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2 years 2 months ago #54072 by CrazyMinh
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Hey Y'all!!! I've taken a long look at the way the world is, and how everything looks like it's going to shit. I then had a bright idea!!! This thread is designed so that people can post negativity free posts about what they have to feel glad about. And yes, I know this is stupid. Hell, I realise I just sounded as upbeat there as a frakking hippy psychologist on weed. But seriously. Things are going to shit, and we might as well say all the things we have in our lives which are positive. I'll start off:

- My two Beagles. I love them, they're cute, and they make great conversational partners (albeit for one-sided discussions).

- Having a decent internet connection, so I can surf the web and watch videos, read these stories, have fun with friends...the list goes on. Also good for looking up stuff for academic papers at Uni.

- Netflix putting all of star trek onto the Australian version. The only one I'm not glad about is the one that should not exist in any way, shape or form. You know what I'm talking about.

- Amazon Kindle. I'm a avid reader. By that I mean I'm hyperlexic, have been reading since two and can finish a large book (around 1000 pages) in under a hour. Hell, I finished the bible in under two hours. Wasn't that great a read. A bit repetitive on the ancestory.com sections. Bit unrealistic in the New Testament, and revelations was not as good as the Walking Dead in terms of post-apocalyptic accuracy. But Kindle is the best frakkin thing I have ever used for reading. Cheap books, cheap device, and the ability to carry a library of more than 1000 titles in your freaking pocket. Excellent for me, with the fact that I chew through stories and novels in record times.

- Steam. My god, even if Valve created a monopoly, I am so thankful it exists. So many games. So many sales. No competition you would have to buy certain titles from. A for frakkin awesome.

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2 years 2 months ago #54107 by elrodw
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CrazyMinh wrote: - Netflix putting all of star trek onto the Australian version. The only one I'm not glad about is the one that should not exist in any way, shape or form. You know what I'm talking about.


If you're talking about a particular episode of TOS, with Morg and IMorg and so on, then I have to disagree that it's the worst Trek ever put on the small screen. Surely it's less inane than the stupid Voyager "Faster than Warp 10 so crewmembers devolve into some kind of weird giant gecko" episode. I'm sure there are others, but that one strikes me as far more objectionable than "Spock's Brain"...

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2 years 2 months ago #54108 by CrazyMinh
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I was actually talking 'bout Sexually Treksmitted Disease. A worse episode than the ones you mentioned is Sub Rosa, the 14th episode of TNG Season 7. That one features Dr. Crusher summoning a space genie, and then humping the ghost until it resurrects her dead grandmother. Worse still is the episode I consider to be the last thing we ever saw of canon TV trek, "These Are The Voyages...", the series finale of both Star Trek: Enterprise and the entire run of the show. Despite having the Star Trek title, Discovery is about as canon as Jobe's experiments are ethical. Which is to say not at all.

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2 years 2 months ago #54109 by lighttech
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elrodw wrote:

CrazyMinh wrote: - Netflix putting all of star trek onto the Australian version. The only one I'm not glad about is the one that should not exist in any way, shape or form. You know what I'm talking about.


If you're talking about a particular episode of TOS, with Morg and IMorg and so on, then I have to disagree that it's the worst Trek ever put on the small screen. Surely it's less inane than the stupid Voyager "Faster than Warp 10 so crewmembers devolve into some kind of weird giant gecko" episode. I'm sure there are others, but that one strikes me as far more objectionable than "Spock's Brain"...


Brain! what is BRAIN!

but IMO the very first episode of star trek Enterprise has the winner for suckage---in the very first episode the writers got our new Vulcan chick out of her clothes right off for ratings--and only down from there!

lets not mention Voyager and 7 of 9 and you know!


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"Captain Janeway, why am I skipping rope?"
"just do it...its sweeps 7 of 9"

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2 years 2 months ago #54114 by Sir Lee
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Actually, I liked Seven of Nine. Her outfit may have been fanservice, but Jeri Ryan is a good actress who made her funny in her deadpan way (loved her interactions both with the Doctor and with Unecessary Cute Kid) and a much more interesting character overall than Kes, which she replaced.

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2 years 2 months ago #54154 by elrodw
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lighttech wrote:
lets not mention Voyager and 7 of 9 and you know!


She should have been 2 of 9, because there were only 2 things the average male saw of her screen presence :evil:

Yeah, Jeri Ryan caught my attention too. I wrote a series of MAU stories centered around a fan of Seven.

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2 years 2 months ago #54155 by E. E. Nalley
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elrodw wrote:

lighttech wrote:
lets not mention Voyager and 7 of 9 and you know!


She should have been 2 of 9, because there were only 2 things the average male saw of her screen presence :evil:

Yeah, Jeri Ryan caught my attention too. I wrote a series of MAU stories centered around a fan of Seven.


Ah, Double of Dee... Reportedly when Kate Mulgrew first saw her in costume she quipped, "This show just got five more years!"

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2 years 2 months ago #54156 by Rose Bunny
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I am glad that my little cardinal friend that would serenade me last spring has once again returned to do so again this year. He is sitting in his tree once again.
and Threshold was the stupidest Trek episode ever. Yes, Warp 10 was supposed to be an impossibility and what happened when you broke the barrier was dumb... but if going warp 10 was out of the question, why not just go warp 9.999999999999999(however many 9's you need) and just get there fast, while NOT breaking the barrier?

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2 years 2 months ago #54191 by elrodw
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Rose Bunny wrote: I am glad that my little cardinal friend that would serenade me last spring has once again returned to do so again this year. He is sitting in his tree once again.
and Threshold was the stupidest Trek episode ever. Yes, Warp 10 was supposed to be an impossibility and what happened when you broke the barrier was dumb... but if going warp 10 was out of the question, why not just go warp 9.999999999999999(however many 9's you need) and just get there fast, while NOT breaking the barrier?


Okay, so you can't break the Warp 10 barrier, or bad stuff happens, right? Like you slowly evolve (devolve) into a space-gecko. Like Tom Paris did. Then Gecko-Paris kidnaps Cpt Janeway, flies the delta flyer through Warp 10 again. When Voyager catches up to them, they find Gecko-Paris and Gecko-Janeway on a planet - and apparently have bred a bunch of space-gecko-lings. The doc finds a way (naturally - involving a little unobtanium, no doubt) to 'devolve' gecko-Janeway and gecko-Paris back to human.

a) talk about embarrassing for the future. "No, Captain, I really thought you looked hot - as a space gecko, you know. Um ... sorry?"
b) if the doc could change them back, then why not get the instructions in the holo-doc AND in computer memories all over the freakin' place, then fly the whole ship and crew faster than Warp 10 back to Earth, where the doc and other Star Fleet docs could replicate the holodoc's restoration process.

All in all, it was quite stupid.

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2 years 2 months ago #54194 by Kettlekorn
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Things to be glad about? For starters, how about being glad that -- contrary to popular belief -- the world isn't going to shit?

People have been saying that nonsense for literally all of history. Yet, if you take even a cursory look at history it becomes obvious that the world just keeps getting better. Life expectancy is way up. Hardly any babies in the developed world die, and the developing world is developing. Per capita violence is way down. Communication and tolerance are way up. Few societies keep slaves anymore. Technology went through a messy phase in the Industrial Revolution, but we've gotten much better at it since then. Even the inherently dirty techs like coal and internal combustion are far cleaner than they used to be, and the developed world is phasing that stuff out for greener solutions anyway. Commercialization of space travel is firmly underway. The primary tool of modern times, the computer, is now a commodity that even poor people can afford. And so on.

But to see and appreciate this, you have to widen your field of view to see the big picture instead of pet issues, discard your nostalgia filter, and ignore the natural human anxiety toward change. There are certainly moments where we backslide on a few points, but the overall sawtooth is very clearly trending upwards.

Anyway, another thing that I'm glad about is this cover song:

I am the kernel that pops in the night. I am the pain that keeps your dentist employed.
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