Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

Great for George Clooney

Friday, December 19th, 2014

It's easy for me to say from my computer chair, but the response of Sony and the rest of Hollywood to the terrorist hack and to the demand that Sony cancel the release of The Interview was weak and cowardly. Giving in to thuggish, censorious demands, even when backed by ...

Fox has no legitimate claim over Jayne Cobb hats

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Blastr and ThinkGeek report that 20th Century Fox Television has sent cease & desist letters to Etsy users to ban them from producing homemade versions of the hat that Jayne Cobb received from his mother on the short-lived Fox show Firefly. This might be the most absurd example of intellectual property ...

The Hunger Games and other dystopias

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Because I want to see the movie soon but want to read the book first, I'm finally getting around to reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It's set in a dystopian North America several hundred years in the future, as explained in this spoiler-free passage from the first chapter: He ...

The Great Material Continuum

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Star Trek presented a notoriously bad conception of economics because of creator Gene Roddenberry's insistence that humans and all other races belonging to the United Federation of Planets would use no money. Science-fiction author Gardner Goldsmith explained why this economic ideal was not only fantasy but would result in material ...

Comedian Larry Miller on politicians

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Larry Miller, of Ten Things I Hate About You and general stand-up comedy fame, was interviewed on the Regular Guys show, the Atlanta morning radio show that I used to listen to in college and still listen to online regularly. Among other things, they got to talking about government and ...

Alicia Keys: “I am an anarchist”

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Alicia Keys classifies herself as an anarchist. I'm not sure I agree with her conspiracy-like theories and certainly not her donation to the Democratic Party, but for someone famous and unexpected to call herself an anarchist and appear to actually know what it means is pretty cool. Maybe she's considered ...

David Henderson: in defense of Avatar

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

If you haven't seen Avatar yet, you should; the plot might be incredibly predictable and, actually, almost identical to that of Poul Anderson's novella Call Me Joe or Robert F. Young's novella To Fell a Tree, but what you get out of it is the best visual, graphical, cinematic experience ...

‘V’ as anti-Obama social commentary?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Quote of the day

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

The law? Commander, laws change depending on who's making them. Cardassians one day, Federation the next. But justice is justice. —Odo, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "A Man Alone"

Star Trek can’t calculate

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I like Star Trek a lot despite its absurdly unrealistic vision of the future of humanity. In what is probably the funniest drama ever made, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Admiral Kirk goes out to lunch with a woman in 20th-century San Francisco, and when the waiter brings the ...

Debt Star

Thursday, March 19th, 2009


Libertarian lyrics 4

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

"My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown. Yeah, I went there. Everybody's talking all this stuff about me Why don't they just let me live? I don't need permission Make my own decisions That's my prerogative They say I'm crazy I really don't care That's my prerogative They say I'm nasty But I don't give a damn Gettin girls is how I live Some ...