Thursday, April 18, 2013
But he's not wheezing. He's not puffing on his inhaler. He's sick, but he's not THAT sick.
I love it.
Monday, April 15, 2013
My dad's idea, actually. He read a couple of articles about how there is a need for Linux System Administrators, and that it's a field that you can enter by being self-taught (aka without having to pay out buckets of money I don't have) and thought maybe I should try to do that.
It's an interesting idea.
I never really considered a career in IT related anything before, but, okay, sure. Why not?
Boatload of responsibility already in my life, would she be better served by me having a job that would no doubt require me to work more hours, be away more, put work ahead of her from time to time?
How about my husband? Would he be well-served by my having a career like that?
Ooh, could I work partly from home?
Would she benefit from seeing her mother in a responsible position that leaves her feeling fulfilled and challenged?
Would Systems Administration leave me feeling fulfilled and challenged?
Yeah, see, I don't know either.
Stardate 1513.1 - 1513.8 (7/6/2324 thru 7/7/2324)
|See, we've known Kirk for three seconds, and he's already breaking out the phallic symbols.|
Kirk, of course, teases McCoy mercilessly. When they get there, and Nancy comes in, McCoy sees her as the woman he knew, Kirk sees an older woman, and the security dude, Darnell, well... he sees someone he once met on Wrigley's Pleasure Planet. When he speaks up, he is promptly exiled from the room.
|Nancy and I are joined by the bonds of love, and you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds...|
Oh, wait, that's "The Princess Bride."
|Huh, well,, I'm sure she was hot in her day.|
|Wow, she looks like a hooker I once knew!|
|See, already he looks like a kook.|
Doctor Crater arrives and he does not want a physical. This is no different, as far as I can tell, from any other man in the universe. We learn an interesting fact: apparently tonsils still exist in the 23rd century. Also, he wants salt tablets.
Also, you can wave this little machine at someone and it will tell you what their health is like. Now, that is cool.
|Healthy set of tonsils indeed!|
Anyway, as they're talking, Kirk and McCoy start to realize they saw a different woman, so Doctor Crater tries to smooth it over by telling McCoy he sees her with the eyes of love or whatever. Amazingly, they actually fall for it, even though it's one of the stupidest things ever said.
|Women the universe over do one thing very well.|
|Sexual tension you could cut with a lirpa.|
|Yes, hes gay and he's still selling it. That, my friends, is acting.|
Anyway, Uhura rips Spock a new one for not seeming to care that Kirk, the closest thing he has to a friend, could be dead, since the away team chooses that moment to call and mention that someone's died.
Sock calmly aknowledges the message, so you can understand her frustration, especially since he's probably been spurning her advances.
|I'm Spock, and I'm so logical I don't freak out over my very best friend.|
|My face will always remain completely expressionless...oops. Too late.|
Kirk, luckily for Spock, is not dead.
He is in Sickbay, called the "dispensary" this week, being grumpy because Darnell couldn't resist following the hot blonde with the come-hither look. This is why you shouldn't chase women around, boys.
You might end up with round sucker marks on your face.
That would be bad.
Anyway, Kirk is very grumpy about this, especially since McCoy has no clue why Darnell died.
It's at about this point that Spock finds out Kirk is still alive when he delivers his report on how the "Borgia plant" that Nancy said killed Darnell doesn't leave sucker marks on your face.
|That guy on the left looks enough like Anton Yelchin that I'd be comfortable saying|
Chekov was recast as Walter Koenig and given a name, which explains how
Khan knew him. And they said this episode was worthless!
They're supposed to be delivering something to a starbase, but Kirk tells Uhura to tell "Jose" that he'll get his chili peppers later. Apparently they also run cargo. They're looking into the Craters but nothing so far.
Lack of salt?
Well, Dr. Crater did ask for salt. Maybe there's a connection.
|Green and the other dude in the background there - what is the point, really,|
of having them split up? Isn't it just asking for them to get killed? Wow, this Kirk
guy is dumb as dirt.
So they go confront Crater, who is not amused. Kirk sends some guys to go find Nancy and then decides to take the Craters to the ship. Dr. Crater somehow sneaks away from two people (Kirk and McCoy).
Kirk and McCoy, having found the body of Sturgeon (the dead guy) go looking for Green. Green is already dead - he was killed by Nancy. Only Nancy changes her face into Green's and says he can't find her. Since they can't find Nancy, Kirk wants to beam up to the ship. McCoy freaks about leaving her. Kirk, in a rare moment of logic (Spock will handle that in later episodes) points out that they do have sensors.
So Kirk, McCoy, and "Green" beam back up to the ship.
|That guy on the left? Salt vampire.|
|This is the first time you get a feel for the size of the ship.|
"Green", meanwhile, does some poking around. One of the first people he encounters is Yeoman Rand, with a tray of Future Food (brightly colored cubes of something) that apparently still might require salt. "Green" grabs for the salt shaker but she slaps his hand away.
|300 years in the future, we still use salt shakers.|
|What is this thing and why will they spend 3 years staring at it?|
Green follows Rand to her destination, the Botany lab.
|This guy is creepier than that guy on the bus you wish you weren't sitting next to.|
Sulu and Rand try to calm the plant down.
|That pink flower there that Sulu's stroking oh so lovngly is named Gertrude|
Luckily, the spell is broken when Uhura is paged.
|Every woman is just waiting for a man who speaks the same language,|
looks really intense, and tries to suck the salt from her body.
McCoy, meanwhile, is having trouble sleeping. And also, humans still wear T-shirts.
The salt vampire finds it's next victim.
|I LOVE HIS OUTFIT!|
Kirk and Spock can't find Nancy on the plantet, so they beam down to try to find Crater, who they have located. Kirk snacks on some colored cubes, sans salt.
The Salt Vampire turns itself into Nancy again when it sees this:
It basically busts into McCoy's quarters and looks all sad and pathetic and begs for help. Then it gives McCoy some sleeping pills. An interesting move.
Sulu and Rand, meanwhile, find the body of the man who learned that you can suck salt through a spacesuit in the corridor.
|Is it wrong that I still love his outfit?|
The Salt Vampire turns into McCoy and continues to move about the ship freely. Uhura summons McCoy to the bridge and the Vampire goes in his place.
Kirk and Spock, on the planet, find Green's body. So now they know there's a salt vampire loose on the ship with shape shifting abilities.
|That is a woman in pants, a rare thing in Classic Trek. This scene reminds me of the men in|
skants in the beginning of TNG.
The ship goes to red alert.
Kirk and Spock find Crater, who starts shooting. They split up to stun him...
McCoy is still sleeping.
The Vampire goes to the Bridge and gets an update.
Kirk and Spock get Crater to 'fess up. Nancy has been dead a year or two but the Vampire has been living as Nancy, as long as he kept it supplied with salt. Only problem: he's running out and the Vampire is hungry.
Crater won't identify the creature, so they decide to use truth serum.
Only, on the way to
|What's up with his blood around that head wound? It's all...green.|
Nancy goes to McCoy's quarters and starts begging him to help her. Kirk comes in and she tries to attack him, leaving a slightly drugged McCoy really confused. Spock comes in and proceeds to start beating on Nancy, growling "Could Nancy take this, Doctor?" She throws Spock across the room and McCoy shoots her.
And then her true form appears. She turns back into Nancy, but he shoots her again with a "Lord, forgive me," and the vampire dies.
Kirk orders their departure from the system. Cue theme.
Why is this one never in Mother Goose!? I had to Google it! I wasted a whole second typing when I could have taken longer finding it in a book!
Wait a minute...
Okay, so our baby curriculum says now is the time for this rhyme. No reason, other than I'm not a font of nursery rhymes and they're traditional or whatever. But I am trying to use actual books with Khari when possible. Usually not possible. The reason? You'll laugh.
Ms. Calendar: Honestly, what is it about them that bothers you so much?
Giles: The smell.
Ms. Calendar: Computer's don't smell, Rupert.
Giles: I know! Smell is the most powerful trigger to the memory there
is. A certain flower or a, a whiff of smoke can bring up experiences...
long forgotten. Books smell. Musty and, and, and, and rich. The
knowledge gained from a computer, is, uh, it... it has no, no texture,
no, no context. It's, it's there and then it's gone. If it's to last,
then, then the getting of knowledge should be, uh, tangible, it should
be, um... smelly.
Yes, my reason for wanting actual books is an episode of Buffy!
I know it's ironic. Thank you.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Season 2, Episode 3
Written by Kenneth Biller
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
There are some things I'd like to focus on with this mostly solid episode:
Shuttlecraft Count is a new Voyager project I am working on, that identifies the number of destroyed shuttles (obviously not replaceable).
Favoritism Count - the number of times Janeway shows overt favoritism to one crew member or another.
I'd like to state again that this is a solid episode. In the tradition of some of the best episodes in Trek showcasing conflict, it brings us the perspective of the enemy's interests, the enemy's goals and values. That's why the Borg were so scary - at one point they had no interests, no goals, no values, just assimilation. The reason we no longer fear them is not that we understand them. It's that all of a sudden there was something to understand.
|Riker and Worf shoot confused looks at each other as they explore the first Borg ship in "Q Who"|
|FutureJaneway and the Borg queen kill each other after a long, boring verbal sparring match.|
Anyway. In the tradition of "Face of the Enemy"
|Karr is played by Aron Eisenberg. It amuses me to hear Nog talking every time Karr opens his mouth.|
The episode begins with Chakotay using a shuttle for personal reasons. Specifically, prayer.
Well, I guess they could.
|Tom Paris's proposal for the construction of the Delta Flyer.|
|The destruction of the Delta Flyer|
|The new Delta Flyer|
They are also close to Kazon space. You can tell because the Kazon attack him. So letting your First Officer, who knows all kinds of secrets, float around alone in an irreplaceable shuttle might not be the best idea next to the territory of your sworn enemy. Or, in the territory of your sworn enemy. Or whatever.
Janeway wouldn't let just anyone do it. I mean, if Ensign McNonothing can't do it, why should Chakotay, whose capture/murder would be much more damaging to the ship?
So why, why, why, why, why would Janeway allow Chakotay to take a shuttle, alone? Not only is it potentially wasteful - it's a blatant show of favoritism.
And no, the shuttle does not survive. Again.
|Not a shuttle.|