Monday, October 31, 2011

This Has Been Bugging Me

Quite a while ago, I came across a dialog, which I'll list below, between two unknown entities. I've been trying, off and on, to figure out what the source of the quote is. To that end, I'm asking if anyone who reads my blog to share this knowledge with me, if they have it. Here's the quote:

"Your weapons are no match for ours! People of Mars, surrender!"
"Um, this isn't Mars. This is Earth."
"Earth? Earth-with-nuclear-weapons Earth?"
[long pause]

Monday, October 24, 2011

Captain Picard vs. Captain Sisko

"Captain Sisko has calm, self-confident authority, to a degree that makes Picard look like Richard Simmons."
-Blogfather Harvey of BadExample

I'm currently in Season 2 and I have to say that I disagree with this sentiment. Whereas Picard shows wisdom in his actions, I would say that he is no less self-confident, and Picard allowed his passion to show, without letting it get to the degree of losing sight of reason.

So far, I find that Sisko is short-tempered, he also has wisdom, but he's largely hypocritical. On the very first episode, we see that his wife died due to the actions of Locutus of Borg (Captain Picard for those unaware). We later see his barely controlled anger at Picard for the incident, despite knowing that Picard was under Borg control and not able to do anything to prevent attacking the Federation.

In another episode, a group attempts to capture Jadzia Dax for the crimes of Curzon Dax. Sisko prevents them from taking her and the case goes to trial, with him alleging that Curzon Dax and Jadzia Dax are two separate individuals. (This later becomes moot as we find out Curzon was innocent of the charges, but this is beside the point.)

In Sisko's mind, Jadzia could not have been brought up on charges because she isn't Curzon, however, he would judge Captain Picard for the actions of Locutus of Borg, despite the two being completely different. This strikes me hypocritical, and for that I find him to be an inferior Captain.

With that said, I am nearing the end of season 2 of Deep Space Nine, and finding it largely enjoyable. I also like Captain Sisko despite his flaws.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bohemian Shatner

All I can say is my response was pretty much the same as the kids in the video:

Holy Shatner!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Star Trek Update

I'm currently in the middle of season 7 of TNG, and I've come to a conclusion. While I still believe that Captain Picard is the best captain (I haven't gotten to DS9 yet), I find that my favorite character is Data. The episodes which focus around his growth and development as a character are some of my favorite. The episodes which center around Warf are also quite enjoyable.

I find Troi to be the most annoying character, particularly in the first season. She gets a little less annoying annoying as the series progresses, but ultimately I found that she didn't really contribute much to series outside of general sex appeal. As a character, I think that Tasha Yar was a much better contribution to the cast and story, though they killed her off rather quickly (This is due to the actress. However I wish they hadn't simply killed her off.) so they weren't able to develop her properly.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Potential Doctor Who Spoilers

Anyone who's paid attention to the show has no doubt noted the references to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hell, the Doctor mentions that he met Arthur Dent) If you weren't aware of it, then read this.

Anyway, the last couple of episodes of Doctor Who have mentioned: The Oldest Question, which has been around since the beginning of time itself, the question which must NEVER be asked.

We now know that the question is: "Doctor Who?"

Is the Doctor's name Fourty-Two?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hatsune Miku

I had no idea that the same computer program which brings us this monstrosity:

is also responsible for the singing in this:

Whether you like the particular brand of music or not, the fact that technology has advanced to the point where a computer generated voice can sound better and more realistic than say, Rebecca Black, astounds me. There's also a male version of the program, but it doesn't sound as realistic to me (it sound closer to computer generated):

In both cases, the "singers" are anime style computer generated people projected onto a screen. As you can see from the crowd, they are quite popular in Japan.