐ¿Ð¸Ð·Ð¾Ð´Ð°Ñ Ð¸ÑÐ¿Ð¾Ð»ÑÐ·ÑÑÑÑÑ ÑÐµÐ´ÐºÐ¸Ðµ Ð´Ð¾ÐºÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½ÑÐ°Ð»ÑÐ½ÑÐµ ÐºÐ°Ð´ÑÑ Ð¸ Ð½Ðµ Ð¸Ð·Ð²ÐµÑÑÐ½ÑÐµ ÑÐ°Ð½ÐµÐµ Ð´Ð¾ÐºÑÐ¼ÐµÐ½ÑÑ.
Black Mirror (2011 — ...)
© Channel 4
ÐÐ¾ÑÐ»ÐµÐ´Ð½Ð¸Ð¹ Ð¸ ÐµÐ´Ð¸Ð½ÑÑÐ²ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÐ¹ Ñ ÑÐ´Ð¾Ð¶ÐµÑÑÐ²ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÐ¹ ÑÐµÑÐ¸Ð°Ð» Ð² Ð½Ð°ÑÐµÐ¹ Ð¿Ð¾Ð´Ð±Ð¾ÑÐºÐµ. ÐÑÐ¾Ñ ÑÐ¸Ð»ÑÐ¼ Ð·Ð°ÑÑÐ°Ð²Ð¸Ñ Ð·Ð°Ð´ÑÐ¼Ð°ÑÑÑÑ Ð¾ ÑÐ¾Ð²ÑÐµÐ¼ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÑ ÑÐµÑ Ð½Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ð³Ð¸ÑÑ : Ðº ÑÐµÐ¼Ñ Ð¼Ð¾Ð¶ÐµÑ Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ð²ÐµÑÑÐ¸, Ð²ÐµÐ´ÐµÑ Ð¸Ð»Ð¸ Ð¿ÑÐ¸Ð²ÐµÐ»Ð¾ «ÑÐµÑÐ½Ð¾Ðµ Ð·ÐµÑÐºÐ°Ð»Ð¾». ÐÐ½Ð¾ ÐµÑÑÑ Ð² ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð¼ Ð´Ð¾Ð¼Ðµ, Ð½Ð° ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð¼ ÑÑÐ¾Ð»Ðµ, Ð½Ð° ÐºÐ°Ð¶Ð´Ð¾Ð¹ Ð»Ð°Ð´Ð¾Ð½Ð¸ — Ð¿Ð»Ð°Ð·Ð¼ÐµÐ½Ð½ÑÐ¹ ÑÐµÐ»ÐµÐ²Ð¸Ð·Ð¾Ñ, Ð¼Ð¾Ð½Ð¸ÑÐ¾Ñ ÐºÐ¾Ð¼Ð¿ÑÑÑÐµÑÐ° Ð¸ Ð´Ð¸ÑÐ¿Ð»ÐµÐ¹ ÑÐ¼Ð°ÑÑÑÐ¾Ð½Ð°. ÐÐ°ÑÑÐ¾ÑÑÐ°Ñ Ð°Ð½ÑÐ¸ÑÑÐ¾Ð¿Ð¸Ñ XXI Ð²ÐµÐºÐ°. Ð ÐµÐºÐ¾Ð¼ÐµÐ½Ð´Ð¾Ð²Ð°Ð½Ð¾ Ðº Ð¿ÑÐ¾ÑÐ¼Ð¾ÑÑÑ.
Get ready for some hard bombs on this Wednesday night, ranging from dirty techno and tech house up to banging trance. These tracks are all extremely club friendly, so make good use of them!
Nic Fanciulli- Lazio (Dustin Zahn Remix)
Setrise- Embrace Anthem 2009 (Tigran Oganezov Remix)
|The Nazi Bell (Part 1)||In August of 1997, Polish journalist, military historian, researcher and author, Igor Witkowski claims to have been shown classified prisoner interrogation transcripts of German SS General Jakob Sporrenberg by a Polish Intelligence agent. What Witkowski discovered seemed to be official evacuation protocols for a secret Nazi research project concerning a device named âDie Glockeâ which he referred to as, âThe Nazi Bell.â Given the highest top secret classification by the German WWII military of âKrieg Entscheidendâ or âWar Decisiveâ the Nazi Bell appears to have been a machine designed to produce nuclear energy or weaponry or become an engine for anti-gravity Field Propulsion, but with some startling, uncontrollable and lethal side-effects such as the disruption of the space-time continuum. Witkowskiâs findings led him to write a seminal book on the subject, Prawda o Wunderwaffe or âThe Truth About the Wonder Weaponâ published in 2000. This, in turn, has led authors like Nick Cook and Dr. Joseph P. Farrell to expand on the subject in their own respective books. Tonight we speak with Igor Witkowski to discuss how he came about his research on The Nazi Bell, what he thinks it might have been capable of, and finally a hint as to what it might still become.
âIt was classified from the very start as decisive for the war, and supposedly the most secret research project carried out during the entire war in Germany.â
âIgor Witkowski, Polish journalist, military historian, researcher and author on the role of the "Nazi Bell" in World War II
We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners!
The Truth About The Wunderwaffe by Igor Witkowski http://a.co/30s9meC
The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology by Nick Cook http://a.co/cisrU1y
The SS Brotherhood of the Bell: Nasa's Nazis, JFK, And Majic-12 by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell http://a.co/gw8pGlb
Hitler's Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons, Science and Technology by Henry Stevens http://a.co/3fBBDcg
"Die Glocke" on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2lBHQnt
What is Zero-Point Energy? Let Wikipedia explain it. http://bit.ly/2lUnGJC
Wormholes - in astrophysics http://bit.ly/1kK0J6s
Field Propulsion http://bit.ly/2lX5aNC
Mystery of "The Flytrap" - YouTube documentary: http://bit.ly/2kSM2ze
Interview with Dr. Joseph P. Farrell on The Paranormal Podcast #91, by Jim Harold "Nazis and the Bell" http://bit.ly/2lgE2sS
Secrets of the Nazi Bell with Tim Ventura and Dr. Joseph Farrell http://bit.ly/2lX909b
Die Glocke - The Nazi Bell on Unsolved Mysteries of the World blog http://bit.ly/2lt8G4h
The Nazi Bell on Me Time for the Mind http://bit.ly/2l4x1gc
Nazi Bell Uncovered - Behind the Myth http://bit.ly/2m6rvHM
Above Top Secret Forum - Nazi Bell Debunked? http://bit.ly/2m6AcSr
Jeff Rense on Die Glocke http://bit.ly/2lglGs8
Uranium - Twisting the Dragonâs Tail PBS documentary, Part 1 of 2 http://bit.ly/2ltYEjG
Operation Paperclip http://bit.ly/1mmEG31
Operation Epsilon http://bit.ly/2lUujvz
Alsos Mission http://bit.ly/2kSXbzT
Operation Big http://bit.ly/2lUtkLV
Operation Harborage http://bit.ly/2lu1qWk
Walter Gerlach http://bit.ly/2ltSkJc
Wernher von Braun http://bit.ly/1JKgp2g
Jakob Sporrenberg http://bit.ly/2ltWZuK
Hans Kammler http://bit.ly/2kyAoxm
Martin Bormann http://bit.ly/2m6ALM3
Heinrich MÃ¼ller http://bit.ly/2ltR3lx
Heinrich Himmler http://bit.ly/1DLxbyL
Special Offers from our Special Sponsors:
Make your next move in simple yet elegant website design with Squarespace. Go to Squarespace.com and use PROMO CODE - "LEGENDS" for 10% off any website subscription or domain purchase
Blue Apron â Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing t...|
|John Titor and Other Time Travelers||
Time traveler stories have abounded throughout history, but one of the most enduring ones of the past hundred years is the legend of John Titor, a man from the year 2038 who's story of how time travel works proves to be plausible.
There are more than few recent stories of folks appearing out of town in old photos or even a Chaplin film and we will visit the most famous of them. Even the guy who found a wormhole while fixing his kitchen sink.
If you can't click on these links, visit ourÂ website.Â
The Blue Dress
The 25 Best Time Travel Movies
Stories of Time Travel - Including John Titor
The Solway Firth Spaceman
The Patent for Titor's Time Machine
The Y2038 Problem
Definition of Akimbo
Is Everyone a Time Traveler When They're On a Plane?
John Titor on Pinterest
The C204 Time Displacement Machine
Some Background on the 5100
More on the 5100
Current Day Info on IBM's Project Chameleon?
More on Chameleon
There are many UNIX embedded systems that do not keep track of time as it is not relevant to their operation. These machines are not threatened by the Y2038 problem.
I was completely wrong about the pronunciation of IMGUR. I apologize to Forrest.
ImgurÂ (pronouncedÂ /ËÉªmÉdÊÉr/like image-er; imagerÂ and stylized asÂ imgur)
Episode 012 - 'John Titor and Other Time Travelers' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Â Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.Â
|Through the Wormhole â Is There a Creator? (TV Series 2010â )||Apresentada por Morgan Freeman, “AtravÃ©s do Buraco de Minhoca” explora os mistÃ©rios mais profundos da existÃªncia â as perguntas que intrigam a humanidade desde o seu surgimento. Do que somos feitos? O que havia antes do princÃpio? Estamos realmente sÃ³s? … Continue reading |
|Hubble Reveals Observable Universe Contains 10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought||
In Arthur C. Clarke's novel "2001: A Space Odyssey," astronaut David Bowman exclaims, "My God, it's full of stars!" before he gets pulled into an alien-built wormhole in space. When the Hubble Space Telescope made its deepest views of the universe, astronomers might have well exclaimed: "My God, it's full of galaxies!" The Hubble Ultra Deep Field, for example, revealed 10,000 galaxies of various shapes, sizes, colors, and ages, all within an area roughly one-tenth the diameter of the full moon. What's mind-blowing is that these myriad galaxies, though plentiful, may represent merely 10 percent of the universe's total galaxy population. That's according to estimates from a new study of Hubble's deep-field surveys. The study's authors came to the staggering conclusion that at least 10 times more galaxies exist in the observable universe than astronomers thought.
According to the authors, the missing 90 percent of the universe's galaxies are too faint and too far away to be detected by the current crop of telescopes, including Hubble. To uncover them, astronomers will have to wait for much larger and more powerful future telescopes. The researchers arrived at their result by painstakingly converting Hubble deep-field images into 3-D pictures so they could make accurate measurements of the number of galaxies at different epochs in the universe's history.
|Restless Mornings 05-27-2015 with Nathan||
Various Artists- Please Mrs Jackson - LEGENDS OF ACID JAZZ
Causa Sui- Fichelscher Sun - Euporie Tide
Rebirth Brass Band- Rebirth Groove - Move Your Body
Richard Holmes- Misty - Misty
Pretty Lights- Still Rockin - Making Up A Changing Mind
DJ Cavem Moetavation- We Are Because They Were feat Panama Soweto Molina Speaks Tajai Speech - The Produce Section The Harvest
Pretty Lights- Let The World Hurry By - Spilling Over Every Side
- voicebreak -
Jenova 7 Mr Moods- Dark Water Jazz Mr Moods Remix - Time Travellers II
Pretty Lights- Cant Stop Me Now - Passing By Behind Your Eyes
Tipper- Sorus - Fathoms EP
Pretty Lights- Always All Ways - A Color Map Of The Sun Deluxe Version
CL Smooth Pete Rock- In The Flesh - The Main Ingredient
Causa Sui- Red Sun In June - Summer Sessions Volume 1
Frequent- Flavor Stacks - Fluidity EP
Pretty Lights- Steppinout - None
Michal Menert- Wormhole feat The Beatserver - Space Jazz
Tycho- Hours - Dive
- voicebreak -
Pete Rock- Smooth Sailing - PeteStrumentals
Griz- Wonder Why - Mad Liberation
Bayer- The Tower - Church Nights Ep
Various Artists- Sticks And Stones - LEGENDS OF ACID JAZZ
STS9- Beyond Right Now - Peaceblaster
A Tribe Called Quest- Jazz Weve Got - The Low End Theory
Pretty Lights- Stay - Taking Up Your Precious Time
J Dilla- In Space - Jay Dilla
Causa Sui- The Juice - Euporie Tide
Tipper- Dead Soon - Broken Soul Jamboree
Michal Menert- Slivers Of Light - Elements EP
playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/32/playlistDate/2015-05-27
|nsiomos on "Action Block Buster - a new take on Breakout - for the iPhone OUT NOW!"|
Action Block Buster is a fun new brick-breaker game (Ã la Arkanoid/Breakout) for the iPhone. Just like in the original game, the player is controlling a panel and tries to destroy all blocks within a level in order to advance. Unlike the original however, Action Block Buster allows the player to move the panel in a full 360 degrees circle around the play area. Furthermore, thanks to the builtin physics engine, the blocks are not static all the time, but instead are being pushed away when the ball crushes into them, and they, in turn, may collide with other nearby blocks - resulting in good-looking and gameplay-wise also quite rewarding collision chain effects.
The game offers 45 levels of increasing difficulty. At the beginning, all levels besides the first one are locked. New levels get unlocked as the player advances. The levels are organized in three "worlds" - each world brings its own appearance theme, animated backgrounds, soundtracks as well as unique gameplay twists: There will be wormholes applying gravity on the player ball and trying to suck it in, easily inflammable fire bricks will set the player ball on fire and star roads serving as a high-speed-transportation system will bring the player ball to otherwise unreachable areas.
There are also plenty of powerups for the ball and the panel to collect, which are stackable and are presented to the player with according visuals: i.e. the ball is producing a speed trail when under the effect of the "Speed Ball" bonus, it is covered with fire when collecting the "Fire Ball" bonus and the "Laser Panel" sends out a powerful twin-laser beam capable of applying continuous force and thus hitting many blocks consecutively. The player gains powerups by destroying special powerup-boxes and also - unlike other breakout games - via cool gameplay: i.e. by hitting many blocks without touching the panel, by destroying a certain amount of blocks at once, by collecting plenty of bonus blocks, by surpassing certain score marks and on many more gameplay-driven occasions. Also, there are collectibles which must be avoided, as they will apply penalties, like slowing ball or panel movement, cutting away from the remaining time to finsh a level or even inverting the player's controls for a given amount of time!
Players will be able to unlock achievements of varying difficulty on many occasions as well, like for finishing a level extraordinarily quick, for burning and laser-zapping blocks and even for being a bit unlucky and collecting too many penalties. Furthermore, the game allows players to compete on a total of 13 leaderboards for the best rankings, i.e. for the highest score, the most destroyed blocks, the fastest level finishing time and much more. All leaderboard scores and achievements are global, as long as network connectivity is available, and will also be reported to Apple's Game Center.
The features at a glance:
- Full 360 degrees circular motion of the panel adds a whole new degree of freedom compared to traditional breakout games.
Action Block Buster on the web:
Action Block Buster in iTunes:
screenshot pack I:
screenshot pack II:
|Math & Physics with JoAnne Growney & Stephanie Strickland|| |
Sometimes we, as a literary community, do not know the treasures that surround us.
Take for example the February 3, 2014, CafÃ© Muse readings by poet mathematician JoAnne Growney and poet interactive hypermedia "physicist" Stephanie Strickland. They both brought to the lit table a wider reach of our world.
And not only did they offer up a different complexity shaped by the writerâs primary toolâwords, but also they framed an energy that brought out some exciting participants to the CafÃ© Muse open mic, like Mary-Sherman Willis who recently presented in our forum from her new cross-genre book Graffiti Calculus.
Here is a poem from JoAnne Growney that is done in a syllabic square. About this form JoAnne says, âOne of the poem-forms I use frequently is the square, a form going back at least to 1597, the date for a square poem by Henry Lok, honoring Elizabeth 1. The square form (a single-stanza in which the number of lines is the same as the number of syllables per line) seems to help to shape a pithy statement.â
This square by JoAnne has six syllables per line and is six-line poem:
More than the rapist, fear
the district attorney,
smiling for the camera,
saying that thirty-six
sex crimes per year is a
Copyright Â© 2013 by JoAnne Growney
|Farscape Episode 88: Bad Timing||Recorded April 2, 2014 With the Scarrans on the way, Crichton must find a way to permanently close the wormhole to Earth. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time â 45:52 min. / File Size â 23mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes|
|Farscape Episode 86: Weâre So Screwed, Part II||Recorded March 19, 2014 The crew of Moya head to Katratzi in hopes of rescuing Scorpius, who possesses knowledge of wormholes, from the Scarrans. To do this, Crichton straps an atomic bomb to his hip. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time â 28:45 min. / File Size â 14mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe â¦|
|Farscape Episode 77: Unrealized Reality||Recorded January 15, 2014 While Crichton is out exploring a wormhole in an EV suit, heâs pulled inside. There he finds himself face to face with a mysterious being who warns Crichton of the dangers of wormhole navigation and determines that Crichton may have to die because of what he knows. â From Wikipedia Email â¦|
|Farscape Episode 72: Natural Election||Recorded December 4, 2013 While the crew is viewing a wormhole, Moya is suddenly hit by a large, toxic space plant. The crew must find a way to kill the plant before it kills Moya. Aeryn has a secret concerning her pregnancy, and struggles to keep it to herself. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or â¦|
|Farscape Episode 65: Into the Lionâs Den Part II||Recorded October 9, 2013 Driven to desperation by Scorpiusâs threat against Earth, Crichton concocts a plan to destroy the command carrier and all of the wormhole research. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time â 31:25 min. / File Size â 15mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes|
|Farscape Episode 64: Into the Lionâs Den Part I||Recorded October 2, 2013 Crichton and the crew of Moya are brought on board Scorpiusâs command carrier to assist him against the Scarrans, but secretly plans on delaying Scorpiusâs research. They are interrupted by the arrival of Grayza, a Peacekeeper Commandant who is attempting to negotiate truces with other races and believes that the wormhole â¦|
|Farscape Episode 59: Infinite Possibilities Part II||Recorded August 31, 2013 The Ancient helps John construct a device to destroy a Scarran Dreadnought to prevent them from leaving with wormhole technology. Furlow, only motivated by commercial interests, steals the device. John reclaims it but is exposed to a lethal dose of radiation in the process. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. â¦|
|Farscape Episode 58: Infinite Possibilities Part I||Recorded August 14, 2013 The Ancient in the form of Jack Crichton accuses the John aboard Talyn of carelessly giving away his wormhole knowledge, but John suspects that his module has been copied by Furlow. They return to Dam-Ba-Da where Furlow has been offering to sell what she has to the highest bidder. â From â¦|
|Farscape Episode 55: Incubator||Recorded July 24, 2013 Hoping to gain access to the wormhole knowledge, Scorpius tells his life story to a neural clone of Crichton created by the chip that was once in Crichtonâs head. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time â 30:12 min. / File Size â 15mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes|
|Farscape Episode 47: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part 1||Recorded May 22, 2013 Moya collides and becomes fused with a wormhole research vessel, leaving the crew to try and determine a way out before Moya and Pilot die from the damage. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time â 27:19 min. / File Size â 14mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes|
|Farscape Episode 16: A Human Reaction||Recorded October 3, 2012 Returning to Earth through a wormhole, Crichton receives an unfriendly welcome but is reunited with his father. Aeryn, DâArgo and Rygel arrive to rescue Crichton but receive less than humane treatment. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time â 27:14 min. / File Size â 13mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe â¦|
|Farscape Episode 11: Till the Blood Runs Clear||Recorded August 29, 2012 After creating a wormhole Crichtonâs module is repaired on a nearby planet, while Vorcarian Blood Trackers attempt to collect the Peacekeeper bounty placed on their heads. â From Wikipedia Email Eric or Joe. Time â 26:33 min. / File Size â 13mb Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes|
|Farscape Episode 1: Premiere||Recorded June 20, 2012 John Crichton is unexpectedly sucked through a wormhole and flung to ââ¦some distant part of the universe on a ship, a living ship, full of strange alien life formsâ, where he becomes trapped with a group of escaped prisoners after he accidentally kills one of the local law enforcements. â From â¦|
|My Darien Gap maps|
I got sucked into a Darien Gap wormhole again last night. Panama technically doesn't have an army anymore. It has SENAFRONT, a police force that guards its borders. Well, SENAFRONT has a twitter account and it's just a bunch of PR photos of soldiers playing with children and feeding the locals. Then, I saw this:
What's the significance of this tweet? The Pan-American Highway ends in Yaviza. Boca de Cupe is five miles SOUTH of Yaviza. There is a way for cars to get there!
Just before I set out for Yaviza in 2013, I went to the national geography institute in Panama City to find maps of the Darien. I found two. They, along with ten other maps, make up the entire country of Panama. Because crossing the Darien is forbidden, I stowed the maps in my backpack's hidden compartment so that SENAFRONT soldiers at various checkpoints wouldn't find them. I was that careful/paranoid.
Here is the first map.
This is a close-up of the bottom of the first map. You can see the road ends at Yaviza. Boca de Cupe is at the bottom right. When I was in Yaviza, the only way to get there was by Yamaha-powered dugout canoe.
So 11 is the first map. 12 is the second map.
Here is the second map. There is virtually no civilization. Reviewing these maps has made me realize I need to get detailed maps of the Colombian side of the Darien Gap. I wonder if those are available in Bogota or Medellin.
And here is a great video of Yaviza. I spent two days and one night there. I'll do a running commentary of the video below. It was so hot and humid there, I was miserable. I nearly passed out in my "hotel's" shared toilet. Both general stores in town were owned by recent Chinese immigrants, and one of the shopkeepers tried to sell me a rare bird.
0:41 The only activity along the waterfront all day consisted of guys unloading those green bananas.
2:55 This is the area where the buses hung out. The van I took was a Hiace.
3:31 The "entrance" to the town has two or three bars. And it's just a bunch of people being loud and drinking cheap beer. There were a lot of people. I did my best to stay away from the crowd. It looked like trouble. It was a rough place. And I stood out like a sore thumb.
3:56 I am 80% positive I stayed in the yellow building. It was operated by La Profesora.
4:13 It's a small town, population-wise and size-wise, but there's always a ton of people walking around. I could never figure out where they were going.
10:05 The town's population is half Indian, half descendants of escaped slaves.
12:44 Behind the basketball court was the SENAFRONT base. I had to check in there when I arrived.
13:24 As I walked through town, I saw a family watching Joan and Melissa Rivers's reality show on satellite.
13:44 A BMW!
14:02 Noriega was rumored to have lived in Yaviza as a child.
14:40 Maybe everyone is just people watching. There's nothing else to do, there are certainly many characters, and it's too hot to stay indoors.
|Metal Gear Survive isn't as awful as it is forgettable|
Metal Gear Solid has always been a self-referential series, but this is something else entirely; a Metal Gear game that feels like an unofficial rip-off of itself. Even the premise of Metal Gear Survive reads like fanfic. Set in an alternate universe, the player-created character has been sent through a wormhole, along with other Militaires Sans FrontiÃ¨res soldiers and the remnants of Mother Base, to a world populated by weird crystallised zombies. It all feels strangely heartless; without Hideo Kojima at the tiller, those odd moments you'd previously write off as the eccentricities or flights of fancy of one man can now feel empty, soulless and written by committee by comparison.
There'll be an option to play solo, but the emphasis in Survive is squarely on co-operative play and 'survival action,' as you gather resources, craft weapons and ammo, fortify bases and fend off hordes of enemies with your squad. There are no character classes, allowing players to tailor their avatars to whatever play style they prefer, free of team role archetypes. During the most recent demo presented at this year's E3, three other players and I were put together for a co-op mission and, to save time, made to choose from four preset character builds - two long range, two melee, two male, two female. I chose a character equipped with a bow, some mortars, and moveable fences that you can set down to provide a blockade against crowds of zombies.
The controls are more or less identical to The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes, meaning you can perform a roll, lay prone, and perform basic close quarter combat moves. Given the sizeable shift in Metal Gear Survive from stealth-based tactical gameplay to (at times) frenzied gunplay against crowds of close-quarters enemies, these controls don't always feel entirely natural - let's face it, surviving aggressive hordes is not what the Metal Gear framework was built to do. Setting up a high vantage spot and using a bow and arrows to pick off as many oblivious enemies as I could did prove satisfying, however, even if it wasn't exactly efficient. And also, a little too easy, because these zombies are thick as mud. If I hadn't had to climb down to craft more arrows, I may never have needed to move again for the entirety of the demo.
|Without Wormholes: A Solution to Entanglements Theoretical Problems.|
Quantum entanglement is a well observed but not well understood phenomena. The frontier in this area has been to entangle systems at greater and greater distances. Theoretically however it is poorly understood. Susskind and Maldacena proposed the ER=EPR conjecture, which to oversimplify, states that entangled particles are connected by tiny wormholes(Maldacena and Susskind) In this brief blog post I present a simple proof that the ânon-localityâ that experimentalist write of, and Susskind conjectured about solving via wormholes, can be explained with standard quantum mechanics and standard relativity. What is new here is how we look at the spaces involved.
|David Wilcock: The Sourcefield Investigations|
New Video and Book:
"The Sourcefield Investigations:
The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations
Behind the 2012 Prophecies"
Based on a hugely popular Internet documentary, this exploration of historic signs and symbolism determines what the future holds for humanity come 2012.
Get More Information and Watch Full Video Here:
In his documentary The 2012 Enigma-viewed more than two million times- David Wilcock exposed many great secrets: DNA, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, three-dimensional time, the Mayan calendar, and much more. And in this book, his seminal work, he'll expose even more.
Calling upon fascinating areas of alternative science, Wilcock's unique philosophy connects the human species and the rest of the cosmos, proposing that it is in our power to usher in the Golden Age prophesied in so many ancient cultures and spiritual traditions. Unlike the doom- and-gloom viewpoints depicted in big-budget disaster films, Wilcock believes that 2012 may be a watermark for when a widespread acceptance of a greater reality will begin to occur-and in his book, he lays out many of the blueprints for such a Golden Age.
|The 2012 Enigma and The Science of Peace||2012: Tragedy, transcension or just another year? David Wilcock exposes many great secrets: DNA, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, three-dimensional time, the Mayan Calendar and much, much more!|
Is there a miniature stargate in your own brain? Did ancient cultures reverse-engineer it into usable technology that could actually look â and even travel â through time?
Did our secret government come into possession of this technology? Did they see anything occurring around the year 2012? Dive into this fascinating story in The 2012 Enigma.Part I: CONVERGENCE The Movie, consciousness energy field, Edgar Cayce reincarnation, Da Vinci Code, Inconvenient Truth, galactic alignment, dodecahedron, 2012 / DNA crop circles, sacred geometry as vibration, tetrahedron, 19.5 degrees
Part II: Hans Jenny / Cymatics, space and time inverting, wave-particle duality, Buckyballs / fullerenes, DNA as a wave, Kaznacheyev, psychic healing, Dewey Larson, 3D time, space-time fabric, time-space
Part III: Fairy circles, natural stargates, ESP, nested spheres, channeling, chakras, Pineal gland, Sumerian tablets, Osiris, kundalini, pine cone symbolism, Tammuz, Shiva, Third Eye, Bindi, Bacchus, Dionysus, Jesus, the Vatican
Part IV: Pyramid sarcophagus, cathedral windows, the World Tree, melatonin, DMT, ayahuasca, Dreams, Out of Body Experience, the Silver Cord
Part V: Mark of the Beast, microclusters, synchronicity, shamanism, holographic sound, reverse-engineering the pineal gland, Dan Burisch, Project Looking Glass, CONTACT
Part VI: The Last Mimzy, the Roswell Crash, the Cube / Yellow Disc, Hellraiser, election tampering, pole shift, time-viewing technology, the Iraq War, DCTP / Doctrine of the Convergent Timeline Paradox, human-lineage ETs
Part VII: Tree of Life, Illuminati, Rothschilds, Hitler, New World Order, Lucifer, Luciferian philosophy, Catholic church, Philadelphia Experiment / Rainbow Project
Part VIII: Phoenix III, Montauk chair, time travel, Dec. 21, 2012, 20-year cycle, Stargate SG-1, Outer Band Individuated Teletracer / OBIT, The Outer Limits, Time Vector Generator / TVG, Mars pyramids, underground bases, jumproom, Total Recall, Minority Report, X-Men / Cerebro, Rifts in Time
Part IX: Forbidden Planet, psychic conduit, LSD trips, zero-time, 2012 dimensional shift, Edgar Cayce readings, Chandler's Wobble, pole shift, Library of Atlantis / Hall of Records, California earthquakes
Part X: Create your own reality, 2012 not cataclysmic, Russian physics, Dr. Sergey Smelyakov / Auric Time Scale, Mayan Calendar, spiral imploding into 2012 changing consciousness, Ascended abilities, spiritual growth
Is there a âconsciousness fieldâ of âradiant mind energyâ that we all share? Could this be causing the changes we are now witnessing on the Earth and throughout the solar system? Does it have any effect on DNA, including complete species transformation?
Is this âMind Fieldâ the ultimate answer to solving financial collapse, terrorism, violent crime and all manner of Earth Changes, leading to a true Science of Peace? â¦ Yes.Join David Wilcock as he teams up with nine-time Grammy award winning musician and recording engineer Larry Seyer to bring you three consecutive seminars â over 200 minutes â of groundbreaking new material.
Larry has nourished the sound of over 500 A-list recording artists to their maximum potential, and is an incredible guitarist and composer in his own right.
Larry and David teamed up to co-create soul-stirring music that weaves its way throughout your entire adventure of discovery:
Read the article where David introduces this groundbreaking new series! Itâs worth a look even if you have no interest in ordering, because youâll learn a great deal of eye-opening new material that is exclusive to this site.
With such an incredible range of music composed specifically for the lectures â as you can hear in two full-length songs and a radio spot you can download below for FREE â the Science of Peace is a true landmark in the merging of science and spirit.
Perfect for study groups, each 65-minute lecture builds upon the knowledge gained from the previous section. Listen an hour at a time at your convenience â or even with a group of your new friends â and you wonât be struggling to make sense out of all these amazing concepts.Eventually the metaphysical field will catch up with these truths, but why waitâ¦ when you can tune into this revolution in consciousness right now?
David Wilcock is a professional lecturer, filmmaker and researcher of ancient civilizations, consciousness science, and new paradigms of matter and energy. His upcoming Hollywood film CONVERGENCE unveils the proof that all life on Earth is united in a field of consciousness, which affects our minds in fascinating ways.
David is also the subject and co-author of the international bestseller, The Reincarnation of Edgar Cayce?, which explores the remarkable similarities between David and Edgar, features many of David's most inspiring psychic readings, and reveals documented NASA scientific proof of interplanetary climate changeâ¦ and how it directly impacts our DNA.
Resources from David Wilcock:
|Jupiter Ascending Screen Graphics|
Territory Studio recently worked withÂ The Wachowski’s to create the screen graphics for their new science fiction action adventure Jupiter Ascending. Using conventions commonly seen in weather maps, they created a series of graphics ‘to articulate various cloaked spaceships and wormhole events’, in addition to other unseen happenings.
These stunning graphics were also complemented by a bespokeÂ typeface created by Territory, which coheres withÂ the futuristic aesthetic of these organic visual interpretations.
More images and video after the jump.
|Modern-day Alice trades looking glass for wormhole to explore quantum wonderland|
Black holeâentanglement link could be simulated in lab, new paper suggests
If Lewis Carroll were alive today, he wouldnât bother with a looking glass. His book would be called Alice Through the Wormhole.
Being the mathematician that he was, Carroll (aka Charles Dodgson) would have kept current with the latest developments in quantum physics. He would no doubt be intrigued by a new paper describing an idea for the creation (or at least the simulation) of a wormhole in the laboratory to test the latest ideas linking black holes with quantum weirdness.
Carroll would be particularly happy to see that little Alice had grown up to be a quantum physicist, collaborating with somebody named Bob (whose fictional precursor has yet to be identified). Alice and Bob are the (hypothetical) primary investigators of such mysteries as quantum cryptography and quantum entanglement. They are especially skilled at quantum teleportation, in which information needed to reconstruct a quantum particle can be transported from one lab (Aliceâs) to another (Bobâs).
Teleporting a quantum particle (typically a photon, a particle of light) is a few centuries of science short of teleporting Captain Kirk from the Enterprise to the surface of some planet where danger is lurking. But the conceptual groundwork is now being put in place. The new paper, posted in the physics online archive, in fact, proposes a scheme allowing Alice to teleport a person (named Tom, for some reason) to Bob â through a wormhole.
Ordinarily, wormholes (if they exist) would connect distant regions of spacetime. They wouldnât be useful for intergalactic Hyperloop travel, as anything entering a wormhole would cause it to collapse. But much work in recent years suggests that such spacetime tunnels might link two black holes, in which case travel through them becomes thinkable, even if not physically, emotionally or economically feasible.
Wormhole travel between black holes is thinkable because of quantum entanglement, one of Alice and Bobâs specialties. In a quantum universe (like the one you are living in), particles that interact can become âentangledâ in such a way that they exist in a single âquantum state.â In such a state, a measurement performed on one of the particles can reveal information about the other particle, no matter how far away the second particle is. This spooky connection is hard to explain. Some theories seem to moderate the mystery by proposing that entangled particles are connected by wormholes.
In technical terms, this connection is designated by the âequationâ ER=EPR. ER stands for Einstein and Rosen, the two physicists who wrote the seminal paper describing wormholes (otherwise known as Einstein-Rosen bridges). EPR stands for Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen (yes, the same Rosen â and the same Einstein, for that matter), the three physicists who wrote an early paper describing quantum entanglement (mainly in order to complain about it).
If the basic idea of ER=EPR is correct, then it might very well be possible for people to travel through wormholes, as Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind (among others) has discussed in a series of intriguing papers. In fact, Susskind contends, Alice and Bob could prove ER=EPR simply by jumping into two entangled black holes, linked by a wormhole. Alice and Bob would meet in the middle of the wormhole, thereby verifying the ER=EPR theory and winning themselves Nobel Prizes. Except for the slight snag that they could not get out of the wormhole (or even send a message), so nobody would ever know how things went once Alice and Bob finally met in person (or that they had met at all). They would be forever concealed behind the black holesâ event horizons, the surface through which no signal from the interior can escape.
In his latest paper, though, Susskind and Ying Zhao, also of Stanford, offer hope. It seems possible, Susskind and Zhao say, to mimic entangled black holes in the lab. Alice and Bob would not have to risk their futures â they could send Tom through the lab-created wormhole to see if he survived. âCombining quantum teleportation with the idea that entangled black holes are connected by Einstein-Rosen bridges implies that ER=EPR could in-principle be tested by observers who themselves never cross the horizon,â Susskind and Zhao assert.
OK, Tom is not really a person in this plan; heâs just a symbol for teleportee. A teleportee can simply be a photon, a particle containing quantum information that Alice would like to send to Bob. (Such a photon might, for instance, contain important information for a computation that Bob is performing.) Alice cannot simply measure the photonâs information, write it down and e-mail it to Bob. Looking at the photon reduces the multiple possible measurement outcomes to a single definite state (say, spin pointing up). Bob needs a particle that retains the multiple possible outcomes that make quantum information so rich.
All a particleâs quantum information can be teleported, though, if Bob and Alice share a pair of previously entangled photons. Alice allows her entangled photon to interact with Tom (the teleportee photon) and records the result. (This process DESTROYS the teleportee!) Alice then calls Bob up or texts him with the result. Bob then can perform an operation on his entangled photon, which has the effect of restoring Tom in his original state, bringing him BACK TO LIFE! (Metaphorically.)
If ER=EPR is right, Tom has in fact not died, but actually traveled through the wormhole connecting Bob and Aliceâs entangled photons. In a thoroughly elaborate mathematical demonstration, Susskind and Zhao describe how this works. A key point is that the process of teleporting quantum information requires the communication of ordinary information through standard channels: To teleport one quantum bit (or qubit) of information, Alice must send Bob at least two ordinary bits of information by slower-than-light signaling of some sort. So there is no âinstantaneousâ spooky action at a distance going on, as some common misinterpretations suggest.
Susskind and Zhao admit that it is not very likely that Alice and Bob will ever venture into space to find two suitably connected black holes, let alone persuade somebody named Tom to come along. But it is possible to imagine a laboratory facsimile of such a paired black hole arrangement. Perhaps some clever condensed matter physicists could devise two âlarge shells of matterâ that would mimic the properly weird gravitational spacetime geometry needed for the job. These shells would be connected by a wormhole, so Alice and Bob could jump in (they would have to âmerge themselves with the matter forming the shellsâ) and meet âin some place outside ordinary spacetime.â But they still would not be able to inform anyone in the outer world of their success. Alice would have to induce Tom to merge with one of the shells so she could teleport him to Bob.
âWhen Tom emerges out of â¦ Bobâs shell, he will recall everything he encountered, and can confirm that he really did traverse the wormhole,â Susskind and Zhao contend.
On the other hand (and this seems more promising), two quantum computers could be entangled to simulate wormhole travel. Simulating a real person would require quantum computers of unimaginably huge memory storage capacity. But with a 100-qubit quantum computer (much larger than anything available in labs today, but thinkable), a teleportee of 10 qubits could be sent through the wormhole. Small variations in the initial state of the teleportee would enable the computers to detect how it reacted to conditions in the wormhole, thereby providing the evidence needed to verify the wormholeâs existence, confirming that ER=EPR.
âThere does not seem to be an in-principle obstruction to laboratory teleportation through the wormhole,â Susskind and Zhao say. âOn the face of it this seems somewhat fantastical, but given that the lab is part of a quantum-gravitational world in which ER=EPR, the conclusion seems inevitable.â
As would be the subsequent book about the adventure. Forget Alice. It would be called Tom Through the Wormhole. Feed your head with that, White Rabbit.
Follow me on Twitter: @tom_siegfried
|Star Trek: The Next Generation Authentic Screen-Worn Costume Collection|
Star Trek - The Next Generation
001. Command Red Starfleet Duty Tunic worn by Jonathan Frakes as "Commander William Riker" from Season 3 onwards. This iconic uniform can be seen in practically every episode of the series.
002. Operations Gold Starfleet Duty Tunic worn by Brent Spiner as "Lieutenant Commander Data" from Season 3 onwards. Instantly recognizable and worn in every episode featuring Data.
003. Distressed Operations Gold Starfleet Duty Tunic worn by Brent Spiner as "Lieutenant Commander Data" from Season 3 onwards. This jacket was specifically distressed for the Season 7 episode 'Phantasms' during a dream sequence at the start of the episode.
004. A female Command Red Starfleet Jumpsuit worn by Jennifer Ott among others from Season 3 and beyond. This spandex outfit is instantly recognizable from this hit spinoff series. Below is an example of the outfit in use.
005. An Male Operations Gold Starfleet Jumpsuit worn by background crew from Season 3 and beyond. This spandex outfit is instantly recognizable from this hit spinoff series. Below is an example of the outfit in use.
006. A female Sciences Blue Starfleet Jumpsuit worn by Andrea Silver and others as crew from Season 3 and beyond. This spandex outfit is instantly recognizable from this hit spinoff series. Below is an example of the outfit in use.
007. Jumpsuit and belt worn by Ted Parker among others as a "Ten Forward Waiter" in multiple episodes of TNG starting in Season 2. This well-worn uniform is instantly recognizable for it's unique look. Funnily enough, the belt started life as a belt worn by terraformers in the Season 1 episode 'Home Soil'- of which I have a costume.
008. Shiny Purple/Copper Jumpsuit worn by Karole Selmon as "Yareena" who challenged Lt. Tasha Yar to the Death to defend her status as the 'First One' in the early Season 1 episode 'Code of Honor'. Below a scene from the episode.
009. Shiny Gold/Black Jumpsuit worn by the stunt person for Karole Selmon as "Yareena" in the above mentioned 'Code of Honor'. Interestingly, the stunt person for the role was a male!
010. Elaborate robes with adornments, matching boots and prosthetic reptilian hands worn by John Durbin as "Selayan Delegate SSestar" in the early Season 1 episode 'Lonely Among Us'. Two rival delegations, the Selay and the Anticans board the Enterprise in the hopes to join the Federation when the crew of the Enterprise undergo some mysterious instances.
011. Elaborate fur lined robes with a shirt and pants worn by Marc Alaimo as 'Antican Delegate Badar N'D'D' in the above mentioned episode "Lonely Among Us". Both costumes are pictured below with a very wary Cheif O'Brien.
012. Vest/Bodysuit worn by the actress Jacqueline Drake as a "Mistress" in the Season 1 episode 'Angel One'. The Enterprise attempts to negotiate with a female-dominated world for the safe return of survivors from a crashed freighter.
013. A jumpsuit worn by Gerald Pendergast as "Bjorn Bensen" in the Season 1 episode 'Home Soil'. The episode dealt with a murderous crystalline entity attacking a terraforming colony- of which Bensen was a scientist.
014. Girl's outfit and belt worn first by a child in class as children were abducted from the Enterprise in the season 1 episode 'When the Bough Breaks' and then again by a young actress who has a tense moment with 'Korris' the Klingon in first season's 'Heart of Glory'. The episode deals with 'Worf's' struggles over loyalty when three Klingon renegades come aboard the Enterprise.
015. A jumpsuit worn in the Season 1 finale 'The Neutral Zone' by Peter Mark Richman in his portrayal of 20th century Financier "Ralph Offenhouse". Offenhouse was one of a few discovered by the Enterprise in cryo-freeze while on a mission to investigate destroyed outposts near Romulan Space. Below in a shot of Offenhouse discussing his needs with Captain Picard.
016. Maternity dress worn by Marina Sirtis in the season premiere episode 'The Child' where "Counselor Deanna Troi's" mysterious pregnancy and birth to a child with excelerated growth into a young boy threatens the Enterprise.
017. Shirt, Jacket and Pants worn by Larry Guthrie portraying a Scientist aboard Darwin Station in the Season 2 episode 'Unnatural Selection' wherein the Enterprise races to find a way to reverse a disease that causes rapid aging.
018. A yellow jumpsuit worn by John Bennett as a Starbase Technician on Montgomery Station in the Season 2 episode 'The Icarus Factor'. Riker meets with his father and Worf performs a sacred Klingon ritual in this plot.
019. Jacket, Sweater, Pants, Sash/Belt, Gloves and Boots worn by both Bill Ames and Dan Lake in their portrayals of Pakled officers in the Season 2 episode 'The Samaritan Snare' wherein Commander LaForge is taken hostage by the seemingly thick-headed crew of the Pakled vessel while aiding them with repairs.
020. Pants and Vest outfit from the Season 3 episode 'Who Watches the Watchers' as worn by Ray Wise in his portrayal of "Liko". The episode dealt with the crew of the Enterprise having to fix the situation after an under-developed race discovers a Federation observatory on their homeworld. Below is a shot of 'Liko' in the episode followed by a shot of the costume partially re-used in the Season 7 episode 'Homeward'.
021. Jacket, Tunic and Pants worn by James McIntire as "Mintakan Hunter Hali" in the Season 3 episode 'Who Watches the Watchers'. The episode dealt with the crew of the Enterprise having to fix the situation after an under-developed race discovers a Federation observatory on their homeworld. Aspects of this costume were also reused by Gary Michaels in the TNG episode 'Homeward'.
022. Shirt and shorts worn by LeVar Burton as "Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge" in 'Booby Trap' from Season 3. LaForge wore this on a date-gone-sour with fellow crewmate 'Christy Henshaw' before getting acquainted with a holodeck simulation of Leah Brahms in their efforts to save the Enterprise from an ancient trap.
023. Halter top and harem pants worn by Julie Warner as "Christy Henshaw" in Season 3's 'Booby Trap' while on a Holodeck date with LaForge shortly before the Enterprise was trapped in an ancient snare. Both costumes from 'Booby Trap' appear together below.
024. Dress worn by Elizabeth Hoffman as "Premier Bhavani" in 'The Price'. Bhavani represented her world in a bidding war for a seemingly stable wormhole.
025. Dress and collar worn by Lisa Wilcox as "Yuta"- a servant with a secret - in the episode 'The Vengeance Factor. The episode dealt with the tense negotiations between two worlds.
026. Dress worn by Gina Hecht as "Manua Apgar" in the Season 3 murder mystery 'A Matter of Perspective' where Riker is accused in a love-triangle murder of a research scientist by his widow.
027. Dress, Vest, Leggings, Gloves and Trademark Hat worn by Whoopi Goldberg as 'Guinan' in both "The Offspring" and then "The Best of Both World's Part I" in the 3rd Season. Below are screenshots of the costume in use. First, in "The Offspring"- Guinan teaches Data's daughter 'Lal' about life.. and second, sharing a moment with 'Captain Picard' shortly before entering battle with 'The Borg' in the climatic season finale.
028. Bikini-style outfit with see-through plastic jacket worn by John Patrick as a 'Risan Employee' on the holiday destination planet Risa in "Captain's Holiday". Picard went to take a much needed holiday, only to get tied up in a archaeological mystery
029. Flowing Dress, with matching drapes and a gold woven band as worn by Marina Sirtis as the holodeck simulation of "Counselor Deanna Troi- Goddess of Empathy" in 'Hollow Pursuits'
where Barclay must struggle with his social anxieties aboard the Enterprise.
030. Elaborate tunic, breeches, shirt, and various decorations for wear by Doug Biery as the photo double of "Commander William Riker" in a holodeck simulation created by "Lieutenant Barclay" in the episode 'Hollow Pursuits' where Barclay must struggle with his social anxieties aboard the Enterprise. Below the real Riker sizes up his lesser holodeck facsimile.
031. One piece jumpsuit of lavender top and grey pants worn by Brent Spiner as "Lt. Commander Data" in the classic episode 'The Most Toys' when forced to wear the episode by his captor "Kivas Fatjo". Fatjo abducted Data to add to his collection of rare and exotic artifacts.
032. Bustier-style top and matching long skirt with an ornate train, pink suede pumps, a pair of hot pink nylons, two matching hair combs, a hair ribbon, a pair of earrings, and a mannequin bust wearing a pink wig all as worn by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry as "Lwaxana Troi" in the Season 3 episode 'Menage a Troi'. Troi, her daughter Deanna and Riker are abducted by a smitten Ferengi DaiMon.
033. Jacket, Shirt, Pants and Insignia as worn by Brian Goldman in his role as a "Talarian" in the Season 4 episode 'Suddenly Human' which saw the rescue of an adolescent Talarian boy being reclaimed by his father- with serious concerns for his safety from Captain Picard.
034. Overalls and belt worn by Rosalind Chao as "Keiko O'Brien", soon to be wife of "Miles O'Brien" in the Season 4 episode 'Data's Day' which leads the audience through an interesting day in the life of Data- including helping the struggling couple to tie the knot.
035. Jacket, vest, shirt and pants worn by George Coe portraying "Chancellor Avel Durken" from the planet Malcor III in the Season 4 episode 'First Contact'. Durken negotiated with Captain Picard following a botched undercover surveillance by Commander Riker on their homeworld. This costume was also worn in the Season 5 episode 'The First Duty', shown in the second image below.
036. Pants, shirt, jacket, socks and dickie worn by John Vickery as Betazoid "Andrus Hagan" in the Season 4 episode 'Night Terrors' wherein the Enterprise discover him as the lone survivor aboard the USS Brittain leading to the crew suffering sleep deprivation and nightmares. The costume was recycled for use in the Season 6 episode 'True Q' for use by John P. Connelly as "Orn Lote" wherein a young Enterprise crew member discovers she is a Q with the help of Q himself. Below are shots of the costume in use in both episodes.
037. Jacket, shirt and pants worn by Jonathan Frakes as "Commander William Riker" while acting as the host body for Negotiator Odan in the Season 4 episode 'The Host'. Riker volunteers his body to host the Trill Odan after Odan's current host is killed to allow for negotiations to continue between two hostile factions. The shirt and pants were also used again by Riker in 'A Fistful of Datas', 'Chain of Command, Part II', 'Second Chances', 'Thine Own Self' and 'Eye of the Beholder'. They were then also used by Colm Meaney as "Lt. Miles O'Brien" in Deep Space Nine in two episodes!
038. Pants, shirt, tunic, hat and gloves worn by Robert Harper as "Lathal Bine" in the Season 4 episode 'The Host'. The episode dealt with Dr. Crusher falling in love with a symbiote ambassador during talks between two races. Below shows both of the last two costumes in use together followed by a screenshot of Riker wearing the shirt in 'A Fistful of Datas'.
039. Blouse created for Michelle Forbes as "Ensign Ro Laren" in the episode of the same name. A Bajoran with a troubled past, Ensign Ro quickly earned the respect of Captain Picard and the crew after being assigned to the Enterprise for her specialty in Bajoran affairs.
040. Fantastic outfit consisting of a top and pants with mutiple decorations worn by Graham Jarvis as 'Klim Dokachin' in "Unification Part 1" where he begrudgingly helped the Enterprise in it's attempts to track Spock and his link to the Romulan Empire.
041. Sweater, pants, knee-high socks and Romulan-styled wig all used by an actor portraying a Romulan civilian in the Season 5 episode 'Unification' which guest starred TOS actor Leonard Nimoy reprising his role as "Spock".
042. Shirt and pants worn by Jonathan Frakes as "Commander William Riker" in the Season 5 episode 'Violations' during vivid dream sequences experienced by Counsellor Deanna Troi. Troi slipped into coma during the episode- at the same time a delegation had been brought on board.
043. Pants and blouse worn by Marina Sirtis in the above mentioned episode. This outfit was used in the same dream-like sequences as the other outift.
044. Jumpsuit and jacket worn by Caroline Kava at "Doctor Toby Russell" in the Season 5 episode 'Ethics' wherein Russell is brought aboard to help Worf- paralyzed in an accident. Worf struggles with thoughts of suicide and Russell suggests a controversial operation to restore his mobility.
045. Jacket, Dickie, Pants, Hat and Boots as worn by Jane Bauer playing a J'Naii in the Season 5 episode 'The Outcast' where Riker defends a member of the race who defines themselves as female- which is against their cultural beliefs.
046. Pants, ceremonial robes and hat worn by Tony Jay as the husband-to-be "Third Minister Campio" for Lwaxana Troi, in 'Cost of Living'. Troi struggles- as she often does- trying to decide if this is the right man for her.
047. and 048. Two jumpsuits worn by Tracey D'Arcy and David Oliver as "Young Woman" and "Young Man" in the season 5 episode 'Cost of Living' as part of the Parallax Colony holo-program that Lwaxana Troi lead Worf's son Alexander through.
049. "First Learner" and 050. "Companion" costumes worn by Christopher Halsted and Holiday Freeman respectively, also in 'Cost of Living'. Below they are enjoying a drink by the mud bath in the holodeck.
051. Wedding jacket, hat, gloves and sash worn by Mickey Cottrell as "Valtese Chancellor Alrik" in the Season 5 episode 'The Perfect Mate' which dealt with Picard fighting the temptations of a 'gift' bride meant for Alrik. Pictured below in the wedding of Alrik and his bride by Picard.
052. Robe worn by an abduction alien in the Season 6 Episode 'Schisms' by actor Brian Ciari. The episode was one of the more sinister of the series.. with members of the crew confusing frightening abductions with nightmares. Below is a screenshot of Commander Riker on the alien vessel.
053. Jumpsuit worn by Patrick Stewart as "Captain Jean Luc Picard" in the Season 6 two-parter 'Chain of Command'. In the episode, Picard is captured by Cardassians while on a covert mission to destroy a Cardassian biological weapons installation on Celtris III.
054. Jumpsuit and Vest as worn by John de Lancie as the omnipotent "Q" in the Season 6 episode 'Tapestry'. In the episode, Picard is taught some lessons on life by Q who takes Picard back to his Academy days to make some important decisions.
055. Tunic (No pants) as worn by Jonathan Frakes in his role as "Commander William Riker" in the Season 6 episode 'Frame of Mind' which featured Riker starring in a play about being in a mental insitution which starts to become a reality aboard an alien vessel. Below in Riker following the rehearsal of the play.
|Saturday July 15th, 2017 (cont'd)|
|Stargates, Worm Holes and the Bottomless Pit|
Stargates, Worm Holes and the Bottomless Pit Apostle Stan Johnson http://www.thegospel.com/clients/the-prophecy-club/html/v006/ Have 10,000 scientists from 100 countries re-created an ancient Egyptian âStargateâ or âWormhole?â Was the idea for movies such as Contact, Hellboy, and Stargate SG-1 birthed from their plan to build a modern-day Stargate? Is their stated goal to re-create the âBig Bangâ really a cover story for something more sinister? Will the 17 mile circular Large Hadron Collider (LHC) built 500 feet under Switzerland and France open a door to another world? What will happen in 2014 when they turn the power up to 100%? Some Scientists fear it could easily open a wormhole, or create a black hole and destroy this planet! Could it cause ââ¦earthquakes in divers placesâ ââ¦distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:â and cause, ââ¦every island to flee away?â Scientists have built this collider at CERN, but CERN is not a word; is it short for CERNunnos an occult a half-man half-beast which arises out of the earth? Will Cernunnos arise from the Hadron Collider in 2014 and become âThe beastâ and âThe Antichristâ to Christians and âThe Islamic Mahdiâ and the â12th Imamâ to the Muslims and lead Islam to world domination? Will it allow âThe beast that â¦shall ascend out of the bottomless pit,â â¦and the locusts that sting men like scorpions entrance into this world? Is the Tribulation about to start? Remember we do not 100% agree with everything our guests, say, do, or believe. It is up to you to pray and sort it out! Another do not Miss End-Time Radio program as âWe are Warning the World as it HAPPENS!â Please visit www.prophecyhour.com also visit www.wichitahomeless.com
|How old is the Universe?||How old is the universe? What is the big bang? How did the universe begin? What happens when you power nap? What is the science behind black holes? What is the difference between a black hole and a wormhole? Plus, news on the Juno mission to Jupiter...|
|Stars, Wormholes and our Expanding Universe||none|
|Gadgets & Gizmos: USB Plasma Ball $9.99|
We are certain you've seen these plasma balls before. They've been around ever since bad hair bands from the eighties. Recently they've become available in tech friendly USB versions so we've decided to put this classic on your must have list. Our only question really is why can't we have amazing, affordable, *NEW* desktop science toys invented in the twenty first century? Things like mini USB desktop wormholes, or keychain Schroedinger's kitten boxes? If you can't give us jetpacks, at least make some for our action figures.
|Time Recoil â Alpha Sign Up|
Time Recoil is a very cool blood-splattered top down shooter in which you can slow down time, use special skills and travel through wormholes as you set forth on a mission to defeat Mr Time before he takes over the world.
|Space: Above and Beyond (1995-1996)||Space: Above and Beyond (Also known variously as Space 2063, Squadron 58, Space Marines, Space War 2063, Space Commando, Star Squadron and many others, depending on which country you are from) was a short lived military Sci-Fi TV series created by X-Files writers/Creators Glen Morgan and James Wong as a side project while that series was still ongoing.|
The first, and only, series takes place between the years 2063 and 2064, a time in which mankind has begun to explore and colonise not only the outer solar system, but also due to the discovery of predictable but highly mobile wormholes, other star systems as well.
The series begins proper when the first extra-solar colony, named "Vesta", comes under attack by an advanced alien species, ironically while the colonies leader delivers a speech about mankind being alone in the universe.
A second colony, named "Tellus" is planned, however the colony ship is attacked and heavily damaged as it makes its landing run on the planet.
The Tellus colony ship is what sparks the beginning of the series storyline, as prior to its launch a colonist named Nathan West is forcibly removed from the program on the orders of US Government senators for political reasons. This removal separates him from his long term girlfriend Kylen, whom he pledges he will find and be with again, which leads him to enlisting in the US (Space) Marine corps, as there is a slim chance that he will be stationed to system monitor duty in the Tellus system, which will allow him and Kylen to be together again, the destruction of the Vesta and Tellus colonies puts a damper on this plan though, as for the first time, mankind has to fight a war against a completely alien enemy.
Initially, the series plays out along the lines of what is seemingly a "humans v evil aliens" type storyline, however, as time passes, it slowly becomes apparent that the aliens, who are nicknamed the "Chigs" (due to their passing resemblance to a chigoe flea - their real name is never revealed) are not as evil as it was thought, and that the cause of the war is not a straightforward question of "Us vs Them".
Nathan West is eventually assigned to USMC 58th Squadron, attached to the Carrier vessel USS Saratoga, where, during the course of the pilot episode, they distinguish themselves by thwarting a Chig plan to directly attack the planet Earth.
The remainder of the series follows the members of 58th Squadron as they fight their way through the war one day at a time, hampered by the various bits of infighting and politics that are as still prevalent amongst mankind in the future as they are now.
Numerous plot arcs and story lines are followed in this series, and, unlike most Sci-Fi offerings of the time, are intelligently written, examples include:-
Racism/Prejudice - Part of the series backstory is that about 5 years prior to the series beginning, mankind fought a war against "The Silicates", a race of human created androids intended to perform labour considered dangerous or too menial for humans. At some point, a computer programmer, seeking to revenge himself upon a supervisor who took credit for his work, inserted a virus in the Silicates programming, which urged the androids simply to "take a chance" instead of following logic. This petty decision led to all of the worlds androids rebelling, which in turn erupted into open conflict, causing the deaths of millions of people.
In response to this, Human genetic engineering gave birth to a race of artificially created humans, referred to as "in-vitros", who are created in laboratories and who were originally intended to be used as soldiers to fight the AIs. However, this backfired, as in-vitros, known mostly by the derogatory terms "Tanks" (referring to both their method of birth and the fact that they are generally tougher than normal humans) and/or "Nipple-necks" (due to them having a noticeable navel on the back of their neck, as opposed to being on the stomach as it is on a normal human) are "born" with the physical age of 18, but the mental age of a newborn baby, they are then quickly and brutally rushed through education and indoctrination, which although instilling the required level of military knowledge into them, instils none of the psychological knowledge which normal humans acquire through years of life (most of the in-vitros shown during the series appear to have an adolescent type of mindset).As such, the in-vitros are considered to be both lazy and cowardly, as during the AI war, very few of them actually fought or performed any of the duties they were created for.
Most humans are shown to treat in-vitros with extreme prejudice, who for most of the series are shown to be treated as little more than slaves and/or animals.This leads to various plot lines where they are openly defiant and rebel against humans, and are even used by humans in plots to cause trouble with the war effort.
Loyalty/Betrayal - One of the recurring themes is the intense loyalty that 58th Squadron develops for each other, sometimes at the cost of disobeying their superiors. Conversely, one theme that also recurs is betrayal or distrust of "outsiders". Numerous characters pop up during the series whose motives and true intentions are either never made clear, or who outright betray everyone. While this is an expected trait from AIs (all of whom harbour an intense dislike of humans) when it is displayed in other humans, it usually ends up being something shocking or unexpected.
Conspiracies/Cover ups - One thing that crops up at various points in the series is the involvement of the megacorporation "Aero-Tech" in numerous aspects of both the war and human space exploration in general. Aero-Tech is shown to be a major aerospace company who manufactures space craft for the various Earth governments, but also seems to have numerous hidden agendas, and, who as it turns out, may have had a hand in inadvertently causing the war in the first place, a fact which they try, using various underhanded means, to cover up.
Psychology/Torture - Throughout the series, both the humans and the Chigs are shown to make extensive use of disinformation and psychology to try and outwit each other, up to and including psychological torture and "reprogramming" of individuals to perform some purpose inherent to their respective war efforts. On the human side, things such as hypnotic suggestion and psychological programming are used to make people believe things that are not true, or to coerce them into performing deeds which they normally wouldn't. Both the Chigs and the AIs are shown to make extensive use of terror tactics and terror weapons in order to destabilise the human war effort.
Although S:AAB didn't really tread any new ground (similar plot lines were explored in the TV series "Tour of Duty") , it did bring forth a fairly interesting, although sometimes dry, Sci-Fi tale which was set close enough to "now" to still be recognisable to the causal viewer, but just far enough into the future to allow for convenient Sci-Fi trappings to give the writers enough freedom to explore plotlines without having to make too many nods towards realism.
Although the series was well recieved, its convoluted plot and expensive special effects, coupled with it "schedule hopping" led to the decision being made not to commission a second series.
As such, the series ended on a cliffhanger, which the creators hoped to resolve in a possible feature length episode or movie, however as time went on, people lost interest in the project and thus it never materialised.
Since then the creators have given rough outlines to what would have happened if the series had continued, including most of 58th Squadron being killed or captured and the various survivors encountering personal problems, both due to their experiences and with the replacements for those killed.
In the years that have passed since the series aired, actor Joel de la Fuente, who played Lt. Paul Wang in the series, has been vocal in his criticism of the way in which the series handled stereotypes, labeling his character as being little more than a stereotypical "Asian coward" and most of the other characters as being "cardboard cut outs". Understandably, de la Fuente has not been asked to take part in many of Morgan/Wongs other projects since, unlike many of the other people who starred in this series.
S:AAB is a nice series, but some of the series 24 episodes are just downright boring to watch, as the writers seemed to be trying too hard to make the series cerebral, and ended up instead making convoluted and dialogue heavy scenes which confused many viewers and created plot holes.
Its not a bad series, but its not a great one either....
|Freddy Todd - Feeln||If youand#39;ve been wondering where Detroit glitch captain Freddy Todd has been, lately, weand#39;ve got your answer: he fell into some sort of psychotropic wormhole in a grimy Motown alley, shot 158 years into the future, and cyborgs taught him how to speak the binary language of our alien overlords.|
|Desert Dwellers - Seeing Things remixes||For their latest release, the Desert Dwellers duo has partnered up with Twisted Records to issue a remix compilation their tune "Seeing Things." This UK based label is hosted by Simon Posford (aka Shpongle) and was released just in time to raise some hype for their upcoming tag-team tour. Last week, many of us were biting our nails with anticipation, and clasping our hands together in prayer, hoping that Posford's U.S. Visa would actually get approved. Their musical journey was forcefully postponed a few dates, but with heroic effort Posford manged to pull his certification from a wormhole of government paperwork, offices, and courier services, just in time to touchdown for the Museum of Consciousness Tour in Asheville, NC.|
|I am Echo Rivera and This is How I Work||Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Echo Rivera in the "How I Work" series. Echo is the owner of Creative Research Communication (CRC) and a research associate at a nonprofit research/evaluation center in Denver, CO. Her passion is helping researchers, evaluators, academics, and nonprofits communicate their social equity work effectively and creatively. One way she does this is by helping people become more effective visual communicators, so we can end the text-heavy, ineffective presentation status quo. Plus, academics tend to lose steam at the end of a project and often settle with journal articles or academic conferences. Her dream is to add some creativity to the research communication/dissemination process through more science-based personal websites, zines, comics, and other creative outlets. |
Current Job: (1) Owner, Creative Research Communication and (2) Research Associate at Center for Policy Research
Current Location: Denver, CO
Current mobile device: Samsung S6 Edge
Current computer: iMac, Acer Chromebook, and Windows Desktop
Can you briefly explain your current situation and research to us?
So far, at Creative Research Communication (CRC) I've created free resources to help academics, researchers, evaluators, and nonprofits create more effective and visual presentations. In fact, I just had a blast creating my first ever email course to teach people how to use visuals quickly, called Create Your Visual Database. And because I love comics, I also created a visual cheatsheet of my top 10 presentation tips.
I also work as an evaluator at a center in Denver. Here, I help programs and federal/state departments determine whether their social program, policy, or initiative was effective at achieving their goals. I work on a variety of topics, ranging from gender-based violence and domestic violence program services, home visiting programs, SNAP/Medicare enrollment, and prisoner re-entry programs.
What tools, apps and software are essential to your workflow?
Google Drive has been a lifesaver. I use so many devices and both Windows & Macs that it can sometimes be a nightmare to keep all the pieces together. As I use Google Drive more, this is becoming less stressful.
Adobe Illustrator is essential for my digital comics and drawings. I'm really not that great at drawing by hand, though I'm practicing every day to get better. My cheatsheet was, and all my digital comics are, created in Illustrator.
Microsoft Office is absolutely essential. I use it every (work) day to write reports, create presentations, calculate numbers, and check my (work) email.
Apple Keynote is my preferred application to make presentations. Powerpoint 2016 is significantly better than 2013, but Keynote is still my go-to.
ConvertKit - I know a lot of people think email is dead, but it's a great way for me to keep in touch with people about what's going on at Creative Research Communication, and it's how I was able to set up an email course.
Twitter! I consider engaging with people on Twitter to be a critical part of my work. If I'm not out there talking with others and learning from them about their questions, concerns, and ideas...then I am less effective at my job. Reach out @echoechoR!
What does your workspace setup look like?
In general, my workspace is pretty clean and is well-organized. I don't work well if things are cluttered around me.
I run Creative Research Communication entirely from my home office. I draw comics, create free resources, and run webinars using my iMac + external monitor for a second screen. It gets a little obnoxious because the desk isn't that big! I also use my Chromebook when I'm lounging in the basement but want to draft a new post.
What is your best advice for productive research work?
Sometimes the hardest part is getting started. When I have no motivation to do something (writing, data analysis, etc), I just convince myself to open up the program. "I'll at least just look at it," I tell myself. Then something magical happens once the program is open--I just start working!
How do you keep an overview of projects and tasks?
Paper planners & white boards! I never could get used to the digital planners on my phone or computer. I've tried Asana, Trello, Google Calendar, iCal, and so on but would never keep them up to date. There's something about writing something in my calendar by hand or having my tasks up on a whiteboard that helps me stay on track on my work.
My favorite is the at-a-glance weekly planner. I've used it for about 9 years now and haven't found anything better. I pair it with a whiteboard and large paper calendars on my wall.
Besides phone and computer, do you use other technological tools in work and daily life?
Which skill makes you stand out?
My presentation skills, definitely! I've been working hard to tell more stories so that my presentation content is engaging. Plus, the actual design of my slides is something I care passionately about and have worked hard over the years to learn how to use information design principles on my slides.
Also, I really like to draw comics and that seems to get people excited (which is great, because comics make me excited, too!). Here's a recent one I made for my blog post:
What do you listen to when you work?
Heavy metal. Rammstein is the perfect band to help me concentrate while entering data or doing any type of repetitive task!
What are you currently reading? How do you find time for reading?
I just finished "Behind Her Eyes" by Sarah Pinborough (Thriller, Fiction). Loved it, highly recommend if you're a fan of thrillers! I have yet to start my next book. I usually read for 30-60 minutes right before bed, and/or Sunday mornings.
Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? How does this influence your working habits?
Introvert, definitely. I have to space out my meetings and interviews out more than others because I get really tired and need to "recharge" more than my extroverted colleagues do.
What's your sleep routine like?
I'm usually in bed between 10-11pm and up between 7-8am.
What's your work routine like?
I work pretty standard hours at my full-time job (9-5pm), though that's a bit off because my partner has night classes this semester and we share a car. Then I usually work on Creative Research Communications on Saturday. But now that the weather is warming up (it's February right now), I'm going to have to find some time for hiking and biking during the weekend here in Colorado!
What's the best advice you ever received?
I'm torn between two bits of advice: 1. It never hurts to ask for something you want, especially funding. and 2. Don't feel like you have to react or respond to every. single. thing.
|[PREMIERE] Intellitard - Socktopus [Mental Vacation 2-24 Street Ritual]||Founding member of the subsonic movement that's been hitting the Bay Area for two years now, Benji Hannus has a ton of worms on his plate. The Wormhole Wednesday crew counts Intellitard as one of their own, but on February 24, Hannus drops his Mental Vacation EP on Street Ritual.|
|Intellitard - Filling a Hole That Isn't Empty [PREMIERE]||Wormhole honcho Benji Hannus has been busy. In addition to running his succesful weekly out of Oakland, the left coast producer has been hard at work on the new Nudibranch EP. We got a taste of it during The Untz Challenge, and today we premiere "Filling a Hole That Isn't Empty," a dubby, glitchy track that defies categorization.|
|Wormhole comp 'From Oakland to Berlin' taps Pleasure, Yheti, Shlump||From the opening note of this compilation you get sucked into the Wormhole. The illustrious beats hypnotize you as your journey begins. You are absorbed into the abnormal beats of awakening. The sojourn you take part in is perpetuated by each song. The grooves, the bass, the synths all progressing you forward. Included are eclectic tastes from across the globe.|
|Pleasure debuts 'Let Me Get Some Action' from Unknown EP [Sept 29]||Coming off a huge weekend at Infrasound Equinox, the man, the mist, the lingerie, Pleasure, is cramming more of that weird bass into your ear sockets. Sean McCarthy has been screaming across the country towards his fall retreat in northern California where has promised to hunker down and crank out more tunes, but a boatload are coming our way in the form of Unknown EP this coming Tuesday (September 29) via Wormhole.|
|Secret Recipe shares trippy track 'Interstellar Symphonies' [PREMIERE]||Benji Hannus has already cemented his status in the Weird Bass movement via his role with Oakland weekly Wormhole Wednesdays, which has certainly served as a breeding ground for the Bay's weirdo producers and trippy trap aficionados. But he's about to increase his visibility with his brand new moniker, Secret Recipe, with The Cookbook, out on December 3.|
|Secret Recipe teases new Street Ritual EP with 'Break Like Diamonds'||We've been following the career of Benji Hannus with quite a bit of interest. Not only because he's one of the main driving forces behind the wildly successful Wormhole Wednesday gatherings at The New Parish in Oakland, Calif. but also because of his forward-thinking bass music as Secret Recipe. Today we got our hands on a brand spankin' new one from him, ahead of the release of his latest EP, Post Dystopian Renaissance.|
|West coast newcomer Potions unloads 'Checkmate' on us.||I have to admit that as knowledgable as I am about underground electronic music, I have no clue who potions is, but thankfully I've got the hook up on all things squelchy, trippy, and trappy courtesy of the Wormhole boys. The latest Wormhole Music Group release drops March 22 from the Santa Cruz, CA native. With a sound very reminiscent of another Banana Slug (that's the local college's mascot), G Jones, potions gives us a thrilling entrÃ©e to his sound.|
|Secret Recipe debuts Ancient Mermaids collab 'Pirate Ted'||Benji Hannus is a busy boy. He's already set off on his Singularity of Fucks Not Given tour, which precedes the release of his new album of the same name by a little over a week. The release on October 25th on Wormhole Music Group precedes his album release party by a day, which happens to be his crew's biggest event in its illustrious history. But we'll get to that in a second.|
|Mike.iLL and Subduktion debut title track from Cold World EP||There is no shortage of incredible projects whizzing across our WiFi every day from our partners on The Untz Festival. Holding down half our late night activities with the much-anticipated Gnargate stage, the Wormhole Music Group has been a huge ally in rallying our Bay Area troops, and experimental bass fans from well beyond the state.|
|Shlump, Moniker hit Wormhole Wednesday for The Untz Festival pre-party||For years, the Wormhole Music Group has been at the center of the underground movement in the Bay Area, where at the heart of the west coast bass scene, fans, artists, and promoters have collected at The New Parish to get a sense of for the new sounds, sights, and faces of the cause. On April 5th, our love for our Wormhole brothers and sisters reaches new heights in a culmination of everything we've all been working towards.|
|Toady toady toad - where are you? (Toadface takes on Scooby)||If you want to talk about synergy, check this: Wormhole Music Group, one of our partners for The Untz Festival is releasing this new Toadface song on their Wormfiles seriesâthe same man you can see headlining ThazDope Records' stage at that very festival. Jinkies! Catch the whole crew next month in Mariposa, California from June 2-4 for the underground bass extravaganza. No spooky ghostsâpinky swear.|
|escapeboard adds 'Decay' to the Wormfiles||Brandon Reid of Moniker's side project dives deep into the Wormhole.|
|LITLBIRD premieres new Secret Recipe collab 'Chrysalis'||Exoskeleton EP is out August 8 on Wormhole Music Group.|
|Episode #134: June 30, 2012||Wormhole Physics|
|Magic Wormhole, envÃa archivos de forma segura desde la terminal|
En el siguiente artÃculo vamos a echar un vistazo a un la aplicaciÃ³n de la lÃnea de comandos llamada Magic...
El artÃculo Magic Wormhole, envÃa archivos de forma segura desde la terminal ha sido originalmente publicado en Ubunlog.
|Alien Agent (2007) DVDSCR||Rykker is an intergalactic warrior trapped on Earth, destined to fight a gang of ruthless aliens known as The Syndicate. The syndicate is an alien fifth column plotting to take over the world. The film opens with a spectacular highway chase, as Rykker liquidates several syndicate agents. Saylon is a top syndicate leader who comes from outer space and crash-lands on Earth. His mission to build a wormhole link between Earth and the alien planet - a portal - making possible a full-scale invasion of the Earth. Isis is the sexy and ruthless leader of the syndicate on Earth. While launching a robbery spree to steal the spare parts necessary to build the portal, Isis becomes hell bent on destroying Rykker and clearing the way for Saylon's master plan. Julie is a fifteen year old who's family is murdered During the hijacking of a truck carrying material for the portal. Julie left totally alone in the world, Seeks vengeance on the killers. Rykker also seeks to find them. He must stop them before they complete the portal and flood the world with alien scum. Julie and Rykker are thrown together by tragic circumstance. They hook up - actually, she follows him against his will; he tries and tries to ditch her, but she keeps popping up, even saving his life at one point - and embark on a cross country journey, with Isis and an army of syndicate killers in hot pursuit. The final showdown, inside a nuclear reactor, is a balls to the wall action climax, as Rykker and Julie battle Isis, Saylon and their army of killers, and try to prevent the portal from opening a rein of destruction upon Earth.|
|The 2013 Recruiting Smacktacular||The Year of "2012 - The Sequel"|
The Class of 2012 had some excellent skill position players, some of whom were ready to take the field last season, others who show great promise for the future. There were even a few prospects at defensive end. But it was lacking in any sort of depth for those warriors in the heart of the trenches- the "Big Uglies" as the legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson used to call them.
The Class of 2013 if anything, exhibits even greater talent away from the line of scrimmage, than the 2012 Class did. And there are some Class of "2012" members who actually count in the Class of 2013. If you want to see the profiles of Seth Dooley, Woody Baron or Jerome Wright, please see our 2012 Recruiting Smacktacular.
However, despite better talent in the four offensive line prospects that come into this class than 2012, the Hokies yet again fall miserably short in getting bigtime offensive line prospects, or even enough prospects into the class. My Calm and Beloved Reader, you have to look no further than LAST SEASON to see what happens when a team doesn't have a full complement of high quality offensive linemen at their disposal. Despite strong play from Nic Becton and Vinston Painter at tackle in their one-on-one battles with ends (at least in the games I watched), the interior of the line was a mishmash of garbage, never playing with any drive off the ball or any consistency, as various players came into and out of the lineup. The results speak for themselves.
Having said that, after spending the past several weeks going over interviews, game film and comments from high school coaches and teammates, I will admit that I am excited about the overall quality of the class. The Hokies can do battle with programs from around the country to land talent, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. And there appear to be very few bad apples in this class as well, which bodes well for continued team chemistry. These players are consistently mentioned for being the type of hard-working, team-first players that the Hokies have built their program on and that I'm proud to see represent Virginia Tech. Having said all of that, this is called the Year of 2012 The Sequel because there still isn't enough "beef" to make the difference on the interior that is so obvious to me when I watch the top teams in the country. If you don't have at least one NFL 3rd round or better draft prospect on your offensive and defensive line every season, you're just not going to be able to compete at the top of college football in today's game.
Now, that was plenty of ado, so without much further ado, let's get into it. As always, check out our friends at Rivals for the full measureables on each prospect. But if you want to know who's going to be a stud and who's going to be an also-ran, continue on down the wormhole.
Kyle Chung (OT) - recruited by Charley Wiles
Ok so it's ironic that immediately after I rail on the offensive line in the intro, one of the better OL prospects in the class happens to come up first for discussion. Kyle comes from great stock with his dad being Eugene Chung, former Hokie great and NFL lineman. Kyle's fundamentals and footwork are miles ahead of most kids coming out of high school as a result and he's athletic, having played some tight end. Really the only question is, how strong can he get and how much weight can he carry on his frame without losing the athleticism? VT has had enough kids who can "really get after ya", it's time one of these prospects takes it up a notch and starts crushing people on a consistent basis. Chung has the potential to be one who does, based on his pedigree and film, but "potential" is a dangerous word.
Bucky Hodges (QB) - recruited by Bryan Stinespring
This may be called the Year of the Sequel, but I think when people look back 5-6 years from now on the 2013 Class, they're really going to associate whether this was a good or a great class based on the development of Bucky Hodges. He looks like a thinner version of Logan Thomas coming out of high school, but he has a quicker, more compact throwing motion, and isn't quite as athletic. New OC/QB Coach Scot Loeffler gets a ton of raw material to work with here and we're going to find out in very short order what kind of QB coach he really is. If Hodges can learn to read a defense and manage the game, he looks like the type of player who can be a star. If he either doesn't have that mental toughness and quick recognition ability, or Loeffler can't reach him, he'll just be another Jordan Jefferson-type of QB - serviceable, but never able to live up to the athletic talent.
Jonathan McLaughlin (OL) - recruited by Bryan Stinespring
McLaughlin was originally an East Carolina commit, who after a year of prep school, switched to the Hokies, thanks to the hard work by Bryan Stinespring. It's always good to get a kid in who has had a year of prep school to go against tougher competition, and McLaughlin helps put another body in the trenches this spring, which the Hokies really need right now, but nothing leaps off the tape as special about him. He is big enough but doesn't appear dominating in any of his footage, unless going against a somewhat smaller player. McLaughlin is the type of prospect the Hokies need to sign behind two-to three stud prospects, because he could be a sleeper and work hard enough in the weight room to become a starter, but you don't want to rely on him being a contributor as part of your four player OL recruiting class, which is what's happening here.
Deon Newsome (WR) - recruited by Cornell Brown
Deon Newsome is the second legacy Hokie mentioned in this class as his dad, Myron Newsome, was a LB for VT back in the day. Newsome is just an all-around football player and you can tell he grew up around the game. He played everywhere for the Hampton Crabbers, but most of his snaps were at QB (wearing #5 a la Tyrod Taylor). Newsome wasn't always the fastest guy on the field, but the 757 is filled with kids who can fly, so he's also not exactly slow. However, he has great stop/start acceleration and just has that knack which makes him a danger with the ball in his hands. And I say a "knack" because he doesn't even make a ton of flashy moves, he just always seems to be gliding north/south and avoiding tackles. I see him being able to contribute both in the return game and as a slot receiver.
Parker Osterloh (OL) - recruited by Curt Newsome (closed by Bryan Stinespring)
My goodness, this Osterloh fella is a monster. 6'7 1/2", 300 lbs and he has more room to grow into that frame. Unfortunately the level of competition he played at was very poor, he appears to have had little coaching at the offensive line position, and basically his footage is of him just getting in the way of anyone trying to futilely get past because he's so much larger and more athletic than they are. I liken the relationship to him and new OL Coach Jeff Grimes to that of OC Scot Loeffler/ QB prospect Bucky Hodges. We're going to learn about what Coach Grimes can do given a lot of raw material because Osterloh could develop into an absolute monster. If he gets a lot stronger and learns the position well, he could be an amazing All-ACC caliber performer. Or he could just be another big guy, not able to get on the field. The type of prospects the Hokies need to be going after, are the kids that have the fundamentals of a Kyle Chung, but have a frame like Parker Osterloh. In the meantime, we'll hope that both of these young men can reach their maximum potential and become solid linemen for VT.
Carlis Parker (QB) - recruited by Bryan Stinespring
The 2nd most underrated recruit in the 2013 Class is Carlis Parker. I don't know what most recruiting sites were thinking about, but Parker has got a very nice throwing motion, can throw well on the run, and is a legitimate running threat from the QB position. He's tall enough to see over the line, but still can shake'n'bake to escape pocket pressure, which he feels very naturally. Recruiting sites might have missed him but all the North Carolina schools came on late and even the SEC beckoned with an offer from USC. Now most of those other offers were as an "athlete" (which should indicate what kind of athletic talent Parker is) while the Hokies promised him his first shot will be at QB and from his footage, this looks legit. Fast + elusive + a live arm = excitement, as we know all too well in Blacksburg.
Braxton Pfaff (OL) - recruited by Cornell Brown
I have to admit that while I have really been down on the Hokies OL recruiting the past few seasons, in terms of overall quality of prospects along with not enough prospects in each class, there has been at least one player in each class whose footage just gets me fired up watching it. Yeah, these guys don't have all the tools of the top prospects, but they still get after it, they play extremely physically and they give it hell on every play. And to me, that type of battling in the trenches, though it doesn't get the highlights on TV, is really where you can boil the game of football down to. Who wins that battle - the blocker or the defender? Braxton Pfaff is that guy for me this year, who just makes me want to run around and break stuff. He's a big ball of effort and hustle on every play and I don't mean to short sell his footwork or arm strength, as he is a legit prospect, he's just not a Kyle Bosch or Dorian Johnson from this year's OL class. Now I fully expect this kid to embrace the weight room and if nothing else, he is going to represent the hard-nosed, physical type of line play that Coach Jeff Grimes went on and on about at his introductory press conference. Glad Pfaff is a Hokie.
David Prince (ATH) - recruited by Cornell Brown
David Prince will be competing for a similar role as the previously mentioned Deon Newsome - returner and slot receiver. And while they both played a lot of QB in high school, and both were in rushing roles from the QB position, their running styles are very different. Newsome is that guy people always miss their first shot at, who makes a couple of moves while he's running and then puts his head down and gets the most out of every play. David Prince is a one-move and he's GONE type of guy. The kid can flat-out burn it. He outran every type of angle, just relying on his blazing speed. Put simply he was uncatchable in high school. He isn't going to break many tackles or shake you out of your shoes, but give him a step and it's six points. Football is a results game, so the question will be whether Newsome's or Prince's style of play is more effective at the college level, but whichever one is, they will add excitement to Lane Stadium in the years to come.
D.J. Reid (RB) - recruited by Shane Beamer
Makes sense that the RB coach would recruit a running back under the radar like D.J. Reid. Reid is the 3rd most underrated recruit in this year's class, as the thought of him being a 3 star running back is laughable. The footage I watched appeared to be a Kill the Man with the Ball Fest, as there were defenders breaking through everywhere in 9 man fronts, so it seems that he was the lone threat on offense for his team (reminded me of watching what teams tried to do to the Vikings this year with Adrian Peterson). And because of that, Reid didn't have a ton of TD runs like many other prospects, so maybe that's what hurt his rating. But Reid is incredible instinctive, he has great feet and good balance. He'll have to be taught to trust linemen and read blocks, but he can run over a defender, around one or make them miss. Reid is just meant to run the football. He is also big enough to be a huge weapon in the passing game as he is easily physical enough to block a LB or slip out of the backfield, as long as he can pick up the mental aspects. All in all, this is a fantastic addition to the class and I'm pretty certain Reid will earn a chance to join the lineage of Hokie starting RB's later in his career.
Chuck Clark (S) - recruited by Bryan Stinespring
The defensive side of the ball is just filled with unbelievable talent in 2013 and it starts with Chuck Clark at safety. His footage is straight out of a 1990's montage of BeamerBall. The kid is returning punts for TD, he's blocking kicks, forcing fumbles, picking off passes and taking them to the house. Clark picked off four passes last season and returned THREE of them for TD which is ridiculous. The two-time defensive Player of the Year in SE Virginia, Clark just has that instinctive nose for the ball. And despite a running motion that I can only describe as awkward, he is still pretty fast. He will be working with his track team this spring to clean up his running motion, which should only make him that much faster. And he's already plenty physical. The Hokies have really landed some great safety prospects the past few years and Clark is right in the mix amongst the best.
Brandon Facyson (CB) - recruited by Torrian Gray
Would I sound completely insane if I said that it's possible that the best cornerback signed in this class ends up being Brandon Facyson instead of Kendall Fuller? Fuller is more polished right now, there is no question, but Facyson is the winner of TSF's most underrated recruit in this year's class. Watching him reminds me of watching a young Nnmadi Asomugha who, when he played for the Raiders a few years ago, was the best shutdown cover corner in the NFL. Facyson is that rare breed of big, tall corner who still has the open hips and incredible change of direction that lets him come out of his break to make a play on the ball. He also has excellent ball skills, always high-pointing the football whether on offense or defense and plays very physically in the run game, not just enjoying the contact, but comes up on the football in a fundamentally sound way. Facyson has plenty to learn about technique as he often had to overcome being out of position by simply being so much more athletic than his opponents, but physically, he is the most exciting prospect at cornerback I've seen sign with the Hokies since Jayron Hosley. VT beat out literally half the schools in the SEC and Charlie Strong at Louisville to land him out of Georgia.
Holland Fisher (DB) - recruited by Shane Beamer
Holland Fisher is one of those guys whose stock kept improving throughout the camp season last summer. He showed he had ball skills, could cover and still played with immense physicality. A very early Hokie commit, basically everyone in the country went after him, including Alabama and Ohio State who both pursued very hard. But Fisher stayed true to his commitment and the Hokies are getting a big, fast heat-seeking missile. He can accelerate to full speed by his second step which is just unbelievable to watch on film. He's 6'2" but plays with a much lower center of gravity than that. The coaches are going to give Fisher a shot at rover, but I'm not sure he's top-speed fast enough to play there. I do, however, think he's a future STAR at the whip position once he puts on 15-20 lbs or so through some Gentrification, as he spent his high school career playing close to the line of scrimmage. Fisher is a great example of how, on defense, the Hokies can go head-to-head with ANYONE in America for a prospect, because of the perception of the Hokie defense. It shows yet again, why it's so important that the offensive staff begin building a similar tradition.
Kendall Fuller (DB) - recruited by Torrian Gray
Torrian Gray only recruited two players in the 2013 Class, but they were both cornerbacks and they are both unbelievable. What else is there to say about Kendall Fuller? Like I mentioned above, he comes in ready to play. His brothers have prepared him to understand the defensive backfield concepts that Coach Gray uses, and he obviously is physically gifted. Donaldven Manning has all of the instincts one could want in a CB, but he was undersized, being forced into action so early in his career and lost his confidence and nearly left the program. I have a feeling that for Kendall, confidence won't be an issue. He also looks to be the fastest Fuller (either him or older brother Corey). The only small issue I saw in his footage was, he doesn't seem to have top flight ball skills, but then, he's playing DB not WR, so that's nitpicking. Really with Fuller the only question is - will he be great? I have zero doubt, that he's ready for the college game and he will be good. But how hard will he push himself? How seriously will he take the coaching and the weight room and the film study? He has the talent to play already, but to be one of the great ones, he has to drive himself to do those other things and keep trying to outwork his opponents. That's a lot to ask a kid who already has the world at his feet, and doesn't HAVE to outwork his opponents to be a contributor. We will see.
Cequan Jefferson (DB) - recruited by Shane Beamer
Jefferson isn't big and he's not as athletic as the two other cornerback prospects the Hokies brought in this class, but he's instinctive, and extremely tough for his size. Watching footage, he's clearly one of those guys that the game just comes naturally to. He comes off of the man he's covering to make plays on a regular basis. If Jefferson was a half step faster or a little bigger, he'd be much more highly rated. As it stands, he could still surprise some people. I could easily see him having a standout special teams career at Tech (similar to Alonzo Tweedy).
Jameion Moss (LB) - recruited by Charley Wiles
The "freak show" position on the Hokie defense is the Backer spot. Now Bruce Taylor was successful last season in the role just because he knew the defense so well. But think of the James Anderson's and Xavier Adibi's, as guys who have no business being that fast at that size, that made the Hokie defenses go. Plays are "spilled" to the Backer because the Backer is supposed to be your playmaker. Jameion Moss is a little too small to star in that right away, but the kid can absolutely fly at 210 lbs. I loved his pursuit and his ability to come off of blocks to the correct side to make the play. If he can put on 20 lbs and keep that speed (a big if) he has the capability to be that playmaker for VT in 2-3 years.
Andrew Motuapuaka (LB) - recruited by Shane Beamer
This young man is to the linebacker spot what Cequan Jefferson is to the cornerback position in this year's class - at first glance you think "No way." He looks too short to play the spot, his arms just don't have enough length like a Jameion Moss to hold off blockers, and then you put on the tape and he's just all over the field. Motuapuaka has an endless motor, he's faster than I thought he'd be, and talk about playing the game violently! He relishes contact and makes big hit after big hit. He is a natural at the game and so, like Jefferson, it will be a function of if he can get fast and strong enough to overcome his size disadvantage and get out there to play in what is a very competitive position on the Hokie football team - the Mike spot in the middle. Jack Tyler is able to do it at that size through incredible instincts and he is faster than people realize. Perhaps Motuapuaka will emerge as a similar playmaker later in his career.
Anthony Shegog (DB) - recruited by Bud Foster
Anthony Shegog looks custom built to be a rover in the Hokie defense. He is a big body who can really run, and he absolutely loves contact. Shegog played all over the field in high school, so he's been at corner and safety and linebacker, which if you put those three in a blender, is really what the Hokies are looking for in a rover anyway. Tech landed Shegog over UVa which is always awesome to bring an in-state kid in over the Wahoos. He models his game after Kam Chancellor and he has a similar frame, so it will be interesting to see Shegog's development. If he is successful, it really will help the Hokies by allowing them to move Holland Fisher to where he can be a terror at whip.
Wyatt Teller (DE) - recruited by Bud Foster
Coach Foster may have only landed two prospects in the 2013 Class but they are stellar (would you expect anything less from this legend?) It's a shorter list of schools that didn't offer Wyatt Teller than the ones who did. Despite being ranked so highly by recruiting services, I nearly listed him as one of our underrated recruits, because he has the best defensive end footage I've seen in some time (which is saying something when you think of players like Corey Marshall and James Gayle). Now Teller is a very different type of player than those guys. He isn't an athletic wonder, running a 4.4 40 yd-dash in a 220 lb frame that we hope gets big enough. Instead, Teller is a full-grown merciless terror on the football field. The only way to describe what I watched was that he MAULED the opponent, whether it be an offensive tackle, a guard, the running back, a double-team, you name it, Teller destroyed it. One play that sticks out to highlight his strength is that he chases a running back down the line and with the back running forward, Teller literally grabs the back, lifts him up (the back's legs are still running in the air) and turns and brings him down facing back towards the line of scrimmage. He is already 250 lbs and it seems likely to me that he moves inside to the defensive tackle spot. He is very quick in space, he's just probably not fast enough to play defensive end. But I shudder to imagine a redshirt year spent getting meaner and tougher with Mike Gentry and I'm pretty certain Wyatt Teller is going to be a name Hokies everywhere will know by the 2015 season.
The great thing about analyzing recruiting is that it allows to me do what I enjoy - just watch the game of football and evaluate player performance, without the stress and agony of a Hokie victory hanging in the balance. So, yes, while I only watched the wins for Virginia Tech this past year, I watched hours of footage and film on players the Hokies were in on, whether they signed them or not. And I've come to the same conclusion that I reached the past two seasons - the Hokies aren't getting enough top talent in the middle of the offensive and defensive lines. It will be very interesting to see the impact of this new offensive staff (a change that I still am not fully recovered from the shock of after hoping and dreaming of it for so long) on many areas of the team.
New OC Scot Loeffler will be a fascinating topic to study and discuss regarding his impact on QB development, game-planning and playcalling, all of which will have massive implications, to be sure, on VT's football future. But I think one of the biggest opportunities to make an impact is OL Coach Jeff Grimes who comes to Blacksburg with a strong history of recruiting linemen, especially in the ultra-competitive SEC. Can he begin getting Tech in on the foundational type of linemen that you can build an offense around? After watching the footage, I do honestly believe one of this year's crop of offensive linemen will develop into a very effective starter for Virginia Tech, (my guess is Osterloh or Chung) but you just can't afford to go 1 for 4 in terms of being right about linemen. You want to get at least 2-3 stud offensive linemen each year and then take a project or two who you think could develop into very effective players. I am already excited about seeing the impact of Grimes on the Class of 2014.
So what's left to discuss on this year's class? In what's become a common refrain, the defensive talent was plucked from among the very best along the whole East Coast. The Hokies won recruiting battles against in-state programs as well as national powers and continued to reload. I was (and still am) a big fan of Davion Tookes from the 2012 Class, but I think Facyson and Fuller both have the potential to be first team all-conference performers, if not even better at cornerback and Wyatt Teller is an awesome addition to the line.
Regarding offense, maybe what's most interesting about the 2013 Class is two players who were supposed to join VT this year after a year of prep and neither is currently scheduled to do so: Thomas Smith was a massive prospect at WR who never made it to Fork Union where he was going to prep for a year, and Drew Harris was the next big thing at RB who has run into some academic qualification difficulties. Smith was pretty impressive but not landing him isn't that big of a deal because the WR corps is still deep and the Hokies have added a few more prospects this year to that position in Prince and Newsome. The addition of DJ Reid at running back makes me feel a lot better about the decreasing possibilities of landing Harris, but I still hold out hope that Harris makes it to Blacksburg, as I think he'd be a solid complement to the blazing Chris Mangus (who I still think is going to take people by surprise).
I find I'm more excited about spring practice than usual (which if you know me is REALLY saying something) just to see how this new offensive staff goes about their business. I'm expecting an increased energy level and it would be so tremendous if, for a change, the offense was really able to push to the defense to a higher level. I'm not expecting that from an execution standpoint in the very first spring that the Hokies are trying to learn this new offense, but from an energy level standpoint it should be very interesting. And I also look forward to seeing those prospects who've already enrolled, especially Carlis Parker at QB and Brandon Facyson at CB to see is they still look as impressive athletically when matched up against current Division I-A talent.
Of course, as Susan Bissonette once said - "An optimist is the human personification of spring" so let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Oh what the hell. Let's.
|Back to the 70s with Mike Mandel at SFMOMA||Larry Sultan, and this month an exhibit dedicated to his friend and artistic collaborator, the very much living Mike Mandel, opened in an adjoining gallery.|
|Movie: Pacific Rim||Wooohooo due to request by |
Moviemanic: Can you do a post about Pacific Rim?*hehe* This time we're introducing a movie that called Pacific Rim! :D
i can tell most of you would be excited soooo :D without much blah blah (LOL).
we bring you Pacific Rim :P
Exciting/Action-filled Plot :P
It's Time...LOL :P soooo The year is 2020 and the world is at threat , along side a fantastic prologue , showing how a rift in the bottom of the Pacific created a wormhole into another dimension where an army of monsters called Kaiju emerged , In order to fight the monsters, giant robots known as Jaegers were created, which humans would pilot from inside by using a device similar to an eliptical machine. With many more secrets to uncover as well as the purpose of the kaiju ( well beside taking over our world) and possibly the orgins!? Well to know more , it's best to watch the movie in cinemas SHOWING NOW so get your tickets and popcorn ready cause it's going to be an awesome ride to destruction!
As Always : TRAILERS !!! :D
First look into the trailer and most of you would already be amazed by the special effect and graphics of the movie. Furthur-more if you think it's just some machines (Robots) vs Monsters then you are wrong!
It's nothing like your average Robots vs Monster , it's for the survival of MANKIND with big robot and hideous monster! It's truly GO BIG OR GO EXTINCT!
If youâre interested in an over-the-top, purely action-packed popcorn movie then Pacific Rim is made for you. WIth Creatures go crashing into buildings; in one scene a ship is used as a club to whack the enemy with, and battles rage both up in the skies and below in the oceans too but what separates this heap of destruction from other recent fare like âMan of Steelâ and âTransformersâ is that del Toro never stops to show us just how âawesomeâ the destruction is, the focus during the battles is almost always on the Jaeger and Kaiju.
Also fans of âHellboyâ and âPanâs Labyrinthâ will surely find âPacific Rimâ to be a culmination of the directorâs visual oeuvre, plus discovering plenty new material. (There's also a nice cameo from Hellboy star Ron Perlman as an underground smuggler of precious kaiju organs.) *hehe*
|Episode 178 - Reviews of Nod Away, Gulag Casual, and Haunted Love #1|
This week the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics discuss three very different titles. They begin with Joshua W. Cotter'sÂ Nod AwayÂ (Fantagraphics), an ambitious sci-fi narrative that explores the impact, and the costs, of technological progress. At least that's what the guys think the book might be about. As both Andy W. and Derek point out, one of the distinguishing features of this book is its ambiguous or equivocal nature. There are many moving parts to this story -- hive communication, inter-dimensional wormholes, suspended animation, unexplained quests -- and the guys aren't entirely certain how all of the pieces fit together. But that's OK. Part of the beauty ofÂ Nod AwayÂ is that it paints a narrative picture best observed from a broader context, while at the same time the fine detail of Cotter's art compels us to investigate its many intricacies. The guys also speculate as to the significance of the title, another meaningfully uncertainÂ facet of this book. Next, theyÂ look at Austin English'sÂ Gulag Casual. This book is part of 2dcloud's currentÂ "Winter Collection"Â Kickstarter campaign, and the the guys introduce the publisher, and its Kickstarter, to their listeners. English's book is a collection of five different stories, each of which challenges its readers in the ways of comprehendingÂ comics. Derek points out that the stories are very dream-like in their coherency, and the guys spend much of their discussion sharing their strategies for reading this unique text. They wrap up this week's episode by looking at another title from the offbeat mind of Craig Yoe.Â Haunted LoveÂ #1Â is the first of a three-issue series from IDW Publishing and Yoe Comics, and it's another example of what Craig does best: showcasing precode comics with a mixture of amusement and reverence. As described on the issue'sÂ cover, it's "the unholy spawn ofÂ Haunted HorrorÂ andÂ Weird Love" -- two tastes that go great together! -- so if listeners appreciateÂ those Yoe-inspired series, then they'll go ga-ga for the seven stories collected in this firstÂ issue. There's a lot of weirdness to go around, but a couple of Andy and Derek's favorites are "The Dead Are Never Lonely" (originally published inÂ Baffling MysteriesÂ #14 in 1953) and especially "Crawling Evil" (Journey into FearÂ #10, 1952). Some of these stories are reminiscent of the classic EC style (such as "The Ice Man Cometh"), while others are just nonsensically whacked out. But the best thing aboutÂ Haunted LoveÂ #1 is that it's classic Craig Yoe. And everyone needs mo' Yoe, right?
|DS9 Episode 1.7: Q-Less|
In which Julian gets right up my nose - and up Q's too.
Memory Alpha says: Archaeologist Vash arrives from the Gamma Quadrant as Q plagues the station and an unknown force threatens to destroy it. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)
I'm getting blogger's anxiety about whether people are enjoying this, because I haven't had any comments in the last couple of days, and as I type this my Blogger stats suggest people actually haven't been viewing the last couple of entries. I realise that the format or style of my reviews has been changing around; in some cases I just gave commentary while in others I recapped the episode with my commentary seeded in. (I fell into this, I suppose, because it's standard on Television Without Pity, and I usually enjoy that site - Keckler's reviews of Enterprise are well worth reading, because she gives the show credit for what it did well but never lets its many weak points slide, and is funny, and includes interesting cookery anecdotes, and she did some one-offs of TOS, TNG and DS9 episodes as well.) I hope that's not annoying people. On the other hand, I realise that it's the end of the middle of December and a lot of people are travelling to spend the holidays with their families, shopping, cooking and decorating for Christmas, going to parties, and generally less inclined to sit on their bums reading about Star Trek, so I'll try not to fret.
To take my mind off it, today I shall wrap presents (I'm using a 'brown paper packages tied up with strings' theme, and anyone who doesn't like The Sound of Music can sit on it), help decorate the tree at my parents', and watch Star Trek. I see I've surprised you! Okay, let's tackle the only Q episode of DS9, which would otherwise be Q-less, and you see what I did there.
This episode begins with Julian being smarmy and quite repellent to me. It seems like I really don't like the guy, doesn't it? I just don't like the way he behaves in early episodes, and a lot of why he behaves that way is because he's a callow youth whose intelligence, confidence and education far outstrip his life experience. Few things repel me like unjustified self-esteem (and I teach, so I see a lot of it). DS9 is, in part, the story of Julian Bashir Growing Up, and he's got to start somewhere. I'll grow to love Julian again, but going back and seeing what a knob he was in the beginning is jarring.
As an example of how little actual life experience Julian has to draw on, he is sitting in the replimat trying to impress a pretty Bajoran lady by telling her how difficult his exams were, and what a badass he was for answering a really hard question at the last minute. (Seriously, you couldn't tell her about an exciting tennis game or something?) O'Brien is sitting in the background being my total identification figure. You can SEE the cloud above his head with 'WANKER' written in it. (Apart from anything else, I think O'Brien is very much the sort of person who thinks his achievements speak for themselves, and is more concerned with the usefulness of his work than the impressiveness of it.)
'And that, I suppose, is the stuff salutatorians are made of,' Julian concludes, and smiles sweetly. Gloriously, the lady repeats 'Salutatorian?' as if this might be a deal-killer for her. Julian tells her about his Waterloo - in the orals, he mistook a pre-ganglionic fibre for a post-ganglionic nerve. How ironic that one so gangly should have difficulty with ganglia. He claims it was a trick question. I am interested to note that while Julian pronounces 'aural' 'owral,' he pronounces 'oral' 'awral.' Accents are weird and nifty. Anyway! The lady beams 'Fascinating!', possibly just because he is so very pretty, and Julian begins 'Not nearly as fascinating as when I -'
Fortunately my BFF O'Brien is saved from rolling his eyes hard enough to hurt himself, because the Sisko's voice summons him and Bashir to landing pad five. As they leave, Bashir leans over to O'Brien and undertones 'Starfleet medical finals. It gets them every time.' O'Brien looks faintly ill, possibly because something smells like that time a raccoon got stuck in the copier.
At the landing pad, Sisko and Kira are trying frantically to open the hatch into a runabout, the Ganges, which has had a rough run in from the wormhole. Dax is on board and she's stuck. Because only Sisko and Kira are in the corridor, no actual, like, space stevedores who you'd think would be around in a scenario like this, I wonder for a moment if this is a set-up for a surprise birthday party for O'Brien, and when he gets the hatch open all his friends will be in there with balloons and a cake.
Julian reports that life support has failed and oxygen is getting dangerously low inside, and Kira wants to try to burn through the door with her phaser, but Sisko says that will take too long because it's made of 'duranium alloy.' Do you think 'duranium' is just a really durable form of uranium? Julian is surprised to see a reading for three passengers in the Ganges, not just the two Kira and Sisko know about. O'Brien fixes the hatch with a magic plastic LCARS thing, they get it open, and Julian hurries in. He goes to Dax first, who says she's fine and he should check 'the others.' O'Brien is helping up one of those others now, and when he sees her face he blurts 'Vash?' (He rhymes it with cash, rather than exactly like the French word for cow.) He reintroduces himself, and asks how she got onto the Ganges. Dax explains that they found her in the Gamma Quadrant, where she'd spent the last two years. Everyone is surprised, but further catch-ups will have to wait until everyone's had a check-up.
As they leave the shuttle, O'Brien asks Vash how she got to the GQ, and she says 'A friend dropped me off.' He says 'Oh' as if that explains it, and the camera closes in on a chap in a red TNG uniform doing something to O'Brien's magic plastic thing, and of course he turns around and is Q.
It's a bit odd for me seeing this episode at the moment, because in my TNG rewatch I haven't yet hit any post-'Farpoint' Qpisodes. It's a less successful attempt to carry over one of the best-loved elements of TNG in order to give the new show a boost. So much of Q's involvement in TNG is based on the fact that he's developed a relationship with Picard, which is one of the most significant (if flaming annoying, from Picard's point of view) in either of their lives, and it's his much weaker and less interesting relationship with Vash, herself not a hugely interesting person, that draws him into this story. I understand Q was all over Voyager, mostly because John De Lancie and Kate Mulgrew are great pals in real life, but I can't recall ever seeing the episodes in question, so I have no opinion about that. I've always been faintly sad that there was no Q in the TNG movies. Couldn't they have done something with Q instead of Insurrection or Nemesis? Isn't Q a lot more like a nemesis to Picard than poor Tom Hardy in a bald wig?
In the infirmary, Vash is losing no time in eye-flirting with Julian (she does have very pretty eyes) as she asks 'Will I live?' He tells her she's fine, in fact, 'in remarkable shape.' She smiles 'I try,' and he gets flustered, puts down her hand that he was holding/examining, and stammers that she's coped very well considering how long she's been away from civilisation. (Naturally, I find flustered stammering Julian worlds more appealing than smarmy boasting Julian.) Vash wouldn't call the GQ uncivilised; there are cultures there going back millions of years. (At this point I retconaceously assume that Vash knows all about the Dominion and the Founders and warns no-one because she's kind of a jerk.) Julian would love to hear more about that, but Vash gently brushes him off, saying maybe she'll write a book. He admits that he's disappointed she's so healthy, because he has no reason to keep her there. She says he almost makes her wish she wasn't feeling so well - but evidently not quite, because she picks up her enormous duffel bag and leaves.
Debriefing in Sisko's office, Dax says that Vash seemed genuinely surprised by the wormhole. Sisko asks how she could have got to the GQ without going through it, and Dax says, a trace archly, that she said she didn't want to talk about it - it was a personal matter. Sisko is annoyed by the lack of sense this makes, and wants Dax to do a background check.
In the assayer's office on the promenade, which has been tidied up since Nog helped the hoodie alien loot it, Vash is hiring a safe deposit box. A pompous chap in grey explains how secure the structure of the place is. They trade security details, the grey chap evidently being stiffly proud of his technology, and Vash says 'Well, I suppose that'll have to do.' Gracious! They inventory the items from Vash's duffel bag - mostly ornaments and fake-looking jewellery (a 'gold' necklace, for example, is obviously as light as plastic from the way they handle it). The kicker is a big orange jewel in a black box, which has a sparkly light inside it. Vash chooses her PIN and gets her eyeball scanned, and arranges to pick up her stuff tomorrow when she leaves. On the way out she bumps into Sisko - who, like a gentleman, takes her cumbersome bag to carry. He tries to coax her to stay a bit, saying scientists from the Daystrom Institute will want to hear all about her adventures, including how she got there - but she smilingly stonewalls that that's a personal matter.
From the doorway of his bar, Quark watches them pass, and waves in the assayer's assistant from the previous scene. Schemes are afoot.
Sisko and Vash exchange some chit-chat to the effect that she's a discredited archaeologist because she sells artifacts illegally. Profit is more important to her than science. Bitch would probably sell the Ark of the Covenant to the Nazis. Sisko manages to persuade her to take a trip to Earth, where she hasn't been for about twelve years. Now, did the information he used in that conversation come from Dax's background check? And if so, why would a background check on this individual not turn up a report or log entry from Picard as the most recent document mentioning her, so they'd know about her Q connection? Did Picard not bother to report on what happened in 'Q-Pid'? Was he too embarrassed?
In the Ganges, O'Brien is puzzled, because he can't find anything wrong with the ship. Sure it's got a flat battery and several systems are almost inoperable as a result, but there's nothing wrong with them except a lack of power. He says it's as if something drained the ship dry. A SPACE SHIP VAMPIRE, say I. At this point Q is still lying low and I am getting vaguely bored waiting for him.
Leaving the runabout, Sisko asks O'Brien about Vash (which he also rhymes with cash), so O'Brien tells him a little about 'Captain's Holiday,' saying that he thought Vash must be special if Picard was so interested in her, and he seemed to see her as a challenge. The lights abruptly go down and back up, and they hurry off to Ops to find out why.
As you don't really need to be told, DS9's power grid is being affected by whatever sucked the juice out of the Ganges. There's graviton flux, which Dax recognises as what happened on the runabout.
O'Brien drew the job of showing Vash to her quarters (even though in the previous scene he said he'd have to replace some vital thingummy that was damaged by the power drain), and as with Tosk, he starts out apologising for the Cardie accommodations. Vash is used to roughing it under canvas, though, so she thinks it'll be fine. Before they part she asks after Picard, and hearing that he's fine, says she'll have to look him up. When O'Brien's a little way down the corridor he stops and looks back at her going into her room, suspiciously.
Inside, Vash has a look at a remarkably ugly metal sculpture on the table (considering that the Cardassians took everything that wasn't nailed down and trashed everything that was, where do the little objets d'art in the guest quarters come from? Whose job was it to pick them out? I unilaterally decide that they're works from Bajoran artists, put there by the Ministry for Art and Culture, and in the bedside drawer is a little pamphlet telling you how you can buy them and support the recovery of their economy), plunks her bag on the bed, then starts putting her clothes in the drawers. I do not understand people who put their clothes into hotel drawers when they're only going to stay a night or two. Folded in your bag, folded in the drawer, what's the difference? It only gives you one more job to do before you can leave, and increases your chances of leaving something behind. I suppose this was a necessary bit of business to get Vash to turn her back to the bed, because when she turns back, Q is lounging there, reproaching her for 'pining for Jean-Luc.' Pot, kettle; you're the one who has such difficulty leaving him alone.
Vash says she wishes she'd listened when Picard warned her about Q, and he smoothly says 'You're hurt, you strike back, I understand. But be of good cheer, I bring you wonderful news! I'm ba-ack!' This feels like a line that was written with an eye to the episode promos. They bicker about whether he left her or she left him, and Q's main way of dealing with Vash's efforts to part from him is to gloss right over them. He magics her bag back onto her shoulder and starts talking about where they'll go next - and he does genuinely seem to be offering some nifty sights, like Star Dancers. Vash repeatedly tells him no, and he tries the bag trick again, and she throws it at him.
There's some recapping of the fact that he promised to take her to places no other human could visit, and she thanks him sweetly, propelling him towards the door, and tells him firmly GOOD-BYE. Q points out that they haven't explored anything like the whole of this galaxy - not to mention all the others. As he says this he's backing her across the room, and bends her back over the foot of the bed, more or less getting on top of her, and either they've been doing it or he has remarkably unusual codes of body language. Pushing him off, she tells him 'It's over, Q, I want you out of my life,' the language again framing this as a lovers' breakup, and accuses him of being arrogant, overbearing, and thinking he knows everything. Puzzled, Q objects that he does know everything (which is surely not true or there would be no point in him interacting with others; he doesn't know what they're going to say or do). That, Vash says, makes it worse.
Turning away, Q asks in a tone of weary patience what she really wants, and Vash says 'The life I had before I met you.' He throws her crappy disreputable grave-robbing career in her face, and she brings up his striking unpopularity on various planets - 'What did they call you, the God of Lies?' 'They meant it affectionately.' I would submit that God of Lies is a less nifty epithet than The Oncoming Storm. These two should either get married or never see each other again, but either way make their minds up quickly.
Just then the doorbell rings, and Vash's angry 'Come in!' produces Quark with a nice bottle of something, who gets an immediate 'Go away!' from Q and is dematerialised. Vash insists on bringing him back and Q calls him a disgusting little troll. She gets her way, though, and Q disappears as Quark is restored.
Slightly confused by his brief sojourn in the netherworld, but remaining goal-oriented, Quark tells Vash he understands she has certain items, and profit, and Vash says 'I'm listening' and takes his bottle. Quark offers to arrange a buyer or an auction in exchange for a percentage - to be precise, fifty-fifty. Vash says 'Mr Quark, I believe you are trying to take advantage of me,' and yes, he will do that, don't sign anything. As he bends forward to offer her some wine, she goes for the ears, and damn it, how many Ferengi handjobs do we need to see? This gets Quark down to forty, then thirty percent; a compliment on his cartilage reaches twenty-two, 'and don't stop.' 'You've got a deal,' Vash says, and promptly stops. He leaves happily, sticking his finger in his ear, and ew.
Reappearing, Q speaks for me: 'How perfectly vile.' Before they can bicker much more there's another caller, also presumably in search of a handjob, Dr Bashir. He wants to take her out for dinner, with an offer of couscous and 'mildly entertaining' company. Don't do it Vash, he will tell you about his A-levels. As Vash tries to form an answer, Q appears again behind Julian's shoulder, and starts making mocking faces. I would appreciate the mockery of Julian, but so far he's actually being quite pleasant and even a bit self-deprecating, and it's a bit buffoony for Q. Vash accepts, but asks for twenty minutes to 'freshen up,' and he tells her 'Those twenty minutes will seem like an eternity,' and gets the medal for Trying Too Hard. Although if you want to give lavish compliments, Julian, try 'Life without you would be like a broken pencil - pointless.'
Julian smarms his way out and Q is back in a flash, still refusing to accept that Vash really wants him to leave. She tells him 'I can take care of myself' and he responds 'Really? We'll see about that.'
In the replimat, Julian is counting down his twenty minutes when a waiter approaches. (Wait - Julian asked Vash to have dinner with him at Quark's. Why is he waiting for her at the replimat?) He asks for mint tea (oh, I like mint tea, yay!), but the waiter, who is Q in a Bajoran get-up, tells him he's making a terrible mistake. Julian thinks he means the replicators are borked again, and I appreciate the continuity from 'Babel,' but Q clarifies that he means Vash - 'Stay away from her.' Julian is astonished by his impertinence, but Q calls it friendly advice. Since Julian is pretty set on seeing Vash anyway, Q basically puts a contagious yawning spell on him, and he totters off saying he thinks he needs to lie down. 'Hopefully by yourself for a change,' Q mutters. Hee.
O'Brien sees all this, and goes off with a muttered 'Bloody hell.'
In Ops, Kira is reporting that a Klingon ship is just leaving, and Sisko says 'Good, tell Odo he can relax.' Oh Klingons, you are truly the yobs of the cosmos. O'Brien hurries in and reports his Q-spotting. Kira asks 'What's Q?' in a tone that suggests she expects a minor annoyance like cockroaches. There is some brief glossing on Q, and O'Brien suggests that they ask Vash he wants, since they know each other - not so much from the Enterprise as from Sherwood Forest, as part of one of Q's 'little jokes.'
The lights go down again, and the gravitons are doing things - but then the power spontaneously comes back. Kira snaps that if this happens during a docking, they could lose a pylon, and she seems to be directing this at O'Brien as if it's his fault. Stolidly, he answers that he's checked everything and there is nothing wrong - this has to be a stupid Q trick.
In Quark's, Vash and the proprietor are discussing the goods for auction. She's changed into a sort of coral/melon coloured little number and seems pretty unperturbed by the lack of Julian. Vash wants to auction the shiny orange thing last, because she thinks it's the best piece, although Quark isn't very impressed by it. Except it becomes pretty obvious that he is when he offers to 'take it off her hands' at a reduced price. Vash is not having it. I can't consciously remember how this episode ends but I feel pretty confident the orange jewel is the power sucker. It's probably going to turn out to be an egg or a cocoon or something. They banter, it's dull to me. Sisko interrupts and dismisses Quark.
In between here and the next paragraph, I noticed it was getting late-ish, I was only halfway through the episode, and I just wasn't having enough fun to stay up, so I went to bed.
Vash asks Sisko where Julian is, since he was supposed to meet her there. Sisko sits down, asks 'Tell me about Q,' and the man himself swivels around on a barstool, saying he's happy to tell Sisko anything he wants to know. Just one question - is he here as a punishment, or did he actually ask to work in this dump?
Sisko wants him off the station, and Q burbles about DS9 looking like a gulag and wanting to brighten it up. He compliments Sisko on his suit and changes into one to match. Sisko calls this 'parlour tricks' and insists that Q stop fucking with the power. Q gives a self-pitying speech about being blamed for everything, calling himself 'the galaxy's whipping boy.' This episode honestly is not interesting enough to describe in detail. I'm going to go into point form for the second half.
Somewhere on the internet is a gif that just loops Julian's reaction to being shot and it looks like Elvis dancing in 'Jailhouse Rock.' I don't have it, but if you do, SHOW ME.
Next time, the utterly ridiculous 'Justice,' in which Wesley is sentenced to death for messing up a flower bed, and this twaddle is somehow a Prime Directive issue. Fun-running!
|DS9 Episode 1.6: Captive Pursuit|
In which O'Brien makes a friend, and Quark is a more effective counsellor than Deanna ever was.
Memory Alpha says: O'Brien helps an alien from the Gamma Quadrant as hunters descend on the station searching for their humanoid prey. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)
Although O'Brien wasn't exactly the main focus of the last episode, he was our way into the story. I would say 'Captive Pursuit' is the first proper O'Brien Episode, so it's an interesting one to look at in terms of how O'Brien is used in DS9. His initial purpose in the series, besides 'mend the station,' is to be a familiar face from TNG, someone reliable and relatable who we know and like, a bit of an anchor as we get used to the new characters and setting. The foundation of the 'O'Brien Must Suffer' policy was the fact that O'Brien was so relatable and likeable, that he had an Everyman quality in the midst of space opera. And of course now that O'Brien got to be a main rather than supporting character, he could be much more developed than there was ever time for in TNG. Good opportunity for the writers, and for Colm Meaney, of whom I am fond (see The Snapper). So this is the start of O'Brien's new phase of development.
'Captive Pursuit' also features some far more convincing reptilian alien makeup than 'Lonely Among Us' did, just in case you really like reptilian alien episodes. Let'sssss go.The episode begins with kind of a nasty situation kind of played for laughs, because it's Quark and we have so far been encouraged to consider him a lovable scamp, but what he's done is pretty repulsive. A woman with a forehead that would make Klingons wince has brought a complaint to Commander Sisko. She wants to stress that 'I'm not what you might think,' implying that dabo girls are considered more or less sex workers, and that this still carries a stigma in the utopian future. Her problem is the fact that Quark began making advances to her as soon as she started work for him, and when she declined told her it was 'part of the job.' A lot of sleazy bosses have said things like that to women workers, but in this case it's literally true - he put it in her contract and she unwittingly signed it because that part was in 'Ferengi print' and buried in a sub-clause.
Sisko assures her that despite the contract being legal, he's going to speak to Quark and make sure he doesn't insist on that bit with any of his staff. They're interrupted by Kira reporting that something's coming through the wormhole, and it's not one a ship that departed from DS9 returning. That makes it the first arrival from the Gamma Quadrant, and that calls for a yellow alert (and maybe a party later). And so, for now, we pass over the fact that Quark might be kind of a semi-rapist. This scene has always bothered me a bit, because while Quark is sleazy it usually seems like fairly benign sleaze, but an attempt to legally trap staff into having sex with him whether they want to or not is gross as hell. This woman, Sarda, was assertive enough to go to the authorities, but imagine how many others may not have had the confidence to do that. Ick, ick, ick.
Another thing that bugs me in relation to this will come up in a subsequent episode, but it's more of a logical inconsistency than a 'wait, I like this guy, but I kind of feel like I should de-friend him for that, and warn people.' In the end, I tend to feel that this is one of those early anomalies in writing that is inconsistent with the character's mature personality, like what a buttmunch Data was in 'The Last Outpost.' Either that, or the writers simply didn't see it as darkly as I do.
Because I am bothered by the implications of this short scene, I've got majorly sidetracked from the actual episode. The wormhole dilates and a little ship comes through, flying wobbly. Wobblily? In Ops O'Brien and Dax report that it doesn't match anything in Starfleet's files, it's got energy flux problems, and there's one humanoid life-form aboard. They hail it, and get to see their first Gamma Quadrant dude. He's green and scaly, but not in a bad way. Sisko blandly welcomes him to the Alpha Quadrant, explaining to the confused alien that he's passed through a wormhole shortcut. Sisko appears to have no feelings about this encounter. Early Sisko is so dull. He doesn't look like he thinks this is cool (it's a first contact!), or like he's cautious (it's an unknown quantity), or a mixture of the two, or anything else. Sisko answers the guy's brusque questions about the wormhole, and invites him to dock, but he says 'No, no time.'
O'Brien reports that the alien ship is in danger of shaking apart, and Sisko offers to beam the guy to safety, but he refuses to abandon his ship. O'Brien offers the alternative of towing him in with a tractor beam that will hold him steady, and tells the alien to cut his engines. He asks why, and O'Brien assures him it's so they can help him fix his ship up. He calls him 'friend,' and I don't know, but when someone calls a stranger 'friend' or 'pal' or 'buddy,' it's often not exactly friendly. If, on the other hand, he'd called him 'mate,' it would have sounded friendly and reassuring to me. What a New Zealander. Warily, the alien follows instructions, and O'Brien continues to reassure him, asking if he can feel the graviton beam steadying his ship (the shakycam effect they've been using on the viewscreen smooths out), and telling him to relax and enjoy the ride.
Dax breaks the connection and suggests that they skip formal first contact procedures for now, and Sisko says 'agreed,' although deep down he is disappointed that they don't get to do the whole time-hallowed ceremony with the tequila and 'Ooby Dooby.' He suggests that O'Brien go to meet him alone, as he'll seem less intimidating than the whole lot of them and a jukebox, and try to find out what he's so nervous about. If I had to meet aliens for the first time, I think I'd be less nervous if they looked as cuddly as O'Brien.
Actually, no, I've seen enough movies to assume that the cuddly-looking ones are the most likely to eat your liver while you're still using it.
Opening credits of melancholy grandeur!
O'Brien enters through the steampunk cogwheel airlock, and cautiously steps into the alien's ship, looking around the seemingly empty interior. He calls Ops to ask if they didn't beam the guy out after all, but Dax's sensors say he's still on board. Still calling him 'friend,' O'Brien tells the alien that if he's in here, he's got nothing to worry about from him. He prepares to examine the ship, continuing to talk soothingly, saying 'Just so you know, I'm an engineer. I know a little about ships. Well, more than a little actually.' (I enjoy his delivery on this, because the third sentence, which could sound boastful read a different way, is said in an undertone, very low-key.) He's never seen any quite like this, though. He's able to make an intelligent guess what the different parts of the engine must do, and as he talks half to himself, half to the unseen alien, we see the alien decloak behind him. Well, I don't mean he has a silly Harry Potter invisibility cloak, but he was being invisible over there in the corner, and he just stopped.
The alien is a stocky guy roughly the same shape as my friend Rajneel, which I think predisposes me to like him. He carefully creeps towards O'Brien, then speaks unexpectedly, causing him to crack his head on the underside of the dashboard. O'Brien tells him not to sneak up on him like that, adding 'It's an Alpha Quadrant rule.' He's still calling him 'friend' and it sounds really artificial, so I'll be glad when he gets on name terms with the alien. The alien leans in close and has a good look at him, then asks briskly 'Can it be repaired?' O'Brien says that depends - 'Depends?' - on what exactly the thingy that's gone wrong is. (Where I can't make out technobabble terms, I will rely heavily on the universally accepted 'thingy,' 'wossname' and 'doofer.')
The alien says bitterly that on his own world this would be simple; if he could get the parts he could fix it himself. O'Brien, in a jollying-along tone, says that they can figure it out together. The alien objects that he has no time, and O'Brien says everyone's in a hurry these days, but they'll sort it out 'as soon as humanly possible,' then explaining that he is human and his name's O'Brien. The alien answers 'I am Tosk,' and O'Brien has to ask if that's his name or his species. The alien looks nonplussed and repeats 'I am Tosk.' At least that gives O'Brien something to call him besides 'friend.'
O'Brien leads the way through the steampunk cogwheel, looking back to reassure the hesitating Tosk that there's nothing to be afraid of. They can't start the repairs till his reactor cools down, and O'Brien's got other work to do. Tosk very carefully and watchfully steps through the airlock. In the corridor between locks, O'Brien asks what happened, since it looks like he took a shock to his hull, and Tosk answers 'The passage through the anomaly was very rough,' an obvious 'say something which is true but not the answer to the question' feint. 'Yeah. Sure,' says O'Brien knowingly. 'The wormhole can shake you up all right.'
Stepping out of the second airlock, a light flashes and an alarm sounds, and Tosk drops into a defensive crouch. O'Brien explains that it's just a security thing, registering his phaser - 'for defensive use only,' since you don't know what you might find when you go into an alien ship. He chucklingly adds 'You may even find someone who can make himself invisible - d'you know what I mean?' Tosk gives him a good hard Look and says 'I understand.' O'Brien seems a little bit abashed at the very serious reaction to his little joke, which I think was meant as an invitation for Tosk to relax a bit - a gentle 'I'm on to you, but I'm not going to use it against you.'
They pass the entrance to the infirmary, where Julian is conveniently standing just inside the doors talking to a nurse, and Tosk goes in to have a jolly good look at Julian while O'Brien explains who he is. (He isn't gentleman enough to introduce the nurse, who is only an extra.) I inadvertently pause the episode at a moment when Julian appears to be sneaking a look at Tosk's bum. I was going to make up a joke about Julian being inappropriate but I really don't need to. Tosk wants to know how many live here, and O'Brien estimates 300. He asks the purpose of the place, continuing to be all business, and O'Brien again tries to lighten the mood, saying sometimes it feels like the flea-market of the sector. I would also like to note that he pronounces purpose as 'porpoise,' which I enjoy.
Of course Tosk doesn't get that either, so O'Brien says the real job is to keep an eye on the wormhole, since ships come and go through here all the time. Tosk, though, is the first to originate from the other side, and he thinks that others will come through the same way he did, spotting and following Alpha ships. O'Brien says that's good, meeting aliens and learning about them is Starfleet's favourite thing. They're passing Quark's now, and he's throwing out a customer who he saw moving her wager on the dabo board. She'll get her money back, but she's not welcome in his bar any more. He's quite formal about this, and quite loud - I guess it's important for him to be seen to run a fair house. (Speaking of which, you know how on the Cheers set, next to the little corridor that went through to the billiards room and the toilets, there was a sign on the wall that said 'This is a SQUARE HOUSE - please report any unfairness to the proprietor'? I spent YEARS trying to figure out what that meant, and I'm still not entirely sure. What kind of unfairness?) O'Brien looks a bit embarrassed and adds that there are some things to learn about 'us' that can wait. Well, both those people were more or less 'them,' given that Quark is visibly a different species from O'Brien and the woman he threw out was blue and bald.
O'Brien tries to draw Tosk out a bit, asking if he's an explorer or a scientist, and just gets 'I am Tosk' in reply. Right, so. Taking him into a guest compartment, he hastens to say 'I wasn't the decorator.' I would genuinely like to see how O'Brien would decorate a room, given free reign, but he seems to me the kind of person who wouldn't so much decorate as gradually fill the room with stuff, not really noticing how the place looks as long as it's comfortable and he can find everything. Tosk wants to start work on his ship, but O'Brien invites him to have a rest first. (The bed in this room actually does look reasonably comfortable, since it's been made up with sheets and a blanket, and has a mattress, albeit thin.) Tosk only requires seventeen minutes of rest per rotation, though. O'Brien needs his eight hours. He offers Tosk food, but he pretty much lives on his hump. Pointing out the replicator, O'Brien says they've got it to make a pretty good bowl of oatmeal, which irks me, because he really should say porridge. Porridge isn't a word Americans don't know, is it? I mentally ADR this episode with 'mate' for 'friend' and 'porridge' for 'oatmeal' and feel better.
As O'Brien leaves, Tosk thanks him, the first bit of unbending he's shown. O'Brien answers, 'As the Vulcans say, we're here to serve.' a) It's nice to see a human imply a favourable opinion of Vulcan philosophy, b) come on O'Brien, Tosk doesn't know what Vulcans are yet! I have now typed the name 'O'Brien' so many times that it looks really strange to me. Anyway, once O'Brien leaves, Tosk looks around him, then goes over to the computer alcove and looks up diagrams of the interior of the station - specifically, where weapons are stored. In case you ever need to know, for an emergency, it's Habitat Ring, level 5, section 3, but you'll need security clearance 7 or above to get in. So first, go and get that chip from Quark's till, unless Odo confiscated that after the great replicator caper. Tosk gazes intently at the screen, and partly because of his makeup, partly because of the actor's performance, his intentions really are ambiguous, so I like that. Is Tosk planning something bad? Or is he simply afraid and wants a weapon for self-defence?
The makeup is really cool, by the way, including slit-pupil contact lenses. It must be hard for the actor to breathe, because his nose is flattened right down. I think this episode won an Emmy for that. For nose-flattening. When the alien makeup is so complete that you can't even guess the ethnic group of the human inside, they're doing a really good job. Tosk doesn't look like 'a guy wearing a snake mask,' he genuinely looks like a reptile species that evolved into humanoid form.
In Sisko's office, O'Brien expresses some doubts about Tosk - he hates to pre-judge, but he's so jumpy it seems like he's on the run from something. He wasn't telling the whole truth about his ship's damage - O'Brien recognised it as a shot. Sisko asks O'Brien to stick close to Tosk, and says he'll sic Odo on him too.
Down in the gubbins of Tosk's ship, he and O'Brien work out that they're familiar with some of the same technology, just under different names. O'Brien inadvertently gives Tosk the impression that 'piece of cake' is another name for the same device, and has to explain - they'll be easy to fix. They just have to take out the damaged parts and replicate new ones. Tosk repeats 'Piece of cake,' another little bit of unbending, and asks how long. O'Brien says some tests are needed, to which Tosk objects, but he says that if he doesn't test it and it breaks down, Tosk will blame him and he'll get a bad reputation in the Gamma Quadrant. 'I would not blame you,' Tosk says, quite nicely, and O'Brien says he was joking. 'I cannot tell,' says Tosk, and you know, considering O'Brien's used to talking to Data, you'd think he'd adapt to this more readily. He says it's in his nature, though, and Tosk is 'the most natural straight man' he's met in ages. I may be being unreasonable, but I'd have liked it if he'd had a line like 'Yeah, like someone else I know.' While his crew work on the ship, he invites Tosk for a drink and a chinwag.
At Quark's, some dabo winners are very very happy. Is dabo really that exciting? And do you really win that much? And is anything about it as cheesy and awesome as this?
I thought not.
Anyway, O'Brien gives the winners a clap, and tries to explain the concept of R&R to the puzzled Tosk, who thinks the Alpha Quadrant has too much downtime. O'Brien says his wife would laugh at that, since she's barely seen him in the last three weeks. Eh, she's only complaining about that for something to complain about, she doesn't like you that much any more. Tosk says they're very different, and O'Brien kindly says 'I've noticed.'
We now learn that Quark objects to being addressed as 'barkeep' - he is your host or proprietor, 'sympathetic ear to the wretched souls who pass through these portals.' Tosk stares in awe at Quark's sympathetic ears. O'Brien adds that he'll exploit any vice you happen to have, and Tosk apologises for having no vices for Quark to exploit. Quark considers this a challenge. He warms up by offering Tosk a visit to the holosuites, which he describes as 'a fantasy encounter with danger. Romance. Thrills. Created for your personal entertainment by the Brothers Quark.' This interests me because I'd always assumed Quark just bought holodeck programs based on the requests he gets from customers. Are he and Rom sitting up late into the night lovingly crafting intricate fantasy worlds? No, I think he buys them. Either that or there's a program that generates scenarios based on a sort of tick-the-box form; okay, you want pirates, a volcano, and some kissing. Boop beep, here you go.
Tosk, though, says that his real life is the greatest adventure anyone could desire. Quark gasps delightedly and says 'Then I envy you, Mr Tosk!' then goes off, presumably to get their drinks. They're having shitty Bajoran synthale; I'm having gin and tonic, but it's not that great because I had to finish off a bottle of tonic that's gone flat, and I have no lemons, so I'm not much better off. I was at the shop today! Why didn't I remember lemons? O'Brien asks Tosk what he meant about his adventure, but Tosk says he can't discuss it. I think Quark's ears pulled it out of him before. Quark brings the drinks and O'Brien sups thoughtfully, while Tosk peers into his mug inquisitively.
In Ops, Kira says it sounds like O'Brien's changed his mind about Tosk. She says this in an oddly triumphant tone, as if she had a bet with Dax that he would. O'Brien says not exactly - Tosk is on the run, from something bad, and can't or won't talk about it. Julian suggests that people tell doctors things they wouldn't tell anyone else, so if O'Brien gets Tosk to go to him for an examination -
Julian. People tell doctors things they wouldn't tell anyone else because doctors are sworn to confidentiality. This and your tendency to patient-fucking suggest that your professional ethics are really horrible. All right, I know there are exceptions like 'if you think a crime is going to be committed,' but you needn't seem so eager to pump the poor man for his secrets and then blab them to others. No I didn't mean 'pump' like that. Go and sit down. Hurry up and grow into the character I get to love.
O'Brien cuts Julian off, though, just like I did there, and tells Sisko, the thing is, he likes Tosk, though he's not sure why. He seems sort of naÃ¯ve in his alien environment. He doesn't think Tosk is a criminal or dishonest. Sisko and Dax point out that he didn't exactly lie about his ship, but he didn't really tell the truth. Sisko says they have no justification for detaining Tosk, so if he wants to tell O'Brien the truth, okay, but if not, send him on his way. O'Brien looks thoughtful, because it's the last shot of the scene, and because he's a bit worried about whether Tosk will be all right on his own.
In a corridor somewhere, Tosk's doing something to a computer panel inside a little cabinet he's opened (maybe the entry keypad for the weapons bunker?) An extremely ugly painting on the wall gloops into Odo and asks 'Just what do you think you're doing?' Now you can get away with that with Tosk, who doesn't know his way around, but any of the locals would say 'What the fuck's a big ugly oil painting doing on this wall? Quick, pinch it.' Tosk whirls round, holds up his hands defensively, and disappears. Calmly, Odo tells the computer to seal off the corridor, then summons security.
Just down the corridor from Odo, Tosk runs into the forcefield, reappears briefly, then disappears again. A moment later, the same happens at the other end of this bit of corridor. Odo firmly, but not unkindly, says that when he's tired of bouncing off forcefields, they can talk. I note that Odo's face makeup has been smoothed out a bit, so he looks more rubbery, less leathery. This pleases me. I always enjoy how purely authoritative Odo is in situations like this - you know he will not compromise on any of his principles, but also that he won't do anything just to be a dick. That's the sort of person I'd like to be arrested by, if any.
Tosk points out - in a tone that I would describe as calm with underlying urgency, rather than defensive, indignant or angry - that he's done nothing to Odo, who says that it's the security junction he's concerned about. Tosk says he needs to prepare, as if this is perfectly reasonable. 'For what?' He cannot discuss it - he is Tosk. 'I'm sure you are,' Odo says. He's going to take Tosk to his office while 'your friend Chief O'Brien' sees what he's been doing to the computer. Tosk repeats 'O'Brien?' Odo continues with his good cop role, telling Tosk that he's going to release the forcefield now, and he doesn't need a fight. Tosk says he will not fight him - again, as if all this is reasonable and he's behaving according to a code of conduct that Odo just doesn't know about. One of Odo's deputies takes Tosk's arm and leads him along, and Tosk gives Odo an odd, reproachful look as he passes him. Odo gazes after him, and the low lighting in the corridor does awesome things with shadows in his deep eye-sockets.
In the brig, Tosk paces from side to side of his cell, and 'like a caged animal' is so clichÃ©, but yes, like that - except that when you see caged animals pacing it's often a repetitive activity done out of boredom (this is one of the key signs of a shitty zoo), whereas Tosk looks fiercely alert. He's glaring out at Sisko, who's watching him with his typical Season 1 moai impassivity. We have a clash of perspectives here; Tosk feels that he's done nothing to Sisko, Sisko feels that messing with the security system is a threat. O'Brien thinks he was trying to access the weapons locker. Odo asks Tosk if he's wanted by authorities in the Gamma Quadrant, and when Tosk is confused by the word 'wanted,' rephrases 'Have you committed crimes?' (Which I could point out is really not the same thing - if Tosk had been framed, the answers to Odo's questions might be 'yes' and 'no.')
'Never. I am Tosk.' Sisko asks if that's supposed to explain all this, and Tosk says it's all he can say. O'Brien tries to appeal to Tosk, asking if they don't deserve some answers, but Tosk just looks at him. Sisko decides to hold Tosk for now and see if anyone shows up looking for him. As Sisko leaves, O'Brien gives Odo a look, and Odo goes too, leaving him to have one more go as a friend. He asks Tosk to level with him, and Tosk asks to be let out. O'Brien insists, 'Tell me.' Tosk says 'Allow me to die with honour.' O'Brien can't understand who would want to kill him. Tosk just repeats his mysterious, and vaguely Klingonese request.
In Odo's office on the prom, O'Brien sighs that Tosk is 'climbing the walls like a trapped animal,' so he and I share clichÃ©s. Odo snarks that he's sorry the cells aren't to his liking. O'Brien feels responsible, as if he adopted Tosk and talked him into coming on board. He didn't talk him into messing with security, Odo points out, but O'Brien just can't believe that Tosk is a baddie. He sighs and asks 'What the hell is his secret?' as he leaves. Odo keeps calmly working on his pad. I like how he's always quietly busy; he incurs a considerable amount of paperwork.
The wormhole dilates and another GQ ship comes through. Dax recognises its... exhaust or something as matching Tosk's ship. They try to hail it, get ignored, and then get scanned by a white beamy thing. Sisko begins his address to them, but the station wobbles and there are loud noises and O'Brien reports that they're being 'bombarded with some kind of radiation I've never seen before.' Or to put it another way, a purple zap beam, as we see in an exterior shot. The station's shields are fucked and the aliens are beaming into the promenade.
Odo and his guys run onto the prom to see some Stigs appearing, just as the Ops team run out too. They're wearing red jumpsuits and silver helmets with blue neon glowy visors. Honestly, apart from the neon, they could be from TOS, so I suppose the lion's share of the budget went to making Tosk look good. I do, however, like the detail that they have their own distinctive transporter beam animation, which looks like glass tubes and rainbows. The different-looking beam animations seem to imply that there are lots of different ways of achieving the same result, which is sort of encouraging. If there was only one way in all the universe we might never get it, you know?
The Stigs walk towards them and Sisko says 'Ready phasers.' DA-DUM!
Sisko tells them he's commander of the station, and tells them to put down their weapons; they ignore him, and when Odo approaches them, punch him! I object! A small firefight ensues. Odo twigs that they're after Tosk. Kira says maybe they have a right to him, but Odo says nobody's abducting a prisoner out of his brig as long as he's alive. Kira offers him a phaser, but he says he never uses them. A Stig shoots at the main door of the brig, blowing it open; people fall over from the shock, Kira falling against Odo, and as he catches her he completely and totally grabs her boobs. I do not believe this is intentional or significant, just very, very amusing.
The Stig goes into the brig. (It pleased me to write that.) He stalks around looking for Tosk, whose cell looks empty, then scans around with a red glowy light, which reveals Tosk standing poised on the bunk. Realising the jig is up, he revisibles and slowly rises out of his crouch. The Feds arrive, and Sisko signs to O'Brien to put away his weapon.
The Stig announces to his companions 'I have Tosk. Alive. It is over' and they beam out. Now he removes his helmet, so I have to stop calling him Stig, revealing that he is also sort of reptilian-looking but less scaly than Tosk, and has hair. He somewhat resembles Viggo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II, so his new name is Viggo.
'What a disappointment, after such an entertaining beginning,' Viggo snots. 'Entertaining!' exclaims Sisko in the background. Viggo wants to know how Tosk got the aliens to fight for him without violating his oath of silence. Tosk protests that he told them nothing.
'But to see you here, caged, helpless - how could you allow this? It is a disgrace to all Tosk, and the most disappointing hunt in memory!'
Sisko finally twigs that this is a hunt and Tosk is the prey. Viggo says he's unworthy of such a noble description. For this dishonour he will endure the greatest humiliation a Tosk can know - to be captured and brought home alive, then put on public display. I imagine in a shitty zoo, like I was talking about earlier. Tosk looks really stricken. Viggo gives a weird harrumph and tells Sisko to release him, but now Sisko is peeved that these guys tramped through his station firing guns for their hunt. He's disinclined to acquiesce to their request. Viggo can't understand why he'd make a fuss 'over this Tosk?' He turns and looks at Odo and O'Brien, who stare him down, then goes 'hmph!' and flounces out.
O'Brien slowly steps forward, giving Tosk a sad, kicked-puppy look, and Tosk hangs his head and turns away.
Viggo, in the office, asks if there's no equivalent of Tosk-hunting in Sisko's culture, and Sisko admits that humans used to hunt animals, but never sentient species. Viggo says that Tosk is only sentient because he was made so - he was bred for hunting, to make it as exciting as possible. He thinks Sisko doesn't understand, but Sisko says he understands just fine and will not stand for this kind of abuse. Viggo disagrees that it's abuse - he says they honour Tosk as noble and courageous and they train all their lives for this, taking pride in it. Sisko, looking and sounding properly angry for once, says that he can't judge what's right or wrong for Viggo's world, but he won't have it on this station.
Viggo - dismissively, with the air of one making a concession - offers to make the wormhole out of bounds for the hunt. 'Will that satisfy you?' Sisko gives him a filthy look, but apparently Viggo takes it for agreement, saying that Sisko will now release the Tosk and beaming out.
At no point in this conversation does Sisko use the word slavery, but given the opinions he later expresses about racial issues, he had to be thinking it.
Out in Ops, Sisko confirms that he's agreed to hand Tosk over. O'Brien objects that Tosk is an intelligent being. Sisko says that, as it's their custom, under the Prime Directive they have no right to interfere (another example of the Prime Directive being kind of a shitty rule that ties people's hands more than it enables them to do the right thing). Kira pipes up 'What if Tosk were to ask for asylum?' O'Brien, standing at the foot of the office steps and looking up at Sisko, gives him a full-wattage Beseeching Look. Sisko says all right, if he asks for it.
(At this point I am tangentially reminded of a comment thread from ontd_tng, in which LJ user teh_will wrote:
Thus far in the series, it's episodes like ['The Offspring'] that convince me that, at the end of the day, Data can do whatever the fuck he wants on that ship and the captain's gonna let him get away with it.If this were happening on the Enterprise, and it were Data wanting to protect Tosk, Picard would crumble like a wet sandcastle. Unfortunately for O'Brien, either Sisko is less susceptible to this sort of thing [he does have a kid after all], or he's just not as good at the getting-his-own-way face as Data.)
You can't see because of the angle of the shot, but I believe O'Brien gives Kira a big smile on his way out.
Scurrying into the brig, he tells Tosk, 'All right, I have a way out for you.' Tosk is excited at first, but when O'Brien explains how asylum works, his face falls - he can't hide behind Federation protection, because that's against everything he believes, an even worse disgrace than the zoo. He says that his purpose is to outwit the hunters for another day, to survive, until he dies with honour. That's no longer an option for him, but he won't turn his back on being Tosk. He thanks O'Brien, and sits back down on his bed. O'Brien looks very glum and walks out.
To Quark's, where the sympathetic ear is complaining that the GQ tourist trade sucks - they haven't bought a single drink. O'Brien wearily tells him to shut up, and Quark asks if it's trouble with 'the little woman.' O'Brien gets cross, and Quark says he just thought O'Brien wanted to talk. Taking hold of Quark's lapel, O'Brien says there's nothing wrong between him and his wife, and if there were, he wouldn't talk to a barkeep about it. Quark just stares at him in apparent fascination and tells him his face gets very pink 'when it gets aggravated, much more so than most other hew-mons!' O'Brien remains grumpy and truculent, and Quark keeps trying to prompt him to talk, I suppose out of equal parts kindness and nosiness. (I've always thought it a bit interesting that no counselor was assigned to DS9. If you want someone to listen to your lame-o problems, Quark is genuinely your best option. It helps not to be female.)
O'Brien says the situation is just 'the rules of the game,' and with a bit more prodding, explains about the hunt, saying Viggo's guys are playing by their rules, 'we're playing by ours' and Tosk's caught in the middle. 'Course I suppose if the Ferengi don't like the rules they just change them.'
Quark starts to say something about rules - which might actually be that certain Rules are kinda sacred in Ferengi culture - but O'Brien is busy having a brainwave. 'Of course! Change the rules... why didn't I think of it before?' He looks quite awed by this idea, which is pretty bloody subversive by 24th Century Federation standards. (On the other hand, I think Kirk would approve of it entirely, albeit being disappointed that Tosk was not a pretty lady.) He thanks Quark, who is looking a bit bewildered, and gives him a hearty clap on the back. Quark, bucked up, moves on to some poor drunk slumped over the bar and asks cheerily 'So! What's bothering you today?'
O'Brien does something sneaky with the computer, to do with the 'security grid.'
In the brig, Viggo is putting a collar and leash on Tosk. Odo asks if that's really necessary - of course it's the custom when dealing with a captured Tosk. O'Brien marches in and says he'll escort the prisoner to the transport. Odo objects that this is a security matter, but O'Brien says it's a Starfleet matter (and besides, I add, he worked security for a while on the Enterprise) - orders from Sisko. Odo snaps 'We'll see about THAT' and takes off.
Viggo says that he can handle the transportation, but O'Brien, sounding very confident, gives him some bullshit about this arrangement being a show of courtesy and respect from Sisko. Viggo accepts it, and O'Brien follows them, first taking off his commbadge and flicking it onto Odo's desk. Sneaky, sneaky O'Brien! (Nice and symbolic, too.)
The owner of which desk is now in Sisko's office, complaining bitterly about the imposition. Sisko says he hasn't given O'Brien any orders, and calls him, to no avail.
O'Brien leads Viggo and a clearly miserable Tosk to the steampunk cogwheel. As it opens and Viggo steps in, the weapon-detecty thing from before (which I don't recall seeing in any episode before or since) activates, but with such force as to throw Viggo back. O'Brien gives him a good hard punch, wastes time quipping 'Glass jaw. Now I know why you wear a helmet,' and hares away up the stairs with Tosk. Viggo presses a button on his sleeve and says 'The hunt has resumed.'
On the upper walkway, O'Brien tells Tosk his ship's ready, but they're interrupted by a beaming-in Stig. This time Tosk isn't locked up, and he actually fights back, leaping high in the air and knocking the Stig off the side of the walkway. O'Brien looks quite impressed.
In Ops, news of the fight has come through, and Dax has detected what is clearly O'Brien and Tosk moving through an access conduit above Quark's. Odo says he's going to seal off their access to the docking ring, but Sisko says, quite quietly and gently, that there's no hurry. Odo thinks about it, then moves off slowly - then turns and gives Sisko a look, and steps even more slowly into the lift. That was a very nice touch.
In the conduit (a Cardassian Jeffries tube), O'Brien removes Tosk's collar, and is told that now he is Tosk too, which makes him chuckle. There's some crawling and some shooting and some pouncing on a Stig, whose weapon Tosk takes. O'Brien tells him 'Nearly there,' but they're interrupted by Viggo and two more Stigs. 'No,' says Viggo, who recognises a feed line when he hears one, 'he is mine.' He shoots at Tosk, but he dodges and pushes O'Brien out of the way, then shoots Viggo and his goons. Viggo flops and emits smoke. The two fugitives proceed.
O'Brien lets Tosk into his ship and asks him 'What now?' The hunt, says Tosk, goes on. Does O'Brien want to come? Not very much, especially given his family. Tosk, intent on his control panels, asks if O'Brien will be punished for helping him. O'Brien says maybe, but after all, those guys wanted a hunt and he gave them one. He grins at Tosk, then tells him to get out while he can. Tosk, though, gets up, gives him a Meaningful Look of Cross-Species Brotherhood, pats his shoulders and tells him 'Die with honour, O'Brien.' O'Brien looks flummoxed at first, then replies in kind. He takes off. Tosk takes off.
Given his track record, it seems most likely that O'Brien will die horribly mangled, but I guess he can do that honourably.
Aww, no, I don't want that, that was just a cheap shot. I want him to be a much-loved great-grandpa just quietly nodding off and checking out at the end of a good day.
Tosk flies out into the eternal night.
In Sisko's office, O'Brien has his badge back on and is having to answer some questions. He claims that the weapons sensor must have overloaded because Viggo was so tooled-up. 'Must have,' Sisko repeats. O'Brien admits that yes, it must have, because he'd increased its output by 'about' 200%. Sisko growls at him for mucking up their first contact with GQ aliens by assaulting their leader; how would O'Brien like him to put this in his report to Starfleet? O'Brien humble-working-classes 'Well sir, I'm not one to say, but...' He suggests that he actually gave the hunters what they wanted, which could be good for their future relationship. Sisko is not having it, though, saying that O'Brien ignored his duty to Starfleet, took off his badge so he could ignore him, and ignored the Prime Directive. 'Another stunt like this and your wife won't have to complain about the conditions here any more.' Clear? Clear.
The doors open behind O'Brien (does Sisko have a button on his desk for that?) and he starts to go, but turns back to say that he was surprised by one thing - he knew he couldn't override all the security seals on the station, and expected Sisko and Odo to trap them with the forcefields. Sisko deadpans that that one got by them. O'Brien thanks him and leaves. Sisko turns away and has a little smile to himself. Wow, Sisko, today you did some real facial expressions!
Hang on. Did Tosk kill Viggo and his goons, or was that just a kind of stun weapon? I suppose from a Prime Directive point of view, it doesn't matter if a member of their own culture killed them, but it's a big problem that O'Brien, a Starfleet NCO, non-fatally assaulted one of them to save someone else's life. One more reason why the Prime Directive is a really weird rule.
I hope you enjoyed that, as I mostly did - it's always a pleasure to spend time with O'Brien, and this episode played to his strength of just generally embodying dogged humble human decency. Next time, we have 'Q-Less,' which is rather less successful, but does have this:
Do I ever object to the mocking of early Bashir? Do I heck.
|DS9 Episode 1.4: A Man Alone|
In which there is very little actual suspense about a murder case, and Julian has obviously not seen Wayne's World.
Memory Alpha says: An old enemy of Odo's is murdered behind locked doors, and all the evidence points to Odo as the killer. (For detailed information, please click the Memory Alpha link.)
I think I remember finding this a pretty good episode, so I'm interested to see what I think this time. It has the advantage of focusing on Odo, who is reliably interesting. Rene Auberjonois feels to me like one of the tentpoles of early DS9, in the way that Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner were in early TNG; without such charismatic performances, the show would have been much weaker and more likely to fold. DS9 was in a stronger position to begin with, having the proven success of TNG to support it (and provide justification for giving it time to find its style), but I do think that if Stewart and Spiner hadn't been as good as they were, TNG might not have stayed on the air long enough to become awesome. (Yes, Jonathan Frakes helped by growing a beard, I am not denigrating his contribution.)
Part of why Odo is so interesting is that, like Spock and Data before him, he is a central character who is close to human but not, and provides interesting commentary on humanity from an outside perspective. These characters are a real strength of Star Trek. Spock was half human and didn't want to be; he was uncomfortable with his emotional nature even while being defined, and sometimes defining himself, by an intense and tender lifelong friendship (it hurts my heart that Spock and Kirk were so far apart in the last years of their lives, jsyk; that Kirk died with Picard beside him, not Spock. You could write an absolutely beautiful death scene with Spock taking care of Kirk and make everyone cry buckets. You'd have to do this in a movie quite different from Generations, but I'm down with that, Generations is not all that good). He often came across as smug or superior in his attitude to humans, and always identified culturally as Vulcan, but on the other hand, chose to spend his career and life among them instead of within Vulcan society at the Science Academy or on any of the Vulcan-only ships of the fleet. Quick! Wrest back control of this review before it's all about Spock!
Data would have loved to be more human, almost uncritically, and worked towards that goal his whole life - his situation is really the simplest, the only barrier being capability rather than willingness. And, of course, Data is adorable and very easily accepted by most humans; his admiration and emulation, the opposite of Spock's attitude, are flattering (as long as he's not smiling creepily). Odo is a step further away from either of those positions because being human isn't really the question for him, only being humanoid. He grew up with Cardassians and Bajorans, encountering humans relatively late in life. He's proud and prickly and in some ways longs to be like everyone else, but in others wants to be definitively different, if only he knew what the valid different thing to be was. Spock had a clear-cut choice between two cultures, although he did a lot of fence-sitting; Data knows what he would choose if he had a choice (like a shot); Odo has humanoid, mainly Bajoran culture on one side, and a big unknown on the other. So that gives him a very interesting and deep-rooted central conflict that I think the show explores beautifully.
Okay! The episode begins not with Odo, but with our first look at a holosuite, as opposed to holodeck. It's smaller, but also more complicated-looking, with lots of different panels in the walls compared with the simple black and orange grid. Jadzia is using a meditation program involving what looks like a large shimmery soap bubble, and Julian enters the room behind her. It is just lucky that Jadzia is as mentally old, experienced and confident as she is, because if she were just a regular young person, I could see her being quite bothered by Julian's obliviousness to boundaries. He's intrusive. Without looking round, she recognises him by the sound of his footsteps, and he smarms 'You are remarkable.'
Jadzia says, very kindly, 'Julian, you and I need to have a talk about Trills and relationships.' (I believe this talk might involve phrases like 'no idea what you're getting into,' 'would snap you like a twig' and 'never gonna happen.' Sidetracking myself, why is it that Julian's relationships with men are so well written, believable and endearing, but his interactions with women always make me roll my eyes? What in the world did he and Leeta find to talk about, for example? Other than her boobs, which I accept were the foundation of the relationship?) He rolls right over this and says they can discuss that over supper tonight with some fancy 'champagne' Quark has sourced for him from Coris I. Can I just say?
Cassandra: I don't believe I've ever had French champagne before...Then Julian is distracted by the shiny object and asks what it is. Jadzia explains it's a kind of puzzle, and he says 'I love puzzles' in the most oily tone you can possibly imagine, as if hoping that hearing this will instantly loosen her knicker elastic. The puzzle sounds simple - mentally change the bubble to a solid colour - but Dax has been working on it off and on for 140 years without finding the solution. She invites him to give it a try - which involves her touching his head and him making creepy faces and commenting on her 'cold hands, warm heart.' Jadzia reminds him he's got to concentrate, and he says that he understands completely, then asks her about her perfume. Oh Early Julian, you are such a twat sometimes. Perhaps because she basically sees him as a kid, Jadzia is amused. When he says he's ready, she turns the puzzle over to him, and it immediately fritzes out.
'Think your mind is still a little busy, Julian!' Jadzia smirks. He asks desperately if she is free for supper, but she blows him off and goes off with her BFF Sisko, leaving him to gloomily reset the puzzle and try again.
I bet Garak is free for supper. Just saying.
THEME MUSIC OF MELANCHOLY GRANDEUR
It says 'Guest Stars: Rosalind Chao' so brace yourselves, we're getting Keiko. I feel that I have to make a disclaimer to be fair to Keiko: she is in a rotten, frustrating situation on DS9, she does make some efforts to make the best of it, and she does sometimes behave like an affectionate and supportive spouse (seriously, even when she's not demonically possessed). But then there are all the times when she's like MILES EDWARD O'BRIEN! YOU'RE PLAYING THAT GONG WRONG! and loses my sympathy completely.
I just want to apologise quickly, because as I typed MILES EDWARD O'BRIEN! I thought 'BLIAN! COME BACK HERE, YOU TAKE OUT LECYCRABRES!' and it cracked me up, so I guess I'm a rittle bit lacist. Actually, 'The More You Ruv Someone' probably could be Miles and Keiko's song, so I'll let it stand. But I will resist the temptation to make LJ icons of O'Brien asking 'How many Oriental wives have you got?' and Benny yelling 'I can't even GET a taxi!'
In Quark's, Odo is propping up the bar, scanning the room, and exchanging world-weary but not hostile bickers with the proprietor. They notice the O'Briens having a quarrel up at one of the mezzanine tables, Miles saying that they made a decision, Keiko arguing that that's not true, he made a decision and asked her to agree. Odo remarks that he's never understood the humanoid need to 'couple,' which Quark seizes on with lecherous curiosity (I think it's fairly illustrative of both of them that Odo is using 'couple' to mean 'live together as spouses' and Quark assumes it means 'have sex'). Odo goes on to make this distinctly odd speech:
Choose not to. Too many compromises. You want to watch the karo-net tournament, she wants to listen to music â so you compromise: you listen to music. You like Earth Jazz, she prefers Klingon opera â so you compromise: you listen to Klingon opera. So here you were, ready to have a nice night watching the karo-net match and you wind up spending an agonizing evening listening to Klingon opera.Firstly: I like it when Odo uses Rorshach-like diction. I think he would definitely enjoy Watchmen. Secondly, he seems to be talking about watching sports on something like TV, which seems anachronistic for Star Trek. Thirdly, Riker is pleased as Punch to hear you like jazz. Fourthly, Odo is talking as if 'compromises' are always made in the woman's favour, when right up there on the mezzanine is evidence that they're sometimes made in the man's. Fifthly, where does he get his impression of relationships from? Does he have a deputy who's always whining to him about his rotten marriage? Sixthly, ha ha ha I know you really love Kira, and if she said she liked Klingon opera you'd be all about that shit. But actually, she seems like the kind of girl who'd like to watch the game with you (and probably yell at the umpire when she disagreed with his calls). So that's all right.
Upstairs, Keiko tries to do a flounce, and O'Brien pleads with her to sit down. Odo wonders what they're fighting about, Quark says 'She doesn't like it here' and Odo says wryly, 'Who does?'
(Okay, there's the point where people start singing 'It Sucks To Be Me.')
Sisko and Dax come down the stairs from the holosuite floor to the mezzanine, and Quark leers up at Jadzia rapturously.
Odo: Huh. Don't even think about it.
Quark (gleefully): I can SO think about it!
Need I say, I consider Armin Shimerman another tentpole, and the way he and Auberjonois work together is always an absolute delight. Because of their heavy character makeup, their performances tend to be a bit more stylised and theatrical than the other actors', and they harmonise very nicely in their scenes together. Odo rightly thinks Quark doesn't have a hope in hell, but misreads the situation with Sisko, thinking he fancies Jadzia. Quark disagrees, points out that before Dax's latest gender transition, they were old friends, but Odo says repressively 'Things change.' Then he gets distracted by the sight of a Bajoran man over by the gaming tables, and asks Quark when he got here.
On the mezzanine, Jadzia is being an old coot about her food, ordering something called steamed azda (I'm going to assume it's a really boring healthy vegetable, for people who think plomeeks are a bit adventurous) and telling Sisko he ought to eat it too. I have a friend who is an utter crank about her food, always talking about which ingredients she can't have because she thinks they make her sick (I firmly believe that for every person who really can't digest gluten, there are ten who believe they can't because it makes them feel special and delicate), and I get really tired of that, so shut up, Jadzia. Sisko talks about the wonderful dinners his dad would cook when he was a kid, I guess to indicate that he thinks of food as family and flavour and pleasure, not as medicine. Jadzia tuts that steamed azda would put years on his life, to which he retorts that he doesn't want extra years if he has to spend them eating steamed azda, and they have a good laugh together, and if they say 'steamed azda' one more time I'm going to develop a twitch. You know what you should have instead of steamed azda? Edamame.
The conversation turns to Sisko missing Curzon, and he gets a bit tangled up with his pronouns and verb tenses as he tries to express his affection and respect for Dax. Jadzia gently says that sometimes friendships don't survive the changeover between Trill hosts, and he says he's sure that won't happen to them, he's just a bit uncomfortable at the moment. She gives him permission to 'feel comfortable with his discomfort,' I guess meaning that he's not being a bad friend by feeling this way, she understands, and says time will do the rest.
Across the mezzanine, Keiko does do a flounce, leaving O'Brien looking gloomy at his table. Sisko and Dax notice this and look... hard to define, I think Dax is sympathetic but Sisko is less readable and I suspect him of thinking O'Brien isn't managing his life or wife very well. Poor bloody O'Brien heads down the stairs to the main floor, where Odo is just moving to confront that Bajoran dude he spotted earlier.
Can I just mention that I really dig how fluidly this scene moves between the different groups of people in the bar to move the story along? It's very well structured without calling undue attention to its structure.
Odo doesn't want this guy on the station; he reckons he has every right to be there. Odo, my beloved little fascist, says he decides who has rights and who doesn't on this promenade, and the guy says he'd better check that with his new Federation boss (cut to Sisko watching from above) and Odo's all HE'S NOT THE BOSS OF ME and shoves him, then knocks him to the floor. They're starting a proper dust-up when Sisko intervenes, and Odo does his own flounce, snarling 'You have twenty-six hours to get off this station.' I.e. a day and a night, because DS9 runs on a 26-hour day.
On the upper level of the Promenade, Keiko is looking glumly out the window at the stars, wearing an unattractive waistcoat with froggy toggle things fastening it. Miles approaches and says he's willing to ask for a transfer if that'll make her happy, but she thinks that's not fair either because he'll lose his promotion. He says not necessarily, but she's just really bummed and doesn't know what to do. Understandably, she's unhappy because she's a botanist and there's nothing for her to do on this station (on the Enterprise she had that nice big arboretum and I guess lots of field trips to planets). Miles brightsides that there's a whole new quadrant of plants on the other side of the wormhole, and she sulks that she's not getting to go there. He points out, with remarkable patience, that he'll make sure she gets a chance to go when they send runabouts through, and she demonstrates her ability to lose my sympathy on a dime by crossing her arms and snottily saying 'I don't need favours from you.'
Um, no, you see, when people do you favours they expect you to pay them back. That right there was your husband trying to be kind and helpful because God knows why, he loves you. His payback would be seeing you happy. Shut up, Keiko.
Keiko says she just needs to be useful (and constantly appeased). Miles suggests that she could beautify the prom with trees and flowers, or start an arboretum to raise specimens from the newly explored worlds, but she's looking down at Jake Sisko wandering around mopily and asks 'Do you really want to raise your daughter in this place, Miles?'
You were fine raising her on the Enterprise where something bizarre happens every week, Keiko. They just had nicer dÃ©cor and a less rowdy bar. You are absolutely allowed to be frustrated and sad because you're not getting to practise the career you love, but don't make this about Molly, that's disingenuous. I would also sympathise with Keiko if she said they'd left behind their community on the Enterprise and she misses their friends - but she doesn't. Say that, I mean. I'm sure she does miss them. How do you not miss Data? I'm missing him right now.
Before O'Brien can respond to the guilt trip, Kira calls his commbadge to say he's needed to be Mr Fixit - all the upper docking pylons are out of order. One of the things I find perversely endearing about DS9 in these early days is how crappy it is. He starts off to deal with it, but turns back and looks at Keiko for a moment, as if he's trying to think what to say, then gives up and goes. Awww, O'Brien.
You know, I always feel like such a bad feminist because I side with him so much, but goddamnit, he's just a more likeable person. He reminds me of wombats and teddybears and he has a lovely gruff voice with one of the world's best accents and he was in The Commitments. So much for female solidarity.
On the lower promenade, Nog's buying a popsicle. I know they're officially 'jumja sticks' or something, but come on, they're clearly popsicles. Or ice lollies, if you want to be English about it. Jake approaches and tries to make friends, but Nog is grumpy and suspicious and hew-mons him. Jake points out that there isn't a big choice of people to make friends with here, and Nog gives him a Look, but when Jake says 'You know what I mean,' he relents a bit and gives his name. I actually think Nog is pretty nice here - given that Jake's dad put him in the brig not long ago, it would be understandable if he didn't want to talk to him at all. Obviously, loneliness trumps resentment.
Cut to Sisko's office, where Odo is explaining his problem with the guy from Quark's. His name is Ibudan, or maybe Ibu Dan, and he was a black marketeer during the occupation, running goods through Terok Nor. Some Bajorans saw him as a heroic figure, but Odo thought he was a dick because he let a kid die when her parents couldn't pay his price for medicine. (Odo is in favour of public healthcare.) He's done time for murder, since he killed a Cardassian officer who wanted a bribe - Odo made sure he went to jail, but he's been released by the provisional government because hey, it was only a Cardassian. Sisko doesn't think there's much they can do, but Odo is adamant he's going to get him off 'my promenade.' Sisko argues that Ibudan can't be forced to leave if he hasn't broken the law, but Odo doesn't care about that. In his second memorable speech of the episode, and a really character-defining one, he says that laws change depending on who's in charge, but justice is justice. The way he pronounces 'justice' is wonderful - it's a sacred word.
Sisko isn't as thrilled as I am, and barks that if Odo can't work within the rules, he'll find someone else who can. Odo leaves wordlessly.
An idyllic spa setting, presumably in a holosuite. While soft breezes flutter filmy curtains and little birds and insects and froggies chirp, Ibudan gets a back-rub from a lady in a gauzy white gown and webbed fingers. She starts smooching his back, so it's that kind of holosuite program, but then she's pushed away by a black-gloved hand (very giallo) which then raises a gleaming knife over his prone form and plunges it down.
From murder most horrid to children's games - Nog and Jake are giggling over (basically) a matchbox full of little bugs.
And then some more childishness, as Julian catches up with Jadzia, and says that he guesses he knows the competition now, and did she have a nice dinner with Commander Sisko? Twat. Jadzia decides now is the time for that talk and explains that Trills don't go looking for romance the way humans do - that's for young people, and although a host may have those feelings, the goal is to rise above them and operate on a higher plane. Julian will not take a hint, but fortunately is interrupted by a call from the Sisko. He skips away saying he still has that champagne, and Jadzia smiles and shakes her head at his cluelessness. It's only mÃ©thode champenoise.
That was an interesting statement considering that later on, we see that Jadzia pretty much bangs who she likes when she likes. Either a) Jadzia doesn't walk the talk, b) the writers changed their minds about Trill principles, c) she draws a distinction between 'romance' and a good screw to clear out the cobwebs, or d) she's trying to make Julian stop humping her leg without hurting his feelings.
Nog releases his little bugs in the replimat and they make two Bajoran diners first itch terribly, then start changing colours. They panic, but the effect wears off, and they sit down sheepishly. However, one of Odo's deputies has noticed Jake and Nog watching and giggling from their hiding place, and leads them away by their collars. Keiko is nearby and watches this disapprovingly. O'Brien is presumably still at work on those pylons and she's on her own on the promenade. Who's looking after Molly right now?
In the holosuite, the dead man is now lying on the metal floor while Julian scans him with a tricorder. I suppose autopsies aren't nearly as messy when you can use one of those. Odo paces around them, reciting for Kira and Sisko what happened here: the door opened only twice, the first time when Ibudan checked in for the 'massage' program, then thirteen minutes later when the killer must have left. There's no sign of anyone beaming in during that time. It appears the killer must have entered at the same time as Ibudan, with or without his knowledge. Julian reports that the knife was thrust between the 'left and right thoracic vertebrae' to penetrate the heart, suggesting a knowledge of Bajoran anatomy (or luck, I'm just saying). Sisko tells him to CSI around for evidence of anyone else being in the suite with the victim. Only two ships have left the station since the death, a Federation survey ship and a Vulcan science vessel, and Sisko gives the order for no more to be allowed out until they can work out what's happened. Odo squats beside Ibudan and looks up to Kira, then down at him.
In the O'Briens' quarters (I always want to put 'apartment,' I'm so unmilitary) Keiko is serving a meal and ranting about the kids 'looking for trouble.' O'Brien (looking quite unenthusiastic about the Japanese food, and having trouble with his chopsticks) says they can't be kept locked in their rooms, and she says that it's not like a starship, it isn't safe for children to have as much freedom here as they did on the Enterprise. Remember those little boys sneaking into the observation lounge and leaving their toys lying around in 'The Last Outpost'? Not so much freedom as bloody slackness. Besides, were children really all that safe on the Enterprise? It did seem to get shot at a lot. And have problems with Borg, and Q, and Romulans. And maybe Keiko's repressing the time Miles (along with Data and Troi) got possessed and threatened her and Molly. And the time that little boy ate some poisonous plant thing and could have died when they were delayed getting him to a medical facility because Data went off his nut and hijacked the ship.
Anyway, she thinks what this place needs is a school.
So... she really wants a school to control and contain the children, not to give them an opportunity to learn interesting things and better themselves. (I'm a teacher, and like many teachers I feel very strongly that training children in good behaviour is their parents' job.)
Kira reports to Sisko, who's meeting with another Bajoran dude, a Mr Zeyra, who runs something called Transit Aid. He's told Sisko that he was talking with Ibudan about an hour before he died, in Quark's (which he pronounces to rhyme with forks - I find it very noticeable that most people rhyme Quark with park, including Quark, but a few, noticeably Odo, rhyme it with fork. I've always suspected Odo is doing it to needle him and Quark doesn't correct him to show he doesn't care and thus needle him back. I know that the subatomic particle 'quark' can be pronounced either way, but that's not somebody's name. We're back to that argument Dr Pulaski and Data had about whether she could call him 'dattah'). Zeyra, who seems obviously fishy to me, says that after the scuffle with Odo, Ibudan told him he was scared, and thought Odo might kill him.
Kira immediately speaks up for Odo's character, because she's a good friend, but Zeyra just says 'All I know is that an hour later Ibudan was dead,' as if that proves something. Because Zeyra seems smarmy and untrustworthy, the audience is never really allowed to suspect Odo; thus the suspense becomes 'Will Odo be able to clear his name?' rather than 'Did Odo actually snap and waste a guy?' Much safer territory, don't you think?
Odo looks around Ibudan's quarters on the ship he arrived in, and notes that he had double accommodations. The captain says that's what he requested, and he thought he just wanted more space. He leaves to get the copy of the ship's manifest that Odo requests. Odo goes over to the cabin's computer terminal and asks to see Ibudan's day planner. Here I say waaaait a minute... couldn't the captain have called up the manifest on that same terminal? The information comes up - again, in Chicago font - and apparently this ship departed from 'Alderaan Spaceport.' They've rebuilt, then?
We can see from the day planner screens that Ibudan was pretty punctilious about his time - he notes things like 'Shopping on the Promenade' instead of just being like 'free time whatever.' On his last day alive, his to-do list read:
Tennis (Holodeck 2)That's some pretty ominous bolding there. Also, how cosmopolitan of a Bajoran to play tennis. Odo looks troubled, as well he might.
In the Siskos' apartment, Keiko is pitching her school idea, and the Sisko is in favour because he's extremely miffed about what happened on the prom, and does not want Jake playing with Nog again. (This, of course, will just drive Jake and Nog closer together.) Keiko seems to have put on a business suit, I guess to make her proposal seem more professional, even though she's totally not a teacher. Jake complains that Nog is the only other kid even close to his age, but Keiko says there are twelve others aged eight to sixteen. She wants them to have 'structured activities,' and Jake admits that studying alone on the computer is a bit boring. Keiko has a line sure to irritate real teachers, 'I've never actually been a teacher, but it's something I've always thought about doing.' I've never actually been a zookeeper, but I've thought about it a lot because I love animals, and do I try to shovel tiger poo? Every bugger thinks they can teach because every bugger's been to school. It's a really hard job and you do need specialised training, then continue to learn on the job for years. Also, is Keiko going to bring her pre-school aged daughter along and try to look after her at the same time, or hire a childminder?
Sisko thinks it's a great idea, though, and promises her a space and the computers she wants. He warns her it may not be easy because of the cultural diversity of the few children on the station, and that he has no authority to make the Bajorans, Ferengi, etcetera send their kids to her. Keiko, though, is sure all the parents will love it. Ha ha ha ha she's going to get so much shit from Kai Winn down the line. (What I particularly like about their clash is that they're both demonstrably right, just from different perspectives, which can't be said for the equivalent debate about Creationism in schools on Earth. There are aliens living in the wormhole, and they are the prophets of the Bajoran religion.) After she leaves, Sisko growls at Jake some more about Nog. You know what I just realised? Only Jake and Nog have got into trouble, as far as we or Keiko know. She didn't even really check whether there was a demand for a school before proposing this. With so few kid-having families on the station, wouldn't it have been easy to visit each one and say 'Would you be interested in a station school if we opened one?', then present their responses to Sisko to support her suggestion?
In Medical, Julian shows Kira and Odo his CSI stuff, which Jadzia has double checked: there were no new DNA traces found in the holosuite. The only traces of skin, hair, fingerprints etcetera were from people they already knew had been in there, Ibudan and the personnel investigating his death. (I can only suppose that a holosuite runs some kind of very thorough scrubbing routine on itself between uses, otherwise, how can I put this delicately? I would expect there to be a LOT of different people's DNA in there. A LOT.)
Kira points out that this sounds pretty much impossible. Odo agrees, 'unless the murder was committed by someone who could get through the cracks in the door. Say... a shapeshifter.' DUN DUN DUN.
Odo and Kira walk into Ops (both with their hands clasped behind their backs, which amuses me for some reason) as he recites how neatly he's been sewn up - the calendar shows Ibudan was planning to meet him at the time the murder occurred, only he could have entered the holosuite undetected, and because he could be expected to be called to the scene of the crime, naturally traces of his DNA would be found there. Does he have DNA? Kira asks if he has an alibi, and he explains that he was in his bucket at the time. The murder might even have been timed to coincide with that. He can think of about 500 people who might want to frame him, but he hasn't seen any of them lately. He asks for Julian to CSI around in Ibudan's cabin, to see if anyone else was using that second bed. Kira promises she'll tell him, and watches him go, looking troubled.
At Quark's, Keiko is trying to convince Rom to send Nog to her school (so... she's trying to make sure that Jake and Nog, who Sisko doesn't want to see each other, will see each other five days a week?), and Rom doesn't have his Rom Voice yet - or, really, his personality. She promises she's 'developing a curriculum' for all the kids, not just the Federation ones (you know, I would really rather she'd just GET a curriculum from a reputable correspondence school than make one up on her own), and explains that she knows Ferengi education is based on work-study and apprenticeships. Or, as Rom says, they throw them straight into the cut-throat world of commerce and anyone who survives, graduates. Can she teach that? Keiko hits on a good argument by saying that Nog will have an advantage over other Ferengi kids if he's studied other cultures and understands their business models. Rom is clearly swayed a little, but his final objection is that Nog will not learn from a female, human teacher. The best Keiko can get out of him is a dismissive agreement to think about it.
As she flounces out (I think flouncing out of places is Keiko's chief mode of locomotion), the camera shifts to that jerk Zeyra chatting to two other man at the bar and blackening Odo's name. He's encouraging the doubts and prejudices of the other Bajorans - what do they really know about Odo? Since he worked for the Cardassians, why is he still the sheriff? Won't someone please think of the children? At this point, Quark decides to be a good friend too, and puts a word in for Odo's character.
'He's an ill-tempered, overbearing crosspatch. But he was no Cardassian collaborator, and he's no killer.'
Zeyra asks why he would defend Odo, since he's his worst enemy. Quark says that's the closest thing Odo has to a friend. I disagree, Zeyra, I would say that Quark is Odo's best enemy. A Mysterious Hooded Figure further along the bar has been listening to all this.
In Ibudan's cabin, Julian is noseying around with little glowy instruments, singing 'Who Are You?' in his head. Since he isn't being obnoxious at the moment, I just enjoy how pretty he is. (His hair, at this stage, is too fluffy, though.)
In Ops, a group of concerned citizens/douchebags has arrived to complain to Sisko, Dax and Kira about Odo. Zeyra puts on a front of reasonableness - he doesn't state it directly, but I think he's asking for Odo to be suspended while the case is investigated - and Kira gets up in his face and says 'Thank you for coming,' in a very 'Fuck you for coming' voice. She's upset and indignant, because she believes in Odo, but Dax and Sisko both argue that for him to investigate a case in which he's a suspect is a conflict of interest, and there's no choice but to relieve him of duty. She tries again to defend him, pointing out how openly he's conducted his investigation, when he could have been covering his tracks, but the Sisko is unmoved.
Julian reports to Odo that the only odd thing he found in the cabin was some fragments in the 'matter reclamation unit' (garbage disposal). He recognises them as bits from a biological sample container, the kind he often uses, and there are traces of organic gunk on them that imply Ibudan was doing some sort of medical experiment, although he wasn't a doctor or a biologist. A bit more fiddling shows that the gunk includes DNA. Julian's going to try to reconstruct the sequence and work out what Ibudan was growing. To this end, he puts a petri dish in a tank of glowy blue water. Science!
Odo reports to the Sisko's office, where he's temporarily relieved of duty. Kira and Dax are going to continue the investigation. I would absolutely trust Dax to handle this matter, she's extremely moral and sensible, but since Odo is being removed from the case for a conflict of interest, why is Kira okay to work on it? He's her friend and she's sure he's innocent. Also, what about the rest of the security officers on the station? Doesn't Odo have a number two? Why don't we hear anything from the security officers in this story, anyway? They must have a clear opinion of Odo, whether it's that he's hard but fair and definitely not the murdering kind, or that he's a grumpy old sod but definitely not the murdering kind. If they think he's a good boss and trust him, wouldn't some of them try to speak up for him, if only because a new boss would be an unknown quantity and might be worse?
Odo stays very much on his dignity in this interview, asking only if that will be all. Sisko says that he doesn't personally believe Odo did this, but Odo doesn't buy that. He says Sisko doesn't really know him or have any reason to believe he wouldn't kill Ibudan if he wanted to - there's no way he doesn't feel some doubt. Sisko insists that he just thinks this decision is in everyone's best interest, including Odo's, but this cuts no ice. In this situation, I really have no sense of what Sisko's personal response is. He's just being the reasonable but by-the-book Starfleet commander, personality-free. He doesn't have any visible reaction to Odo's hostile response to that sop he tried to throw him. (Contrast that, by the way, with Picard's visible reactions to Sisko's hostility in their first interview in 'Emissary.' Sisko doesn't have any reason to feel as guilty as Picard did, but he's so impassive you get no sense of how he feels - indeed, I have no idea whether he really believes Odo's innocent, or just says that to mollify him because it's politic - after all, if Odo is cleared, he'll have to keep working with him. Early Sisko is so inexpressive, and I'm probably going to get pretty tired of it before Avery Brooks starts giving him more personality.)
Odo strides off down the prom, and those concerned douchebags from earlier mutter 'That's him.' I see Morn! Hi Morn. Did you kill Ibudan? When he reaches his office, he finds that someone has been in and trashed the place - monitors are broken, the chairs are overturned, and the word 'SHIFTER' is burned into the wall. He picks up a chair and goes over to his desk, the shiny top of which is shattered, and picks up a couple of shards. He looks desolate.
Quark appears in the doorway, and because he is a good frenemy, offers 'I can find out who did it for you.' Odo turns around sharply and says 'Not for me. Tell it to Starfleet. I'm not in charge here any longer.' Quark says that's good news, and he'll be taking full advantage of it. Odo growls that Quark will get sloppy without his scrutiny, but Quark doesn't think so. 'Sure,' Odo says bitterly, 'Turned you into a better crook.'
'Like it or not,' says Quark, and has a little cackle. Odo asks if he could use a shapeshifter in his 'organisation' (honestly, I don't think Quark has anything so grand as an organisation, just a lot of contacts). Quark looks very uncertain for a moment or two before giving an uncomfortable chuckle and saying Odo had him going there. They actually have a little laugh together, or Odo gets as close as he can to laughing, a sort of 'hrmm hrmm hrmm' in his throat, before snatching back the pad Quark picked up when he came in. Quark's not through helping, though. He says he's asked his contacts in the prison system about Ibudan, whether he made any enemies inside. Not really; he mostly hung out with Bajoran dissidents that the Cardassians locked up. As he says this, Quark picks up another pad from the floor, then hands it over to Odo with a big smile. Did he pass Odo a note?
In the lab, what's on the slab? Julian's tank of blue glowy water now contains a gross jellyfish looking thing. Dax thinks its DNA patterns are humanoid, but there's a genetic drift that looks odd to Julian. They're going to move it to a larger container. Sisko, who I suppose may be thinking it's about time to get to know Julian a little, invites him and Dax for lunch - he accepts, but she has to give Kira her report.
At Quark's for lunch, Julian just wants to talk about Jadzia. He and Sisko have what looks like peach juice in square glasses that look uncomfortably edgy to drink from, and like they would make you dribble a lot. I'm often critical of Quark's glassware. Sisko isn't sure how many hosts Dax has had, because every now and then she'll mention another one, but he thinks Jadzia is number six. Julian wants to know if she's changed much from Curzon, since Trills integrate the personality of the new host. Sisko says he'll have to find out, and, smiling fondly, talks about the 'mischief' he and Curzon used to get up to. (Julian's smile starts to congeal a bit.) He starts to tell a story about going to the races with Curzon and picking up fancy twin alien ladies, but trails off 'I guess we won't be doing that again soon.' I don't know, Jadzia's a game girl.
Testing the waters, Julian says 'You care for her a great deal, don't you?' The Sisko says he and Jadzia are only friends, and he's not Julian's competition. (The thing is, Julian, you're actually competing with yourself in a way, the over-eager, pushy, desperate you versus the rather sweet, very clever, tremendously pretty you, and that's how you beat yourself, too, because that first guy? He's louder. Do you notice how right now you're just talking to Sisko like he's a normal person? You're about eight times more attractive this way. THINK ON.) Julian says that if he were in Sisko's place, knowing Dax as 'intimately' as he does, he'd find her hard to resist, and Sisko says 'You don't understand, Doctor.' Instead of saying something like 'Being an actual grown-up man, I sometimes just want to be friends with a woman because she's interesting and nice,' he says something about Dax kicking his ass in some fighting game or martial art, and Julian says he guesses they won't be doing that again any time soon. Oh my little Jujufish, how little you know.
They both notice Odo over at the bar, where Rom is refusing to serve him any more. Even Morn gets up and walks away from him, which reminds me of a fine old comic song:
'Twas an evening in October, I'll confess I wasn't sober,
Elsewhere, I suppose in one of the unoccupied shopfronts, Keiko is setting up her classroom with computer-desks and a really gorgeous Okudagram blackboard. O'Brien comes in, carrying Molly, and I'd just like to say that Molly is FLIPPING ADORABLE. I'm glad they kept her consistently played by the same child through DS9, a dear little girl called Hana Hatae. For whatever reason, kids who are half Asian and half something else seem to have a major lead in terms of cuteness. Clearly, Japanirish is a good combination (and she should be able to hold her liquor). I looked up Hana Hatae on IMDB just now and her only screen credit beyond DS9 is an episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, which as far as I can tell involved her parents' sushi restaurant going down the tubes. Well, they tried to serve sushi pizza. Not every hybrid has vigour.
O'Brien crows to Molly, 'Here's Mommy!' and I don't even know why, but it has always vaguely irked me that they use the American 'Mommy' when neither of them is American. Keiko seems like more of a 'Mama' type (although O'Brien is definitely a 'Daddy' and will probably get all verklempt if his kids switch to 'Dad' when they get older). Molly asks Keiko where she's been, and as she takes her from O'Brien and hugs her, she explains that she's been getting ready for school 'tomorrow.' (Exactly how quickly has Keiko 'developed' her 'curriculum'?) Molly asks if she can come too and Keiko says she wishes, because then she could be sure of one student attending. No-one but Sisko has actually committed to sending their kids (so actually that would make two students she can be sure of, and is she going to be teaching maths?).
Now just a sec. Keiko claimed to be worried about the effect of growing up on the station on Molly. But, she's invented a job for herself that will take her away from Molly during the day, and since Miles works full time, often overtime because the station is so dilapidated, this means that she'll have to be cared for by others a lot of the time. Would it not make sense to spend more time with Molly, to try and offset any deleterious effects of her environment with lots of stories and games and projects, so she's always got an interest and feels very safe and secure in her parents' love? Should she not, in short, attend to her own kid before setting out to fix other people's?
I'm honestly not saying that Keiko has to lump it and be a housewife if the job she trained for isn't available where she lives. But I am sort of saying she's full of shit.
Because he's a Very Nice Husband, O'Brien has brought Keiko a present in a silver box. He says it's just a little something he replicated earlier. Keiko asks Molly to help her open it, which I do like. It's an old-fashioned handbell for her to ring to call her students in. She thanks him quite warmly, for her (no kiss though, I think that bell rates at least one on the cheek), and Molly plays with the bell and they all feel happy for a moment before they hear cries of 'Murderer' outside. O'Brien goes to see, and Keiko says she's taking Molly home. Yes, this does make the station seem like a rather unsafe place. On the other hand, on the Enterprise sometimes people caught a bug and de-evolved into a newt, or stabbed a colleague in the shoulder because of a dream they had, or brought a stupid addictive game on board that some hooker gave them and totally ruined productivity for the week. I'm just saying.
Odo is walking along the promenade, looking back in some distress at the crowd of concerned douchebags who are following him and saying things like 'Murderer' and 'You're the killer' and 'Rhubarb rhubarb.' He goes into his office, pretty much to hide, and they stare in at him through the windows, and Morn is in the crowd, and I am disappointed in him. But I love him, so I will extend the benefit of the doubt; perhaps he's just curious, or hoping there will be food. O'Brien walks up, sizes up the situation, and calls through to Ops to request backup. Kira is on her way like a shot. Julian sees what's going on from the windows of the sickbay, looks a bit concerned, but goes back inside to check on the weird thing he's growing in a larger tank. It now looks like a huge cuttlefish to me. He stares at it and his lovely eyes widen as if he's figuring something out.
Back out on the prom, a very nervous-looking Starfleet security man sidles through the mob to join two completely calm-looking Bajoran deputies protecting the door of Odo's office. Strong words like 'murderer' and 'traitor' and 'freak' are being thrown around, and that titface Zeyra is right at the front yelling and grinning. I would like to know if Zeyra was actually an accomplice, and it was part of a plan for him to start stirring shit after the murder, or if he just did this on his own initiative because he's that mean. Kira and Sisko join O'Brien at the back, who reports that the mob followed Odo from the bar. Kira is concerned about the situation escalating if the crowd grows, and wants to stop the lifts and limit access to the promenade. I enjoy how smart, competent and direct she is.
A man in the crowd throws a brick. Where the hell did he find a brick in this day and age? It spiderwebs the glass in Odo's office door, but doesn't go through. Now that someone's thrown something the voices get louder. The Mysterious Hooded Stranger, an older Bajoran gentleman with a white beard, is watching all this intently.
Back in the sickbay, Julian and Jadzia's science project is bubbling away and its chromosome patterns are changing - definitely humanoid. Julian has a lightbulb moment and calls for a 'chromosome analysis.' To my interest, he says 'My God' when he thinks of whatever he's thinking of, and I wonder which god that is, then, considering that most Feds seem to be atheists or agnostics. Perhaps it's just a manner of speaking; God knows I say things like that, and I'm an agnostic myself.
On the prom, more yelling, and they've got a semi-organised chant going on (not a really good one like 'One two three four, we don't want your racist tour,' just 'shifter, shifter'). Sisko and some yellowshoulders... shoulder their way through to the front, where Sisko asks what the hell they think they're doing, and what they'll do with Odo if they get him. Zeyra says, creepily, 'He's right. How do you get a rope around the neck of a shapeshifter?' Mmm, a lynching. So we're more Wild West than Casablanca this week. Sisko orders them to disperse, but the bolder people at the back of the crowd (funny how bold people are with a lot of other buggers in front of them) throw shit, knocking out one of the security men beside him. Fighting breaks out at the rear, and Sisko has to fire his phaser in the air for order. Firing a phaser in the air on board a space station seems a trifle rash to me. I suppose there'll be some explanation like 'a shot on Stun setting won't punch through the hull, causing catastrophic depressurisation.'
Just then, the office doors open and Odo steps out. There are grumbles of 'He's a murderer. We want justice!' Sisko makes a speech about whether they want justice or just a way to vent, and tells them that an hour from now they'll regret this. 'Don't condemn this man because he is different from you,' but Zeyra retorts that they condemn him because of the evidence. (The evidence that nobody in the crowd has actually seen - all they've got to go on is hearsay from Zeyra.) Sisko insists that this has to be settled in court, and there'll be no justice done today. However, just then the galaxy's most attractive nerd squad runs up and Julian calls out that they have new evidence - the murdered man was not Ibudan! Sisko et al follow him and Jadzia, while O'Brien and Kira move the confused and deflated crowd along.
Julian proudly announces that Ibudan was making a clone of himself. His science project has now turned into a sort of homunculus. Odo realises that it was the clone that was murdered, by the original Ibudan, in order to frame him (they must have entered the holosuite together, with only Ibudan 1.0 leaving). Jadzia and Julian can prove this because there's... there's something characteristic about clones' DNA, whatever. This second clone, grown from leftover smears of the first, needs about two more days to become 'a living, breathing member of Bajoran society.' I find this a weird thing to say, and I also don't quite get why the clone looks like an adult. Is it also going to have adult intelligence? How? So where is the real Ibudan? Odo thinks he knows.
Up on the ship Ibudan came on, the Mysterious Hooded Stranger enters a cabin and calls for lights. A chair in the room gloops into Odo, and challenges him. The MHS claims not to know what Odo is talking about. There are holes in MHS's story about how he got there. Odo has what must have been an incredibly difficult line to recite, saying that until recently MHS was in a Bajoran prison where he knew a dissident scientist arrested by the Cardassians for his experiments in triphasic cloning. That was convenient! MHS tries to cut and run, but Odo gloms on and removes his mask, because of course it is Ibudan, and he would have gotten away with it, etcetera. Odo growls, 'Killing your own clone is still murder.' I wonder how the legal precedent for that got established.
Sisko voiceovers that Ibudan is back in the slammer and his clone has gained consciousness and 'begun a new life.' I can't imagine how he could even process that. Since the clone wasn't alive yet, I would have thought they'd terminate it before it could become so. Please tell me they didn't feel they had to specify that the second clone lived to appease the anti-abortion lobby. The mob has dispersed, and Odo has received no apologies. Typical mob, then.
Keiko is waiting anxiously in the schoolroom, checking the time. At 9.07, Sisko brings Jake in. Military punctuality! Just when Keiko thinks nobody else is coming, Rom marches Nog in and sits him down - away from that dreadful human boy. He leaves, mumbling that they'll try it for a few weeks. Two more little Bajoran kids in colourful onesies come in and sit down, Keiko welcomes everyone, and Sisko leaves with a smile as she starts a lesson on Bajor.
Half her class is Bajoran. And she hasn't asked their names.
I suppose a weakness of the conclusion of this episode is that it depends too much on convenient last-minute science, and on Sisko speaking for Odo at the climax instead of Odo speaking for himself. It feels rushed, especially given how beautifully paced the early scenes were. Still, it helps to look at these early episodes in terms of what they contribute to the overall buildup of the series' world. We've learned more about how both Jadzia and Odo 'work.' As in 'Past Prologue,' we're seeing the continuing aftermath of the occupation and the suspicions and divisions left in its wake, which will provide a lot of complicated situations for the DS9 crew to deal with (the best of these, in Season One, being 'Duet.' When the time comes around, I also want to make some comparisons between 'Duet' and 'The Wire'). Odo and Quark's frenmity has been developed. Rom got a name, if not yet a personality. Julian acted like a twerp but was also very useful when actually doing his job rather than frantically trying to get his willy wet. Jake and Nog's friendship was established, and while Jake never becomes a particularly interesting character to me (he's a nice boy but bland. He does get more fun to look at as he gets older, as he develops entertainingly long thin arms and legs and moves kind of like Woody from Toy Story), Nog does, so I'm glad there's something to keep him near the foreground.
And, of course, as always, it sucks to be O'Brien.
|DS9 Episode 1.3: Past Prologue|
In which Garak hits on Julian with the force of an angry god, and it is established that all Kira's old friends are boring jerks.
Memory Alpha says: A Bajoran terrorist tests Kira's loyalties to the Federation when he attempts to rid Bajor of the Federation for good. (Please click the Memory Alpha link for detailed information.)
Firstly, thanks to Lea, in the comments on the last entry, for pointing out that I had my episode order confused - I thought 'A Man Alone' was next, but it's 'Past Prologue.' It's a good thing she said something, or we would all have had to wait longer to see Garak.
'Past Prologue' is such a Star Trek episode title, isn't it? It sounds vaguely smart and portentous but doesn't really tell you jack about the episode. I'm not asking for a Friends-style naming scheme, particularly as Trek episode titles sometimes get rather poetic, like 'For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky,' or just endearingly stupid like 'Spock's Brain,' but my problem is that titles that are so far from being descriptive don't help me to remember which story is which. It got a bit clunky towards the end of Lost how much they liked to include the episode's title in its dialogue, but that did help my poor little memory; I read 'He's Our You' and immediately see Sayid tying to a tree and giggling his head off. Oh, Sayid. Creepy fingernails! Shoots little boys who trust him! Naveen Andrews obviously had no idea what was going on in the last season and had checked out mentally like Robert Beltran in Voyager! On with 'Past Prologue.'
Oh, I'm eating my dinner while I do this, and I have free-range chicken with rosemary and lemon pepper, so I'm happy.
So here we have one of the most notorious and best-loved first meetings of two characters - Garak and Bashir in the Replimat. Garak is extremely... extremely and Julian is extremely nervous (the flower arrangement on the table, rather nice blue irises, gets in his face when he tries to put his chin on his hands in a nonchalant manner, and generally comes off as a cafÃ© au lait Bertie Wooster). Garak is wearing his most horrible outfit, with horizontal stripes across the chest, vertical stripes down the sleeves and polka dots on the waistcoat, which rather conflicts with his claim to be 'plain, simple Garak.' For he is a man of complexity! and contradictions! and possible colour-blindness! He invites Julian to his shop for a fitting or a, you know, whatever, put some music on and see where the evening goes, and bids him good day, pausing to feel up his shoulders (I'm sorry, Garak, they're mostly padding). Julian looks absolutely terrified but also kind of thrilled.
(And, for anyone who doesn't yet know, the impression that Garak is hitting on Julian was totally intentional on the part of both the writers and the actors. Siddig El Fadil was actually quite chuffed to think Star Trek was finally doing an official gay relationship and he got to be part of this historic occasion. Unfortunately, the word came down from on high to cut that shit out, and DS9 developed this really weird relationship with homosexuality in which you can totally have mirror universe ladies kiss each other in an evil exploitative Katy Perry way, but two men in the 'normal' universe can't just feel a mutual attraction and get together. [If they had any guts, they would've snuck in a quick kiss between Smiley and grumpy mirror Julian. The mirror universe! Where everyone is gay - or at least more so.])
Then Julian dashes straight to Ops to tell everyone about his brush with the spy. Everyone is approximately as dismissive of him as the grown-ups on the Enterprise should have been of Wesley, and either nobody believes Garak is actually a spy, or nobody believes he wants anything espionagey out of Julian. Kira has a badass new haircut that shows off her fancy earring, and a Bajoran ship is getting chased into Bajoran space by a mean nasty Cardassian one shooting at it. Sisko tells them off and they ignore him, because he's not very charismatic this early in the show. They manage to beam in the occupant of the Bajoran ship just as it splodes, and he appears, nicely, in a sort of hunched foetal position with his arms over his head. He's Tana Los, he wants asylum, and he knows Kira.
So this is one of those stories that explores the difference between a 'freedom fighter' and a 'terrorist,' and how you can re-absorb into a functioning society people who have gone way beyond the pale of normal behaviour as part of their struggle. Tana Los has a hairy chest and lots of worrying scars.
Kira goes behind Sisko's back to talk to a Starfleet admiral, and obviously hasn't learned yet that Starfleet admirals are gigantic dicks. No exceptions. As is demonstrated when the admiral promptly calls Sisko back, calls Kira 'that Bajoran woman you have working for you' and complains that she interrupted a meeting to complain about him. Biiiiiitch.
I don't, honestly, find anything very interesting in the interactions between Kira and Tana. Basically, Bajoran guys bore me, especially Bajoran guys Kira knows from back in the day. Despite the fact that they're meant to be all desperate and on the edge, the actors who play them are always so bland. Tana is bland and blond.
Despite being miffed with Kira, the Sisko decides to give Tana asylum and tells the Gul who came looking for him to get stuffed (but more diplomatically). Kira takes Tana to some guest quarters and asks him how long since he's slept in a comfortable bed. I think it'll be a while longer, because the bed in that room looks terrible, a flat plastic-looking bench with some raised pads sticking out of its surface. Tana pats it and from the noise, it's obviously hard. I know Klingons don't like comfy beds, but I didn't think Cardies were the same (I suppose I imagine them being a bit sybaritic about their bedding, and definitely liking electric blankets). They talk politics and principles and necessary compromises and the wormhole. Tana has this really annoying thing where as soon as Kira leaves a scene, he smirks to himself, so he's obviously a baddie, and it's not very subtle. If the episode let us wonder more about his intentions, I would like it better.
Also not very subtle, Lursa and B'etor Duras and their pneumatic chests. You may remember these jerks and their rather impractical cleavage-exposing armour from TNG; they're from the family that made it look like Worf's dad was a traitor and dropped the whole family in the shit, honour-wise. Don't worry, he got them back. Odo will have none of their sass and makes them turn in their weapons before letting them into the station proper. Of course, he just takes his word for it that they've handed over all their weapons - he doesn't search them, which seems pretty trusting. If they don't have a few stilettos up their sleeves, or brass knuckles in their pockets, I'd be jolly surprised.
Odo complains to Sisko about the fact that he can't arrest people for sitting in a suspicious manner. He's also pissed off about the Living Statue and those crusty jugglers.
In Quark's (Morn sighted), the Duras gals sit up on the mezzanine being eyeballed by Garak, who is sitting lower down and about to meet Julian, who tries to agree with everything he says and looks at him with his mouth open a lot. He is gormless, God bless him. Garak hints that he should pay attention to what the sisters do, and, perhaps realising that he's not going to get far with hints at the moment, just says 'Look' when Tana appears and the sisters immediately get out of their chairs - Riker-fashion, swinging their legs over the backs.
Tana and the Duras gals meet in a cargo bay and argue about some kind of shady deal they're making - observed by Odo in the form of a rather cute little rat. Anyway, Tana owes the girls a lot of money for some mysterious and no doubt nefarious object they sourced for him.
Kira is stoked about the possiblity of arranging amnesty for the Kohn Ma terrorists, and grateful to Sisko for helping. He chooses this moment to tell her he knows about the Admiral: 'Go over my head again and I'll have yours on a platter.' He's standing just above her on the steps to the office - remember the Cardassian architecture remark from the pilot? - for maximum rubbing-her-nose-in-it, just as she is literally looking up to him with her little face all aglow. Sisko doesn't want Odo to let her know about the Plot.
Those Duras bitches go to see Garak. He offers them 'silk lingerie from Krrrraus IV' (that's how he pronounces it) and apparently this is some kind of insult because they threaten and hiss at him. I suppose they wear chainmail knickers. They, like Julian, believe that he is at least connected to the Cardassian government, and offer to sell him Tana Los. He gives them a quote on a little calculator thingy and they act all insulted again and start to flounce out. Garak maintains that he's just a businessman here, trying to get the best possible deal. He invites them to haggle - and makes jazz hands.
They look at him like 'what manner of faggotry is this?'
THE BEST MANNER.
Another scene with Tana and Kira that's about how much she's compromised her values in order to get anywhere in the real world. He throws that 'comfortable bed' comment back in her face, saying she's in bed with the Federation, and although I realise it makes no sense to look at this line in light of events that hadn't been written yet, I'm like 'Dude, her mum was a comfort woman. Harsh.' Anyway, it's all about trust and betrayal and whether Kira can believe his claim that his plan to save Bajor will be non-violent. I think he's full of shit personally. All that smirking.
Garak and Bashir meet again in the replimat, where they still have blue irises on the tables. I think I'm going to see if they have some blue irises in the cheap flower buckets at the supermarket next time I go. The peonies seem to be over. Bashir has now got past the 'staring with his mouth open' and moved to the 'gazing and smiling' phase of his relationship with Garak. Garak points out some 'Kohn Ma terrorists' to him and Julian is simultaneously shocked that such dangerous people are on the station and awfully excited. Garak suggests that the two of them could get to the bottom of the matter. Julian tries to demur, but Garak
Kira is looking at some presumably secret Kohn Ma information on the 'Bajoran Intelligence Net' and to my utter glee, it's in the old Apple Chicago font (or a near clone thereof). She hides it when Sisko speaks to her, so either it's secrets or she was on Facebook. Julian comes to Sisko for guidance, saying 'I'm afraid this relationship [with Garak] has gotten a little out of hand.' Sisko initially thinks Julian is just being a bimbo (his mind is on the Kira situation), but when he hears about the 20.55 detail quickly twigs that Garak is setting up a sting, establishing common cause with the Feds, at least in the matter of the Durassholes. He tells Julian to go see about this syuit (yes, he pronounces it that way too).
I guess Garak doesn't make zoot suits, because they wouldn't rhyme.
Kira goes to see Odo, who is still looking really craggy and leathery. Her uniform has a Nehru collar and his doesn't; his neck looks all wattly so I wish he'd grow a collar. Odo confides in her, quite gently, that he finds it hard to be deceptive - as difficult as forming 'one of your noses.' I do like the idea that, if Odo could make his facial features more defined, he would give himself a Bajoran nose. In turn, as he doubtless meant her to do, Kira confides in him, telling him about her guilty conscience over her past activities and her doubts about what to do for the best now. She feels that however she chooses, she'll betray someone, and Odo says that the important thing is not to betray herself. It is vastly more interesting to watch these two talk to each other than to watch her talk to Tana, partly because Rene Auberjonois' gravelly voice is pleasant to listen to. Kira noticeably lowers her guard in this scene, and Odo's sympathetic understanding of her begins to show.
In Garak's shop, he hurries the slightly late Julian into the changing area, giving him what is really only the jacket of a suit to try on (all right, it's just a cover story, but if he cares that little about verisimilitude he could have stuck Julian in there without anything at all). Julian actually looks at himself in the mirror and holds the jacket up to see how it looks (awful, it has ruched pockets) - but then he hears the Duras gals arrive and Garak negotiating with them. Garak prompts them to specify the nature of their business with Tana Los, and with just a little prodding they tell him exactly what they're giving Tana and where they're making the drop, because honestly, these girls are not very bright. Basically, Tana has the equipment to build a big bomb, as Garak explains to Julian once he comes out of the
In Ops, everyone discusses how to deal with this situation - they have to give Tana a runabout to do his thing, and Kira says she has to go with him to make sure he doesn't suspect they're onto him. So it's a plan.
I like runabouts, they're like Space Winnebagos. (Almost more so than the actual Space Winnebago in Spaceballs.)
When the Durasses arrive, Tana gives them 'thirteen kilograms of gold-pressed latinum' in a bag which, from the way they handle it and the lack of sag in its fabric, is obviously completely empty.
I've noticed that my interest in what's going on distinctly diminishes when it's action and not character conversations. So the Klingons double crossed Tana and the Cardies are coming to get him, and when Kira tries to stop Tana, he punches her in the head and then holds a phaser on her. Tana is a dick. And there's all this stuff about his big bomb, and Sisko has to co-operate with the Cardies, although it doesn't really work because they're running out of time and the Gul is all 'I told you so' and the situation is most unsatisfactory.
So Tana's 'non violent' idea to save Bajor is to fuck up the wormhole, which is kind of sacrilegious of him, so maybe he's one of those Bajoran atheists I was wondering about before, or just a dick. In the wormhole, he and Kira have a big fight and she pulls on his leg and stuff and the bomb goes out into space and blows up all blue, but fortunately not where it can do any damage. Good one Kira. But Tana's still being an asshole, and Sisko has to tell him his options are surrendering to the nice, liberal, non-torturing Federation, or to the bastard Cardies who will be here any minute. That's that, then.
And Tana calls Kira a traitor as he's led away in irons, which clearly upsets her, but she and Sisko walk off in silence so I guess they're still In This Together.
And that's the end credits, but I jolly well hope Julian bought Garak a drink to say thank you, don't you? Unfortunately, I think this is the only time we see him in Season One, but he'll be back with a vengeance in Season Two, still wearing that horrible stripy outfit and getting bitten and having a wire in his head and just all sorts of goodness.
I get that this episode was about Kira's past, but what was it the prologue to? Other than a lot of slash fanfiction?
Next time we switch back to TNG, and one of the most outstandingly awful episodes, 'Code of Honor,' a.k.a. 'Where the White Women At?'
|DS9 Episode 1.1, 1.2: Emissary, Parts 1 & 2|
In which we meet a new crew, The Sisko has some 'splainin' to do, and Dr Bashir commences being smarmy.
Memory Alpha says: On the edge of explored space, a new crew takes command of an abandoned space station and makes an incredible discovery that will change the galaxy. (Series Premiere) (For detailed information on the episode, click the Memory Alpha link.)
I'm now going to hop sideways and forward in time and get stuck into DS9. My plan is to do two or three episodes of each series in a row, alternating as I go along. This blog, by the way, is my summer holiday project. I had wanted to foster kittens from the SPCA again, but because I'm in the process of finding and moving to a new flat, that wasn't practical. I tried to think of something else that would be good fun and take my mind off the lack of kittens, and noticed that I was tending to write enormously long comments in the Weekend Watch-along posts on ontd_startrek/tng. So I decided to make it into a blog and see how far I got. It isn't as much of an achievement as giving a kitten a good start in life (sorry, Tasha and Data, I know that's what you'd have liked me to do) but it will be enjoyable.
Now a slice of personal history (bear with me, or if you can't, skip to the proper start of the review). When TNG first appeared on TV in New Zealand, I was still a child on the brink of adolescence - what nowadays they would call a tween, but we didn't have rubbish like that when I was young. I watched it because I knew my dad liked the original Star Trek (which I'd never had an opportunity to see, this being in the days when you had to hope a channel would rerun something in order to see it after its first airing) and I partly wanted to enjoy things he enjoyed in order to feel close to him, partly thought he was just generally a good guide to things I would enjoy, as we had some similar tastes. By the time DS9 came along, I was a teenager and much more opinionated. I wanted to give it a chance because it was Star Trek, but at the same time resented it for not being TNG. I didn't have the necessary perspective to bear with it through the somewhat weak first two seasons, both because I started watching TNG before my critical faculties had really formed and didn't realise it used to be quite poor, and because we remember more recent things more vividly. If you compare early DS9 with early TNG, it is objectively better (just think how much less you cringe during 'If Wishes Were Horses' than during 'The Naked Now'), but if you compare it with mature TNG, because that's what your silly little head is full of, it obviously comes off worse.
So I drifted off from DS9 and away from Star Trek generally for a bit. I got into anime and Babylon 5. Original Star Trek finally showed up in reruns (this was at the stage when it was available on VHS but DVDs were not yet common, so buying a complete series was a major investment of shelf space as well as money) so I got to watch that and loved it - oh, man, there was a period while I was in uni when TV2 or 3 (I forget, I have no loyalty)'s Saturday afternoon lineup was MacGyver, TOS, Babylon 5. That ruled. I went to the TNG movies through to Insurrection, but wisely avoided Nemesis (it's not an original thought, but if you could alter history so that Insurrection was an episode and 'Yesterday's Enterprise' was a movie, we'd all be better off). I think I do remember watching 'Trials & Tribble-ations' when it aired because it was the TOS crossover episode, but of course I didn't get the full impact of it, not knowing the DS9 characters well and being somewhat confused about why Worf was there.
For quite a few years I didn't really think of myself as a Star Trek fan (I gave both Voyager and Enterprise a chance when they first appeared, but meh), and somewhere along the line I turned into a Lost fan, specifically the variety of Lost fan who doesn't give a FUCK who Kate chooses, wants Jack to DIAF, and is generally all about the mysteries and the Others and John Locke and Ben Linus, and being sad that the women were always reduced to men's lovers or mothers, not people who were important in their own right. You can probably extrapolate from that why I was disgruntled with the end of the show. (Obviously you need to interpose JJTrek somewhere in this paragraph. I did enjoy that, especially Spock Prime, who just dignified the whole thing with his presence, in the same way that Johnny Cash's incredibly weathered voice turned the rather self-pitying 'Hurt' into a song with real depth and poignancy, which leads me to THIS.
I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. It's overweeningly slashy and angsty and I can hear original-recipe Spock saying 'To hurt oneself to see if one still feels is illogical; it is possible to test sensation without injury. Furthermore, I do not have an empire of dirt,' while McCoy in the background grins and forwards the link to everyone he knows, but I love it. Now I will close this parenthesis and maybe one day in the foreseeable future say something substantive about DS9.)
So! Lost was over! The ending sucked! They gave Richard a crappy 'romantic' backstory and he wasn't even in the smug WASP church at the end! Why was Jacob such an idiot? Why was the Man in Black written as a sympathetic and tragic figure when played by Titus Welliver but as an evil asshole when played by Terry O'Quinn (the shots of his death are so cold)? What the fuck was David? Incidentally, if you want to read a brilliant reworking of Season Six to be far more satisfactory, go here. Read that after my blog though, okay? And I had a freaking awful chest infection, which meant I was off work for weeks and getting bored. I spent a lot of time on the Something Awful forums, where the consensus in the Star Trek thread was that DS9 was the best Trek. I was a bit surprised by that, but decided to see what they meant, so I got hold of DS9 and marathonned it.
Oh my gosh! That was awesome! That was awesome! I had some initial cognitive dissonance because my brain had to reassign the names 'Benjamin' and 'Miles,' but once I was past that, booyah. May I just say that the Sisko's symbolic baseball kicks Dogen's symbolic baseball's arse.
So now I am a DS9 fan and this blog is happening.
Emissary begins with a scrolling text crawl that might remind you a bit of another successful series with 'star' in the title. It recounts the basic premise of 'Best of Both Worlds' from TNG, then briskly takes us on board one of the ships that faced Locutus at Wolf 359. There's a Vulcan captain, a black human first officer, one of those blue guys (Bolians? I'll go with Bolian), and they are not doing well. The shields get totalled and the bridge is ruined. The Bolian and the first officer survive and quickly move to get the civilians to safety. The first officer is looking desperately for Jennifer and Jake, his wife and little boy. He finds Jake first, unconscious but unharmed... but then Jennifer turns out to be pinned under fallen girders from the ceiling.
The Bolian joins him, scans Jennifer with a tricorder, and reports that she is dead - there's nothing they can do, and it's time to go. The first officer hands Jake off to him, but in his grief and shock can't handle leaving Jennifer, and has to be bodily dragged away to the escape shuttle, where he finds Jake again and holds him tight. There is a really neat transition from the way the shuttle is jouncing around while still attached to the doomed ship to an eerie stillness as it is released into space. As they drift away, the officer gazes out the window, sees the ship still holding his wife's body explode, and stares beyond it to the horrible inhuman bulk of the Borg cube. We hates it; we hates it forever. And scene.
Go look at this picture. I love Brandon Bird's art, and would give a good deal to see more Renaissance-style historical paintings from the Star Trek universe. I'm going to shift into more of my commentary style now, with less summary; it would be better for you to watch the episode than for me to try to narrate it.
Now it's three years later, because DS9 does not shilly-shally. In an idyllic rural setting, the officer (I don't think his name's actually been spoken yet, unless I missed it in the bridge sequence, but you know he's the Sisko and so do I so I'll cut out this 'officer' business) walks along a covered bridge and joins Jake, who is sittin' and fishin'. The light in this scene is so soft-focus and gauzy it's almost twee. So they talk about where they're going, and Sisko slightly inaccurately promises Jake there will be lots of kids. Well, there'll be Nog. And Molly. And some other Bajoran kids who are mostly in the background not speaking. Will that do? Jake is wearing Space Dungarees with one strap hanging off his shoulder like Huck Finn or something. I like the way that, as they leave the holodeck, Sisko's arm is round Jake's shoulders and Jake's is round his dad's waist. One of my favourite things about Sisko is how he's portrayed as a very affectionate father. He frequently hugs and kisses his son and neither of them is at all self-conscious about it. Good role modelling, Sisko.
Our first view of DS9 is over Jake and Sisko's shoulders. I love the design of DS9, how effectively un-Federation it looks. Now we're into the opening credits animation. I've talked about how much I love the TNG theme's sense of adventure and exhilaration. I love the DS9 theme's sense of grandeur and a certain austerity or melancholy. It really does give me a little frisson up my spine.
Sisko's opening narration fills us in on the Cardassian withdrawal, O'Brien's new job, and the Enterprise's presence. Trying to work out how the events of this episode dovetail with 'Birthright' parts one and two, from TNG, could give you a little headache. Is Dr Bashir right now on the Enterprise gushing over Data and jump-starting his dreams? (I wish Julian and Data could have spent more time together; I think they would make wonderful friends. I further wish that there had been more crossover between TNG and DS9, particularly because it's just nonsensical that the Enterprise had so little involvement in the Dominion War. I want an episode with a holosuite double-booking oh-well-we'd-better-compromise mash-up of Julian Bashir, Secret Agent and Sherlock Holmes; you know it would be adorable. [They think something has gone terribly awry when they encounter a supervillain adversary in the game that wasn't part of the program; it turns out to be Garak, who is mildly annoyed that Julian blew off their weekly lunch date to play with the Enterprise nerds, and has decided to mess with him.] I should close this parenthesis before it devours the paragraph.) The station looks like it had an even wilder party than the Tsiolkovsky. My dear, dear O'Brien, Sisko and Jake enter through those awesome steampunk cogwheel airlock doors. O'Brien exposits, we get our first look at Quark and his family, and our first brush with mystical Bajoran religion.
Keiko isn't even in this episode yet and she's already complaining. O'Brien's pronunciation of Kumamoto is actually pretty good to my ears - he's got the vowel sounds right! I start liking Jake as he not so much complains as disbelievingly points out that there's nothing to sleep on but a cushion on the floor (and probably Gul Dukat peed on that before leaving - I presume the Siskos' apartment is Dukat's old quarters). Contrasting this with the pilot of TNG, which was so eager for us to be impressed by the beauty of the new ship and all the whizzo things it could do, is lovely fun. If Enterprise is a beautiful lady, Terok Nor/DS9 is... is... I don't know, Janice Battersby off Coronation Street. (Face like a bulldog chewing a wasp.)
Sisko has a meeting with Picard to go to, which obviously doesn't please him. There's a lovely father-and-son bit when Jake whines slightly about the borked replicator. Sisko beckons him over with an idiosyncratic little two-hand movement, and O'Brien moves off, realising this is private. Sisko tells Jake they'll have to rough it for a bit, and Jake reluctantly says 'okay.' Sisko imitates his martyr voice back at him, and pets his face, smiling fondly, while Jake gives him the petulant child side-eye. It took a long time, in my eyes, for Avery Brooks to really find Benjamin Sisko and make him a believable, compelling man (growing a beard helped), but he always had the daddy stuff right. Oh, and I'll just briefly note that at this stage Sisko is wearing a TNG-style two-piece uniform, while O'Brien is in the new DS9 jumpsuit - and I am happy to report that he has already pushed his sleeves up. I love what a navvy O'Brien is.
In the command centre, Sisko comments on Cardassian architecture - the prefect's office is up a short flight of steps so that others literally have to look up to him. I would just like to add to this that on the actual designs for this set, the area O'Brien mostly works in is called The Pit. Sisko comments on the unusual warmth, and O'Brien explains that the AC is stuck at 32ÂºC. In context this just seems like the climate control is broken, or maybe the Cardassians made it hot to be dicks to the new guys, but we later find out that Cardassians prefer a hot dry climate and are chilly in temperatures we find mild, so I enjoy this detail.
O'Brien stereotypes Bajoran women as difficult before Sisko goes up to the office to meet my favourite Star Trek woman, Kira. (It was, at one stage, going to be Ro Laren from TNG. I don't actually know why they changed it, maybe because they wanted to do different things with Kira's backstory than what they'd established about Ro. I often feel like the writers successfully did with Kira what they clumsily tried to do with Tasha, creating a damaged but fiercely brave and idealistic woman. Maybe she just had better help with her stunts, but Nana Visitor is always more plausible when kicking people's asses than Denise Crosby was, too.) She has an awful frumpy haircut, sort of sub-Dana Scully, and she's wearing the first iteration of her oddly frequently updated uniform.
Kira is pissy about the Federation administration situation, but she totally has a point, and this establishes one of the most important elements of DS9's greatness: good people can disagree strongly, without one of them inevitably being proven wrong, and without either of them being possessed by a conflict-enabling alien intelligence. Some people see this, along with Section 31 (shh! secret squirrel), as a violation of Gene's Vision. I see it as more of a correction of one of Gene's mistakes, honestly. It makes for a better drama. Voyager has a premise perfect for sustained and compelling conflict between the Maquis and Starfleet crews, but they abandoned that early on because they wanted to restore Gene's Vision, and that's a big part of why Voyager is boring - not to mention wildly out of step with the tone of TV drama in the 1990s, when paranoia and cynicism were so hot right now (which makes sense of Section 31, to me - basically, the X-Files influence).
Now we get to meet Odo, yay, hi Odo! We're also meeting Nog, who is helping some alien in a hoodie rip off one of the damaged Promenade shops (I think it's what was later established as the assayer's office). Odo gelatinously pwns the thief, meets Sisko, and now we get Quark! Hi Quark! I'm digging this because DS9 has so many characters that I love, and it's fun to see them for the first time again in anticipation of what's coming. In TNG I only love Data (and retroactively O'Brien). Sisko doubtless endears himself to Odo by being a hardass and putting Nog in the brig. He also shows an interestingly one-eyed view of legal history by referring to plea bargaining as a Ferengi tradition. While all this has been going on, Picard is getting impatient, so Sisko has to go see him.
This scene on the Enterprise is really interesting. (For one thing, Patrick Stewart mispronounces Bajor as Ba-ZHOR. Perhaps that's French for Bajor.) For Picard, his experience as Locutus is a trauma three years in the past; for Sisko, because of his grief and anger, it's still present. Picard was as much a victim of the Borg as Jennifer was, but because he was the face of the Borg attacking Wolf 359, Sisko can't see him that way. I would also like to say that I admire the way DS9 uses the Big Bad of TNG, the Borg, to build its foundation, but then leaves the Borg alone, picking up the less developed Cardassians and going to town on them, and coming up with the Dominion on its own. Voyager needed to get a Big Bad of its own, quite frankly, and having anything to do with the Borg in Enterprise was just silly. Actually, most of Enterprise is just silly to me, because I feel it should have been chiefly about the Romulan War. You could get around the fact that in Kirk's time they believe no-one on the Federation side ever saw a Romulan in the following ways: a) some people saw them but died before they could record or report it, b) those devious Vulcans sure as shit knew so T'Pol can see them, c) this seems as good a time as any to bring in a newly-formed Section 31, they love secretive bullcrap like that, and d) Enterprise characters see them, but for some overwhelmingly compelling reason, can't tell anyone what they know.
But I was watching Deep Space Nine, wasn't I.
Yes, so this scene is awesome for Patrick Stewart's reactions, his confusion at Sisko's hostility turning to dismay and guilt as he realises what it's about. Neither of them refers to the dead elephant in the room, but it informs their whole manner to one another, particularly Picard's obvious distress (he goes and looks out the window at Bajor, partly because he's talking about Bajor, but also, I'm sure, to hide his face while he assures himself it's under control), and his futile effort while pouring the tea to make friends a little, to appease Sisko with a smile and a hot drink. (Surely tea will help.) The whole time Sisko stares laser beams right through him, and the scene ends with Picard feeling like utter shit, because he is, after all, a deeply good and decent man. Because he's so good he can't get defensive and resent Sisko for hating him for actions that were not really his fault; he understands too well how he must feel.
And that's why Patrick Stewart and Jean-Luc Picard are both great.
Things I like in the next scene - Sisko's plan to make Quark stay as an anchor for the Promenade business community is smart, and the fact that Sisko says DS9 is in danger of becoming a 'ghost town,' because besides being an old mining station and a Federation facility, DS9 is always equal parts Casablanca and beleaguered Wild West town. Space is the final frontier, but in Treks to date we only saw what it was like to keep exploring that frontier, not what it was like to actually live on it and be stuck there. Precisely because DS9 does not trek, because it stays put and the crew have to deal with many of the same people again and again for years, it can tell stories in ways that TOS and TNG never could, with much more continuity, and really develop the cultures of the aliens present in greater depth than even, to that date, the Klingons and Vulcans. That's so neat.
So I guess 'Wagon Train to the Stars,' as Gene initially pitched it, becomes 'Little Station on the Prairie.' Only with more World War II.
I'm really noticing the difference between Odo's makeup here and what it later was - his face is more leathery, presumably with more of Rene Auberjonois' real wrinkles showing through.
In the next scene we see Kira's uniform undershirt for the first time, and I wonder as always why it has those decorative criss-cross panels. The Bajorans care a surprising amount about uniform design for people just coming out from under the rather stylish jackboot of an oppressor. Kira explains that the Bajorans' religion is the only thing that holds them all together. I've always wondered how it works that a whole planet has one religion, and the majority of people are sincere believers. Has everyone all over Bajor always worshipped the Prophets, or did there use to be other, local religions that the Prophets squeezed out? Are there Bajoran atheists, agnostics, people who don't really believe but their religion is so much a part of their community, culture and family life that they just keep going along with it, like Christians who you only see in a church for weddings and Christmas? Here, of course, I'm just running up against the way that Star Trek tends to portray whole species of people as if they were just nations, and usually pretty homogeneous nations at that. Ethnic and cultural diversity is chiefly a human thing; you might find the odd black Vulcan but he won't speak with a substantially different accent or appear to have a different cultural background than a white one.
And while I'm at it, it is interesting to me that DS9 is set right by a nation coming out from under the colonial control of an empire, and two of the main human characters, O'Brien and Bashir, have national/ethnic backgrounds that had to come out from the control of the British Empire (although Bashir's ethnicity isn't exactly pinned down canonically, I've read Ronald Moore or someone saying they thought he was either British-Arab-Sudanese like the actor playing him, or Indian or Pakistani. For some reason I want Bashir's roots to be in the Subcontinent [though obviously Muslim rather than Hindu or Sikh] more than the Middle East/North Africa. He must be a bit of a mixture whatever he is, given the contrasts between his accent and his parents'. I should maybe shut up about Julian since he hasn't even appeared in this episode yet). Isn't it innnnnnteresting that no direct comparison that I can remember is ever made between the Bajoran freedom fighters and the IRA? There's an episode of TNG that was never broadcast uncut in the UK because it contained a reference to the success of the IRA.
But anyway, the old dude who invited Sisko into the Promenade temple earlier pops his head into the hole Sisko and Kira are sitting in and tells him it's Time. And then we go to a really beautiful matte painting, with animated sky, of a city on the surface of Bajor. It looks a bit like Tuscany. Sisko walks around in a monastic sort of place echoing with soft chanting, and Kai Opaka comes out to meet him and feel his ear and talk about Pah/Qi/The Force. I live on a street called Pah Road. Seriously. (It's called that because there used to be a Maori fortified village, or pa, in this area, and it was named before Maori spelling got standardised. There are multiple Pah Roads in New Zealand. Kai is also a word in te reo Maori; it means food. Linguistic dissonance, I have it.) This is where the title of Emissary is first brought up. Opaka reveals, pretty awesomely, that the water in the ornamental pool in this room is just a hologram, and leads him down the spiral staircase thus uncovered. So this monastery could double as a lair for a Bond villain. I approve.
They go down into a candle-lit grotto and Opaka talks in riddles for a bit, because that's what mystical religious types do, and then she presents to him, or perhaps presents him to, the Tear of the Prophet, the first of the Bajoran orbs we'll see. With a mystified 'What the hale...' Sisko finds himself in some really ugly purple beachwear, carrying a tray of lemonade, and just realising that the sand he's standing on is too hot for comfort. Now he relives his first meeting with Jennifer, but he knows it's the second time around and she doesn't. In a risquÃ© touch, she's sunbathing with the back of her bikini top undone to avoid tan lines, and has to hold it on with an arm across her boobs at first. (I realise here that I'm kind of ignorant about black people, because I'm thinking 'Wait, would a person with Jennifer's mid-brown complexion actually tan further?') When Sisko starts to realise what's going on, he lets out an absolutely ridiculous 'OW!' of delight. This scene makes me want lemonade, and fortunately I actually have some in the fridge (made it from scratch, I'm so damn good), so I'll go and get some.
Realistically, Jennifer thinks he's a loony and strides off along the beach, but he trots along beside her and she (unrealistically, because if a guy I already thought was strange pursued me when I tried to walk away, I would go into full fuck-off mode and so would most gals I know) softens a bit. A guy in an incredibly dorky male maillot crosses the background behind them, delighting me. It appears that women's swimwear in the 24th Century is pretty much what's normal for us, but men's is horrible. (Actually, men's fashion in the 23rd and 24th Centuries is generally horrible, and everyone looks far better when they wear 19th and 20th Century suits for time travel, Chicago gangster planets or historical holodeck games. Natty gentleman Data in 'Time's Arrow' looks awesome.) Sisko brings up the family cooking tradition for the first time, but oddly says his father was a gourmet chef, as if he were dead or retired instead of still running a DAMN good Cajun restaurant. I like noticing things like that in pilots. But then the Tear appears, looking kind of like the Holy Grail, and he's back to the grotto, where Opaka fills him in on some orb mythology and tells him he needs to find the Celestial Temple before the Cardassians can. She gives him the ark holding the orb, which seems to be lighter than it looks, and throws some Destiny at him.
Jake is actually sleeping on a cushion on the floor, the poor little guy. Sisko tells him he looks like his mother, and thanks to good casting, he actually does.
Quark's has reopened, and Quark's is fun! There's a cool wandering tracking shot starting from Sisko's position just outside the doors, through the whole set taking in the different activities and lots of extras in groovy alien makeup, then back around to Sisko walking in and approaching the bar.
'Never trust ale from a god-fearing people,' says Quark, and I guess that's fair enough since the Irish are better known for stout. He is not a fan of Sisko.
And it's time to meet Jadzia and Julian! I realise I can't remember when Sisko changed his uniform to a jumpsuit, but they're both in TNG suits (and Julian's doesn't fit him very well, making him appear even more awkward than he already is as he haltingly tries to make a date with Jadzia for later. I like the way she just stands and smiles at him until he stammers to a stop, and then accepts his invitation). Anyway, Sisko and Dax walk and talk some Trill exposition, and she's very lovely, and always so poised. Jadzia's so cool.
Julian is bewildering Kira with his perkiness and enthusiasm for working in kind of a shithole - because 'this is where the adventure is! This is where heroes are made.' She finds his naÃ¯ve attitude patronising and snots at him before she leaves, so in a short scene we get a good idea of the base of Julian's personality (I like to think he devoured The Dangerous Book for Boys as a child), and the size of the chip on Kira's shoulder. I like this especially because initially, the showrunners didn't have any big plans for Julian; he was just there because logically, the station needed a CMO. Thus he grew very organically, just in response to the stuff happening around him. The Paramount powers that be hated him and were constantly trying to get him killed off or at least written out, so it's really a testament to the showrunners' determination that he was retained until the very end. I can only say, what the fuck was their problem? Julian Bashir is adorable and Siddig El Fadil is an excellent actor, also gorgeous. Lose him and you lose the best friendship in Star Trek (sorry, Spock and Kirk, you just aren't quite as wonderful together as Bashir and O'Brien), and the best of Garak's development. Who else could have been the foil for Garak in the way Julian was? Then again, I gather they weren't too thrilled with Garak either, because he seemed gay. Dorks.
Sisko asks Dax to research the orbs and Old Mans her, and she gets cracking. While she waits for the computer to run the search, the orb takes her into a flashback to her joining operation. She looks very pale and nervous, and as the symbiont is transferred from Curzon's pouch to hers, her whole demeanour changes - we see the Dax serenity come into Jadzia's face. It's cool.
O'Brien goes back to the Enterprise for a last look around, and he's actually put his TNG uniform back on for the occasion. I think the idea at this stage was that different uniforms are worn on ships and on stations, although later it was just that the DS9 style was the new one to which the Enterprise crew eventually changed over. (In First Contact, Jonathan Frakes had to wear Avery Brooks' uniform because there wasn't the time or budget to make him one in the new style, and they were about the same size. I suppose that makes Avery Brooks a manbear too.) He stops on the bridge, but there's nobody cool there, and turns down an opportunity to visit Picard in his ready room before heading for the transporter room. Goodbye to all that. But Picard pops in to catch him, because you don't let someone as sweet as O'Brien leave just like that. They have a nice low-key farewell, and Picard runs the transporter to send O'Brien to his new home. Picard looks thoughtful, perhaps realising this is the beginning of the end, and the pan-pipe-like notes of the beginning of the TNG theme play as we cut to the Enterprise flying away, leaving DS9 to be its own show.
Now it's time to meet Gul Dukat! Oh boy, I love Dukat. I also appreciate the fact that they gave him a name that's so good for spitting out contemptuously, as Kira does. Dukat meets Sisko in his old office, and he's all smarm and that incredible neck. Marc Alaimo is part giraffe. He offers Cardassian support in a way that makes it very clear he thinks Sisko's in a weak position, and then starts fishing for info on the orb. Sisko's face shuts down and he says 'I don't know anything about an orb' in a way that makes it completely obvious he knows about the orb and wants Dukat to fuck off.
Dax and Sisko have a chat about the orbs - she's found some information about this bit of space where weird stuff happens, which she thinks could be the Celestial Temple. Sisko wants to check it out, but without the bloody Cardies noticing.
FIRST SHOT OF MORN. Dukat's guys are having a nice time in Quark's, winning a buttload of latinum, until Kira and O'Brien arrive to shut the bar down. Two of the Cardassians chortle together (it's definitely chortling) that they got kicked out because they were winning too much, as they stash their bag of loot... somewhere, I'm not clear whether this is guest quarters on the station or on Dukat's ship. Except! The bag of loot is Odo, and he goobs and slithers out to sneak around. The gelatinous Odo visual effects really are pretty good (and very obviously inspired by the liquid metal T-1000 in Terminator 2, which is okay because Terminator 2 is awesome, especially Robert Patrick as the T-1000).
Dax and Sisko tootle off in the Rio Grande, and I always liked how the DS9 shuttles were all named for rivers on Earth. Odo has sabotaged the Cardassian ship, so they can't follow. O'Brien wants to beam Odo back to Ops, but has trouble with the Cardassian transporter, and has to kick it to make it go. Sounds about right.
There's some flying and some made-up science and then BOOM! WORMHOLE! After a neat light show, Dax and Sisko find that they're in the Gamma Quadrant, and this is a very special wormhole. On the way back, the shuttle runs into trouble for no obvious reason... and an atmosphere forms around it. Ooooooooh.
Sisko gets out and wanders around a Dark and Stormy Night sort of set, but when Dax comes out of the shuttle she sees a pretty park. They bicker about their different perception of the scenery, before an orb appears. At this point, Sisko says 'Do you see it too?' and Dax answers 'yes,' and I think that they could be talking at complete cross-purposes, because maybe Dax sees a unicorn! The orb feels them up with a beam of green light and flies away a bit. Sisko introduces himself and it zaps them! Rude. As the scene flickers between Dax's park and Sisko's stormy canyon, the orb sort of beams Dax away, and then the ground is cracking and white light is shining through the cracks, and it's just really really weird.
This whole part, with the white light and the Prophets, this is where the pilot started to lose me when I originally watched.
The orb pops out of the wormhole at the DS9 end, and Kira has O'Brien beam it aboard - where it turns into a surprised Dax. Everyone is like 'what.'
White light and heartbeats and flashbacks and baseball and Borgs. Jennifer and Picard and Opaka and Jake appear, asking questions and calling Sisko It. Like a good Starfleet officer, he keeps his cool and follows first contact procedures, explaining himself... and then he has to explain what time is.
Everyone's in Ops trying to sort things out and Kira gets the idea to move the station closer to the wormhole, so Bajor can claim the thing before the Cardassians. O'Brien cannae do it, but Dax thinks of a technobabble way to make the station 'lighter' so they can move it fast with the minimal thrusters they have. They agree to send a message to Starfleet for backup but take action now. Kira takes Dax and Julian off for some sort of job, telling him 'You too, Doc. Time to be a hero.' He says 'Yes SIR' in a way too enthusiastic way, and Odo is like 'ew.' He goes to follow Kira, and insists on coming along as Security. He exposits about being found in the Denorius Belt and hoping to find an explanation of who he is and where he's from. Oh Odo. You won't like it. It'll be bitchy and frumpy and flaky. (Also: He does not want Julian smarming up to Kira.) So off they all go.
Borgs and baseball players and Picards want to destroy Sisko for being... a jerk or something, and he has to justify himself, and basically his whole species, to them. The wormhole dudes don't experience time, etcetera. Fortunately, although they are suspicious of him, they're more open-minded and less spoiling for a fight than Q was back in the day, and he starts to get somewhere with his explanations.
O'Brien fiddles with things in Ops and argues with the computer and says 'thrust' a lot. Off they go! Interestingly, they've installed the standard Majel Barrett voice on the station computer, but it still has Cardassian programming, including safety protocols that don't want to let O'Brien do what he's trying to do. He has to do something or other manually. This is a lot more compelling than all that saucer separation and redocking that he helped with in 'Farpoint,' maybe because they're jiggling the camera.
Kira's team's shuttle, where Julian is naÃ¯ve and Odo is cynical and Dukat is smarmy on the viewscreen. He's totally onto what Sisko is up to, because Sisko has such a shitty poker face.
Sisko tries to explain death and loss and continuity to a wormhole alien using Jennifer's appearance, and her line readings are really, really stiff and artificial. I don't know if the actress is bad at this kind of science fiction dialogue, or if she's doing it on purpose to show the alienness of the voice speaking through Jennifer. I guess it's the latter, because next we see a memory-image of a Benjamin and Jennifer conversation (Oh hey! I could call then Bennifer! But I won't) and she sounds like a proper person again. Their conversation is really naff, though, and doesn't feel like natural dialogue to me, and here I put the blame on bad writing rather than bad acting. Basically they agree to get married and smooch. The Jennifer alien, watching them, kisses her fingertips and looks very surprised. Sisko tries to explain about why people enjoy physical touch and it's nafffffff. Then they go back to the scene of Jennifer's death, and she walks out of a fireball in her bikini, which is so strange, and he says he doesn't want to be here and they say then why does he exist here? Because this event of grief and death is still ever-present in Sisko's mind.
The Cardassians make it into the wormhole but it closes before Kira's shuttle can get to it. Dang!
Anyway, the aliens don't like people sticking ships up their wormhole, and they have a debate about responsibility and consequences and talk talk talk and flashbacks and linear.
Baseball! Fun! So now Sisko has to explain a game that most people in his own society don't get any more. I wonder why tennis survived when baseball didn't? I wonder how cricket is doing? I imagine Julian in cricket whites and smile foolishly. Cirroc Lofton is clearly having trouble with the Jake-alien's lines. So we're explorers and we like weird stuff and we're pretty cool and we just want to be friends. And we're not imperialist oppressors or a club for Homo Sapiens, honestly.
Anyway, because O'Brien is awesome, he's moved the station to the wormhole location, except the wormhole doesn't seem to be there any more, and some cross Cardassians are, wanting to know what happened to the Dukat ship. Kira and Jadzia explain things to the Cardassian Gul, not to his satisfaction, and how good is it to see women in real command roles in Star Trek? And they might have to surrender! And they have ONE. HOUR.
Something I've never found out is what exactly a Gul is. Like what would be the equivalent title in English? Is it like a knighthood? Are they more like earls?
Julian is naÃ¯ve and O'Brien knows what's up when it comes to the Cardies. They can't surrender or it'll be the ol' four lights routine for all of them.
So basically all this is therapy for Sisko so he gets over the fact that he would have liked to die with Jennifer, that his continued life is a burden to him, that he can't move on from the day she died. He chooses to exist in this moment of misery because he can't see a future - and Avery Brooks is crying and this whole thing is a bit naff but he's doing his best.
So Kira is being a commanding badass on the station and firing warning shots at the Cardassians and bluffing like crazy that they have Federation defences and basically saying 'I'm fucking nuts, you don't want to pick a fight with me.' She's awesome. O'Brien has a really awkward line, 'Major, remind me never to get into a game of Roladan wild draw with you.' I thought they just played poker on the Enterprise. If he had just said poker, we'd have a nice connection to 'The Corbomite Maneuver.'
Anyway, they create a massive illusion of duranium shadows so they appear to be heavily armed, and the Gul is like 'they've created a massive illusion of duranium shadows!' BUT he can't be absolutely sure. Still, because Starfleet is on the way and he hates those guys, he starts shooting at them. O'Brien works out a way to zap them with phasers, but he only hits their storage bays and doesn't kill anyone. More shooting and frightened extras on the Promenade. Shit blows up. Odo does his best to take care of everyone and Julian goes to help. O'Brien is very annoyed that the Cardassians are breaking things he just fixed. I sympathise; I hate it when I've cleaned the toilet and someone uses it straight away.
On the Promenade, Julian gets to show Odo that he's very competent and can actually take charge in a medical situation. Odo is actually quite scared to do something medical, which is a nice touch.
Just as Kira thinks she's going to have to surrender, the wormhole comes back! YAY! And the Rio Grande comes out, towing Dukat's ship! Yaaaaaay! And Sisko is all calm and in control and not weepy at all, and everybody's happy, well, except all the wounded and mangled people (thirteen injured and no fatalities, says Julian).
Jake and Sisko are happily reunited and there is hugging and kissing and big smiles. The Enterprise comes back and the Cardassians fuck off, and the wormhole aliens are cool with people using their hole.
Picard and Sisko have a last conversation about the new situation, and Sisko indicates that despite his earlier attitude, he wants to stay on DS9. They shake hands, and I guess Picard can see that the hate's gone out of Sisko. He wishes him luck and takes off. Forever. Seriously, the Enterprise is never coming back here, no matter how logical that would be. After all, you don't want your flagship engaging in the main front of a huge war that could make slaves of you all, when it could be pooting around visiting the Comedy Planet of Youth. Dealing with the Nexus and the Borg I can accept, especially because First Contact is a kick-ass movie, but Insurrection... oh well.
On the Promenade Julian asks Odo where he can practise with a phaser (because the writers have worked out they want to pair him with someone gruff, but not exactly who yet), and Kira bawls Odo out for conduct unbecoming a community leader, and he attempts to hit on her, and she threatens him with grievous bodily harm, because she's awesome that way. Sisko, Dax and O'Brien walk and talk about getting the station fixed up, and we crane-shot up to a point above the Promenade, then out to a view of the station, with... um... they kind of look like X-wing fighters moored outside.
I began a lot of sentences with 'Anyway' in this review. So that's the premiere of Deep Space Nine! Next time, it's 'A Man Alone,' and then I'll hop back to TNG.
|On Housing â thoughts from the Clamâs token politician on the eve of the Fuller vote|
Those two words seem to scare, anger, and confuse most people. Dunno why, though. Itâs something every community needs, and precious few have enough of it. Affordable housing also isnât really so much a specific government program (because lord knows weâre living in an era where, ever since one of our Grand Old political parties picked up a prion disease and started to see their brain dissolve into pudding, convincing themselves that Governmenting Is Bad) as it is a development goal to make sure that communities can have people of all sorts living there. The people who eat in restaurants AND the people who work there. The supermarket shoppers AND the supermarket workers. The Gym members and the gym workers.
Everyone needs to live reasonably close to their jobs. The people who sell you your coffee, deliver your newspaper, mow your yard, and help you live your upper middle class lifestyle donât come from another dimension through a wormhole each day, returning to their tenement universe at night. Nope. They live in your town. If they get priced out of living there theyâll leave. And then the businesses you depend on wonât have employees. Thereâs more people who need affordable housing, too. People juggling school and work. Single parents. People in entry-level jobs.
People in government, too. I donât know about Gloucester, but do you have any idea what a veteran parking enforcement agent (meter maid) makes? In Salem, after nearly 20 years, ours make about $44k. Thatâs also what an entry-level firefighter makes here. Make it to Lieutenant? We pay you $67k.
A new police patrolman isnât paid as badly â they make about $54k. But that still doesnât go too far in a world where rents for a 3-bedroom apartment go for between $1500 (one single listing on Realtor.com when I searched Gloucester today) and $2500 per month.
Your friendly local GOP will tell you that affordable apartments are all set aside for âillegalsâ or âthemâ, or âwelfare queensâ.
Affordable housing is for you. And a community that lacks it starts to die, from the inside out.
Thereâs a fiction out there that 30% of your gross income should be the guideline for what you pay in housing costs. So letâs look at that number, shall we?
Assume, for a moment, that youâre a firefighter thatâs moved up a couple of grades. And you make $60k per year. Pretty good coin, right? So that means you should be able to afford $20k per year in â¦ continue reading
|BUY: Various Artists â Nihon Kizuna|
Itâs harrowing to comprehend the state of the Pacific right now. Whilst millions of peopleâs lives have been irreversibly affected by last Friday's earthquake, its aftershocks and the tsunami it prompted, the Western world continues on the same, slightly altered axis. And whilst good intentions and well wishes make for great social network status updates, it takes a certain kind of person to pull their finger out and do something. Something that might actually make the average internet user donate to the Japanese Red Cross - an organisation that can directly help the Japanese population in this time of media hysteria.
What follows is information on Nihon Kizuna, a project and compilation cultivated by sometime journo Laurent Fintoni, who arrived in Tokyo the day before the earthâs surface ripped open, and his associates...
âFollowing the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the northern coast and prefectures of Japan on Friday March 11th 2011, a small group of Tokyo-based artists (from Japan, Ukraine and France) and one visiting London-based journalist (from Italy) decided to pull their efforts and contacts together to do the only thing they could to help the country and its people â sell music to raise awareness of the devastation that hit the area and raise money for its people and the relief effort.
The motivation behind Nihon Kizuna was simple: in face of the feeling of helplessness many felt here in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami this compilation seemed like the best way to express our support and love for the country and its people. Amid widespread scaremongering and panic from the foreign media it felt only right to stand tall alongside the people of Japan who have always welcomed foreign artists and musicians with open arms and hearts.â
Over 40 internationally renowned artists have contributed to the Nihon Kizuna compilation, which was reportedly put together in just 5 days, including people like Kode9, Kuedo, Illum Sphere, Rudi Zygadlo, Om Unit and a slew more who youâll have read about if youâve followed our writing over the past 2 years.
It costs Â£10, or whatever you are willing to pay for it, and the full list of artists who have contributed music is below.
BUY: Various Artists â Nihon Kizuna / æ¥æ¬çµ
Kode 9 (UK) â 9 Samurai (Hyperdub Records) **
Don Leisure (UK) â Trio of Desserts *
Kuedo (UK) â Zap (Planet Mu) *
Himuro Yoshiteru (JP) â Missing Links *
Onra (FR) â High Hopes (All City Records) **
Tatsuki (JP) â Mirror In Bologna (Original Cultures) *
Om Unit (UK) â Lavender (All City Records) **
Danny Drive Thru (UK) â Prescience (Fat City Records) *
Slugabed (UK) â Rockin U (Ninja Tune) *
Ken One (JP) â Mindrain (Raid System) *
Paul White (UK) â Grimy Light (One Handed Music) **
Darkhouse Family (UK) â Lemon Drizzle (Fat City Records) *
Illum Sphere (UK) â Sweat The Descent (Hoya:Hoya / Tectonic) **
A Taut Line (UK/JP) â Azul (Dyskotopia) *
Fink (UK) â See It All (Ninja Tune) *
Mus.sck (US) â Happiness Is The Best Face Lift (Car Crash Set/Daly City) *
Rudi Zygadlo (UK) â Perdu (Planet Mu) *
Broken Haze (JP) â Move Forward (Raid System) *
BD1982 (US/JP) â Aluminium Riddim (Seclusiasis/Diskotopia) *
Nightwave (UK) â Hokusai Dream *
The Electric ft. Yarah Bravo (UK) â Beautiful (Memory9 remix) (Organically Grown Sounds) **
Ernest Gonzales (US) â Beneath The Surface (FoF/Exponential) *
Jono McCleery (UK) â Garden (Ninja Tune) **
Ido Tavori (UK) â Haunted Top Hats *
Jay Scarlett â The Rising Sun (Ampsoul) *
Paper Tiger (UK) â Lunar Notes (Jus Like Music) *
Kid Kanevil (UK) â One For Tokyo (One World Records / Ninja Tune) *
Takuma Kanaiwa (US) â Senpo World (Concrete Sound System) *
B-Ju (GE) â Philly Run (Mux Mool remix) (Error Broadcast) **
Primus Luta & Lonesome D (US) â Lockdown (Concrete Sound System) *
2phast (IT) â JapaN *
Doshy (DE) â Space Attack (Robox Neotech) **
Sesped (VE) â Too High To Drive (Jus Like Music) *
Yosi Horikawa (JP) â Passion (Eklektik Records) *
Audace (FR/JP) â Indestructible Soul (Inductive) *
Scrimshire ft. Inga Lill Aker (UK) â Warm Sound (Wah Wah 45s) **
Kan Sano (JP) â Bless (Circulations) *
Elliott Yorke (UK) â Wormhole Squirm (Five Easy Pieces) *
Daisuke Tanabe (JP) â Artificial Sweetener (Circulations) **
Super Smoky Soul ft. Guilty Simpson (JP/US) â Knockout Kings (Circulations) **
Emika (UK) â Count Backwards (Ninja Tune) *
Eccy (JP) â EFH (Slye/Milk) *
Throwing Snow (UK) â The Luck Without (A Future Without) *
XLII (UA/JP) â Standuptall Nippon (Raid System) *
Pete Sasqwax (UK) â Aggro A Go Go *
Virtual Boy (US/FR) â Thrust (Turnsteak remix) *
F.A.M.E (US) â Real Surreal (F.A.M.E/4OneFunk) *
re:ill (JP) â We Are Possible (Circulations) *
The Qemists (UK) â Stompbox (Ninja Tune) **
Kper (IT/FR) â Chotto *
*exclusive to compilation
** previously released
P.S. "Tokyo is not glowing green or empty, contrary to what you may have read in the press" according to Fintoni who is currently still out there.
|Twin Peaks: The Return 1.11: Double Cherry Pie and Viva Las Vegas|
Well, Agent Cooper finally got a piece of cherry pie in Twin Peaks: The Return 1.11 last night - in fact, two slices! - as well as his life being spared by Jim Belushi's character and his dream. But, alas, even this double cherry pie is not enough to rouse Cooper out of his stupor. He needs to "wake up!" as that little man from the other dimension told him now some number of episodes ago.
Because there's a lot happening. Cole was nearly sucked up into an alternate dimension wormhole in the sky or whatever that was. I was glad to see he emerged unscathed, his too-loud voice intact. For some reason, I really like that loud voice. I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean or lampoon - maybe the hard of hearing, which is not nice - but for some reason it strikes me as especially funny.
The scene with Truman and his deputy was also interesting. Like the FBI, they seem to be beginning to close in on the truth of what is happening here. But their progress is so slow it's unclear if they'll make it by the end of this season.
The music, like the cherry pie, was doubly good in this episode. First, I've always really liked Shawn Colvin's rendition of "Viva Las Vegas" (I'm listening to the long version right now.) I just wish they'd played a little more of it. Second, was that Burt Bacharach at the piano at the very end? Tough to tell and probably not - I'm sure someone reading this will let me know - but it was fun to see even someone looking like Burt on the screen last night.
And I'll be back here with another short review after the next episode next week.
See also Twin Peaks: The Return 1.1-2: Superluminal Sans Cherry Pie ... 1.3-4: Coffee and Cole ... 1.5: The Mod Squad Meets Big Love in the Diner ... 1.6: Red Door and Childish Scribbles ... 1.7: Lost and Not Lost ... 1.8: Atom Bomb and Mr. Homn ... 1.9: "I Don't See No Hidden Buttons" ... 1.10: "No Stars"
FREE on Amazon Prime
Federal Bureau of Investigation Assessment titled: White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement
Since coming to law enforcement attention in late 2004, the term "ghost skins" has gained currency among white supremacists to describe those who avoid overt displays of their beliefs to blend into society and covertly advance white supremacist causes.Might help to explain what we are seeing. I found the white power texts of the SF cops to be especially concerning considering I am from that area and would have thought they wouldn't want to work in the city. But maybe they do. Maybe that's exactly what they want. Even more reason for cops to start to actual police themselves. Though, that didn't work out for Serpico.
I also read a blog that stated one of the cops killed in Dallas was a neo nazi, which lead me down the wormhole to this. The blog contained no proof, so I won't link to it. It's completely unsubstantiated garbage until some actual proof is presented.
Interesting to think about.
|EVE Evolved: Gear up for wormhole exploration||
EVE Online, large alliances of corporations lay claim to the lucrative 0.0 security rating areas of the game and smaller corporate operations generally don't stand a chance against them. Corps who want to claim a little corner of space for themselves are forced to join an existing alliance or compete with them for space. With the recent news of 2500 new star systems coming to EVE with the release of wormholes in the march expansion, small corps may find themselves able to carve out their own little corner of space to live in without being squashed by the big alliances.|
How will wormholes work?
The information we have so far suggests that wormholes into one of the 2500 new hidden star systems will open randomly in all security levels of system. Wormholes will have a diameter that restricts the maximum size of ship that can enter it and a mass limit that restricts the total mass of ships that can use the wormhole before it collapses. Once the wormhole collapses, the chances of finding another leading to the same system are astronomical so choosing which ships you bring in carefully is a must.
Read on as I describe how wormholes could allow corps to more safely own systems and go on to describe what equipment and ships you'll need to take up residence in your own system.
|Ep 32: Science... sort of - Gets It Together|
Gets It Together" originally referred to one thing, but should really be accredited to Ben Tippett, who kept this show on track by sheer force of Canadian will and charisma. He definitely leveled up with this one.
00:06:07 â Guess whoâs coming to Scienceâ¦ sort of?! Itâs the return of the effervescent Sr. Nino. The esteemed gentleman of the climate explains why meteorologists arenât to be trusted and how to save your family from global warming. Not to be missed.
00:26:29 â Saturn has a moon that looks like Pac-Man in infrared. Do you really need more than that to intrigue you? Also, Charlie is in his element and rocks some truly delicious science all up in your ears.
00:43:22 â Some things from Canada are good. Ben is one, Scott Pilgrim is the other. Thereâs a movie coming out (with a trailer first, hence the segment), but there were comics first. This segment doubles as Odd-Man Out for Charlie.
01:00:33 â We like to keep it positive, and nothing gets us exciting like thinking we may all live in a wormhole generated from a black hole, but Ben has some bad news. I hope no oneâs feelings get hurt.
01:23:04 â The Paleoposse says things to us. And we love them for it. The show is off the rails at this point. Charlie and Ryan are borderline incapacitated from booze; Ben keeps things on track and GETS IT TOGETHER!!
For more science lunacy take your browser on a trip to http://www.sciencesortof.com/
|The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers|
If living in a world that struggles to be respectful, sensitive, or loving to those that are different gets you down, reading this might be a cathartic experience. The job of the Wayfarer and it’s crew is creating wormholes for space travel. But that’s not what this book is about. It’s about the relationships between […]
The post The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers appeared first on Winged Reviews.
|Film Journal: Week Ending 9/23/2012||Note: What I think I'm going to do is write a review a day, but draw mainly on movies I saw 2-3 years ago. Mileage may vary ( I'm sure many people know exactly what they think right away and never change that opinion), but for me it takes some digestion before I know whether the movie was something I really enjoyed, or something I just thought I enjoyed. Imagine, if you will, a Big Mac. You think you're enjoying it as you eat it, but later your body informs you that in fact, no, that was a molded hunk of cat food and pickle relish glued together with axle grease and chemical paste, and you really hated it. Some movies that I thought were interesting but flawed grow in my imagination over time, and never really leave me. Others that I may have thought I quite liked I can barely remember the basic details. So anyway, are you bored yet? Let's do the reviews. |
Thor (2011, Kenneth Branagh) ** (C-)
Tho, I'm mutht thay, I'm feeling mighty thor. It bums me out that Branagh has been reduced to this (and, I supposed, to strutting around the Olympic opening ceremonies); it's like he's kept all of his trademark bombast and lost any of his trademark insight. This was the guy who as a young man nailed the Agincourt speech to the wall, and who found a startling new interpretation of something as hidebound as "to be or not to be." Anyway, Asgard at least looks cool and Hemsworth bellows admirably. On the other hand, Portman and SkarsgÃ¥rd are given zilch to do, Hopkins snores (literally) and picks up a check, and the plot is either too impenetrable or too dull to follow, and I'm not going back to figure out which it is. Here's what "The Avengers" could have been without the Whedon wit.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn) ***1/2 (A-)
I admit it, I'm embarrassed. This is, after all, one of the ten or fifty or at least 100 best films of all time, depending on who you ask. I suppose I don't quite see it that way -- which is not to say that I didn't like it a lot. It's a question of degree. It's certainly possible to have grim and dramatic elements cohere with more broadly comic ones, but it feels like this souffle was taken out of the oven a little early. Performances and most individual scenes are masterful (a cloud's shadow passing by in a moment of stunning serendipity immediately followed by an ominous family reunion, Clyde's attempted robbery of a closed bank, an aborted attempt at lovemaking), but I can't put the Parsons or Pollard performances (or especially the hilarious Gene Wilder/Evans Evans scene) into any sort of context with the sexual dysfunction or the occasional swipes at foreboding or bloody ending in a way that makes sense to me, and the (sporadic) attempt to make Bonnie and Clyde the voice of the Depression's oppressed and marginalized just seems ill-conceived, since they're obviously nothing more than brash idiots. Maybe my issue is that Penn seems simultaneously to attempt to send up and buy into the outlaw romanticism.
Warren Beatty just keeps fascinating me, though. Has there ever been another Matinee Sex GodÂ® who so consistently insisted on playing the buffoon?
Bottom Line: A very very good movie, but not the all-time Pantheon member it's been billed as. Still a stylistic landmark: I can see how this blew collective hair back in the late 60s.
Star Trek (2009, JJ Abrams) *** (B)
Pretty sure I reviewed this on this site already.
I don't know. I feel like I over-rated this at three stars. It was totally fun-watchable, but really dumb in a particular way that Star Trek usually isn't (not to say Trek can't be dumb, just not like this). Manages to look interesting, but ultimately the plot disappears into a wormhole of way too much 'whaaa?' Pine gives good Kirk (stupid, cocky, spiral-cut ham), Quinto Spocks it up effectively until the movie unkindly forces comparisons to Nimoy's original, but the rest of the cast gets short-shrift in favor of those two, making this episode 1 of How I Met Your Vulcan. Damn cool looking, though, lens flares and all.
Avatar (2009, James Cameron) **1/2 (C+)
It needs to be said. This movie takes itself far too seriously to allow for a MacGuffin as hilariously named as "unobtanium." Pretty clearly the Academy dodged a bullet not giving its highest prize to this thing, which I am betting plays much worse outside of the big screen, surround-sound (3D, for what it's worth) setting within which I experienced it.
Basically a breakthrough in tech and art direction in service of a storyline that would have been more sociopolitically offensive if it hadn't been so shopworn and ludicrous. For such a notoriously detail-oriented martinet, Cameron seems perversely oblivious to much of what his major plot beats are really saying. The Big Message finally boils down to either "white men make the best Injuns" or "you can destroy a girl's whole culture, but all will be forgiven if you get a bitchin' ride," which isn't exactly a great set of options. Meanwhile, the main character's actions, which include failing at any point to inform his lover or ANYBODY that they need to move to avoid genocide (which is, by the way, the entire point of his mission), make him the absolute opposite of the hero the film insists he is. That he takes that lover under the aforementioned false pretenses, within a culture that he already knows will view the fact of their physical union as a far more binding contract than he can possibly fulfill, seems not to matter to Cameron as much as the fact that the blockbuster cookbook requires the consummation of the love affair by the 2nd reel.
Still consistently breathtaking as spectacle, and I will have to give Cameron some props for at least sounding some of these anti-corporatist notes, albeit with all the subtlety and adroitness of a Thor vs. Hulk battle. I'd have probably appreciated this more as an exploratory piece with far less/no plot or dialogue, or if it didn't seem to think that it deserved the Nobel peace prize for a reductive ecological message.
|Comment on Wormholes by melissapons||Sounds like a lot of fun! :) Hope I can watch it soon.|
|3/13/2016 Nick White and Cursed The Bell Witch|
We'd like to apologize for the sound quality of the show during the second hour. The guest was on a cell phone and had a poor signal. I tried to clean it up in post production but was not as successful as I hoped. We apologize for the poor quality during the second hour. This week Eric and Marie welcome Paranormal Investigator, Founder and lead Investigator Nick White. Nick most recently seen on A&E's Cursed The Bell Witch is a 20 plus year investigator who is the founder and lead investigator of Cage The Darkness Paranormal. Nick hails from Tennessee and has lectured across the country at many event. Nick also raises money for charities and charitable organizations through various fundraising means. Nick has been involved with the paranormal since he was a young boy with no one around to believe him or to explain what he had experienced. That is when his curiosity was fed an appetizer to get his hunger for knowledge started and making him ask, "What's going on around me?" There have been many more occurrences throughout the years, and still occurs in his adulthood as well. Nick does have abilities that God has given him and apparently sprits, etc., know that as well, so they enjoy being around him more often than not. He can feel their presence and their emotions as well as living people's emotions. Nick tend to reflect those emotions when they are strong whether it be good or bad. He also, sometimes receive pictures or sounds depending on what God wants him to know at the time. It has taken him a long time to understand and to turn into a finely tuned instrument in assisting hid investigating the paranormal. Nick have been on more than 300 investigations on his own and, once founded founded a team in 2011, Cage the Darkness. They have been on more than 100 investigations together. He have experienced many different types of paranormal events including residual and intelligent spirits, disembodied voices, phantoms, shadow people, elemental, poltergeists, animal spirits, apparitions, orbs, vortexes, wormholes, demonic entities, etheric remnants, mist, and many more. He have been pushed, scratched, poked, punched, slapped, just about every type of physical happening outside of being possessed. Nick has investigated many different types of properties including business, residential, historic, religious and many different cemeteries as well. Nick has made several guest appearances on the successful paranormal television show A&E's Cursed The Bell Witch. Join us this week as we welcome Nick White, talk about the Paranormal, Nick's cases and adventures into the unknown. Visit Nick's websites http://nickwhite03.wix.com/cagethedarkness and his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nickwhite03
|Books in the Mail (W/E 2016-03-05)|
Just two new books this week, both from the fine folks who occupy the Flatiron Building, plus the final copy of a book which I read and the review of which will appear next week
The Cold Between (Central Corps #1) by Elizabeth Bonesteel (HarperVoyager Trade Paperback 03/08/2015) â Bonesteelâs debut novel looks like a fun mix of noir and space opera.
Deep in the stars, a young officer and her lover are plunged into a murder mystery and a deadly conspiracy in this first entry in a stellar military science-fiction series in the tradition of Lois McMaster Bujold.
When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps chief engineer, Commander Elena Shaw, is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocentâhe was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man?
Retracing Dannyâs last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the explosion of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, the Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw PSI to protect their secrets.
With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain theyâll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined . . . a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxyâand beyond.
Transgalactic by James Gunn (Tor Trade Paperback 03/22/2016) â Sequel to Gunnâs Transcendental which published in 2014. I haven't read (nor did I receive a copy) of that one, but it seems to have been fairly well-received.
Transgalactic: the latest novel in Hugo Award Winner James Gunn's SF Grandmaster Career!
When Riley and Asha finally reached the planet Terminal and found the Transcendental Machine, a matter transmission device built by an ancient race, they chose to be "translated." Now in possession of intellectual and physical powers that set them above human limitations, the machine has transported them to two, separate, unknown planets among a possibility of billions.
Riley and Asha know that together they can change the galaxy, so they attempt to do the impossible--find each other.
Liarâs Bargain (A Pathfinder Tales novel) by Tim Pratt (Paizo Trade Paperback 06/15/2016) â Pratt is turning into perhaps the most dependable writer in the stable of Pathfinder authors, he seems to deliver one novel per year.
When caught stealing in the crusader nation of Lastwall, veteran con man Rodrick and his talking sword Hrym expect to weasel or fight their way out of punishment. Instead, they find themselves ensnared by powerful magic, and given a choice: serve the cause of justice as part of a covert team of similarly bound villains, or die horribly. Together with their criminal cohorts, Rodrick and Hrym settle in to their new job of defending the innocent, only to discover that being a secret government operative is even more dangerous than a life of crime.
From Hugo Award winner Tim Pratt comes a tale of reluctant heroes and plausible deniability, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.
|Books in the Mail (W/E 2016-01-30)|
Some mail issues this week because of snow and the fact that I have an absolutely horrible mail carrier, perhaps the laziest, most vindictive, stupidest mail carrier Iâve ever had..
The Pagan Night (Book One of The Hallowed War) by Tim Akers (Titan Books Trade Paperback 01/19/2016) â After a handful of well-received Steampunk novels (published by Solaris and Pyr), Tim switches gears slightly to Historical/Epic Fantasy. This is a big fat novel, and a series heâs apparently been working on for quite some time. Iâll be posting a review of this one to SFSignal.com.
The Celestial Church has all but eliminated the old pagan ways, ruling the people with an iron hand. Demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the warriors of the Inquisition, yet itâs the battling factions within the Church and age-old hatreds between north and south that tear the land apart.
Malcolm Blakley, hero of the Reaver War, seeks to end the conflict between men, yet it will fall to his son, Ian, and the huntress Gwen Adair to stop the killing before it tears the land apart. The Pagan Night is an epic of mad gods, inquisitor priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill, and noble houses fighting battles of politics, prejudice, and power.
Enter a world of mad gods, inquisitor-priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill the broken spirits of the world and the noble Houses caught in their midst, fighting their own battles of politics, prejudice and power. Face the darkness of winter, know the hope of spring, and keep the faith of the Winter Sun.
Morning Star (Book Three of The Red Rising Trilogy) by Pierce Brown (Del Rey Hardcover 02/06/2016) â This one arrived just as I was finishing the first novel in the trilogy, Red Rising. All Iâll say is this: it is highly unlikely that Iâll be reading Morning Star.
Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Societyâs mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.
Finally, the time has come.
But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long deniedâand too glorious to surrender.
Dominion (Book Three of The Chronicles of the Invaders) by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard (Emily Beslter Books / Simon & Schuster Hardcover 04/05/2016) â A year later and here we have the third in the author duoâs series about an alien invasion publishes..
The third thrilling Chronicles of the Invaders adventure from New York Times bestselling author John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard mixes classic sci-fi with rich, character-driven plot, as Paul and Syl fight to save Earth from an enemy who is closer than ever.
Syl Hellais and Paul Kerr have traveled through Derith, the mysterious wormhole from which no traveler has ever returned. Yet Derithâs secrets are darker than they imagined, and trapped in a dimension beyond their own, they finally emerge to discover a universe that has moved on without them.
Years have passed, and Civil War rages among the Illyri. It is whispered that the Earth is lost, prey to the alien parasites known as the Others, and other worlds will soon follow. Most shocking of all, the sinister Archmage Syrene of the Nairene Sisterhood has disappeared into the bowels of the Sisterhoodâs lair.
But before she cloistered herself, Archmage Syrene chose her replacement. The Sisterhood has a new leader, with her own plans for the future of her race. Now Syl and Paul, teenagers in a deadly adult world, must find a way to change the course of history and save the lives of billions. They have but one hope.
For Syl Hellais is changingâ¦
Daughter of the Blood (Book Three of The Wall of Night) by Helen Lowe (Harper Voyager Mass Market Paperback 01/26/2016) â Iâve been seeing good things about this series from my friends Mark Yon and Paul Weimer, among others. I plan to go a series read through of these books.
A Gemmell Award-Winning Series
Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Nightâbut already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising . . .
Among Grayharbor backstreets, an orphan boy falls foul of dark forces. On the Wall, a Daughter of Blood must be married off to the Earl of Night, a pawn in the web of her family's ambition. On the Field of Blood, Kalan fights for a place in the bride's honor guard, while Malian dodges deadly pursuers in a hunt against time for the fabled Shield of Heaven. But the Darkswarm is gaining strength, and time is running outâfor Malian, for Kalan, and for all of Haarth . . .
|Geektown Podcast 27: Game Developer Daniel Linssen â The Sun And Moon|
This week I had a chat with indie game developerÂ Daniel Linssen about his upcoming Steam release 'The Sun And Moon'.
Australia based Daniel won 'Ludum Dare 29', with thisÂ platformer that has a unique mechanic: you can dive into the ground. Momentum is conserved but gravity is reversed, letting you fling yourself high into the air or deep beneath the surface. The goal is always straightforward - collect the three orbs in the level and jump into the wormhole - but spikes, endless drops and impossible heights make this more and more difficult.
View the Steam page here.
|TWiP 72: Wormholes|
Vincent and Dickson discuss five ways that helminths manipulate host tissues to survive.
Links for this episode:
Send your questions and comments (email or mp3 file) toÂ email@example.com
|The "And then!" Plot||Folks, let's talk plot and how it relates to your query letter, because I've seen a mistake repeated a few times recently and heard other writers complaining about the same thing.|
Here's the story. Fred is going to work. He meets Wilma. They have their meet-cute and they both like each other.
AND THEN!!! Fred breaks his foot, and Wilma stops by to loan him her crutches.
AND THEN!!! Wilma runs out of milk and goes to the grocery store where she gets a flat tire, so Fred comes over and changes it.
AND THEN!!! There's a thunderstorm that knocks out power to the city, so they can't charge their phones to text each other.
AND THEN!!! A wormhole opens up and Fred has to go shut it to save civilization.
You get the picture. None of the major plot points are related to each other. It's as though the story itself were a bunch of snapshots. Sure, the main characters keep getting together, and sure, they'll probably have their Happily Ever After at the end, but it's not satisfying because none of the events are related to each other any more than the first pitch ("STRIKE!") is related to the second pitch ("BALL!") and so on.
The solution to this is to figure out how to connect your plot points with "And therefore" instead. Fred and Wilma meet and hit it off, and she loves hiking, so Fred pretends he loves hiking too. They decide to meet for a hike.
AND THEREFORE Fred breaks his foot, because he doesn't know what he's doing.
See how this works? When you're reading it, everything seems to flow naturally one from the next, almost as if the events were inevitable. Of course Fred would want to show off and end up hurting himself. Of course Wilma would respond to that with compassion and just a little mockery. And at the end, of course that thunderstorm would open the wormhole, and of course Fred will be willing to climb the skyscraper and shut the wormhole because he's learned from the foot-breaking incident how to be careful and not show off.
In hindsight, all those things will be perfectly sensible. Of course there are plot twists, but not plot twists like, "Oh, and then they got into a huge car crash and everything changed." Not unless you've shown us ahead of time that your MC is a lousy driver who doesn't pay attention, and therefore was texting while driving and hit a truck.
Readers and editors don't like and-then plots, and therefore neither do agents.
And therefore your query shouldn't look like a string of things that happen to a bunch of interesting people.
One of my ex-agents (we shall not name which) accidentally turned out a pitch like that for one of my stories, and I only realized it when we got back a rejection saying, in effect, there's no causation here. Of course in the story there was lots of causation, but in an attempt to work a complicated plot into a 250-word pitch, the agent had in effect listed a bunch of plot points. And then they do this, and then they go there, and then the antagonist does this other thing, and then they have more problems, and then they pull it together somehow.
So we reworked the pitch until it had that sense of rolling inevitability. This happens and they respond by doing that, which has the unintended side effect of this other thing, which triggers a specific response by the antagonist, which results in the following chaos for the main characters.
See how that works?
Oh, and yes, "and then!!" happens all the time in real life. And then you come home to find a notice from the IRS in your mailbox saying you're getting audited because you reversed two digits on your 2011 tax return. And then your kid falls out of a tree and breaks his arm. And then you get a promotion and will have to move to Pensacola. Keep in mind that life itself doesn't make for good fiction, and that people expect the author of their fiction to craft a story that flows toward a climax and a resolution.
And therefore here is your takeaway: when pitching, set up your characters and their circumstances so that as every piece unfolds, the agent will feel a sense of, oh, I see why that would happen, and then Yes, they'd get into trouble doing that, and then Oh no, they're making their situation worse.
Remember, it's not "AND THEN!!! you get an agent." It's and therefore you got your agent. You crafted a wonderful story with a compelling plot and characters who responded believably to their circumstances, and therefore readers loved it.
|Thor: The Dark World Full Movie Download Free|
Thor: The Dark World full movie,Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.Thor: The Dark World full movie,
Director: Alan Taylor
Writers: Christopher Yost (screenplay), Christopher Markus (screenplay),
Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Release Date: 8 November 2013 (USA)
Also Known As: Marvel Thor: The Dark World
StorylineThousands of years ago, a race of beings known as Dark Elves tried to send the universe into darkness by using a weapon known as the Aether. But warriors from Asgard stop them but their leader Malekith escapes to wait for another opportunity. The warriors find the Aether and since it can't be destroyed, they try to hide it. In the present day, Jane Foster awaits the return of Thor but it's been two years. He's trying to bring peace to the nine realms. Jane discovers an anomaly similar to the one that brought Thor to Earth. She goes to investigate and finds a wormhole and is sucked into it. Thor wishes to return to Earth but his father, Odin refuses to let him. Thor learns from Heimdall, the one who can see into all of the realms that Jane disappeared.Thor: The Dark World full movie, Thor then returns to Earth just as Jane returns. But when some policemen try to arrest her, some kind of energy repulses them. Thor then brings her to Asgard to find out what happened to Earth. When it happens again,The Dark World full movie,
|DevRadio: Startup Stories: An Interview with Sally Buberman and Ignacio Lopez from Wormhole|
Recently I interviewed Sally Buberman and Ignacio Lopez, who turned an Imagine Cup project into a successful startup. Wormhole uses gamification to make online learning more engaging. Watch the interview below or at: Startup Stories: An Interview with Sally Buberman and Ignacio Lopez from Wormhole
|Wormhole by Ali Nouira and Big Blind Media - DVD|| |
|Comment on Beyond Our Materialistic Assumptions: A Wormhole Inquiry by Gordon Yumibe||So what is keeping you from actually doing this Jeff? There is actually going on an energetic level that enhances some of our once latent abilities to do this very thing...
The world as we have grown up in is probably created from all our collective thoughts and constructs ...
Change your thoughts...change your reality...|
|Comment on What if No One is Having the Experience You Think Youâre Having? by Craig||Good stuff Jeff.
Wormhole: a tunnel from one space-time locale to another space-time locale without any intervening space-time.
Wormhole Enquiry: a complete, mysterious, and potentially disorienting tunnel into one space-time locale without any intervening sense of a separate self.|
|Comment on The Way of the Wormhole: On the Art of Inquiry by Fred Haag||Good Morning Jeff...... I continue to read any and all of your emails because I so enjoy the routes you travel and the journeys you ask me to take with you. I teach graduate level courses to teachers and guidance counselors, so I am often mentioning your name to my classes as we seek to initiate and answer our inquiries regarding better educational approaches, methodologies, and interactions. Thanks so much for your contributions on email. I'm hoping some day to meet you; I think you would easily become a friend because I already value you.
Best Wishes in all you do.|
|iPad apps: defining experiences from the first wave||
There are now over 1,348 approved apps for the iPad. That's on top of the 150,000 iPad-compatible iPhone programs already available in the App Store. When Apple's tablet PC launches, just hours from now, it will have a software library greater than that of any handheld in history -- not counting the occasional UMPC. That said, the vast majority of even those 1,348 iPad apps are not original. They were designed for the iPhone, a device with a comparatively pokey processor and a tiny screen, and most have just been tweaked slightly, upped in price and given an "HD" suffix -- as if that somehow justified the increased cost.
Besides, we've seen the amazing potential programs have on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and webOS when given access to a touchscreen, always-on data connection, GPS, cloud storage and WiFi -- but where are the apps that truly define iPad? What will take advantage of its extra headroom, new UI paradigms and multitouch real estate? Caught between netbook and smartphone, what does the iPad do that the iPhone cannot? After spending hours digging through the web and new iPad section of the App Store, we believe we have a number of reasonably compelling answers.
Update: Now includes Wormhole Remote, TweetDeck, SkyGrid, Touchgrind HD, GoToMeeting, SplitBrowser, iDisplay, Geometry Wars and Drawing Pad.
|Modern Menorah Hanukkah Menorah Salvaged Wood Candle Holder Candelabra LIOR by lessandmore|
Modern Hanukkah Menorah handcrafted from salvaged oak wood. Inspired by the traditional menorah representing the tree of life and the balance between preservation and renewal, we are working with supposed defects in the wood like cracks, irregularities or wormholes to enhance each MenorahÂ´s distinctive character. The candelabras are displaying a variety of color shades ranging from light to darker gray brown. Every single menorah is unique, no two pieces are alike.
|One Man's Opinion.||Ok, so there's a lot of speculation going on about the end of this game today. I would like to put my two cents in concerning the finale.|
First, from an earlier stage, we learned that The Maxwell Group is a subsidiary of Widmore Industries.
Second, we know that whatever ship Naomi came from is not Penny's boat.
Also, Naomi was in possession of the picture of Desmond and Penny.
Using these pieces of evidence, I am capable of coming to only one conclusion. Charles Widmore, the only other person in the world other than Penny or Desmond capable of possessing that photo, staged the fake plane in the bottom of the ocean for the purpose of ending Sam Thomas' and any other concerned party's search for Oceanic 815. I do not yet know why he is interested in the island, that remains to be seen. These are the conclusions which I have drawn:
There is no wormhole.
There is no time warp.
There is only one Oceanic 815. This is all just a result of a conspiracy. That seems plainly evident to me, thanks to the knowledge that Sam was practically forced to go to those coordinates by The Maxwell Group.
Note: Please do not discuss spoilers in the comments section. I made sure this theory was completely spoiler-free and only used information from the game and show thus far.
|News - 06/04/10...||The Secret of Kells coming to DVD/BD in October|
New Video has announced that they have acquired U.S. television, digital, VOD and home video distribution rights to the Oscar nominated animated film The Secret of Kells and will be bringing it to most of those platforms (including DVD and Blu-ray) on October 5th, 2010.
Newman gets star on Walk of Fame
Composer Randy Newman received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, according to AFP. Newman spent a highly successful 35 years in the business before scoring his first animated film â 1995âs Toy Story. Since then heâs become one of the most popular and honored animated film composers around. Ten of Newmanâs nineteen Oscar nominations have been for his work in animated films, with his sole win coming in 2002 for the song If I Didnât Have You from Monsters, Inc.
New Toy Story 3 images
A new batch of images from the upcoming Toy Story 3 have just been revealed at Box Office Mojo. The anticipated Pixar sequel comes to theaters just two weeks from tomorrow.
Droga5 Adds Brock Lee Into the Recipe For Blur
Meet Brock Lee (brocc-oli? get it?), a video game drive who isnât satisfied with his lot in life. He stars in this new spot for Activisionâs Blur driving game. The effort was led by Droga5 and directed by Darren Walsh.
Jacquet Puts Hamsters in New Kia Soul Spot
For this new Kia Soul TV spot, I think they used humans in mouse suites, keyed out the actorâs heads and added in CG hamster faces. Whatâs your guess? The ad is titled A New Way To Roll and Antoine Bardou Jacquet at Partizan directed.
Animated Ad For Disneyâs World of Color
Starting on June 11th, Disneyâs World of Color will be open to the public at Disneyâs California Adventure at Disneyland (did I mention that itâs a Disney production?) Itâs primarily a water show, but thereâs lasers, fire, music and lots of animation memories thrown in. Hereâs a recent TV spot that features some Mickey Mouse character animation.
The New ThunderCats and the Retro Revival
Yesterday's unexpected news about the development of Warner Bros' new ThunderCats cartoon for a 2011 premiere is welcome and interesting for a few reasons worth noting. First of all, I think it's fair to say that assorted animation news in the past nine months has introduced a fad of retro revival. What young adults grew up with in the 1980s are being reintroduced to a new generation by multiple networks to a degree that, I think, we haven't seen before. Sure, in the preceding 00s decade, we did have our throwbacks to 80s cartoons. There was 2002's update of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe that sadly met a premature end, and of course there was the 2003 series for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from 4Kids and Mirage Studios that only recently ended. G.I. Joe made a mild comeback with G.I. Joe: Sigma Six and the much better received G.I. Joe: Resolute miniseries. The Transformers franchise has pretty much persisted with little rest since Beast Wars came along in the mid-1990s.
However, the examples from the prior decade are dwarfed by the developments that we are now seeing. As we learned late last year, after a short break the TMNT will be back in 2012 for their third animated series courtesy of Nickelodeon. In the short term, a brand new Voltron cartoon will be premiering on Nicktoons this fall. Meanwhile, the imminent arrival of The Hub cable network will deliver a block of old school Hasbro cartoons and a fresh lineup spearheaded by original series for Transformers (Transformers Prime) and a "year one" reboot for G.I. Joe (G.I. Joe: Renegades) along with a return to Pound Puppies, My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake. And now we have ThunderCats, which is arguably the most welcome revival yet as a fantasy action series that, unlike the TMNT or the Transformers or G.I. Joe, has gotten no animated love at all since the original series ended more than twenty years ago.
In sum, in the next two years we will have more renewed properties from the 1980s than what we had throughout the entire 00s decade. The 80s are back again--again. This time the revival is bigger; time will tell if it will be better.
The skeptic in me does wonder whether this trend is ideal when, in theory, the resources and creative talent going toward these reboots would be devoted toward something fresh otherwise. Also, while I'm happy to witness this in general, I grew up on most of these properties in the 80s and so I do have the benefit of nostalgia. Those issues notwithstanding though, ultimately I do honestly view all this as positive. Just for starters, history clearly demonstrates that returning to the past doesn't preclude innovation at all. Ask any Transformers fan and you'll probably be told that 2007's Transformers Animated was not a "normal" Transformers series, whatever that fan happens to think of it. Likewise, I doubt many fans of the TMNT are complaining about the differences between the 2003 series and the original 80s series today. Japan's Mobile Suit Gundam franchise has a robust history of over thirty years that is now as much occupied by original, standalone innovations as it is by the original story that it had to tell. One could easily go on, especially if we examine the issue beyond animation. It's very possible to do significantly different--even radically different--things with similar basic concepts or iconic characters.
More to the point, perhaps, it isn't as if we are exactly lacking in fresh new ideas amidst these developments. For Cartoon Network, ThunderCats will eventually be airing along with plenty of original programming. Ben 10, Generator Rex, Chowder, Sym-Bionic Titan, Young Justice, Metajets, and on and on. Nick has its own Nicktoons, of course, and a fresh Avatar-related project that its many fans breathlessly await. For all of its embracing of nostalgia, among other things The Hub has Cosmic Quantum Ray, Deltora Quest, and The 99, the latter of which I'm especially anticipating.
Besides, as far as I'm concerned ThunderCats offers something that's far too rare today--a simple, straightforward fantasy action adventure. Sure, there's technology there too, but fundamentally it's got catlike heroes fighting evil in an exotic setting where magic is a force to be reckoned with. Superheroics, comedy, science fiction, straightforward action: animation has plenty to offer for those who want any of these things, but for the fantasy fan it seems to me that one's options are depressingly few in comparison. Between the return of the Thundercats and the coming of Deltora Quest to The Hub, however, some welcome diversity will be added to animation programming on television for awhile. Bring it on.
(Thanks Toon Zone)
New Futurama Episodes Begin June 26 on Comedy Central
Futuramaâs return with all-new episodes is set for June 26 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.
More than six years since the last original episode of the animated series aired on Fox, the first of 12 all-new episodes will debut with back-to-back episodes.
The seriesâ sixth season will include the showâs 100th episode, set to air Sept. 2.
Created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, the series ran 72 episodes in four seasons on Fox from 1999 to 2003. It returned in 2008 with the first of four direct-to-video features that were later broken up into a 16-episode fifth season.
The 26 new episodes will feature returning original cast members Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio and Maurice LaMarche. Guest stars in the new season include Chris Elliot, Craig Ferguson, George Takei, Sergio Aragones, Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Katee Sackhoff and Mark Mothersbaugh.
(Thanks Animation Magazine)
13th Season of PokÃ©mon Set for Cartoon Network
PokÃ©mon is back!
The new animated series PokÃ©mon: DP Sinnoh League Victors â the 13th season of the show â will debut in the United States on June 5 at 7 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
The new series is the final chapter in the long-running seriesâ Diamond & Pearl storyline.
"PokÃ©mon is a truly global brand with legions of fans spanning the television, film, trading card game, and video game markets," said J.C. Smith, The PokÃ©mon Company International's director of consumer marketing. "This is an amazing year for the PokÃ©mon franchise and we're excited to work with Cartoon Network to bring PokÃ©mon fans the newest adventures in the animated series."
PokÃ©mon is aired every day of the week on Cartoon Network, with original episodes airing on Saturday mornings and repeat episodes on Sundays. The show also appears Monday through Friday, on Boomerang at 8 a.m. EST/PST.
PokÃ©mon animation appears around the world in more than 30 different languages. In addition to PokÃ©mon's partnership with Cartoon Network in the U.S., other major broadcast partners include YTV in Canada, RedeTV in Brazil, Cartoon Network Latin America, Gulli in France, RTL2 in Germany, K2 in Italy, CITV in the United Kingdom, and Disney XD across much of Europe.
(Thanks Animation Magazine)
Brooklyn Festival Hosts U.S. Premiere of Hasan Everywhere
Kavaleer Productionsâ award winning short film Hasan Everywhere will have its United States premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival, set for June 4-13.
The short film about the friendship between an Israeli writer and a Palestinian artist has won four awards in the last five months, including two Digital Media Awards.
Directed by Kavaleer CEO Andrew Kavanagh, Hasan Everywhere is set to screen at the festival on June 6 at the Indie Screen in Brooklyn, with a second screening set for June 8.
âIt is exciting and such an honor to receive international recognition for this touching story,â says Kavanagh. âFor Hasan Everywhere to have its U.S. premiere in New York is the perfect tribute to Hasan Hourani, who studied at the Art Students League of New York.â
Hasan Everywhere also will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market at the end of June.
(Thanks Animation Magazine)
Toy Story Tix On Facebook
Disney has created a first of its kind ticket sales app to leverage it's Facebook presence on the social network. Called Disney Tickets Together, could transform how Hollywood sells movie tickets by combining ticket sales with the networking of friends on the social sites. When you buy a ticket through Disneyâs application, it alerts your Facebook friends and prompts you to invite them to buy tickets of their own.
Currently only available for the June 18th release of Toy Story 3, but should the app prove a success, Disney will surely roll this app out for it's other theatrical releases.
"The whole idea is that no friend gets left behind," said Oliver Luckett, senior vice president and general manager of DigiSynd, the Disney social networking subsidiary.
Luckett went on to say that Disney Tickets Together, which has been in development for months, works with ticket-buying sites like Fandango.com and covers the majority of the movie theaters in North America.
Facebook receives no percentage of the ticket sales but does, in theory, get more visitors on its site.
Rue McClanahan, Golden Girls' Blanche, dead at 76
Emmy Award-winning actress Rue McClanahan, best known for portraying man-hungry Blanche Devereaux on the NBC sitcom Golden Girls, died early Thursday at 76.
"She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning," manager Barbara Lawrence told People. "She had a massive stroke."
Lawrence said that at the time of her death, McClanahan "had her family with her. She went in peace."
Earlier this year, she had a minor stroke while recovering from bypass surgery.
The voice of Scarlett on the 1997 Fox Christmas special Annabelle's Wish, she was Grandma on the Blue's Clues video Blue's Big Treasure Hunt (1999).
In the 1994 Spider-Man: The Animated Series episode Doctor Octopus: Armed And Dangerous, she was Anastasia Hardy. The 2007 King of the Hill episode Hair Today, Gone Today cast her as Bunny.
Golden Girls first aired from 1985 to 1992 and remains in syndication. She won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1987.
One of McClanahan's co-stars, Estelle Getty, died in 2008; Beatrice Arthur died from cancer last year. The last of the Golden Girls, 88-year-old Betty White, has made a remarkable career comeback and recently hosted Saturday Night Live.
She was born Eddi Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma on February 21, 1934. Her father, a road builder, moved between various projects, and she lived in six towns by the time she was 8.
After four years at the University of Tulsa, McClanahan moved to New York, working part-time as a part-time file clerk while seeking theatrical jobs.
Finding her first professional theatrical work off-Broadway in 1957, she reached Broadway in 1969.
McClanahan appeared on TV soap operas until she was seen on CBS's Maude, starring Arthur, in 1972. She was Maude's best friend Vivian.
She had six husbands, including actor Morrow Wilson, whom she married in 1997. She is survived by Wilson as well as by a son, Mark Bish, from her first marriage.
"I've always been lucky enough to marry good cooks," McClanahan told People in 1986.
"One cooked Greek. One cooked Tex-Mex -- chili and stuff." She added with a laugh, "True, one needed a recipe to make a peanut butter sandwich..."
Radio jock, toon voice Robert O. Smith dies at 67
Zany Northwest radio personality Robert O. Smith, a voice actor on numerous anime and other cartoon series, died early Tuesday of pancreatic and liver cancer, children Justine Wintersmith and Zach Monroe announced on the blog of "Thorndike Pickledish," one of Smith's many alter egos. He was 67.
Heard on many Seattle and Vancouver-area stations, Smith was also known on the air and on novelty recordings as The Masked Avocado, Dr. Zingrr, and Walter Wart the Freaky Frog. A number of his discs (such as "Sinister Lunchmeat") were played -- sometimes several times -- on The Dr. Demento Show.
Smith's regular voice roles in TV series included Bernie, Buck, Cuddles and The Doctor in The Adventures of T-Rex (1992), Manx and Sanctifur in Billy The Cat (1994), Sagat in Street Fighter: The Animated Series (1997), Sparkle in Pocket Dragon Adventures (1998), and Soundwave in Transformers: Cybertron (2005). He was in the voice casts of several episodes of Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! (2002) and Gadget and the Gadgetinis (2003).
He guested in Madeline (1990) as Alfred Hamhock in "Madeline's Tea Party" and Sabrina the Animated Series (1999) as Dr. Mixer in "Witchery Science Theater."
He portrayed Dr. Sevenbrains and the Taxidermy Representative in the 1997 animated film The Fearless Four. He was Yorick in Monster Mash, a 1999 direct-to-video animated special.
Among his roles in anime series were Kyoko's Father in Mezon Ikkoku (1986); Genma Saotome, Sasuke Sarugakure and the Scroll Owner in Ranma 1/2 (1993); the Old Man in Green Legend Ran (1994); and Gravity Man in MegaMan: NT Warrior (2001) and MegaMan: NT Warrior AXESS (2003).
His anime feature films included Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986), Ranma Â½: The Movie, Big Trouble in Nekonron, China and Ranma Â½: Nihao My Concubine (both 1992), and Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture and Ranma Â½: One Grew Over the Kuno's Nest (1994). In addition, he had many voice roles in English-language dubs of original video animations.
Smith made several of what he called "bizarre, zany and outrageous" animations using only a mouse and software, ad libbing a voice track. He sold two, "Like a Wormhole" and "Coffee Fi Fi," to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's ZeD TV show, which airs weird videos. They aired under his nom de comedy Thorndike Pickledish.
Although he had been in physical pain lately, he had made it through recent voice sessions on Vancouver station CKNW. He had also worked at KJR, KOL, KVI, KIXI-FM in Seattle, Tacoma's KTAC, CFMI-FM Vancouver and CISL Richmond, British Columbia, and CKMA in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Famed for his ability to do hundreds of different voices, he once created 20 of them for a single radio spot. After living in the Seattle area, he settled in Vancouver.
Smith held numerous records in the masters division of weightlifting competitions, calling himself "Bench Bozo." A bench-presser until shortly before his death, he had a 578.5-pound official lift.
What did his middle "O" stand for? Smith kept his full middle name a secret to all but close family members; apparently, it was a peculiar family name, said his daughter, who knows what it was. However, he once claimed in a Vancouver newspaper interview that he was just plain Robert Smith, and that he added the "O" just to differentiate himself from all the other Robert Smiths.
"His wishes were simple -- no public memorial, no digital gold-plated turbo-casket with fine cordovan leather interior and motion-activated whirling Mercedes-Benz hood ornament," his children said. "He requested cremation and a celebration of life among his closest friends."
They added: "If you would honor him, keep on doing what you do -- bench with the best of your ability and passion, striving ever toward bigger and better lifts, or create art and sound, inspired by his memory. We will keep that memory alive and continue to update Bench Bozo and All Hail Thorndike Pickledish, sharing images and his original drawings from a lifetime dedicated to lifting and creativity. Our thanks to all who knew, loved, and shared that dedication with him. We will love and miss him always."
His son is a Seattle resident and freelance voice and visual artist.
Extra Virgin Olive Oyl
First Popeye was selected to front a sex shop in Tokyo. Now, who better to represent a line of products using Extra Virgin Olive Oil thanâ¦ the extra virginal Olive Oyl.
Reader John Hall sent in this new character merchandising find:
I was traveling through the Nashville, Tennessee area yesterday and found a bag of Olive Oyl Popped Corn at a local grocery store. The bag has 3 nice drawings of Olive on the bag that look like artwork from the early â40s Fleisher cartoons. Also on the back is a nice trademark showing the whole Popeye clan with a 2009 King Features copyright. Here are some photos of the used bag (click thumbnails below to enlarge). Oh, and the popcorn is pretty good.
(Thanks Cartoon Brew)
A Lost Fleischer Cartoon
I have friends in the stock footage business. They buy large libraries of old 16mm movies by the ton (usually home movies, travelogues and educational films) and every once in a while, while digitizing and archiving their latest acquisitions, they come across an animated film they cannot quite identify. When that happens they usually send it to me to examine.
This past weekend I screened one of those films and itâs a real mystery. Itâs not a particularly great cartoon, but its quite an exciting find. Watching it conjured more questions than answers. But one thingâs for sure: Itâs an undocumented product of the Miami Fleischer studio. Iâm posting it in hopes that others may have more clues to explain its existence - and its 70 year absence from any animation reference.
The Vacationerâs Paradise is apparently part of a proposed series called Traveltoons. Itâs sort of an animated travelogue - not unlike what Famous Studios would base their later 1940s series of Screen Songs (like The Sunshine State or The Golden State).
First off, notice the title lettering done by that mysterious Fleischer/Famous studio calligrapher, whom Iâm a big fan of. Next note âMrs. Doeâ - a character design that answers the burning question of what happened to Betty Boop after she retired and moved to Miami.
Could this have been a pilot for a new series of Fleischer cartoons? Was material created for this series later recycled in the Famous Screen Songs? Could this possibly be the first Famous Studios cartoon? A âblackoutâ reference certainly places it in either late 1941 or 1942. Note itâs really more of a film about Florida etiquette than Florida tourism. Perhaps it was created for a Miami Visitorâs Bureau?
Was the film perhaps a contractual obligation of the studio, produced for the Miami Chamber of Commerce, as part of Fleischerâs deal to re-locate to Miami? Why does the film feel so cheap? Why the absence of music in the main body of the film? Why are their no credits whatsoever? Note the voice of Jack Mercer among the background voices. Note the narrator may be Charles Irving, who voiced many of the later travelogue Screen Songs.
Bob Jaques believes that the man in the live action footage to be animator Tom Johnson. Did Johnson direct the film? Was this done by a group of ex-Fleischer artists as a sample film, perhaps to start their own Miami studio after Paramount took over Fleischers? And yet, there is a fair amount of live action and animation material, which leads me to believe this was done under Max or Dave Fleischerâs watch.
Lots of questions, no answersâ¦ but we have the film.
What do you think?
(Thanks Cartoon Brew)
Salesman Pete Trailer
French animation studentsâyes, studentsâcontinue to push the envelope for cel-shaded CG animation more than anybody else within the industry. This trailer for Salesman Pete is the latest example (and among the finest) that Iâve seen from a technique standpoint. It also puts to shame the bland indistinguishable visual styling that dominates all mainstream computer animated features nowadays.
The filmâs directors Anthony Vivien, Marc Bouyer, and Max Loubaresse point out emphatically on their Vimeo page that âWE ARE NOT from Supinfocom, in fact we left our school before our last year in order to make this short our own way.â Now this is the kind of dropping-out that I can get behind, but Iâm really curious to learn the full story about why such a production wasnât possible at their school Supinfocom. The have a Salesman Pete production blog with pre-production artwork from their film.
(Thanks, Dan Pinto and via Drawn)
(Thanks Cartoon Brew)
Andrea Romano on "Batman: Under the Red Hood"
Warner Bros. Animation has released a new interview linked to the upcoming direct-to-DVD feature Batman: Under the Red Hood. This time, fans can hear from long-time Batman voice director Andrea Romano.
The full press release interview follows. Click any image to enlarge.
Andrea Romano Finds the Perfect Blend of Voice and Character for Batman: Under the Red Hood
Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) provides the voice of Batman, under the dialogue direction of Andrea Romano for Batman: Under the Red Hood, The film will be distributed July 27, 2010 by Warner Home Video. (Photo courtesy of Gary Miereanu)
Few individuals understand the intricacies of the voice of Batman better than Andrea Romano.
Arguably the top animation voiceover director in the business today, Romano has been instrumental in orchestrating the vocal tones behind the characterâs non-live appearances for more than two decades. From Kevin Conroy and Rino Romano to Jeremy Sisto and William Baldwin, Romano knows precisely what voice will best fit the tones of a particular story or series.
Enter Batman: Under the Red Hood and all of its deep, emotional undertones. Romano has outdone herself once again, balancing the veteran acting chops of Bruce Greenwood as Batman with the youthful, pained intonations of Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, and tossing in Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing for humorous resonance.
All in a days work for Romano, who recruits the best in the business â winners of Oscars, Emmys and Tonys alike â to provide the voices behind some of the worldâs best known super heroes for the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
Romanoâs voiceover casting/direction resume spans more than a quarter century, covering the genre gamut from action (Batman: The Animated Series) to humor (Animaniacs) and contemporary (The Boondocks) to timeless (Smurfs). The eight-time Emmy Award winner (along with more than 30 nominations) is a star in her own right, earning the respect of her peers and the adoration of legions of animation fans. One need only witness the reaction to her introduction at a Con to understand that voiceover work is no longer an anonymous profession.
Batman: Under the Red Hood is the next entry in the popular ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies from Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. The full-length film will be distributed by Warner Home Video on July 27, 2010 as a Special Edition version on Blu-Rayâ¢ and 2-disc DVD, as well as being available on single disc DVD, On Demand and for Download.
Romano took a few minutes to offer her perspective on the voices of Batman: Under the Red Hood. Hereâs what she had to say:
Bruce Greenwood provides the voice of Batman in Batman: Under the Red Hood.
QUESTION: Letâs take the cast one member at a time. What made Bruce Greenwood right for the role of Batman in this particular film?
ANDREA ROMANO: One of the coolest finds of this past year for me was Bruce. Iâve seen so much of his work over the years, and he can do so many things so convincingly. I knew Iâd have to offer him a big role. Something with meat. And I knew he would really sink his teeth into the material and make it his own. I donât need to tell you what a wonderful actor he is â but for this film, he gives a terrific, sensitive performance. This is the most tortured weâve ever seen of Batman and, without overplaying it, Bruce really showed us a lot of the guilt and issues Batman has in his luggage. Itâs an exhaustive, emotional piece, and he carried it perfectly.
QUESTION: How did Jensen Ackles perform in his maiden voyage in animation?
ANDREA ROMANO: When you get a first-timer in the booth, there are often risks involved, particularly in understanding the techniques involved in working with the microphone. Jensen picked it up so quickly and was so effective in this very difficult role. Red Hood is written as such an embittered, angry, verging-on-insane character, and it can so easily be overplayed. But Jensen found just the right level of energy and flair. I loved his acting. His quality was dead-on, and he really offers a perfect balance with Bruce (Greenwood).
As a director, you live the emotions with the actor. Thereâs one scene where Jensen has to let his emotions completely bubble to the surface. I had to work really hard to see my script through the tears that I was crying with him as he let his emotions come through.
QUESTION: Who better than Neil Patrick Harris to break up all the emotional drama of this film?
ANDREA ROMANO: Who doesnât love Neil Patrick Harris? Heâs charming, talented, friendly, and remembers everyone he works with. He can sing and dance, not that I need that talent for Red Hood (she laughs). And in this instance, he did the unthinkable â he came to record for us on his way to the airport as he was going to New York to host the Tony Awards. Nightwing really does give a comic balance to this intense story, and Neil brought that spunky, funny instinct to the character with his usual effortless performance. Heâs completely believable whether heâs doing drama or comedy, and he really added to this film. If I could, I would use Neil on every single project I do.
QUESTION: Jason Isaacs is such a nice guy. Whyâd you have to make him play a villain again?
Wade Williams (Prison Break) provides the voice of Black Mask in Batman: Under the Red Hood.
ANDREA ROMANO: Jason Isaacs is a delight. And youâre right (she laughs) â nice guys sometimes make the best villains. Iâve worked with Jason several times, and heâs absolutely fantastic. For Raâs, I needed something slightly exotic. Heâs a great, unusual character, but we had to fight against him getting too cartoony â and I knew Jason had the chops. Heâs also a wonderfully intelligent actor â during the recording session, he had so many ideas, and would so respectfully suggest them to Bruce (Timm) and I â and I honestly donât know that there was one we didnât use. He helped edit the copy, he added beats where we didnât even see them, and really nuanced the performance.
QUESTION: The Joker has had some very memorable live-action and animated performances from some notable performers. How did John DiMaggio fit into that legacy?
ANDREA ROMANO: If I werenât in love with my husband, it would be John. Heâs such a versatile, talented voiceover actor. The Joker is such an intense character, and I knew I needed somebody with great range â and John was delighted to come in and play, and he gave it some beautiful new twists. Because he has such a deep gravely voice, and heâs good at comedy, and heâs a good actor, I knew John already had covered most of the points of the Joker. But I didnât want a light, thin reedy voice, I wanted a voice with some mass to it. Thatâs John.
QUESTION: Youâve placed Vincent and Alex Martella as the Young and Younger Robin voices. Had you ever cast brothers in the same film?
ANDREA ROMANO: This is the first time Iâve ever cast brothers in the same film. I was familiar with Vincentâs work and had been looking for something for him, and this was a great, interesting opportunity because I needed to cast the younger version of this character at two different ages. Vincent has a younger brother named Alex, who has only just begun in the industry, but because siblings tend to have very similar qualities to their voices, it was kind of a no-brainer to cast his younger brother as his younger self. And they were terrific â Vincent was pure dynamite in his performance, and I actually think Alex learned from watching his older brother record before him.
What really surprised me was in their attention to detail. They had to set up this characterâs life for another actor that they werenât even going to act in the same room with, and I thought the transitions were seamless.
Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) provides the voice of Red Hood in Batman: Under the Red Hood.
QUESTION: What set this cast apart from the first seven DC Universe films?
ANDREA ROMANO: Each one of these actors had something to bring to the party above and beyond what was required of them. They had questions, they had input, they had ideas and, because the piece is so adult, complex, intense and dark, they knew they werenât coming in to play The Smurfs. In order to make sure they were in the right head space and had the right tone, they asked a lot of questions. And thatâs always a good sign. When the actors are that involved with their characters and the story, that challenges Bruce (Timm) and I to truly think through everything even more thoroughly, and then it becomes a much more collaborative effort. Iâm not above telling an actor how to read a line. But Iâd prefer that the actor comes up with the idea himself and Iâm able to just tweak things here and there. We all need a challenge, something that keeps us on our toes, and recording this film was one of those experiences. A very, very positive experience.
For more information, images and updates, please visit the filmâs official website at www.BatmanRedHood.com
(Thanks Toon Zone)
The Hub/ Hasbro
I trucked over to the fabled Starz Media building next to Bob Hope Non-International Airport this p.m., and I'm happy to report that The Hub and Hasbro have now (finally) moved in.
And who the hey are Hasbro and The Hub? As the L.A. Times reported five months ago:
Cable programming giant Discovery Communications and Hasbro Inc., ...are teaming up to launch a kids channel ... calling the network "The Hub." ...
The Hub will target primarily the 6-12 age demographic ... taking over the channel space that was occupied by Discovery Kids and will launch in roughly 60-million homes in the fall. There has been concern from children's advocacy groups that the connection with Hasbro will mean the channel will be focused more on selling toys than in enlightening children ...
Selling TOYS?! Who would have thought?
But the part of the building formerly occupied by King of the Hill has had a big-time makeover. Where once there was a large, dark, meandering space with musty cubicles, there is now a reception area with leather couches. Nice, glassed-in conference room. And off through double glass doors, a whole bunch of new animation cubes with lights and desks that haven't (for the most part) been occupied yet.
Upstairs, The Simpsons studio is quiet, with lots of artists out on hiatus, other artists just back from hiatus. One returnee told me that one of the leads who's been with the show almost from Day One has decamped for another studio.
"Blank decided the writing was on the wall and went off to Disney. He thinks the show's on its last legs and it's better to get out now than wait around for the end ..."
I replied that I think the Yellow Family has another 2-3 seasons in it because the ratings still hold up and if Fox pulls the plug the money machine will slow down faster. I also predicted that there are at least two more Simpsons features in our movie-going future, as Fox isn't going to abandon any profit centers if it can help it.
As my predictive powers are strong and flawless, I'm sure that all these things will come to pass.
(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)
The Permanence of Three Dee -- Part XVIII
The Wall Street Journal speaks:
Katzenberg Says 3-D Is Great -- Except When It's Not
Yeah, it's a smart-ass headline, but the video at the link is interesting. Jeffrey reiterates what he's said before, but he's still more right than wrong.
3-D is going to be marching on to greater acceptance and glory. The conglomerates smell big bucks. And Sony, Samsung and the rest know a pricey, profitable new viewing platform when they see it.
So get used to the brave new multi-dimensional world of movies and teevee.
(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)
Exclusive 'Scott Pilgrim' And 'The Last Airbender' Clips To Air During MTV Movie Awards Pre-Show!
The 2010 MTV Movie Awards kick off this Sunday, June 6, at 9 PM EST â but you should tune in an hour early if you want to catch some new footage from "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" and "The Last Airbender."
Yes, you heard it here first, folks: MTV will bring you some exclusive, new footage from the two upcoming films by directors Edgar Wright and M. Night Shyamalan during the Movie Awards Pre-Show, which begins at 8 PM EST.
If you've been following along at home, you know that Wright's "Pilgrim" movie is based on the celebrated Oni Press series by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and stars Michael Cera as a slacker musician who must battle his new girlfriend's seven evil-exes to win her heart.
Shyamalan's "Airbender" is a live-action take on the wildly popular Nickelodeon animated series, and follows a hero's quest to save the world from warring tribes that wield the elements in a battle for supremacy.
Remember: Tune in at 8 PM EST for exclusive sneak peeks at "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" and "The Last Airbender" on MTV!
First 'Thor' Costume Images?
Yesterday, we got a look at some images that might be Captain America's costume in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie, and now it looks like some images of Thor's costume â Mjolnir and all â might have also found their way online.
While this isn't our first peek at Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the art (which is entirely unofficial and unconfirmed at this point, so keep that in mind) does offer a cool, full-body shot of Marvel's god of thunder. The image also features a nice look at Mjolnir â though it might be old news for anyone who's been paying close attention to the more spoilery corners of the Marvel movie universe lately.
If nothing else, the images (which should probably be considered "fan art" until we hear otherwise) continue to present a look clearly influenced by the recent mainstream "Thor" comics by J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel
Here's one of the images, and you can find a pair of them over at Collider, where they first surfaced:
What sci-fi films would be like with their original casts
Kurt Russell in Star Wars? O.J. Simpson in The Terminator? George Clooney in Hancock? Coulda happened. We've only been able to imagine what some of these movies would have been like if they'd been filmed with their original castsâuntil now.
wildammo mocked up 17 movie posters reflecting that original castingâand since we know you don't really care whether Jim Carrey might have appeared in Meet the Parents, we're plucked out our sci-fi favorites.
And it turns out that great minds think alikeâas moviefone showed us when it did something similar last month.
Christopher Nolan Talks Batman 3 And Superman
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Nolan talks a bit about what inspired him to get involved with the latest incarnation of Superman, as well as his thought process on moving on to Batman 3 after TDK..
In this months issue of Empire, Christopher Nolan talks about his latest movie Inception. But he also briefly mentions his much discussed but rarely quoted involvement with the Superman reboot as well as a chat he had with David Goyer when they were trying to figure out where to go after The Dark Knight.
He doesn't go into too much detail, and no plot details are revealed, but its nice to hear the notoriously tight lipped director talk about these much anticipated projects...
"..What it is, while David Goyer and myself were putting together the story for another Batman film a few years ago, you know thrashing out where we might move on from the Dark Knight, we got stuck. We were just sitting there idly chatting and he said âby the way, I think I know how you should approach Superman".. and he told me his take on it. I thought it was really tremendous. It was the first time Iâve been able to conceive of how youâd address Superman in a modern context I thought it was a really exciting idea. What you have to remember about Batman and Superman is that what makes them the best superhero characters there are, the most beloved after all this time, is the essence of who they were when they were created, when they were first developed. You canât move too far away from that."
Nice to hear that Nolan thinks the characters should remain mostly true to their origins. Does that mean we will have to see Supes' exodus from Krypton again? Maybe. But hey, I can live with that as long as we have another villain instead or as well as Lex this time around. Also, the fact that he is so heavily involved in Superman and directing the next Batman really gives hope to an eventual cross over I think.
(Thanks Comic Book Movie)
|Thee Headcoatees - The Sisters Of Suave|
Good Evening and welcome back! I was in the depth of a YouTube music video wormhole when I came across Thee Headcoatees and their album, "The Sisters Of Suave". It's a lo-fi, 60's sounding, dirty sort of surf punk that is fronted by a sweet female vocal that reminds me a bit of The Girls At Dawn. It's tongue n cheek and punk grrrl sweet...check it out down below...
See ya Sunday! xD
|The Orb 99: Admiral Denorios and His Ginormous Belt Buckle|
Emissary, Part 2 of 2.
When Deep Space Nine premiered, the idea of a show set on a space station didnât sit well with all fans. But with a season and a half still to go on The Next Generation, the producers couldnât simply fire off another show about a crew flying around on a starship. They had to do something different. But the stationary aspect of DS9 was far from the only thing unique about the show. âEmissaryâ set into motion a different form of storytelling and put many threads into place that would create the rich tapestry of Deep Space Nine.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing bring you the second of a two-part look at the DS9 pilot as we discuss the events that happen inside the wormhole, how moving the Station affected the direction of the show, the nature of Orbs, whether the DS9 story is the result of the Prophets retroactively tampering with the timeline, and much more.
|The Orb 97: The Game Must Not End|
The Dominion Invasion, Part 7 of 7: Sacrifice of Angels.
Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didnât really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. For our final look at the arc, we geek out about spaceship battles â¦Â and then remember that thereâs a bunch of character stuff going on. So we put the toys away and take a look at the resolution to Odoâs story, Quarkâs unexpected nobility, Dukatâs overconfidence, his final moments with Ziyal, and explain why we want Sisko in charge â¦Â of our days â¦Â and our nights.
|The Orb 94: Hereâs to Retaking the Castle|
The Dominion Invasion, Part 6 of 7: Favor the Bold.
Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didnât really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we go bald â¦Â we mean bold â¦ and discuss Siskoâs plan to retake the Station, the father-daughter relationship between Dukat and Ziyal, Kiraâs perfect streak of shutting down Damar, Odo shacking up with the Female Changeling, Ferengi who care, Mornâs mother, and much more.
|The Orb 91: Morally Ambiguous|
The Dominion Invasion, Part 5 of 7: Behind the Lines.
Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didnât really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we go behind the lines to explore the changing nature of character relationships in the face of conflict. Sisko gets a desk job, Quark has a change of heart, Odo commits a sin of omission, and Kira gets angrier than ever as we inch closer to the end of the Dominion Invasion/Station Occupation arc.
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing
Editor and Producer
C Bryan Jones
Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao
Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Tripp
Sisko Gets a Desk Job (00:04:28)
Quarkâs Change of Heart (00:15:47)
Drinking with Damar (00:26:13)
Odoâs Loyalties in Question (00:29:57)
The Link: An Ocean and a Drop (00:38:43)
Kira Is Majorly Angry (00:46:07)
Jadzia and Final Thoughts (00:52:00)
Send us your feedback!
Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact
Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm
Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm
Support the Network!
Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help us keep Star Trek talk coming every week. We have great perks for you at http://patreon.com/trekfm
|The Orb 88: The Muddiness Of It All|
The Dominion Invasion, Part 4 of 7: Sons and Daughters.
In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we delve into family with the episode that focuses onâ¦ wellâ¦ sons and daughters. We discuss the tension between Worf and Alexander, how Worf struggles to be a father to a son who feels abandoned, and how Martok steps in to mentor them both. We also discuss Dukatâs decision to bring Ziyal back to the Station, the difficulties she faces, and how her separate relationships with both Dukat and Kira almost bring the two enemies together.
C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing
Editor and Producer
C Bryan Jones
Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao
Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip
Our First Attempt to Start the Discussion (00:04:36)
Father and Son: Worf and Alexander (00:07:38)
Fatherly Influence: Martok and Worf (00:16:05)
Father and Daughter: Dukat and Ziyal (00:29:24)
Like Divorced Parents: Dukat and Kira (00:34:42)
Send us your feedback!
Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact
Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm
Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm
Support the Network!
Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help us keep Star Trek talk coming every week. We have great perks for you at http://patreon.com/trekfm
|The Orb 86: It Is the Nature of Things|
The Dominion Invasion, Part 3 of 7: Rocks and Shoals.
In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we wander out into the sunlight for âRocks and Shoalsâ as we discuss the real sense of danger facing our heroes, how loyalties are tested, why we must question the order of things, Kiraâs awakening, and more.
Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing
Editor and Producer
Matthew Rushing and Norman C. Lao
Ruth Ward, Will Nguyen, and Ken Trip
A Sense of Danger (00:04:43)
Facing Reality (00:016:09)
Loyalties Tested (00:31:01)
Kiraâs Awakening (00:43:20)
Questioning the Order of Things (00:50:20)
Send us your feedback!
Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact
Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm
Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm
Support the Network!
Become a Trek.fm Patron on Patreon and help us keep Star Trek talk coming every week. We have great perks for you at http://patreon.com/trekfm
|The Orb 83: When You Unzip the Turtleneckâ¦|
The Dominion Invasion, Part 2 of 7: A Time to Stand.
Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn't really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.
In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing continue their series that takes you through the Season Six opener. This time around we tackle the actual season premier, âA Time to Stand,â the uneasy alliance aboard the station, Siskoâs unexpected career turn as a master strategist, the ever-adaptable nature of Odo, the new path for a grown-up Jake, and the incredible display of arrogance delivered by one Skrain Dukat, Esq.
Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing
Editor and Producer
Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip
A Feeling of Weariness (00:02:50)
The Minefield Takes Center Stage (00:08:09)
Dukat on Display (00:12:25)
Uneasy Allies (00:15:54)
Odo Adaptsâ¦ Again (00:22:54)
Why Do We Fight? (00:29:56)
Siskoâs Unexpected Career Turn (00:33:43)
Garak and a JemâHadar Come to Dinnerâ¦ (00:41:49)
Jake Becomes His Own Man (00:48:16)
Send us your feedback!
Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact
Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm
Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm
Support the Network!
|The Orb 81: Losing the Peace|
The Dominion Invasion, Part 1 of 7: Call to Arms.
Deep Space Nine is often seen as that series about the war. But, in fact, the Dominion War didn't really begin until the end of the fifth season. Squadrons of insect-like Dominion ships pouring out of the wormhole was the harbinger of the greatness and danger to come, and to a unique approach to Star Trek storytelling. The sixth season of DS9 was to begin not only with an unprecedented six-episode arc, but also with the scattering of our heroes and the loss of the space station whose very name is in the title of the show.
In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing kick off a new series of episodes that will take you through the Season Six opener. We begin with the finale of Season Five, "Call to Arms," an episode that is not a cliffhanger in the traditional Star Trek sense but certainly leaves fans on the edge of their seats.
Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing
Editor and Producer
Norman C. Lao, Ruth Ward, Lisa Stevens, Will Nguyen, and Kenneth Trip
Turning Points (00:06:07)
Mining the Wormhole (00:16:31)
Sisko and Symbolism (00:29:37)
Send us your feedback!
Contact Form: http://www.trek.fm/contact
Visit the Trek.fm website at http://trek.fm
Subscribe in iTunes: http://itunes.com/trekfm
Support the Network!
|The Orb 66: There. Are. Fourteen. Planets!|
The Bajoran Solar System.
Deep Space Nine is first and foremost a story about characters. More so than any other Star Trek series, technology, science, and other worlds take a backseat to how events affect our characters on a personal level. So one easily overlooked part of the DS9 framework is the enormous solar system in which the series is set.
In this episode of The Orb hosts Christopher Jones and Matthew Rushing take you on a tour of the fourteen planets and two M-Class moons that make up the Bajoran system, discuss whether these locales should have played a bigger role in the series, speculate on the reality of the spatial relationship between Bajor, the Station, and the wormhole Â and debate whether Bajor XII, XIII, and XIV should be demoted to the status of dwarf planet just like poor little Pluto. Oh, and of course we get our plasma charged in the Denorios Belt.
|No Prisoners, No Mercy - Show 33|
Welcome to Wormhole Extreme!
This week we have another guest. Join us as we talk about faction warfare, wormholes and more. Upcoming shows will include guests Saylah from Mystic Worlds and Tipa from West Karana.
|STARGATE FANFIC "Solitudes Redux" 1/1 rated R Jack/Daniel||TITLE: Solitudes Redux 1/1|
RATING: R/Mature/FRT (language, sexual subject matter)
CATEGORY/GENRE: AU, episode-related; action/adventure, hurt/comfort
WORD COUNT: 3449
CHARACTERS: Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson; Teal'c, Samantha Carter
TIMELINE/SPOILERS: 1x18 "Solitudes"
PROMPTS: jd_ficathon for elder_bonnie A snow planet, Daniel-whump, separated and frozen, no higher than soft R, no character death
SUMMARY/SYNOPSIS/PREMISE: What if Daniel had been stranded in Antarctica with Jack in 1x18 'Solitudes'?
NOTES: Thought this'd be easy dialog-switching, but then I started considering how events would've truly diverged in a chaos-theory multiverse sort of way. Brief reference to Jack/Sara, Daniel/Sha're; surreal UST reference to Sam/Jack, Teal'c/Jack. (Dear Brad Wright: wormholes are not telephone signals kthxbai.)
( Read more... )
|Military science fiction done with violence and style in Dread Empire's Fall|
In the hands of tyrants, fear is a fearsome weapon. Not only does it have the power to scourge the courage out of the brave, it institutionalizes a sense of inferiority in those subject to the will of its wielder. It carves into their souls a belief that they must obey or face the prospect of punishments that will send their minds shrieking into madness. Fear compels us to abandon our sense of equality, of personal dignity. And without these virtues to bolster self-identity, without the belief that everyone is subject to the laws of the land, justice atrophies until all that is left is strict, authoritarian order, the likes of which rewards the rich while criminalizing the poor. This truth could ask for no better exemplar than Mr. Williams who demonstrates it to wonderful effect in his engaging trilogy.
For ten-thousand years, the Shaa have ruthlessly ruled the galaxy. Sewing conquest through the liberal use of force, intimidation and nuclear fire, they have subsumed the known races into the fabric of their dread collective, all in the name of their beloved Praxis, a vision of order and enlightenment that only they can truly comprehend. Naturally, most races resisted this shotgun unity, but the anti-matter bombs that the Shaa mercilessly dropped on their cities, their habitats, their worlds, put an emphatic end to that. Perhaps they even attempted to flee, but where could the intelligent species go when the Shaa had already seeded the known universe with stable wormholes through which they could spread their terrible power?
Eventually, unity came to seem natural to the Shaa's client races. As their faiths and traditions fell away, to be replaced by the omnipresence of the Praxis, they became compliant, even content in their bondage until, finally, after millennia of conquest and expansion, the Shaa began to wane. Having conquered every race they could find, having expanded their intelligence through unimaginably complex machines, they had experienced every emotion, explored every thought, sampled every horizon. The universe was no longer a mystery; it was a bore from which to escape. Slowly, through suicide, the Shaa's numbers reduced to one, one last god over the mortal races. And then even he removed himself from the board and exposed an empire of countless billions to a new, chaotic dawn, one far more terrifying than any the Shaa had imposed. This is the story of that dawn, a story of war and resistance, of fire and radiation, that might well burn hot enough to extinguish even the legacy of the Shaa and leave behind nothing but ashes.
Born from the mind of one of science fiction's most eclectic authors, The Dread Empire is a fascinating and engrossing journey through an apocalyptic war. Mr. Williams, who rose to prominence with the Hardwired Series of cyberpunknovels, turns his mind here to military fiction, reconstructing a universe of humans and aliens, of wealth and poverty, of aristocracy and criminality, with winning thoroughness. For the author has rejected the storytelling crutches of Transporters and faster-than-light travel to conjure up a wonderfully detailed reality that, for good and ill, is utterly faithful to its laws and customs. For this alone, the work should be celebrated. Not many possess such vision, much less the willingness to carry it out. And yet, the author has harnessed his talent for three-dimensional characters and deployed it here with vivid results that elevate the series from the mundane to the extraordinary.
Though war dominates the trilogy, The Dread Empire is notable for its politics. Mr. Williams has fused together futuristic technology with an Edwardian society to create a truly horrifying amalgam of privilege and corruption strongly reminiscent of our own colonialist history. In fact, it is an easy matter to regard the Shaa as the British, or the Roman, Empire, using its superior knowledge and tactics to conquer other races and impose upon them a societal structure that is both foreign to their minds and corrosive to their morals. Viewed this way, it is unsurprising that the characters in Mr. Williams' work devote much of their energy to subverting that order in the hopes of overturning it, of converting it into something that better suits ingenuity and personal skill.
Naturally, The Dread Empire has its fair share of flaws. Unlike the adrenaline-soaked pages of Mr. Williams' Cyberpunk work, this trilogy is characterized by long moments of quiet, cruel conniving followed by quick explosions of action and turmoil. Though this technique is not without its merits, the plod is too pronounced, too protracted, to be as engaging as the action sequences which are written with an exactitude that is admirable if somewhat bewildering for those not versed in non-conventional, three-dimensional military tactics. Moreover, Mr. Williams' choice to train the series' focus on only two primary characters leaves much of this universe unexplored. Martinez and Sulah are each wonderful conceptions, creatures of will and ambition who occupy a new space between hero and antihero, but they are both career military and both on one side of the conflict, leaving not only civilian life undeveloped but the enemy perspective as well. The trilogy could have benefited from dropping some of its Edwardian pomp in favor of a third point of view that would have balanced the tale.
Notwithstanding its flaws, The Dread Empire is wonderful work that ties together elements of politics, war, mystery and aristocracy to forge a world that is as familiar as it is foreign. Yes, the author uses thinly veiled conceits to ensure that this future is, in some ways, shockingly like our own, but these can be forgiven when they make possible a constellation of relatable characters and circumstances that keep us invested in the epic. A work of noteworthy imagination... (4/5 Stars)
|Visualizing Interstellar's Wormhole|| James, Oliver and von Tunzelmann, EugÃ©nie and Franklin, Paul and Thorne, Kip S. (2015) Visualizing Interstellar's Wormhole. American Journal of Physics, 83 (6). pp. 486-499. ISSN 0002-9505. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20150611-102023395 |
|Billiard balls in wormhole spacetimes with closed timelike curves: Classical theory|| Echeverria, Fernando and Klinkhammer, Gunnar and Thorne, Kip S. (1991) Billiard balls in wormhole spacetimes with closed timelike curves: Classical theory. Physical Review D, 44 (4). pp. 1077-1099. ISSN 0556-2821. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:ECHprd91 |
|Wormholes, time machines, and the weak energy condition|| Morris, Michael S. and Thorne, Kip S. and Yurtsever, Ulvi (1988) Wormholes, time machines, and the weak energy condition. Physical Review Letters, 61 (13). pp. 1446-1449. ISSN 0031-9007. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:MORprl88 |
|Carter Tutti Void â âV3â|
An insidiously brutal, masochistically sexual wormhole
This first taste of the collaboration between Chris and Cosey and Factory Floorâs Nik Void is as brilliantly diabolical as …Continue reading »
|ABCP Episode #106||This very special episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by Chris Neseman! That's right, the famed podcaster from 11 O'Clock Comics and Around Comics joins us in our studio via wormhole from Chicago, and can be credited/blamed for the existence of Awesomed By Comics in the first place. Amadeus Cho is powerfully awesome, Thor is devilishly great, and Science Dog's bark is better than his bite. We talk about why Scott Pilgrim tanked, and get a recommendation for a web comic that is pretty much a sure bet to devour us whole. Also: Should you let your girlfriend win at video games? Tune in for the definitive answer.
Tell us what you think on our blog and leave an iTunes review if you like the show!|
|Dear life-saver I love the content of your blog. ...||Dear life-saver|
I love the content of your blog. However, I have a problem that, being a relative noob, I cannot solve. Here is my blog, http://thevesh.blogspot.com/
If you go to the archive (Into the Wormhole), you'll find that there are 11 posts for October. However, if you click on the October link and open it in a new page, only 5 posts are listed. Could you tell me why this happens and how to fix it? Thanks!
|111: Dude in a Tin Can|
Iron Man 3.
Tony Stark had been though a lot, he'd been captured in Afghanistan, almost died when his parter in business tried to have him killed, created a super suit, declared himself Iron Man, had to work though daddy issues to save his life and then flew a nuke into a wormhole to save the world.
In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Ken Tripp and Richard Marquez to talk about Iron Man 3. We discuss the ghosts that haunt Tony, demons he made, Pepper, a complete arc, out of the suit, the Mandarin, obsession, music, effects and our ratings.
|MERCI FOR THE SPEED OF A MAD CLOWN IN SUMMER||THIS WEEK IN THEATRES...|
* Room 237, like a collapsing wormhole of internet crazy, a tape loop of nonsense about Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
* To the Wonder, the latest from Terrence Malick is beautiful and emotionally provocative.
* Indie & Arthouse for the Oregonian, 4/19/13: Two recent French films, Women on the Sixth Floor and Tomboy, and two 1950s classics, The Little Fugitive and Imitation of Life.
UPDATED TO CRITERION CONFESSIONS...
A Pierre Etaix survey! All but one of his films so far, as they are being shown at the NW Film Center.
* As Long as You're Healthy/Feeling Good
* Le Grand Amour/Happy Anniversary
* Land of Milk and Honey
THIS WEEK IN BD/DVD REVIEWS...
* 28 Hotel Rooms, an indie romance with an interesting story structure.
Current Soundtrack: NBC news
e-mail = golightly at confessions123.com * Midi-Confessions123 * Criterion Confessions * Last FM * GoodReads * The Blog Roll [old version] * DVDTalk reviews * My Books On Amazon
All text (c) 2013 Jamie S. Rich
|Anti-Gay Allies Blast FRC for honoring Baity #GLAADCAP|
At this point we've all heard Tony Perkins say some jaw-dropping things, and we all know that the Family Research Council is one of the most hostile groups working against LGBT rights today. But still, the decision to give the organization's annual top honor, the Watchman Award, to North Carolina pastor Ron Baity seemed clumsy and ill-advised, even for FRC.
Yet there he was, last Thursday afternoon. Tony Perkins was lauding one of the only people on the entire Commentator Accountability Project (GLAAD CAP) roster whose rhetoric is more extreme than his own. Tony thanked Baity for his years of service in the Tar Heel state, including his role in passing the recent marriage amendment. Tony, one of cable TV's favorite anti-gay voices, praised Baity as an all-around good man and a good Christian, fit to receive plaudits, plaques, and the enhanced punditry profile that comes from being adorned an award winner by one of America's top anti-gay groups.
So who is Ron Baity? For those not instantly familiar, he's a guy who has said of gay relations, "I don't think even maggots do that." He's a guy who's admitted he wants to "save" gay people so they will "quit being homos." He's a guy who once asked of the overturning of laws that criminalize being gay: "What are we gonna do next, turn all the murderers loose?" Ron Baity says our society was smarter when we prosecuted gay people, and that the gay community is signing America's "death warrant." He's also someone who, unfortunately, was often quoted by the mainstream media in the run-up to NC's vote to ban marriage without any of this critical context.
And now? This very same Mr. Baity is also FRC's reigning king of pastoral outreach.
[*Above text reads "There is much lucent fruit today filled with wormholes and rotten cores. Externally, it appears to be pleasant to the taste, but upon close inspection is found to be full of putrefaction. Nowhere is this process more fully recognized than in the warped, infested, twisted, illusive imagery of the depraved gray matter of the homosexual community."]
To give some insight into what this award means: last year's winner was Bishop Harry Jackson, whose profile has certainly increased in the time since FRC anointed him. In terms of socially conservative connections, this is not some small potatoes outfit. FRC is an organization with access to many key social conservatives, in politics and in the media. Though not surprising, it was still troubling to supporters of LGBT equality that the anti-gay movement appears to be trying to lift Baity up to a national platform.
And we're not alone. This move was equally troubling to a couple of organizations who advocate against us, yet who still know an act of deep extremism when they see it.
On Friday, in a column for the Baptist Press news site headlined "Southern Baptists draw distance from harsh anti-gay rhetoric, yet hold to convictions," Southern Baptist leaders took the unusual opportunity to separate their church's own advocacy from that of Ron Baity (among others). It's a very rare move for the Southern Baptist Convention, whose voices typically avoid such dissension. But here in a month where violently anti-gay Baptist voices like Sean Harris and Charles Worley keep popping up, SBC felt a need to draw a line between "culture war" and the kind of rhetoric employed by Harris, Worley, and now Baity.
Then on Tuesday of this week, it happened again. Exodus International, the largest group pushing so-called "ex-gay" therapy, issued a strong rebuke of FRC and Perkins for honoring Baity in the way that they did. President Alan Chambers "denounced the Family Research Councilâs choice," saying that âItâs time conservative Christians who claim biblical principles such as loving their enemies and neighbors, and considering the welfare of others first, to speak swiftly and strongly against this type of action.â Chambers went on to say, âFor too long weâve stayed silent and allowed our brothers and sisters to tip that hat toward angry and abusive rhetoric," adding, "Itâs a terrible witness for Christ, and clear hypocrisy to a watching world.â (See the full press release here)
It seems that for these two fellow anti-LGBT groups, FRC's choice is not only indefensible, but actually worthy of public outcry.
We started GLAAD CAP with the intent of giving the mainstream media the information it needed to hold anti-LGBT voices accountable for the things they have put on the record. Now it seems they are being held accountable by their own allies in the anti-gay movement.
By honoring Ron Baity, FRC and Tony Perkins showed how far and deep they are willing to go in order to foment anti-gay fervor in this country. By chastising this decision, Exodus and the SBC show that even some of those who oppose LGBT equality are now starting to object to the obviously out-of-line (yet reliably common) anti-gay statements that many in the LGBT movement have been objecting to for years.
May 30, 2012
|Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium|
Spherical domain walls and vacuum bubbles can spontaneously nucleate and expand during the inflationary epoch in the early universe. After inflation ends, the walls and/or bubbles form black holes with a wide spectrum of masses. For some parameter values, the black holes can serve as dark matter or as seeds for supermassive black holes at galactic centers. This mechanism of black hole formation is very generic and has important implications for the global structure of the universe. Black holes with mass greater than certain critical value contain inflating universes inside. The resulting multiverse has a very nontrivial spacetime structure, with a multitude of eternally inflating regions connected by wormholes.
Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 201.
Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.
Winter 2015/2016, Committee: R. Blandford (Chair), T. Heinz, L. Hollberg, K. Irwin
When youâre left feeling lonely, hodge-poly or glum,
Forget where youâre going! Merely twiddle your thumb.
See, thereâs sites to be seen and thoughts to be caught,
Whither whether youâre ready or ready youâre not.
So jump to the Kracken or climb to the sea -
At least youâre never as mad as Eugenia Loli.
|(VIDEO) CLASSIC STARGATE: Wormhole Outtakes||The classic outtakes scene from the SG-1 100th episode comes to life in GateWorld Play!|
|Stargate SG-1 S1 E10: Bloodlines (And The Importance Of A Quality Mythology)|
"You're over a hundred years old?
God, I'm sorry."
-Jack O'Neill to Bra'tac-
Star Trek: The Next Generation penned a fair number of Worf-centric stories. Some of those tales surrounding Michael Dorn's Worf were among the series' very best often penned by Ronald D. Moore.
Stargate SG-1, across its ten season run unabashedly offered a number of opportunities for actor Christopher Judge to spread his wings in Teal'c-centric tales capitalizing on its equally varied cast.
Judge, one of the fantastic four (this fantastic four is better than the Marvel movies) of SG-1, is no thespian, but performs in the role admirably and plays his stilted alien role rather deftly.
Still, Dorn, whose character stories this writer much prefers, was a little more seasoned by the time he took on his part for the series. The Worf character, for me, was also a more interesting character.
Judge however grows into the role nicely over ten seasons of the warrior turned slave turned liberator in SG-1. But the concepts for these two supporting alien characters are generally drawn from a similar spiritual pool when it comes to the convention of the alien who has allied with humans in the science fiction genre.
Judge delivers for the role as much as directors brought the best out of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his screen appearances.
This writer doesn't mean to judge Judge too harshly either. Tastes are relative and to each his own. Personally I was never a huge fan of Teal'c, but his role in the series was still undeniable and an important one.
On a recent business excursion to Oklahoma, a flight with American, a Stargate book in hand and a few Voka and Cranberry cocktails later---I was feeling pretty damn good. What happens to the Sci-Fi Fanatic when he's feeling good? Well, he behaves, perhaps laughs quietly to himself, but most certainly doesn't get thrown from the flight. In fact, this writer begins to consider why he still appreciates Stargate SG-1. What was it I still enjoyed so damn much about this ten year run of science fiction action adventure? The answer came to me. Vodka and cranberry on ice does that apparently. Like a bolt from the blue at however many thousand feet above the Earth (I was like Thor from the Asgard or the Ascended looking down from yonder), it became clear.
The fact was Teal'c and Daniel Jackson were likely my least favorite characters on their own. Carter and O'Neil largely my favorite. Yet like that Marvel quartet the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. Together there was a strength of quality in numbers. This was a functional team unlike many ensembles. The group was a powerhouse of storytelling to rival any of the many science fiction ensembles in science fiction history be it Star Trek: The Next Generation or Farscape or others. At the very least Stargate SG-1 can hang with the best. And when you consider those other properties, those too work in much the same way. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There is indeed strength in numbers. And as Jim Butcher wrote in his article Artificial Intelligence And Genuine Stupidity, E Pluribus Unum, "out of many, one" (p.57, Stepping Through The Stargate: Science, Archaeology And The Military In Stargate SG-1), the imperfect made whole makes for a fairly mighty series.
Apart from these wonderfully formed characters of which they indubitably are, what else? There had to be something more. The cocktail spoke to me again.
It was that long, rich mythology. Indeed, to quote the man (Teal'c), it was ten years of a fascinating weave of science fiction wonder, characters, allies, enemies, creatures, worlds (yes, even if many looked like Vancouver), humor and of it that culminates in mythology. This isn't entirely of my own design and revelation. This epiphany came to me whilst reading the essay We Need You Back by J.C.Vaughn again from Stepping Through The Stargate (see my praise for the book way back here).
It was Vaughn's point that partly inspired this piece. Vaughn noted, "the show's creative staff found the internal logic of the series right away" (p.88). Vaughn added later, "characters...actually remembered things between episodes from season to season. They accumulated knowledge and memories that would come into play in future adventures and informed the thought processes of the characters just as they informed the viewers" (p.89). And so Stargate SG-1 near seamlessly over ten years weaves its characters into this mammoth, logical mythology and one that lost characters forever, and even intelligently brought some back.
The X-Files (1993-2002), for example, certainly has a wonderful, enduring, even unfinished mythology that remains unfulfilled and many science fiction fans adore it for this reason. At essentially a ten season run The X-Files still gives the fans plenty to mine and explore and endlessly appreciate. For some Stargate SG-1, despite the ironic title of its series finale Unending, brought a sense of closure and completeness to its run. It all came about, like the very gate itself, full circle (another Stargate SG-1 episode).
Did fans of six seasons of LOST (2004-2010) feel that same sense of closure? Maybe. Was it a logical and complete mythology? For some its metaphysical and philosophical underpinnings indeed continue to cultivate the fertile mind. To others LOST is a meandering, maddening and indecisive affair when it comes to its mythology that seems the victim or result of "write as you go."
Again, Stargate SG-1 may not be as challenging or quite as cerebral as LOST or as politically savvy and timely as Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009), but most would argue its ten seasons came to a wholly satisfying end within what appeared to be an unending franchise and one arguably more fulfilling than Ronald D. Moore's four season reimagining of the 1978 classic. Though personally, this writer quite enjoyed the two part Daybreak (2009).
And as wonderful as Star Trek and its variations are, the internal logic has been broken time and again and often and, though forgivable, defies logic. Spock would not be pleased.
To even make the point of memory in his article, Vaughn joked about memory on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) calling it the "poster child" of not getting that part right. "The guys in the red shirts never say 'Hey, Bill, what happened to Eugene?' or anything like that. ... It never dawns on them that if they're not Scotty, they're dead meat. It's like they don't even watch the show, let alone live it" (p.90).
Again, it is this internal logic in Stargate SG-1 that grows with each ensuing season building on what it was that came before it.
And so with Stargate SG-1, Season One, Ep10, Bloodlines, that mythology continues.
Bloodlines concerns itself with the introduction of Teal'c's furtive world. On his homeworld Chulak lives his son Rya'c and his wife Drey'auc. Even former Apophis First Prime Bra'tac, who instructed Teal'c, resides there. Another apostrophe anyone?
And the enslavement of the Jaffa hangs in the balance along with the possibility of stemming the tide against the Goa'uld (there's that apostrophe) by severing the symbiotic source of these false gods. Ho-hum. The deadly serious Teal'c and his accompanying arc just bored me to no end. But, the reaction by his SG-1 comrades was always the more interesting aspect of these stories for me personally.
Of course there is all the business with implantation and the coming of age to become Jaffa and receive a Goa'uld symbiote or larvae. It's disgusting too with serviceable effects.
For those requiring a better understanding of both the larva/symbiote and the Jaffa, Judge offered some wonderful thoughts in an excerpt from Starlog Magazine #251.
The Goa'uld larva is carried to maturity by its host. "It's a mutual kind of symbiosis. I nourish it, and it nourishes me. It allows me to go many days without sleep, without food. It heals any injuries I might have. But in turn, it feeds off my system. I breathe for it. I eat for it. I nourish it. I carry it for seven years; at that point it's mature enough to leave my body and exist on its own in another host. It can also, after that time, be strong enough to control the host it inhabits." It all seems perfectly logical right. Sometimes I truly believe you must be a fan of science fiction to completely grasp what's going on.
The Jaffa thread was often handled with care too. Judge delivered some personal reflections in Starlog Magazine #251 on the comparison of the Jaffa in a historical context to slavery. Judge noted he was "kind of worried" about possible flak from critics and friends for taking a role as a slave on a TV series, until he saw that his character would quickly emerge as a leader.
"I saw [the slavery angle] right off when I read the script, and that's why I was attracted to the character. He was going to have the chance to rebel and free his people from their oppressors. That, to me, directly parallels the horrible American legacy of slavery, even all the way up to the '60s and the [Civil Rights] movement, where things start to change and an aggressive leader emerges at the movement's forefront. That's very much how I see Teal'c. Most people see him as very heroic and very noble."
But even when this writer does not particularly connect with one piece or another of it, one thread or parcel part of it, there's always something new and different around the corner. Yet, these stories are seeds to later stories and the mythology grows like a redwood in Vancouver and Stargate SG-1 has one of the most fertile and fantastic mythologies in science fiction. Stargate Atlantis (2004-2009) and Stargate Universe (2009-2011) add to that variation and diversity beautifully. Is it necessarily brain science or as smart as some of the best in science fiction. Arguably not, but one could defend there is a kind of perfection in its simplicity. So like it or love it, like the SG-1 team through a wormhole, there is plenty to plumb the depths of and explore here.
The Goa'uld, the Tok'ra, the evolution of the Replicators, the evolution of Daniel Jackson, the introduction of Jonas Quinn, the introduction of Ben Browder and Claudia Black who fell through a Farscape wormhole and landed inside the Stargate SG-1 universe (sans Scorpius), the Asgard, the Nox (well, maybe not the Nox), the Unas, super soldiers, Robert when did you fly in from Star Trek: Voyager Picardo (and keep returning), and the list goes on. You name it and SG-1 was like a good-humored ever ready bunny. Heck the memory of Rodney McKay's visit to SG-1 and his association with Carter carried over to Stargate Atlantis' Grace Under Pressure (E14, S2). The franchise was relentlessly smart about those threads and tying them together.
And understanding the fact that sometimes Stargate SG-1 gets referred to as an action adventure series by many writers, this one included, should not come as a knock or derision, because it certainly comes off that way sometimes. It is that and so much more. Much of that so much more is due to its colorful and seemingly unending mythology. The series deserves better recognition for this fact alone. It operates intelligently within its universe and does so with such heart and sincerity it's hard not to consider Stargate SG-1 among the top tier of science fiction series ever designed and created.
And we now return with our latest installments of The World According To Jack O'Neill. Here we are treated to a whole handful of wisdom in the Bloodlines entry.
|DOWNLOAD Interstellar (2014) IMAX BluRay 720p||DOWNLOAD Interstellar (2014) IMAX BluRay 720p |
Release Date: 7 November 2014 (USA)
Genre: Adventure | Sci-Fi
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Quality: IMAX BluRay 720p
Source: 720p BluRay x264-DAA
Subtitle: Indonesia, English
A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
SCREEN SHOOT DOWNLOAD Interstellar (2014) IMAX BluRay 720p
DOWNLOAD Interstellar (2014) IMAX BluRay 720p HERE:
DOWNLOAD KLICK HERE
|Comment on Are We Living in a Virtual Reality? by Pamela Reuben||Gosh, Greg, I really enjoyed this article. I first heard about Bostromâs ideas via an episode of THROUGH THE WORMHOLE and, like you, I thought about how the Course says we are running our own simulation. I would just add that the world being referred to in the quotes above, the world where we are not at homeâit disappears into a world where we are far more comfortable and feel far more at home once we: (1) Bring our challenges, our problems, our conflicts, our hates, and so forth to God, and (2) allow Him to solve and resolve them which is Healing. The Course clearly states that âThere is no problem in any situation that faith will not solve.â And Workbook Lesson 50 tells us exactly what to put our faith in order to resolve every problem, conflict, challenge, etc. What I see ACIM saying is that living life as an adventure in solving and resolving each upset via faith (utter conviction, complete confidence, full persuasion) in the Love of God shifts us out of this illusory world, away from our own simulation, and into The Holy Spiritâs simulation which is much, much closer to Reality and, as a result, motivates us to remember it.|
|Tornado of the Four Elements|
|Past Encounters Blog Tour: Review|
Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction
The day Rhoda Middleton opens a letter from another woman, she becomes convinced her husband, Peter, is having an affair. But when Rhoda tracks the mysterious woman down, she discovers she is not Peterâs lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster. There is only one problem â Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster.
Devastated by this betrayal of trust, Rhoda tries to find out why Peter has kept this friendship a secret for so long. Her search leads her back to 1945, but as she gradually uncovers Peterâs wartime experiences she must wrestle with painful memories of her own. For Rhoda too cannot escape the ghosts of the past.
Taking us on a journey from the atmospheric filming of Brief Encounter, to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through snow-bound Germany, PAST ENCOUNTERS explores themes of friendship, hope, and how in the end, it is the small things that enable love to survive.
Includes bonus material for reading groups.
So What Did I Think About The Story?
WWII seems to be a hot topic in novels nowadays and I am one of those readers that eats it up! There is just something about the horror and sacrifice intermingled with the determination, bravery and sheer will to not only survive but to come out the other side stronger than ever that gets me every time. Most of these stories seem to take the reader to the frontlines of the battles or into the homes of those left behind to pine for loved ones fighting. Brief Encounters, however, is the first I have read that gives us an inside look at what it was like for British soldiers forced to work for the Germans in prisoner of war camps as well as the complicated emotions of someone left behind who is ready for her life to begin even while those around her expect her to put her life on hold for a man she barely knows. These varied topics really pulled me into Brief Encounters and kept me turning the pages to find out how the story would unfold.
The story goes back and forth between 1955, when Rhoda Middleton discovers her husband Peter has been hiding an entire part of his life from her since he returned from the war, and the late 1930s through 1945 when Rhoda and Peter meet, go through a quick courtship and Peter enlists and goes off to become a driver and finds himself a prisoner of war . Mostly alternating between Peter's and Rhoda's points of view, the reader gets to see first hand the struggles both of them go through during the war and what they hide from each other when Peter returns, leading to the marriage difficulties they are facing in 1955.
When we first meet Peter and Rhoda in 1955, their marriage of ten years seems to be a complete shame with no real relationship, either physical or emotional, and with both of them just going through the motions of everyday life. It isn't until Rhoda finds a letter from a woman named Helen and she thinks Peter is having an affair that she finally learns how little she knows about her husband's past and what he went through while he was in a prisoner of war camp. As she builds a friendship with Helen, the wife of a man Peter survived the camp with, she begins to better understand the man she's married to and how her secrets have served to put a wedge between them as much as his. It is only with being honest with each other and letting their guards down that they might stand a chance at a happy life together.
The most captivating part of this twisting story for me was Peter's time in the camp. Davina Blake does an exceptional job of plopping the reader into the camp and making them feel, hear, see what these prisoners had to go through. The descriptions of what would go through their minds and what they experienced really helped not only to immerse me in the action but to somewhat explain why Peter becomes this different man when he goes home. Watching Peter and his fellow prisoners not only try to survive but retain some humanity was inspiring and I won't soon forget their stories.
While Rhoda's side of the story is less dramatic and attention-grabbing I did enjoy seeing her struggle against what she believed was expected of her as a "fiancÃ©e" (although you can barely call Peter her fiancÃ©e while he is serving as he asked her so abruptly before leaving for the war) and what her heart was telling her she wanted out of life. I couldn't help but feel for her, left at home with a less than perfect family life, always expected to find something useful to do with every second she had to spare, and wanting nothing more than to live a little as any red-blooded young woman in her early twenties would want to do. I don't want to give too much away regarding the secret she has kept hidden from Peter but it is quite bittersweet and even when I finished the story I couldn't help but feel that she never really got what she wanted out of life.
Brief Encounters is a long but enticing story of the endurance of the human spirit, the hunger for love and appreciation and how secrets can fester and tear people away from each other. I only wish that the author had included an author's note at the back of the book that explained more about the real Great March of prisoners of war (something I knew nothing about) and maybe more facts regarding the loses sustained during the war (and I know I could just look this up online but I always enjoy turning that last page and finding that information ready to drive home the reality of what people such as the ones found in the book actually experienced). I highly recommend this to any lover of WWII history!
So What Did I Think About The Cover?
I think its very pretty and I like the idea of the misty, grey man and background being the past that Rhoda is trying to forget.
My Rating: 4.0/5.0
Thank you to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for providing me with a free copy of Past Encounters in exchange for an honest review! Make sure to continue below for more information about the book, the author and the rest of the blog tour.
Praise for Past Encounters
âHer characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly Recommended!â â The Historical Novels Review
Buy The Book
About the Author
Davina Blake used to be a set and costume designer for theatre and TV, during which time she developed a love of research which fueled her passion for the past. She holds an MA in Creative
Writing from Lancaster University and also writes successful seventeenth century historicals under the pen name Deborah Swift. âHer characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly recommended.â The Historical Novels Review From Davina: âI was inspired to write âPast Encountersâ because I live close to the railway station where the iconic âBrief Encounterâ was filmed in 1945. I have often used the refreshment room that featured in the film when waiting for a train. I love a good cup of tea, preferably accompanied by a chocolate brownie!â
For more information visit Davina Blakeâs website and blog. You can also find her on Twitter.
Past Encounters Blog Tour Schedule
Saturday, November 15
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Sunday, November 16
Review at Library Educated
Monday, November 17
Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Tuesday, November 18
Review at Oh, For the Hook of a Book!
Wednesday, November 19
Review at Just One More Chapter
Thursday, November 20