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Star Trek Motivational Posters

Just what it sounds like. My favorites:

Diplomacy, Star Trek Style

Captain Kirk

Link courtesy of Bureau 42

Blogging helps you meet people with common interests

I’m a bad Web guy, because I haven’t been really keeping track of the search terms leading people to this blog lately, since almost all of them seem to involve Jackie Manuel or Jawad Williams.

However, I just happened to notice one special search term of which I am so proud:

stargate boobs girl

Stargate boobs girl indeed, my friend. 😉

Update: Oddly enough, I’m very low on Google (4th page) for that combination of words. But now that I know what my audience wants…

Candles In Space

Stargate Atlantis candle

“…and I’m going to name it Sheppard!”

Sorry, bad Stargate Atlantis joke. 😉

Image courtesy of TV Squad

Which Star Trek character are you?

I knew it…

Your results:
You are An Expendable Character (Redshirt)

An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Deanna Troi
Geordi LaForge
Jean-Luc Picard
Will Riker
Beverly Crusher
Mr. Scott
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Mr. Sulu
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Since your accomplishments are seldom noticed, and you are rarely thought of, you are expendable. That doesn’t mean your job isn’t important but if you were in Star Trek you would be killed off in the first episode you appeared in.Redshirt

Click here to take the “Which Star Trek character am I?” quiz…

Goodbye, Scotty

The man who kept the Enterprise running passed away today.

James Doohan’s Star Trek character was a great example for me of Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy may have been the center of most of the action, but Scotty stepped up and took command of the ship in the worst situations when they were away. It made it seem like the supporting characters weren’t just there for support. They were all highly competent, professional, and cool in a crisis, even if not as flashy as the Captain. It evoked a Starfleet system of selecting the best people, out of thousands of volunteers, based purely on merit and team cohesion. (Of course, that doesn’t explain why so many of the people they met from the Federation and Starfleet were venal, cruel, and incompetent.)

House subcommittee hunts Big Bird

A House Appropriations subcommittee has voted to cut funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 25% next year, totally eliminating the budget in two years. They also voted to get rid of another program that supports children’s educational television.

While I think it would be a good thing for public broadcasting to be able to shift from federal funds to other sources, simply so they could get out from under government criticism, this amounts to a direct assault on public television. The excuse made by the subcommittee chair, Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio), was that they needed to cut funding somewhere, and they would rather keep college grants and special education funds than the CPB.

That’s right, Rep. Regula. The situation became so desperate recently that you had to choose between programs you had been funding pretty easily for years? I wonder why? Could it be heavy expenditures on the war in Iraq combined with tax cuts?

What infuriates me about this proposal — which should be reversed as it moves onto the House floor — is that I doubt very many people at all voted Republican last time because they wanted public television to suffer. In fact, if you did have a little checkbox where people could designate a portion of their taxes to the CPB, I think it would end up being over-funded. So, where’s our representative government in this case?

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Link courtesy of Wonkette

Register of Copyrights wants less rights to make copies

Personally I agree with at least one part of Marybeth Peters’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee: It is disturbing that there may be ties between terrorist organizations and copyright violators. I mean, after all, what if the terrorists get their hands on copies of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic and release it to the rest of the world? That will just make people hate America more. 😉

Link courtesy of Corante, via Boing Boing

Frank Gorshin, The Riddler, dies at 72

Frank Gorshin, who gave me the creeps as a kid when playing The Riddler on the 1960’s TV version of Batman, passed away on Tuesday.

What I primarily remember about that show wasn’t the exaggerated wooden acting of Adam West…it was the sheer enthusiasm of the people playing the villains. They really made the show, and and I loved episodes with Gorshin playing the Riddler and Cesar Romero playing The Joker. (Hey, let’s play on a child’s natural fear of crazy, malicious people…and clowns!)

Thanks, Mr. Gorshin. 🙂

A Nokamura…

…a Bono, Up and Back, the Gilligan cut…

John Rogers at Kung Fu Monkey on what you say when there’s little new under the sun. 🙂

Technicon 22

You know, I kind of remember this, but I have no idea why I never attended it when I was in Blacksburg. Maybe I was always broke by that time? Nah, it’s only $20. 🙂

I wonder why the site shows up as black with black text, though.

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