Code of Honor

Like Omar from “The Wire” said, a man’s “got to have a code.” This episode, “Code of Honor”, is infamous for numerous reasons and resulted in the original director being fired by Gene Roddenberry before filming was complete. It also features Tasha Yar in a fight to the death! Exciting!

The Naked Now

What does the crew of a starship act like when they get drunk? Is Riker simply too manly to even get drunk in the first place? “The Naked Now” takes an Original Series episode and has the new crew kick the tires. Is it any good?

Encounter at Farpoint

We take a look at The Next Generation’s pilot, “Encounter at Farpoint”. Watched by over 30 million (!) people in 1987, this episode introduces the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the officers and crew of the Enterprise embark on their first mission by heading to the mysterious Farpoint Station.

Introduction

The inaugural episode of my Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast! This series is going to look at all 178 episodes of the classic sci-fi show that ran from 1987 to 1994. Each podcast will look at a specific episode of the show and break down what works, what doesn’t, and what makes this show one of my favorites of all time.

 

Titanfall

Titanfall is a 2014 first-person shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts exclusively for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The footage shown during this video is the PC version, with all graphical settings on “high”. There is an ultra setting, but unfortunately that asks a bit too much of my PC. Maybe after all that sweet internet YouTube money starts rolling in and I can buy one of the computers they use at NASA, I’ll revise the video accordingly.

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The True Detective Finale

Amy and I recently watched the final episode of the first season of HBO’s “True Detective”. We had some thoughts to share, and some disagreements to hash out, so we figured there is no better way to do that (other than marriage counseling) than a podcast.

This final episode ends the Woody Harrelson / Matthew McConaughey pairing for the show. The next season is going to “reboot” the franchise by bringing in a brand new cast and story to satiate our detective story lust. I’m looking forward to it.

The Genius of Peep Show

So much of human interaction is hidden behind the scenes, outside of the normal mode of communication of language. The true meaning of most conversations exists outside of the “script” of what is said, and instead can be more fully understood as a complex combination of words, thoughts, emotions and judgment. The words we say are maybe only 10% of the total package, the vast majority of meaning and truth exists only in our minds, almost always unknown by the other half in our conversations.

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True Detective

About a quarter of the way into the premiere episode of HBO’s “True Detective”, Matthew McConaughey’s character, a detective named Rust Cohle, beings to wax poetic. Riding as the passenger in a prototypical detective sedan, Cohle stares glumly out the window and rambles on as his partner, Marty Hart, played by Woody Harrelson, listens in:

“Human consciousness is a tragic misstep in human evolution.”

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House of Cards

Netflix doesn’t want to be an “online Blockbuster” anymore. The DVD rental and streaming behemoth has spend years dealing with content providers, haggling deals and increasing payouts customers latch onto the idea of non physical media being beamed directly into their TVs. All of Netflix’s recent actions, including the ill-conceived (although business-logical) Qwickster service, have been a part of the company’s realization that the money in television and movies doesn’t come from leasing content from production companies. Netflix has realized that the real money comes from creating content.

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An Irrational Office

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I’ve worked in a corporate office for the past four years. It’s cliché at this point to mention the monotony of office work. Dilbert and The Office have already picked that bone clean. The intentional corporate atmosphere that is created by the soft drone of copy machines and the empty visual stimulation of cubicles with fabric walls is well known by a large portion of the American workforce. You arrive in the morning, survey the endless pile of paper work, accomplish a few tasks, and then go home to watch television before crawling into bed, and repeating the cycle only a few hours later. After a while, your thoughts begin to wander. Despite the fact that you are (unfortunately) sober, your mind starts to take on the disposition of a philosopher sprinkled with marijuana : this is what I do? I copy numbers from this place, plug them into this spot and then send that to someone else, for them to do something with it? This is what I create? This is the mark I leave on the world? Manipulating meaningless symbols to leave a trail of breadcrumbs for auditors to follow?

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