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May 19, 2017

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Hal

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

aka Star Trek: The Motionless Picture, also, Spockalypse Now.

Hal

Meanwhile, in Korea.

South Korea, presumably. North Koreans would have the immediate and obvious deduction, following which several would get shot.

Hal

Prosthetic ovaries.

As noted a bit back, one can grow sheep too.

PiperPaul

Time is now MAD.

Hal

Click farm.

I found the recent ransomware eruption to be relatively a bit of a yawn . . . after all, the standard awareness among all actual I.T. professionals is that one never uses Microsoft when real software is available, and in the instances when something MS has to be put in, then all the patches and locked down settings are put in place, and such is still trusted about as far as one can throw the NSA building . . . .

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

25 years ago today (May 19, 1992), Amy Fisher shot Mary Jo Buttafuoco.

Does that make anybody else feel old? Was it a story in the UK?

Hal

An athlete in action.

While prolly apocryphal, there is a story of a meth cooker whose idea of confirming that he was still in good health and excellent running shape was to get to the poison gas generating stage of creating meth, where he would use a large bathub that was off somewhere outside, dump the chemicals in the bathtub to trigger that next phase, and then sprint like hell to outrun the rapidly expanding cloud of gas.

Hal

Time is now MAD.

What, me worry?

R. Sherman

Ted, do you remember the SNL skits with Danny DeVito as Joey Buttafuoco? I think they were entitled, "The House of Butta-foo-oh-kohhh."

Sam Duncan

“Early bird.”

I denounce such breedist behaviour.

“Meanwhile, in Korea.”

See, I'd take the escalator every time (even though I normally prefer the stairs). Don't try to manipulate me with your smart-aleck puh-syko-loggy, you bastards.

“She makes things with cardboard better than you do.”

Can't argue with that. I can't even wrap presents.

“His carved wooden lion is way better than yours.”

Now, this is getting spooky. Because, again, that statement is literally true. (Although, to be fair, I didn't actually make mine myself. It's rather good, though. Just not that good...)

“Because some people really want to analyse the complexity of pop lyrics.”

Gotta say, using LZ compressability as a metric for repetetiveness is pretty darned smart.

“Back when TV logos were physical objects.”

Before I even clicked, the Anglia TV ident was already running through my head. And they didn't even have it! Philistines. All together now... “And now, from Norwich! It's the quiz of the week!”

TimT

Combining two of your links, here's instructions for how to build a bee vacuum, useful for when a bee swarm lodges itself in an undesirable and hard-to-get to location.

lotocoti

Back when TV logos were physical objects.

Back when a lot of titling was chroma-keyed Letraset on mounting board, the promo for a Clint Eastwood movie got more than a few prime time runs before someone noticed the lack of spacing between the L and the I.

TimT

Laci Green goes rogue.

As Laci states at the very beginning of her video, her red pilling has centered on “feminism and social justice warriors.” Most significantly, and why this video deserves particular attention, is that Laci has built her enormous online following in part by being “the pinnacle of a social justice warrior, my SJWness has been memified.” Her conversion or evolution or whatever you want to call it “has apparently really confused people, there have been thousands of tweets and emails of people freaking out, like what is going on.”

I have a few more quotes from the video that I think are particularly salient and that I will discuss further down, but first I want to take a moment to clarify what this essay is about. My intention is not to debate the merits or concerns of either side of these polarizing feminism/SJW arguments, but rather focus on the implications of Laci’s revelations. Specifically, in her video, she finds herself walking a very fine tightrope between appealing to the fan base she has spent so many years of hard work cultivating and the need to feel authentic and congruent with her current views, and then wonders what the future holds in store. It’s a very difficult transition, but one that would normally hold very little interest or value to a general reader, except that it perfectly illustrates the cultural tensions permeating through our society today.

PiperPaul

Letraset

I have a font for you.

John D

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – the re-scored, much shorter, 22 minute cut.

Vast improvement. Can it be trimmed a bit more? About 20 minutes more?

David

Vast improvement. Can it be trimmed a bit more? About 20 minutes more?

In retrospect, the original is actually quite bizarre. The premise is an impending cosmic disaster of planet-shattering proportions, and yet the film is almost entirely devoid of momentum or any sense of urgency. Everything seems to happen at a glacial pace, presumably in an attempt to evoke some artistic high-mindedness. There’s what feels like half an hour of alternating between the passing scenery and innumerable reaction shots. “Kirk looks on, agape.” “Uhura looks on, agape.” “Kirk looks on, agape, again.” At times, it’s almost surreal.

I have a font for you.

Heh. That’s evil genius. I’m slightly aggravated already.

Daniel Ream

the standard awareness among all actual I.T. professionals is that one never uses Microsoft when real software is available

The only people who say this are non-"actual IT professionals".

See also the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Mags

Get low-slung and groovy with Nuthin’ But An Alien.

That one fixed my crappy mood. Thanks, David. :-)

David

That one fixed my crappy mood.

Happy to be of help.

sk60

Mark Kermode on Alien Covenant-

"A rabbit hole of self-importance… I thought it was silly."

https://youtu.be/b79aw9dZLfE

David

A rabbit hole of self-importance

Yes, the unhappy mix of portentousness and schlock writing was what bugged me about Prometheus.

I think Kermode nails it in his comment about the backstory that’s currently being mined, badly, as being essentially disappointing, cheapening, just stripping away the mystery but adding little to replace it. The implication of previous events – the first film’s unexplained ‘space jockey’ - is much more effective than a car crash of discontinuities, abandoned storylines and clunky exposition. In much the same way that I don’t think John Carpenter’s The Thing would be improved by spelling out, ham-fistedly, where the Thing came from or what it had been doing prior to its entombing in the ice.

The mystery, not knowing, is sort of the point.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

No, I don't remember those SNL skits, but then I never watched much SNL.

Lancastrian Oik

Wishful thinking.

David

Wishful thinking.

One more time:

Because they never learn. Or just don’t care.

Lancastrian Oik

I think Kermode nails it in his comment about the backstory that’s currently being mined, badly, as being essentially disappointing, cheapening, just stripping away the mystery but adding little to replace it.

Exactly, and that's what is worrying me about the forthcoming Blade Runner sequel and the Twin Peaks reboot.

R. Sherman

The Owen Jones headline evinces a deft sleight of hand. Criticizing socialism generally with reference to Venezuela's current situation says nothing about democracy, though it's hard to fathom how things like attempting to dissolve the national legislature, constantly diddling the nation's constitution and tossing political opponents in prison are "democratic" in any meaningful sense.

As for the "wishful thinking," perhaps if we just add a few more eyes of newt, the magic will work this time.

PiperPaul

"tossing political opponents in prison"

Yes, but isn't this EXACTLY what Trump has done with Comey?

/sarc

Joan

One for the ladies.

If someone holds the lighter I'll give it a try.

David

If someone holds the lighter I’ll give it a try.

Do let us know how it goes.

WTP

If someone holds the lighter I'll give it a try.

This, I believe, was the very first thing I learned in college. My college roommate was a scandi descendant originally from Minnesota.

As for the video itself, I'm curious as to the methodology leading to the statistics the 77% of Nigerians, 34% of Norwegians, and 34% of Minneapolitans(?) have methane in their farts. Not questioning it, mind you. Just an awkward curiousity about how such things are done.

David

Just an awkward curiosity about how such things are done.

The important thing to take away from it all is, of course, this.

Hey, it’s basic science, people.

David

Behold: progressive manliness. “I worry that we’re not worth the effort.”

R. Sherman

Women's farts consistently smell worse than men's.

I assume the above was not a solicitation for anecdotes from your commentariat. Although kudos to Joan for wanting to take one for the team.

R. Sherman

Related. Sort of.

R. Sherman

Because, life is nothing if not a series of trade-offs.

Lionel Ebb

an athlete in action

There are a few of his type around my manor... http://bit.ly/2cGPpYK Ouch.

David

Although kudos to Joan for wanting to take one for the team.

Maybe we she should send someone to check she’s okay. I have visions of her sitting in a police cell with a blackened arse, after accidentally setting the curtains on fire and alarming the neighbours.

Sam

"Alien: Covenant creates a major plot hole"

http://screenrant.com/alien-covenant-plot-hole-prometheus-derelict-xenomorph/

Hal

the standard awareness among all actual I.T. professionals is that one never uses Microsoft when real software is available

The only people who say this are non-"actual IT professionals".

See also the Dunning-Kruger effect.

A perfect example of Microsoft FUD(1), that.

The WannaCry ransomware attack is an ongoing worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry[a] ransomware cryptoworm, which targets computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.[7]

Etc.


See also the Dunning-Kruger effect.

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Fear, uncertainty and doubt - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt
Jump to Microsoft - Microsoft soon picked up the art of FUD from IBM, and throughout the '80s used FUD as a primary marketing tool, much as IBM had in ...

Fear, uncertainty and doubt - RationalWiki
rationalwiki.org/wiki/Fear,_uncertainty_and_doubt
Apr 29, 2017 - Fear, uncertainty, and doubt (or FUD for short) denotes a deliberate ... every employee's desk, Microsoft became better-known for FUD due to ...

Beyond fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) - Chief Marketing ...
chiefmartec.com/2009/03/beyond-fear-uncertainty-and-doubt-fud/
Mar 16, 2009 - Beyond fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) ... By the 1990's, however, Microsoft had become the primary FUD-slinger in the industry, ironically ...

What is FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt)? - Definition from WhatIs ...
whatis.techtarget.com › Topics › Computer Science › Computing fundamentals
FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) is the term for any strategy intended to make ... (ICOMP) is a Microsoft-sponsored lobbying organization for companies and .

What is FUD
www.cavcomp.demon.co.uk/halloween/fuddef.html
FUD sands for Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt.It is a ... Microsoft soon picked up the art of FUD from IBM, and throughout the 80's used FUD as a primary marketing tool, ...

The Newbie's Guide to Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt - Attrition.org
www.attrition.org/~jericho/works/security/fud.html
Aug 6, 1999 - The Newbie's Guide to Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt ... and examples of Microsoft using a FUD campaign against the Linux Community.

Et cetera, et cetera.

As all actual I.T. professionals will point out, along with quite a few others; Don't do that.

R. Sherman

I have visions of her sitting in a police cell with a blackened arse...

And to think, when I started visiting these pages some years back, I was afraid to comment because I feared I wasn't sophisticated enough.

David

when I started visiting these pages some years back, I was afraid to comment because I feared I wasn’t sophisticated enough.

Heh. Yeah, I get that a lot.

[ Lifts nose, runs fingers through hair.]

And put a coaster under that beer.

Hal

when I started visiting these pages some years back, I was afraid to comment because I feared I wasn’t sophisticated enough.

Heh. Yeah, I get that a lot.

Here, have a wedding announcement to spruce things up.

WTP

which targets computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system

Which plays to the Willie Sutton line about why he robbed banks. Look, I agree in general regarding some of these OS war arguments, and more so to the unix/linux/wtf superiority over Windoze, however to say that "real IT professionals do" this, that, or the other thing is pushing the argument. Windows on the desktop is what it is because that is what people wanted and if Mac or wth the Linux desktop is/was (lost track of that handle years ago and too old/lazy to look it up now) the largest target, the vulnerabilities of those platforms would be exploited. Given the choice for server type deployments, the unix family(ies) win(s) hands down. But that's simply not the real world. Sometimes due to stupid decisions made elsewhere, usually by some bean counter, you get stuck with Windoze Server platforms. Real IT professionals just deal with it.

As for FUD specifically, Applebots love to play that game as well. MS won the desktop (originally) because they were far more willing to prostitute themselves to their customer base, thus they created the DLL hell, etc. world that they and the rest of us now suffer from. I could argue this ad infinitum from either side, to be honest. Real IT professionals and such.

See also the Dunning-Kruger effect .

David

See also the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Ah yes. The key of H.

Hal
Which plays to the Willie Sutton line about why he robbed banks. Look, I agree in general regarding some of these OS war arguments, and more so to the unix/linux/wtf superiority over Windoze,

Ayup!

however to say that "real IT professionals do" this, that, or the other thing is pushing the argument.

I have a easy suspicion that a few hundred thousand copies of the same memo have gone out recently;

Dear _)#*$&_)*#&$R*(_!!!

We hired you to be an actual I.T. professional, and now our systems don't work.

---(signed) Your former source of a paycheck.

Windows on the desktop is what it is because that is what people wanted and if Mac or wth the Linux desktop is/was (lost track of that handle years ago and too old/lazy to look it up now) the largest target, the vulnerabilities of those platforms would be exploited. Given the choice for server type deployments, the unix family(ies) win(s) hands down. But that's simply not the real world. Sometimes due to stupid decisions made elsewhere, usually by some bean counter, you get stuck with Windoze Server platforms. Real IT professionals just deal with it.

Such as a cousin of mine who reports that he runs his Unix systems remotely, and for those clients who insist on MS, he has Macs running a variety of virualization to do the MS stuff, where overall I rather expect that all such is bloody well patched and up to date---then again, my cousin is an actual I.T. Professional, been running his own ISP and working with clients for a good couple of decades . . .

As for FUD specifically, Applebots love to play that game as well. MS won the desktop (originally) because they were far more willing to prostitute themselves to their customer base, thus they created the DLL hell, etc. world that they and the rest of us now suffer from. I could argue this ad infinitum from either side, to be honest. Real IT professionals and such.

Ayup;

We can't win on skills of any sort, so we're going to scream really loudly and hope no one looks up the actual facts. Also, there is a hipster born every minute, anyway.

See also the Dunning-Kruger effect .

Quite.

Hal

Don’t stare, it’s what they do.

Hal

Phrasing.

Hal

Fatty Jr.

Geezer

Ah yes. The key of H.

Indeed. And the hits just keep on coming.

See also the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Darleen

Hmmm.... a room of Dope trim in Dorkwood might actually be quite nice.

FlynPigRanch

One for the ladies.

If someone holds the lighter I'll give it a try.

Mom?? Is that you?

Hal

Went off to a matinee, and Alien Covenant is definitely not Prometheus 2, it's rather more Prometheus Squared.

Was utterly bored within the first five or so minutes, hung out to at least see all that occurred---And with gorgeous cinematography.

Darleen
Assuming the pen names “Jamie Lindsay” and “Peter Boyle,” and writing for the fictitious “Southeast Independent Social Research Group,” we wrote an absurd paper loosely composed in the style of post-structuralist discursive gender theory. The paper was ridiculous by intention, essentially arguing that penises shouldn’t be thought of as male genital organs but as damaging social constructions. We made no attempt to find out what “post-structuralist discursive gender theory” actually means. We assumed that if we were merely clear in our moral implications that maleness is intrinsically bad and that the penis is somehow at the root of it, we could get the paper published in a respectable journal.

And you did, sirs.

Well done, gentlemen. Well done.

Daniel Ream

It's really a pity that the tmrepository.org web site shut down; it's clearly still needed.

Anyone who says "all real IT professionals do" anything is, prima facie, ignorant of real IT, professional or otherwise.

I sometimes wonder if firefighters or other suchlike have to deal with this kind of thing.

"Yeah, man, I made a fire in my fireplace at home once, and I totally put it out with my beer so you sooo don't know what you're talking about with horizontal ventilation opposite the hoseline attack route to reduce flashover and smoke particle ignition."

[+]

The implication of previous events – the first film’s unexplained ‘space jockey’ - is much more effective than a car crash of discontinuities, abandoned storylines and clunky exposition… The mystery, not knowing, is sort of the point.

This. (Show don't tell.)

David

Affirmative action in action.

Connor

Affirmative action in action.

Can't they just call it 'lefty racists being racist'?

David

Can’t they just call it ‘lefty racists being racist’?

It would save a lot of confusion.

David

Vote Green.

Trevor

“Vote Green.”

That has to be 'Skidrow-on-Sea'.

champ

@Hal

"that one never uses Microsoft when real software is available"

The ransomware targeted MicroSoft Windows XP which is about as out-of-date as a Model A...

TimT

An important website.

David

This. (Show don't tell.)

Mark Kermode again:

The reason Alien was scary was that it didn’t have backstory.

Yes, that.

WTP

The reason Alien was scary was that it didn’t have backstory.

Exactly. I really didn't even care for Aliens, the second one, while everyone else seemed to love it. I suspected at the time it was because I knew what to watch out for. Though a part of me wonders if it wasn't perhaps because I had taken my best friend's girlfriend on a date to see the first one, which added some extra angst...but I digress...

R, Sherman

The reason Alien was scary was that it didn’t have backstory.

Agreed. It's interesting though, to ponder the difference between those sagas where backstories diminish the original versus those where they add to it. Think the origin of the One Ring discovered in The Hobbit.

Hal

The ransomware targeted MicroSoft Windows XP which is about as out-of-date as a Model A...

In the process of pretty much merely noting headlines going by, I did see some commentary on XP getting targeted, and yes, XP is now pretty much that leftover bit of infrastructure that some VP ordered to be set up and has yet to be replaced, etc. etc.

But then very much while just skimming headlines---all headlines, not just tech---I did spot Win7 actually being a major target.

Chief among the revelations: more than 97 percent of infections hit computers running Windows 7, according to attacks seen by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab. By contrast, infected Windows XP machines were practically non-existent, and those XP PCs that were compromised were likely manually infected by their owners for testing purposes. That's according to Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team, who spoke to Ars.
Hal

I really didn't even care for Aliens, the second one, while everyone else seemed to love it. I suspected at the time it was because I knew what to watch out for.

It depends on what you're looking for and which movie you;re looking at.

---I really need to get around to watching through the extended or whatnot release of Alien and see how that one is. In it, Ripley finds Dallas.

Alien is an absolutely classic Ten Little Indians set in a haunted house.

Aliens, in turn, is an absolutely classic war movie, which also got made during the depths of the nineteen empties, so there is all the pointed commentary and imagery regarding yuppies and other forms of underclass---You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.

Alien 3 is a very direct discussion on death. You're all gonna die. The only question is how you check out. Do you want it on your feet? Or on your fuckin' knees... begging? I ain't much for begging! Nobody ever gave me nothing! So I say *fuck* that thing! Let's fight it!

Alien Resurrection is a variety of Prometheus Zero Point Five where someone's attempt at witty was to have an android be programmed to genuflect before a computer interface altar.

sH2

'A student group at the University of Guelph in Canada has apologized for including the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side" on a playlist at a campus event. Because, don't you know, the tune contains "transphobic lyrics."'

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/32713/

David

the Lou Reed song “Walk on the Wild Side”… contains “transphobic lyrics.”

As with a certain festive favourite, it seems to me that the umbrage-takers are rather missing the sentiment of the thing.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

“Walk on the Wild Side”… contains “transphobic lyrics.”

I imagine the offended are too stupid to know that all the people in the song were real members of the Warhol set. Somehow none of them found time to be offended by the lyrics and sue the hell out of Reed.

Next on the target list for songs to go down the memory hole, "Lola", for the same reasons, and "Pinball Wizard" for offending the deaf, dumb, and blind. I will denounce myself for not saying "differently abled".

WTP

“Walk on the Wild Side”… contains “transphobic lyrics.”

Lou was so far ahead of his time. See also I Wanna Be Black. Sigh.

WTP

What I mean about the first Alien though is that I don't think that another movie compares to it in its potential to convey that level of fear. The advertising consisted of that one commercial and the related poster with the one line "In space, no one can hear you scream". There was no way to describe the alien to anyone who hadn't seen the movie. You simply HAD to see the movie. Similar to Jaws where you don't see the shark itself until later in the film, except with Jaws everyone already knew what a shark looked like. It prolly helped being a teenager at the time and not a cynical 20something when the second film came out, but even back then I was not much of a fan of horror movies. The cliches and such bored me, though the first Halloween being a slight exception.

David

I imagine the offended are too stupid to know that all the people in the song were real members of the Warhol set.

The imperative to be pretentiously indignant trumps all else.

R. Sherman

The imperative to be pretentiously indignant trumps all else.

What's astounding is that when they are informed of the actual facts, i.e. historical context demonstrating that their interpretation is exactly opposite of what was originally intended, they nonetheless double down on the lunacy. It is the arrogance of it which maddening.

David

It is the arrogance of it which is maddening.

The arrogance is maddening, yes, and the ignorance, and the dogmatic refusal to entertain any other possibility. But worse, I think, is the readiness of others to apologise and defer to these joy-robbing little shits.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

But worse, I think, is the readiness of others to apologise and defer to these joy-robbing little shits.

Absolutely, what are they gong to do if you tell them to go piss up a rope ? It is the same thing with the "demands" students make of administrations, the administrators have nothing to lose by saying no, it is not as if the students are really going to go to another school, and if they want to riot, arrest and throw their asses out, it is not as if they are irreplaceable.

PiperPaul

Is the offending part of 'Walk on the Wild Side' this line?

"And the colored girls go"
"Do, do do, do do, do... etc."

David

Is the offending part of ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ this line?

From what I can make out, what gives offence to such people – or what gives them an excuse to feign being offended - is that there are things in the world which aren’t about them, and which don’t normally frame them as the centre of attention. This is particularly offensive, it seems, if the thing in question makes other people happy. A party costume, an old song, things of that sort.

WTP

I don't think the center of attention thing explains enough. Not at the breadth of the problem. While certainly a driver amongst the "leaders", for lack of a better word, this posturing resonates with many of the followers because they need something, anything to justify their existence. They get worthless degrees in nonsense and stupidity, tie themselves up in oceans of debt with no prospect for gainful employment, and thus they are stuck. It goes to the basic, brain-stem survival instinct. They've just totterred along taking the easiest path to a phony credential and have no other idea as to what to do with themselves. Then the fear kicks in and its trigglypuffs all the way down.

R. Sherman

Then the fear kicks in. . .

Attempting to Camouflage their own inadequacies and lack of purpose with fake righteous outrage. Everybody wants to be a hero, and bashing Lou Reed is a helluva lot easier than joining the Marines.

Darleen

Reconfiguring Quantum Identities

David

Reconfiguring Quantum Identities

Happily, I’ve a meal to prepare.

WTP

bashing Lou Reed is a helluva lot easier than joining the Marines.

Or admitting you wasted tens of thousands of dollars and a good percentage of your life on "talents" no one has any use for and thus can't get/hold a job of sufficient value to feed, clothe, and house yourself. Yes, it's moral posturing and some hero wannabe but I see that as a surface issue that yes they want to camouflage. But deep down, what drives the extended exaggeration is fear coming from feelings of worthlessness, or as you say inadequacies.

As much as I laugh at these people though, my mockery is tempered by the understanding that they are suckers, victims of the con artists that have been running our educational system(s), and our psychological and other societal institutions, for decades. And we let them do it with our money. So who is truly the sucker here?

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

But deep down, what drives the extended exaggeration is fear coming from feelings of worthlessness, or as you say inadequacies.

David

Mmh. Chatsworth House Farm Shop steak pie. Them’s good eats.

Geezer

Chatsworth House Farm Shop steak pie.

Is that the meal you prepared?

David

Is that the meal you prepared?

‘Prepared’ as in ‘threw in oven, poured large glass of red.’

PiperPaul

I thought that was the course number!

ID 10 T

Spiny Norman

the Lou Reed song “Walk on the Wild Side”… contains “transphobic lyrics.”

Iowahawk:

When "Walk on the Wild Side" is declared transphobic, we have achieved the Campus Grievance Culture Singularity
R. Sherman

Some sort of harmonic convergence is upon us. Lovecraft's "Old Ones" will be showing up shortly.

Col. Milquetoast

Isn't banning the song transphobic? Or homophobic? Or both? Lou Reed had a long relationship with "Rachel" who he dedicated the album Coney Island Baby and who was a pre op transsexual. (They can be seen together on the cover of the record "Walk in the Wild Side the Best of Lou Reed") Even in death he is transgressive to the squares and the prudes.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Some sort of harmonic convergence is upon us.

Published in Hypatia, A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, along with such classics as "Coming to Understand: Orgasm and the Epistemology of Ignorance", and "From vaginal exception to exceptional vagina: The biopolitics of female genital cosmetic surgery".

However, speaking of ignorance, these learned scholars appear not to know the difference between a vagina and external genitalia, as the former can really only be viewed with a speculum or endoscope. OTOH, perhaps I should just report for regrooving for only understanding the cis-patriarchal anatomy, and not feminist anatomy.

John Brady

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Aka - Star Trek: Where Nomad Has Gone Before (after the season 2 episode, "The Changeling" which essentially had the same plot with a space probe called "Nomad" which had acquired advanced technology from another civilisation).

I love the original Jerry Goldsmith score (not so much the bombastic theme tune, but the ethereal music for the cloud scenes), but the Daft Punk music worked surprisingly well. The edit added a sense of urgency missing from the interminable original; not a complete failure but a film which wasn't nearly as philosophical as it wanted to be.

Hal

Aka - Star Trek: Where Nomad Has Gone Before

Oh, yes, that was the other name that popped up when summarizing the movie, been rather a few years since I've seen 'em go by . . .

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