STTOS – Tomorrow is Yesterday

Time travel is super-advanced Theoretical Physics. Some of the most intelligent people in the world spend all their free time thinking about it and never really coming up with anything. What this means for science fiction writers is that unless you’re prepared to put in some overtime, you really need to stay away from time…

The Depressing Irony of Windsor

My most- and least-favorite part of the commentary on United States v. Windsor has been this strain of people who, perhaps sensing that their fun is ending, are taking any and every opportunity to call people who don’t share their enthusiasm “bigots.” Two prominent examples are PZ Myers and John Scalzi. Myers: Sorry, Republicans, you…

Thoughts on Today’s Gay Marriage Decisions

So, today is gay day at the Supreme Court. We got one ruling – Windsor v. United States (full ruling) – unambiguously in favor of what the gay lobby wanted, and another – Hollingsworth v. Perry (full ruling) – which has the side-effects they want. Here are some brief reasons I disagree with the Supreme…

There’s One Important Reason why Basic Income won’t Work

Yesterday I came across an argument in the New Statesman for a “basic income scheme. As welfare programs go, I find the idea strangely attractive. That’s not an expresion of support, necessarily. It’s certainly not an expression of unconditional support. It IS an admission of interest: given the many economic and moral problems with current…

How to Get Rid of Drupal When it Doesn’t Want to Go

When working with Drupal, especially on shared hosting, there’s a problem I’ve run across more than once where I can’t simply rm -rf {foldername} to get rid of the project. I can’t remember the exact output, but it’s something to the effect that I lack permission to delete various files in {drupalroot}/sites/default – including settings.php.…

STTOS – Arena

Arena is another fundamentally bad episode that’s saved by its magnificent pacing. As we open, we’re in the Enterprise transporter room as Kirk, Spock, McCoy and their tactical team are readying to beam down to Cestus III – a colony on the remote edge of Federation space. McCoy in particular is happy about this because…

STTOS – The Squire of Gothos

Oh look! Another episode about an all-powerful teenager! The Squire of Gothos is basically Charlie X told a bit more competently. Rather than plotholes about how Charlie got on board without anyone noticing that he’s a demigod, in this one the Enterprise stumbles across Trelane’s planet on its own. Instead of an idiot plot in…

STTOS – The Galileo Seven

The Galileo Seven is one of those episodes I love to hate and hate to admit I love. It’s a fraud from begining to end, but a fraud so blatant that there’s something strangely liberating about it. Right off the bat the setup begs questions. The Captain’s Log tells us the Enterprise is en route…

Why there is no “Libertarian Slavery”

Recently I was reading some thing or other linked on Brad DeLong’s blog that was this long series of anti-libertarian straw mans in academic paper form. I know, I asked for it – it’s linked on Brad DeLong, after all. The paper basically assumed that Robert Nozick was the final arbiter of what is and…

Why isn’t Programming for Everyone?

There is an interesting (if old) post on Proper Fixation about Why Programming isn’t for Everyone. In a nutshell: The main reason is that development leads to maintenance, and maintenance leads to suffering. and Programming isn’t for everyone because it is not fun to maintain what was fun to program. Aaaannnd … of course this…