OH Coronavirus insanity
@apLundell Which is right about par for most conspiracy theories, I think
OH Coronavirus insanity
Listening to idiot white people *in a Chinese-American restaurant* discussing they heard “credible theories” that:
- China has a SARS vaccine
- Coronavirus is “definitely” related to SARS
- Coronavirus was made by China from (?) SARS
- Using Coronavirus on their own population for bioterror for reasons (?)
The multiple layers of stupid burns.
@telecrush Buy your own Quindar to make the tones proper
Videogame music is weird
I can think of few other media where some of the magnum opuses of composers are relegated to maybe not the best examples of the medium. Like how many film composers would point to their best stuff as B-movies?
Frank Klepacki’s magnum opus is Universe At War. I played 15 minutes of a demo because the soundtrack. No one thinks of the game, this many years later.
Even Tallarico of Videogames Live seems fondest of his work on Advent Rising. That was a game that existed. 🤣
Unfortunately, I’ve studied just enough science to be quite concerned we’ll never break the speed of light (because among other problems breaking the speed of light is time travel), and it’s a tough thing to hope for, as is any chance of meeting alien civilizations at slower than light speeds but current human lifespans. I hope we don’t need warp travel or Vulcans to reach the better ideals of Trek’s humanity.
Murder By Death versus Ben Sollee
A passing observation possibly too obscure by half: I like how much “Stone” from Murder By Death’s The Other Shore seems to be in direct conversation (is not quite rebuttal) with the title track from Ben Sollee’s Learning to Bend, even down to if I’m not mistaken some intentional similarity in cello themes.
@offtheball @telecrush There is an under-examined homeless crisis happening right now (just look how many Mastodon posts are asking for help alone), there’s plenty of opportunity for something like the Bell Riots to be sparked in the near future. (Not sure if that is helpful, hopeful enough, or depressing enough.)
Similarly, the Minutes to Midnight clock thinks we are on that crash course to a WWIII that could lead to weird post-apocalypse Bozeman, Montana rocket jockeys accidentally Warping.
It’s related to the approach that Greg Cox took in the Eugenics Wars books (even using the Assignment: Earth characters) pushing the idea that the Eugenics Wars were more of a Cold War/Spy War hidden below the surface of the 90s (trying to keep things believably within our actual 90s timeline) and only referred to as Eugenics Wars as such due to massive hindsight and very slow document declassification decades later. Some of which obscured by time traveler spies.
Base-60 was good enough for the ancient Babylonians it should be good enough today.
Similarly, Base-25 seemed very good for the D’ni civilization (their fictional downfall was unrelated to their numeral system).
@acdw Also, outside of Guinan, most of them seem to be Ensigns. Maybe the “fetch the coffee” internship survived into Starfleet as a required networking and apprenticeship step. Maybe it’s something like military kp or a jury duty of sorts to keep junior officers fresh and disciplined.
@acdw Though you are right that having them do menial tasks while doing it might be a last reflection of something like the Protestant Work Ethic, that it is better to “work” on something than nothing.
Or it might be necessary social theater, a lubricant for the primal brain that those folks have a reason to be in your space before you engage them outside of your regular peer group.
I bet Starfleet psych is full of weird experiments.
@acdw I’d imagine it fits the same role/remit of social touch points for a social species confined to cramped spaces. TNG missed a chance to explore any of those characters that deeply, but for instance DS9’s varied takes on the dabo girls and ROM’s involvement in the bar.
@breakfastgolem Mine spell out WARS, so I must be a superior gamer.
(No stretch, just Colemak layout.)
@acdw The interesting bit is how much Quark complained about those social work obligations, yet clearly understood them to be a competitive advantage. Even the Ferengi recognize the importance of a good bartender.
@acdw Same reason they have a ship psychiatrist. A good bartender is there to listen, maybe over advice. It’s an excuse for a social work point of contact for the person keen enough to know they should leave the replicator in their cabin and maybe socialize. Guinan helped a lot of people. It’s kind of weird that the role didn’t appear to roll up directly under Troi, but perhaps a Civilian social worker was an intentional concession for Starfleet client privilege responsibilities.
@telecrush I’ve played a bunch of it. It has some fun stuff. I paused because I realized it was spoiling some of Disco S2 for me, but nothing I hadn’t anticipated from S1. (I’m only now getting to S2 thanks to Picard.) I’ll probably jump back into STO more after I finish S2.
@offtheball @telecrush Assignment: Earth was meant to be a back door pilot for a spy show. It wasn’t intended to make a new timeline, just a new show. TOS was written in the time before hard continuity in TV, so they wouldn’t have been thinking hard enough about rebooting a timeline because they wouldn’t have felt beholden to one.
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