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New Thoughts on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Posted by doctorclu, 10 September 2017 · 191 views

New Thoughts on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan --New Thoughts on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan---
Seeing Star Trek 2 on the big screen was the first time I've been able to do that since I was in the 5th grade. Naturally it was a big deal and for so many reasons 1) the phaser fire effect in the ship battles 2) James Horner's theme music 3) the story 4) The awesome uniforms. In truth, there was...

Why is my life crap? (asks a friend)

Posted by doctorclu, 03 August 2017 · 208 views

Friend #1
Why am I such an asshole? Why is my life shit?
Friend #2 
Simple fact is, you reap what you sow!  
My comment:  I mostly agree with the previous comment. I think some people attract storm clouds. All and all, I feel free to PM me with more details if you want an answer more in line with you, if you want advice, or jus...


Posted by doctorclu, 23 July 2017 · 199 views

And Valerian was just that good.
Heroes were likeable, the situation plausible, the action was good but not too much. 
Those oppressed you like, and the oppressors the reasons are likely.
I can go into more detail later since the movie was just released last Friday, but for Sci-Fi buffs I found the movie enjoyable. ...

Family Guy is one one sci-fi/fantasy/comic book universe I would eliminate

Posted by doctorclu, 23 July 2017 · 147 views
Family Guy
Like many times, this thought was inspired by a conversation on Facebook.
Friend #1
Time for a debate.  If you could eliminate one sci-fi / fantasy / Comic book universe from fandom in general which one would it be and why?  Friend #2
Family Guy. The humor is shock for shock's sake, it promotes abuse on women (Meg), it turns literally an...

My Dissertation on a female Doctor Who

Posted by doctorclu, 18 July 2017 · 353 views

Friend # 1
Ok..just gonna say right off the bat...I am not a fan of Dr. Who...that being said...why is everyone freaking out about a female Doctor? I don't get it! The gender of the doctor is completely irrelevant! It's about as dumb as when people freaked out about there not being enough white American actors in Rogue One...or the new Star Trek series......

My Thoughts on Panhandlers: How to Find Those Really in Need?

Posted by doctorclu, 17 July 2017 · 184 views

So I am curious about those that stand out in 100 degree heat and direct sunlight asking for money/help. Is that part of the pity act?   How do we really know who to help and who is just a conman?
Context: I came across a man outside a store asking for money to buy food at a Jack-In-The-Box that was nearby. I said meet me there and I'll b...

"Ugh ugh ugh...I hated Dr. Pulaski on Star Trek!"

Posted by doctorclu, 26 April 2017 · 347 views
Star Trek, The Next Generation
"Ugh ugh ugh...I hated Dr. Pulaski on Star Trek!" Initial comment on Facebook by a friend:
"Ugh ugh ugh...I hated Dr. Pulaski on Star Trek!" Comment 1 :Yeah. She did suck. Comment 2: She worked some nerves. Comment 3: She wasn't that bad. My Comment:
You have to remember it in context. Gates McFadden was actually really flat as an actress the first season. Really they all were and try...

Why can't things be black and white? How about black and grey?

Posted by doctorclu, 19 February 2017 · 300 views

Why can't everything be black and white? That question got me thinking.
In a LARP I am part of a fighter company or family where the colors black and grey and from the above question I realize how true to life those colors area.
First off nothing is ever optimal or perfect which we'll assign the color white.  White or godlike perfecti...

Getting Things on the Internet That Maybe We Shouldn't :P

Posted by doctorclu, 14 February 2017 · 271 views

Today I saw Bill Kendrick get his Atari 1200XL on Facebook .
"Posting via my Atari 1200XL (telneting to my Linux laptop, and running Links browser to visit FB mobile site). Did it work!?"

Honestly, if I had to connect up the Intellivision today, and I've been thinking about doing it again for fun BECAUSE I CAN :P , I would need to d...

My First 40 Years of Computing

Posted by doctorclu, 22 January 2017 · 259 views

I was asked what got me interested in the Atari and later what got me to move onto other computer platforms.
So this is my story:
1977 - Dad had the Sol Terminal 20.   Cool machine.   Lots of Trek80 and Targ played.
-------- We got a Sears Telegames system, which got us into Atari stuff.
1980 - Sold newspaper subscripti...