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Everything posted by JamesHackerMP

  1. Markle is portrayed in a special wedding episode. I love how she keeps mentioning her role on "Suits" which she always pronounces weird. I also hear she is having a hard time fitting in in the royal family.
  2. What's your favorite series of Star Trek, if I may ask? Or of the movies? Enterprise I like as the best series. More minimalist in some respects. No federation, just a bunch of inexperienced humans exploring the galaxy under the watchful eye of a Vulcan chaperone. I also like how they're afraid of the transporter. Favorite movies: probably IV (Voyage Home) and VI (Undiscovered Country) with an honorable mention going to First Contact and Nemesis (both next gen movies).
  3. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Turkey (or at least the Republic of Turkey, after 1920's-ish) have a long history of secularism? Very Islamic country, but also a secular one. Ataturk, if I am correctly informed, banned wearing of the hijab by women in public.
  4. I flipped through the article and got to thinking, wasn't there also a peer reviewed article/hoax entitled "Penises cause global warming" or something? I read about that one a while ago, though I don't think they mentioned it in this article, unless I just missed it. Too funny.
  5. This thread is ridiculous. There were plenty of Canadians who died in both world wars. And yes, I do believe they fought for democracy against a fascist tide. That's as far as I will go. Stepping on bull**** just gets your shoes dirty.
  6. Prelude to Axanar? I haven't heard of that one.
  7. These are my favorite Voyager episodes. I have by no means seen them all, however: S1: Caretaker (Pilot), Eye of the Needle, Heroes and Demons S2: The 37's, Death Wish S3: Future's End, The Q and the Grey, Scorpion S4: The Gift, Day of Honor,, The Killing Game S5: Night, Bride of Chaotica, Relativity S6: Collective, Unimatrix Zero S7: Q2, Author Author, (haven't seen the last episode) Best of Enterprise : (I haven't watched the 3rd season however, and there's a few I still haven't watched). Several Are two or three parters with different titles: S1: Broken Bow, Fight or Flight, Unexpected, The Andorian Incident, Breaking the Ice, Dear Doctor, Shuttlepod One, Fallen hero, Two Days & Two Nights S2: Carbon Creek, Dead Stop, A Night in Sickbay, Precious Cargo, Cease Fire, Regeneration, First Flight S3: Storm Front S4: The Forge/Awakening/Kir'Shara, Babel One/United/The Aenar, In a Mirror Darkly, Demons/Terra Prime, These Are the Voyages I don't remember which episode, but Dr Phlox is seen feeding a Tribble to one of his "pets". Too funny. I also like how there's no "shields" on the Enterprise (NX-01), he has to say "polarize the hull!". And there's no Federation, Earth is "starting out" under the thumb of its Vulcan protectors because they don't trust humanity yet.
  8. I remember from that documentary that, in the Captain's Holiday episode, Roddenberry wanted men on men, women on women, etc. on Risa, but Maurice Hurley or whoever told the writers "Just get the captain laid."
  9. I think the deflectors just....deflect shit in space. Shields protect you against particle weapons & photon torpedoes.
  10. Yes I saw that, it was on Netflix. Very interesting. Guess it isn't easy to produce or get a series produced like that! Anyone familiar with the Enterprise episode, "Carbon Creek"? Love that one.
  11. I think that's way too long to wait to vote someone out who's terrible. don't forget, the party isn't their only source of money. Many of these federal politicians have built up a power base independent of parties. It's the difference between the US and parliamentary systems, for example.
  12. The Russian Federation is the recognized "legal heir" to the U.S.S.R. You do not make a treaty with a government but with a "people" (or a nation, per se). Even if the sale of Alaska was approved by the tsar, and there are no more of his kind, the Russian Federation is still bound to honor treaties signed by previous Russian governments. Even the empire.
  13. Ted Cruz's latest political stunt---see? I criticize the Right too!---is the introduction of a constitutional amendment to force term limits on Congress. It's obviously a political popularity stunt. When it fails (and it will) they will be able to say "Oh, we tried!" and get the popularity from it by feigning disgust, even though Sen. Cruz and Rep. Rooney obviously benefit from the lack of term limits. Better to end gerrymandering in the House of Representatives. The Senate was intended to be full of people who would stay a little longer and have a more long-term view. That's fine. You need some longer-serving politicians to have enough of a power base to be able to check the power of the presidency.
  14. Well, when you run out of Star Trek money you gotta do something for income.
  15. I wanted to add something since I'm watching Voyager series now. I think they refrained from the "cat suit thing" at least for the first four seasons. But I don't think that Seven was merely a sex object. There was a lot of versatility in her character despite it seeming narrow at face value. The two-parter where some aliens (Hirogen "hunters") took over the ship and forced them to play war in the Holodeck (with consequences); I liked her in that one.
  16. You think our special forces are a joke, eh? Where do you get this from?
  17. Neat. Yeah, there was a calendar of "The Twelve Flatheads" (i.e., the royal family of the Empire, kind of like the 12 Caesars or something) and some sort of weird map. There was no way to play the game without referring to those things. That way, software pirates were SOL. Some of it was pretty funny. I bought the apple version of Hitchhiker's Guide. It actually contained a piece of fluff as a joke. (Part of the things you had to figure out involved fluff) and other things. But they weren't necessary to play the game in case you had pirated the software.
  18. neat! Zork Zero has some visual elements, but still vastly a text game. (Part of the visual stuff was to prevent software pirates, so they put some stuff in the game you could only get if you read the enclosed materials.)
  19. exactly: Saddam wanted to control as much of the world' oil as possible, which put in JEOPARDY.
  20. Here are the links: https://classicreload.com/zork-zero-the-revenge-of-megaboz.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-game-30th-anniversary-edition
  21. Think you can give some evidence that doesn't come from what seems to be a blog rather than a "news source"? Interesting you should mention the 1991 war. Everyone lined up behind GHWB to take pot shots at Saddam because....the world's oil supply was in jeopardy.
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