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The Grey Cup and Other Things

Exhibition Stadium in 1959 [CNE Archives, Public Domain]

In the wake of yesterday’s Grey Cup, a few things came to my mind:

  • gridiron football in the snow is amazing
  • all future Grey Cups should be played in the snow
  • the last two times the Grey Cup has been played in the snow were both won by the Toronto Argonauts
  • the Maritimes deserve a CFL team or two
  • the CFL is the last North American major league that has resisted merging with its US counterpart
  • Canadian interest in NFL has steadily increased over the years while American interest in the NFL has declined
  • CTE remains is a huge issue that must be resolved
  • the CFL should see a viewership increase after this game, but
  • the CFL has seen its audience shrunk tremendously over the past few decades
  • the Argos used to have bigger digs than BMO Field

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My Notes for ST: DIS 1×06 “Lethe”

  • Michael Burnham and Cadet Tilly enjoyed one of my favourite dishes, breakfast burritos, just the way I like them—with extra salsa.
  • Lots of original Star Trek references, from the USS Enterprise, to the Constitution-class heavy cruiser, along with Sarek, Amanda Grayson, and Spock.
  • Admiral Katrina Cornwell’s ship was not shown, just mentioned.
  • The series is being more ambiguous with regards to the food slots… is it a replicator, a protein resequencer or a high-speed elevator?
  • A lot of the episode was filmed at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto… and on a day that I wasn’t there!
  • Stamets was pretty weird this episode. Probably some reference to “The Enemy Within,” except that his evil/aggressive/snarky self is trapped in his washroom’s mirror.
  • During a rewatch of the previous episode, “Choose Your Pain,” I have doubts about the fan theory that Ash Tyler is just Voq in disguise because, if so, then Ash’s/Voq’s fight with L’Rell would have been unnecessary… unless he was also brainwashed to believe that he was human as a sleeper agent. But given the traitor is still a traitor rule, e.g. Dune‘s Dr. Yueh, how can Voq believe that he can lead a unified Klingon Empire if he dishonours himself by becoming a human, as the Klingon augments were also dishonoured?
  • Also, didn’t Voq suck with weapons? Ash Tyler is a pilot/rifle-god.
  • Ash also has no problem with eating un-fresh human food, unlike Kurn.
  • Klingons under Kol are spreading the use of cloaking devices.
  • As lots of online commentators have mentioned, the story arc versus episodic format of the series has left a lot to be desired with regards to character development. It’s episode six and we’re just starting to get a glimpse of Saru, but still know nothing about Keyla Detmer. Rmr. “The Naked Now” was TNG’s third episode.
  • I briefly thought that the idea of showing Lorca with a Phaser on him, after hearing that he had effectively set up his former friend/lover Kat Cornwell, was to show that he was considering suicide. He was probably just that paranoid.
  • Should’ve mentioned it earlier, probably spoken of by now, but why wasn’t “Garth of Izar” mentioned among Starfleet’s best captains? Kirk supposedly studied his exploits at Starfleet Academy so I guess was he retconned. Maybe, in the brief period between Kirk’s studies and the time of Discovery, Garth has already fallen into disgrace.
  • Who volunteered for the spore drive this time?

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.

Problems transferring digital music via iTunes

My sister and a few of my co-workers have mentioned to me about the problems that have had with moving their digital music collections, that are usually played through iTunes, between devices.

I usually give one of two answers:

  1. Don’t use iTunes (I don’t)
  2. Google it (this is probably the solution)

Sometimes, I am also then asked about what I use instead:

  • foobar2000
  • Windows Media Player
  • CDs
  • Audacity
  • WinAmp 2.95
  • RealJukebox 1.0
  • cassette tapes

Project: Daily Driver 2018

Repairs:

  • Rust, Rust, Rust
  • New O2 Sensor

Planned Acquisitions

  • Snow Tires – Pirelli P Zero FR
  • Alloy Rims by Enkei or Konig or OEM
  • Power Stop Z23 Evolution Sport Brakes
  • Speakers – 2- or 3-way
  • Amplifier
  • Stainless Steel Muffler
  • Floor Mats

List of the Best DC Comics Animated Films

The List:

  1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,
  2. Batman: Year One,
  3. Batman: Assault on Arkham,
  4. Batman: Under the Red Hood,
  5. Justice League: The New Frontier,
  6. Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm,
  • Green Lantern: First Flight,
  • Superman/Batman: Public Enemies,
  • Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam,
  • All-Star Superman,
  • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox,
  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis,
  • Batman vs. Robin.

TES III: Morrowind Bug Fix: Negative Weight Bug

While replaying my very first Morrowind character, but with all of the latest patches and add-ons, I encountered this beneficial but ultimately immersion-breaking negative weight or negative encumbrance bug. While the Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages (UESP) wiki had no info on the bug, Google found me several archived threads at Tom’s Hardware, including a solution by user “CJ.”

My paraphrasing of CJ’s solution is as follows:

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The Seven Wonders of the World

“Panorama with the Abduction of Helen Amidst the Wonders of the Ancient World” by Maerten van Heemskerck (1498–1574)

  1. the Great Pyramid of Giza (Egypt) (2,584 BCE)
  2. the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (Iraq) (>700 BCE)
  3. the Temple of Artemis (Turkey) (>700 BCE)
  4. the Statue of Zeus at Olympia (Greece) (±435 BCE)
  5. the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus (Turkey) (>353 BCE)
  6. the Colossus of Rhodes (>282 BCE)
  7. the Lighthouse of Alexandria (>305 BCE)

The Candidates:

  • the Library of Alexandria (Egypt) (>323 BCE)
  • the Imperial Treasury of Persepolis (Iran) (<330 BCE)
  • the Walls of Babylon (Iraq) (>605 BCE)
  • the Temple of Solomon (Israel) (??? BCE)
  • the Trojan Horse (Turkey) (???? BCE)
  • the Garden of the Hesperides (???? BCE)
  • the Augean stables (Greece) (???? BCE)
  • the Labyrinth of Knossos (Greece) (???? BCE)
  • the Walls of Gilgamesh at Uruk (Iraq) (>2,800 BCE)
  • the Tower of Babel (???? BCE)