Ender’s Game Buycott

To no one’s surprise, the gay lobby is organizing a boycott of the movie adaptation of Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card’s magnum opus. So let me take this opportunity to publicly state my intention to buy at least one, possibly more, tickets to Ender’s Game in response, whether or not I end up seeing…

Laravel (and PHP 5.3) on HostGator

I was recently given carte blanche to rewite a site for a client in “whatever I want.” Well, carte blanche with two riders. First, that the client had a strong preference for Drupal being “whatever I want,” and second that it has to run on HostGator, which doesn’t entirely rule out Python (as it turns…

The Star Spangled Banner and other Assorted Songs

In a post on The Volokh Conspiracy, Kenneth Anderson slams our national anthem as a piece of music and offers some mild criticism of it lyrically to boot. As a concession, he adds that most national anthems don’t work, citing Germany, South Africa, and France as rare exceptions. At which point I had to throw…

Does No Mean No or What

In the wake of things like this – and all the semi-public brouhaha at the SFWA in general recently – it’s really nice to see this article online: Why I Never Play Hard to Get. The point can be summed up in one excellent(ly quotable) line: Hard To Get and No Means No don’t —…

STTOS – Return of the Archons

Return of the Archons is an excellent episode right up to the end, when it suddenly turns incredibly, disappointingly lame for no good reason. This is the first in what will be many “Kirk kills a supercomputer just by talking to it” outings. From the opening teaser, it’s evident that this one’s ever-so-slightly off the…

That mythical mythical War on Christianity

I enjoy reading Vox Day’s blog, but I don’t agree with him much on race and religion. Here’s a particularly dumb quote that illustrates some fuzzy thinking on his part about religion: As is so often the case, atheists whine about nonexistent persecution in the West while Christians are facing the real thing in the…

STTOS – Court Martial

Writing in Trek Today, Michelle Erica Green says that “Star Trek has always done courtroom drama surprisingly well for a genre series.” Which is funny, because I was thinking just the opposite. I thought Measure of a Man was horrible, and Court Martial is not much better. The Enterprise puts in at Starbase 11 for…