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A Very Happy Facebook Unbirthday... to Me! :D

So much in the style of Alice in Wonderland and their "unbirthdays"     I guess I became guarded about my actual birthday somewhere along the way.   Used as one of the major means of identity, we have attached this so that social media could announce it to the world.   I was all about that back in the BBS days.   Heck I used to engrave my driver's license on my items in case they were stolen.  My foot locker back at summer camp in the 80s had my social security number on

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

So when I was ... younger... my Dad took me to see Star Trek: The Motion Picture.   Like a lot of kids I was a big fan of Star Wars.   Dad said I sat back in the chair, bored during the previews.  Then the trailer for Star Wars:The Empire Strikes Back came on the screen and I was at the edge of my seat!   And then the movie started, and there was some action there with the Klingons, but by and large I got bored again, sat back in my seat, and fell asleep.   For Dad, a person who had se

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WKRP: Jennifer or Bailey ?

So for those of us who are WKRP, and we are sticking to the original crew for this one, there have been discussion of Jennifer or Bailey over the years.   As a kid Jennifer was obviously the hot one and Bailey was the nerdy one, and mean, glasses!!   Arrgg!!   As Not Another Teen Movie joked, oh no, glasses!!   That is uncureable!!   Of course, secretly, just like Velma and Daphne, we migrated to the one with the glasses because the Jennifer and Daphne's of the world were... unobtainab

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Ghostbusters (2016)

Actually liked Ghostbusters 2016 for one reason: it hinted to me that there was something bigger going on. With all the original actors throughout the movie it hinted that maybe there was a mind wipe of the previous movies events except for maybe the original characters. The original characters were overseeing a strange resurgence of people remembering the Ghostbusters as things fell into place much as they did before. Either it was building up to an amazing reveal like that, or is was just a cr

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The New WKRP

This can be found here.   You can see the comments.  The basics are, as expected, you can't capture lightning in a bottle or bring that magic back twice.  I get it.   My thoughts:   So I think the show was a fairly realistic continuation of the story. People moved on, new people were hired. Some of the old guard stopped in but not all, and that is true to life really. The show gives us new characters that are fun, but also mentions what happened to the characters in

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How do you socialize and not Facebook?

The other day, with all that is going on in the world, mirrored with just as equally and similar unfair things going on in hobbies, I simply had enough of Facebook.   The question at the end of this because I really want to know, "did you Facebook and now don't" and, what did you do to replace it?   (Need some feedback and ideas)        The prologue... (As said in Up Pompeii!)   I've had a love/hate relationship with Facebook for years.  And it is not Facebook's fa

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Palindrome day: Today is 02/02/2020

"I loved this fact and thought I would reprint it here. - Doctor Clu " ---------------------------- By Emma Reynolds  Today is a very special occasion -- the date is a palindrome, meaning it is the same when read forwards and backwards. It is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, in both the MM/DD/YYYY format and the DD/MM/YYYY format. At just after 2 a.m., it was 02:02:20 on 02/02/2020. This is the only time such a date will occur this century. The pr

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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 read

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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 com

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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 finish of

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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 tha

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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 really

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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 going

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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 ch

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