On Star Trek 
2009.05.12 13:30 - Entertainment, Movies
1. It's good. I'm not sure it's high cinema, and it's got some flaws, but, as Star Trek films go, it's very good.
2. Apparently, Starfleet is very, very pretty in the alternate future.
3. Also, suffering a huge personnel crisis.
4. Could've done with less Nimoy, actually. Dunno if it was Nimoy's acting, or just lines he had to work with, but I thought that was the weakest part of film.
5. On a related point, the plot is kinda stupid around the edges. The rest of the movie's too much fun to care, though.
6. Poor, poor Olson. If only he knew.
7. It may just be having wound up in the center of the very front row, but I am absolutely over shaky cam and close-ups so close you can count people's pores in high-definition.
8. I need an origami sword (origamigatana?). The day I can carry a three-foot long razor in my pocket is a good day. Science needs to get on that one right away.

Several of the performances were fine, but the role in this film was kinda small. Hard to cram that much pre-existing characterization into the space alotted. It's really to their credit that they didn't try.

And I wish to note that, though I have a more-than-passing familiarity with the Trek franchise, I'm not a Trekkie, Trekker, or whatever by pretty fair stretch.
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CAN YOU SMELL WHAT THE ME IS COOKING? 
2009.04.21 22:25 - Meatspace Stupidity, Miscellanea
WRONG, FOOLISH HUNAMS! IT IS SOUP! DELICIOUS, TASTY SOUP.
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Let your tea be dark and impenetrable as night. 
2009.04.20 09:51 - Meatspace Stupidity, Tea
That is how that one goes, right?

I'm on black tea this week. Pu Erh Tuo Cha, specifically. The bag is printed with some brief instructions, specifying one brick for three six-ounce cups. Last time I had this stuff, I was using about one brick for every six ounces.

I thought it was pretty strong at the time.
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Brief Range Notes 
2009.04.20 09:42 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, Zombie Preparedness
I went to the indoor range yesterday, sending two magazines through the Hi-Power, and four or five through the Sig Mosquito. I did all my shooting yesterday at ten feet, which is very close.

The Mosquito is my newest gun, actually, and its major virtues are that it is chambered in .22LR and mostly looks and feels like a gun chambered for 9x19mm or something. It had some feeding and ejection difficulties, but not until the second or third magazine, so it may just have been dirt, or the inexpensive ammo.

I started off with the Hi-Power, though, and managed to make my entire day by putting a half-dozen or so close enough together that the holes touched. This is a gun that rattles when shaken, with magazines that still have rust on them, despite my best efforts. It is my favorite gun. Well. Hard call between the HP, the Mateba and the Garand, but easily my favorite Browning-pattern autoloading pistol. And, when it's all cleaned up, it's even pretty, as such things go.
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I Wonder How Much Less Effective Business Communications Can Get 
2009.04.10 15:10 - Meatspace Stupidity, Miscellanea, Work-related
I'm sure it's not a novel observation, but I can't help but feel that using IM for communications between professionals located in the same building is actually a terrific mistake for ... well, for anything, really.

A phone call is as immediate and probably more effective (by conveying vocal tone and other cues missing from textual communication), without being significantly harder to log for future reference. (I know many IM clients will log this stuff for you, but the one used here does not. The server does log everything for the nice people in compliance, though!) Email, though less immediate, provides an excellent ability to track material for future reference, and is more likely to generate a correct and useful response. A face-to-face discussion is, in my experience, almost always faster and more effective for anything complicated enough to justify discussion.

Basically, all I can tell IM is really good for are brief messages asking someone to come here or coordinating things for lunch. It doesn't offer the deniability of a face-to-face meeting or phone call, nor the paper trail of an email discussion, and is demonstrably less effective than any alternative.

So, why bother with it?
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