Artefacts from the day before yesterday

I grew up thinking of artefacts as something as humans left behind them, remnants of our activities. Then I got involved in the software, or computer, business, as a consultant, where artefact means something else – a by-product of our activities, but in another not so archaeological, way. Mainly they’re documents, of different kinds. Anyway, the other day I sorted out some old stuff, among other things an old bowl which has stood on my desk at home for a looong time. How long I realised when I found this item, at the bottom –

Remember? If you had an Apple computer you had one of these, preferably on the lid, to be handy when the mechanism for ejecting the floppy disc clicked.

This, for me, is a true artefact, and not from very long ago.


“Look, a cloud that looks like the Enterprise!”

As mentioned earlier my husband wasn’t to enthusiastic after seeing the latest Start Trek film (reviewed in the post previous to this one) so I was greatly surprised when we sat down to dinner earlier today and he suddenly shouted “Look, a could that looks like the Enterprise, you’ll love this!!!”

Of course I had to get up and look, and while the likeness is arbitrary I still felt like I had to document the oddity. So here it is –

Cloud Enterprise NCC1701

Now, if it only had been a REAL one…!!!


Review: Star Trek, The Movie

I can understand not everyone will like this film. For the purists it’s not true enough to material canon to fit. For the non-trek person it’s too stuffed with references to be enjoyable. Added to this my dear husband thought the humour too predictable. Me, on the other hand, had a real REAL GOOD TIME :-)

While maybe what happened not matches what has happened before this gets an explanation in the film, and as it has to do with, you know, quantum physics ;-) it’s not believable. But what does that matter?!?!?! It’s a STAR TREK film, for heavens sake! It’s not supposed to be 1000% believable!!! And anyhow the protagonists stay in character, which is what I think important, in this case.

Spoiler warning
The basic story tells how a renegade from the future threatens the Federation with extinction, and ties in somewhere between the first TOS pilot episode and the first episode featuring the original crew as we know it. It tells how Kirk became captain of the Enterprise, and by the way his daredevil mentality saves humanity. Uhura, Spook, Bones, Sulu and Chekov are with him from the start, albeit not with him anywhere close to the captain’s chair, and he collects Scotty on his way.

Most of the sfx was good, and not overdone, but the red spidery guy trying to kill Kirk on the snowy planet made me think of the Rancorn, of Star Wars/Return of the Jedi fame. Not very good, that is to say. But then not even the LoTR films managed to pull every fx off with grace. So this may be forgiven.
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As we know everyone will survive I spent most of the time smiling, even when Kirk or Spook or whoever was about to get killed because killing them would had been… highly illogical ;P

The ending… was fitting. Me like. I will not see at a theatre again (I cannot remember when I ever saw a film more than once), but I will get the DVD, faster than a cheetah can run. And then I will watch it again. And again. A perfect flick for when you’re home sick.

If I have any critique it is that while characters stayed true the message lacked. Nowhere to be seen were the original idea of talking oneself out of a bad spot; of showing grace to one’s adversaries; or to show the possibility of a better future world. But such a message may be to non-PC, presently, for Hollywood to support…

I am a bit wary that this alternate storyline quantum physics have given to us will spawn a new set of daftly made series’. But I’m holding my thumbs for it to end well…

Spammers – a rant

Every now and then a spam or three is caught in the filter. I find most of them incredibly… incredible. Do they think I’m a total moron?

Like this – someone with a screen name like “How To Make Loads of Cash In No Time” or “I Just Lost 30 Pounds” wants to leave a comment like “Interesting point, I’ve been pondering this issue too, thanks for posting” to a post which is a REVIEW!

So, OK – which point exactly did you think interesting? And what really is this issue you are talking about?

When the same comment is then left to yet another review, some days later, there’s no discussion – I know you’re a spammer.

Life would be so much more fun if you just spent your energies on something worthwhile, instead of pestering the rest of us.

Spammers reminds me of a guy I encountered at a party ages ago (18 or so years, actually, but it’s practically the same thing) who asked ever girl he met if they wanted to get laid, now, by him. Nine of out of ten hit him in the face, but the tenth took his offer.

Woe the stupidity of humankind.

Kind of.

Rereview: Cherryh’s Conspirator, again

Sometimes time and thinking, and discussing with others (not to mention rereading), informs my interpretations. In fact I like to think it improves my reading. This time it made me rethink my previous review, and instead of rewriting an already published post I decided to add a correction, a kind of post script.

In my original review I said that in this book plot is more important than character development. I was wrong. The plot is very visible and straightforward, and that obscures the fact that characters do evolve.

First Cajeiri evolve. He seems to learn something about himself, but he also asserts himself as a future leader, in sync with atevi genes and cultural patterns, to the delight of some and the frustration of others.

Secondly we see something happen with Bren. In previous books he has maintained some sort of balance between his human self and his atevi reality. Here he goes truly native, and without even reflecting on it, and as his mental set-up marks him a as a natural aiji, in atevi minds, he makes some vital choices which hopefully will evolve in the two upcoming instalments – some of which could set him at odds with his own aiji…

We also see the first atevi moron. No names, so not to spoil anything for those of you who are yet to read the book. He don’t start out that way, but negative development is development, too.
In that vein we get some development of the Toby and Barb characters, as well.

So, all in all both plot and character development, intertwined.