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My thoughts on Ewoks... I could appreciate them

Ironically I keep wanting to call Ewoks "eWoks" after all the years of writing "eMail" and other "iPhone" things.   But vicious warrior cannibalness aside, I always looked at them as just miniature Wookies without the technology.   And I've loved from the start how they were able to foul up advanced tech with much less technological traps.   I think the movie showed that eventually technology did win and overcome, but it was not as easy as the Empire or anyone else might have thought.

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The true answer on why Classic Battlestar Galactica was Cancelled.

Bryan McManis‎ asked to The Colonial Warriors in this Facebook thread: "After all these years has the truth ever come out WHY the show was cancelled with NO warning, NO Announcement, and NO ending of the Series. ? The Cast and Crew NEVER even knew it was cancelled until they showed up for work to find out it was over." And at the time I write this there are 35 comments. A great read in the Colonial Warrior group. Thought about it and my answer was as follows: "Wow this has been a good re

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Doctor Clu's Sprite Hacks and other Hacks

As a kid I enjoyed playing games, and would say " Not bad, but it could also use this..." As a teen I loved to use a sector editor to give me 1,000,000 points of energy (originally like 10,000) in the Adventure International Star Trek 3.5 game. I'd change wording in games, error messages into more funny messages, etc. In more recent times I've learned about sprite hacking programs (Hack-o-matic), Hex fiend, and other fan based tools that have made some dreams of game changing and altering c

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My Experiences with the Atari TT030 Computer

On a forum someone was looking for a Atari TT030 computer.   I had a TT030 from 2000 till 2006-ish. Even made a or towards the end to capture some of the fun of the TT030 and its modplayer. Before I go into my reply, I will say this about the TT030: for a while in 2000 I was using the 030 as my primary machine and even had CAB as a web browser for getting on the internet. At the time my Macintosh was a 68040 computer, so setting aside the Mac I was using was not so hard.  I remember

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi newest trailer

So yesterday on ESPN which I hear is owned by Disney, they had a commercial shown to jocks of another franchise also owned by Disney: Star Wars. So here is the trailer: The whole Ray / Luke / Kylo / Snoke thing... ahhh!! Too many wizards! Looking forward to see what they do with Finn, Poe, BB-8, Chewbacca, and other characters that I think are interesting and no one is focusing on. And yes, since age five I've been a fan of C3P0 and R2D2. And sadly at some point they have to finis

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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 so much done right, why did they ever have to change things in the movie series from there on? Anyway, in adult eyes, Star Trek II is about a ma

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Why is my life crap? (asks a friend)

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 just a listening ear.     I can say my life, like many, has been challenging. In more of life there are factors going on around us where we are no more t

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VALERIAN - Review

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. So enjoyable, as I said, I wolfed down two buckets of popcorn before I realized it. Check it out. -Doctor Clu

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

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 anything into a cliche, and it's only around because Seth MacFarlane had a hangover which caused him to miss his flight on 9/11. Friend #3 Plus they're real

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My Dissertation on a female Doctor Who

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....priorities people...priorities... Friend # 2 I stopped watching after series 9 so I couldn't care less if the Doctor is a woman. it was goin

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

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 buy you a meal. He asked if I could bring him back some food. I was in a good mood so I humored him. I brought him back some tacos and a $1 drink of tea... and

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"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 trying to find their way. I remember Picard gave Beverly the prime directive speech in the turbo lift and it was like Beverly (or even Gates McFadde

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

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 perfection is almost not in the equation in our imperfect existence. What does that leave us? The opposite of perfection or order which would be a lack of order or

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

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 , I would need to do much of what he did. And I say "again" because in April of 2014 I was able to use an Intellivision, an Entertainment Computer System (ECS), a Cuttle Cart 3,

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My First 40 Years of Computing

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 subscriptions and got my own Atari VCS. 1981 - Sold the VCS, got a Atari 400 when I saw Choplifter, Miner2049er, and Archon -------- on the computer. Also learned about floppy disks an

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7800 vs. XEGS: What Was It Like in the 80s?

Wrote a my experience in a thread of what it was really like in the late eighties in the Dallas area. You can read the story here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/260693-7800-vs-xegs-which-would-you-prefer/page-3?do=findComment&comment=3666252

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Ron Glass known on Barney Miller and Firefly dies at age 71.

"Ron Glass, who shot to fame with his role on the television series Barney Miller, has sadly died at the age of 71. The actor died on Friday (November 25) after a battle with various illnesses, his rep told TMZ." More from this TMZ article here. https://external-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQDEYshZstPiV8nw&w=476&h=249&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn01.cdn.justjared.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fheadlines%2F2016%2F11%2Fglass-dead.jpg&cfs=1&upscale=1&sx=0&sy=16&

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Atari Flashback Portable - My thoughts so far...

So some things I've learned since yesterday as I've been testing roms on the Portable with guys on Atariage.com 1) The unit I got was a early unit. I had a new version of Space Invaders and Jungle Hunt (both Taito titles) which will not be on the later models. SCORE!! 2) Everyone is sold out of these (even the producing company) for a few more weeks. Glad I jumped on this. 3) A great little system. Most of the roms tried so far have worked. The ones not working are the fan projects that use ha

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My Review on Zool 2 for the Atari Jaguar

Here is what I had to say about Zool 2 for the Atari Jaguar:   http://atariage.com/forums/topic/240900-the-atari-jaguar-game-by-game-podcast/page-9?do=findComment&comment=3632246    

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The Planet Boldlygo

On my Facebook page my profile picture was altered with the Star Trek 50th anniversary theme. I had all these four themes made into memes before that event passed. At the bottom of the pic it says “TO BOLDLY GO"   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153974375173651&set=a.426260258650.199598.513018650&type=3&permPage=1   On my profile pic someone left the comment:   "Why havent they ever been to boldlygo hahaha”   This is a good and valid point. Apparently other peopl

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DON'T GO NEAR THE MARTIAN WATER! (Seriously, it's against the law.)

We have an international treaty not to explore water on other planets in fear of Earth germs and bacteria contamination. Had that treaty since 1967. Alright, call me daft if you want, but I did not know this. All these years of all the Mars missions hitting everywhere BUT the polar caps and me going "Yeh, that's is cool, now how about the caverns or polar caps?" And now to find out we've been purposely avoiding them? That is like on Christmas morning someone saying "See all this cool shit unde

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Friends for a reason, a season, and a lifetime.. with Facebook.

So as a friend of mine said tonight, people are brought into our life for a reason, a season, and a lifetime. Facebook brings all our friends together in one place, giving new definition of the above statement. A Reason: Ok, I remember the REASON why we stopped talking.... A Season: Conversation goes something like this.... You: Hey! How's it been? Them: Great! graduated, got married, had kids, successful... You: Me too!! Them: Man it has been great seeing you again. You: Yeh! Catch up aga

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Top 10 Star Wars imitators worth watching

Stars Wars was my gateway into science fiction. I was six at the time, I saw this record cover that my Dad had and the music of John Williams inspired me. I saw they had this guy in black... must be a black knight. And this man in golden armor, that must be the good knight to fight the black knight! And there was a princess. I thought at first glance from the pictures it was some high tech fantasy, ground based, adventure. Much like what Krull came to be now that I think about it.

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Great list of DC Comics Animated Movies

Tonight I was cruising through a bunch of those sites with the fun information, though the next button for the next slide is usually scrolled off the screen and as a annoying lot of ads. I came across one site talking about all the animated movies released by DC and I have to say about 60% I've enjoyed. About 30% I haven't seen and it sounds like I am not missing much with those, and 10% I saw and were meh. Suicide Squad the animated movie the Oceans 11 feel was great, and probably why I ha

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Getting Next Tetris for the Nuon/SD2300 Firmware Disc

Been getting back into the Nuon lately. You can find a whole thread I created about the Nuon and discussions about this great and yet obscure "console" that was the spiritual successor to the Atari Jaguar. It's a great time to get back involved. N501 units are real cheap, though controllers are currently hard to find. And the rotary controller is just around the corner for playing Tempest 3000! But here was my discovery tonight of Next Tetris and realizing my Toshiba SD2300 needed a firm

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