Author: gordma

Star Trek: Discovery – points of interest

The Federation-Klingon War of 2256:

  • Never heard of it before Star Trek: First Contact changed everything.
  • Could be considered a minor conflict in retrospect, like the 2372–73 war from DS9.
  • Total Federation casualties after six months of fighting in 2256 are a few thousand shy of the losses suffered in 2367 at Wolf 359.

The Klingons:

  • Klingons, at least those in the House of T’Kuvma, are cannibals. Klingons are also now bald.
  • Entirely new Klingon bird-of-prey design that is armed with both torpedoes and phasers rather than disruptors.
  • Cloaking devices exist, but are extremely limited.
  • The House of Kor has made an appearance but no sign of either the House of Mogh or Duras, yet.
  • The Klingons are apparently winning the war against the Federation despite the lack of cloaking devices, no centralized government or command-in-control, and their habit for ground and melee combat.

The Federation:

  • Force-field technology is widespread. Replicator technology is also available. J.J. Abrams-style bridge.
  • Hand phasers seem to operate like the J.J. Abrams movie phasers.
  • The Shenzhou was a member of the Walker-class, an older exploration cruiser.
  • Starfleet crews abandoned their ships after the Battle at the Binary Stars, rather than self-destructing them.
  • The Europa is a newer, quad-warp nacelle design, undoubtedly related to the Miranda-class.
  • The Discovery and Glenn are members of the brand new Crossfield-class of experimental science vessels designed to develop the quantum spore-based FTL drive.
  • Given the simulated combat drill in 1×04, the Crossfield-class Discovery seems to have weaker shields than the Walker-class Shenzhou as the latter was able to withstand more photon hits.
  • Once again, Starfleet crews are torturing animals for the sake of FTL travel.
  • Still no sign of the Constitution-class.
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Trip to Tobermory, Part 1

The Rationale

My sister had wanted to go to Tobermory and Flower Pot Island for several summers now. She wanted to see the sights and enjoy a great close to a busy summer. After a few abortive attempts, that involved people driving cars, my mother by chance found a tour company that was going there. So, we signed up and left this morning.

We are pros at this thing. We asked around for advice and experiences. We booked during an unpopular week of tourists. We checked the weather for perfection. We packed accordingly. We forced ourselves to wake up early for the bus. We learned to sleep on the road during long stretches. And we avoided all the basic choke-points at the freeway rest stops: long lines for the ladies restroom, A&W, understaffed food places, and not keeping track of departure time…

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re: “Do We Hate On Taylor Swift Because We Actually Hate Ourselves?”

Bustle writer De Elizabeth made a critical point about psychological projection in her article, “Do We Hate On Taylor Swift Because We Actually Hate Ourselves?” De Elizabeth argued that, despite some valid and but overall negligible criticism of Taylor Swift’s activities and her career trajectory, if many of those critics were just honest with him or herself they would see that their criticism of Mrs. Swift was just borne out of personal resentment and self-doubt.

Could Taylor do better? Sure. But, more importantly, we all could do better, and if we put as much effort into our own activism as we do into insulting Taylor for what we perceive to be self-serving behavior, we’d probably see more progress than one celebrity can do with a single tweet.

–De Elizabeth

Taylor Swift, the artist, may never evolve beyond her trope, De Elizabeth wrote, and she may never be the cultural or gender “savior” that some critics have claimed she would be. Regardless, Mrs. Swift had the talent, ambition, and willpower to become hugely successful, and that’s much more than many people would even dare aspire to be. That Mrs. Swift also demonstrated her personal virtues when she defended herself in court against a man who violated her further set her apart from the keyboard warrior crowd that derides her as a fake or even worse.

In short: haters gonna hate.