Daily Thoughts 156: Done, Done, and Done!

I’m done. Finished. Really done, not just a little done. The semester officially ended yesterday and today I finished the bonus peer reviews of the final projects. After looking at some of the other projects, it’s clear I might have strayed a bit from the conventional approach with my project. I do that sometimes. That’s okay. I try to find the fun in the assignments that I tackle. Sometimes I can’t, don’t have the time, or have ended up doing something more or different and have been penalized for that. You pick up pretty quick how receptive professors are to that sort of thing. Sometimes they want what is essentially a fill in the blanks sort of exercise without anyone straying from that format. Obviously, that makes it easier for the professor—hardly a good reason in my book!

No worries, because I’m done!

Star Trek Discovery

Today also saw the release of the Star Trek Discovery trailer. Something to look forward to this Fall when I complete my e-portfolio.

It’s funny because I think Star Trek Discovery might be overshadowed by The Orville.

Maybe it isn’t fair to compare them. With Star Trek Discovery on CBS All Access it won’t get the audience that it might otherwise. I love Star Trek and will watch it, but I’m more excited about The Orville.

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Daily Thoughts 127: Star Trek Continues

Author's selfie Okay, some things are starting to make more sense as I learn more. That’s good!

Cover art for NeuroTribesI finished listening to NeuroTribes! Wow, great book. Life-changing. Heart-breaking at times. I’ve had this book on my radar for quite a while (like so many books) and finally took the time to listen to it. I’m glad I did. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time. I’m planning to read some other books referenced by Silberman. This is a book everyone could benefit from reading.

Cover art for ConvergenceThere’s a deeper issue in this book too. It is the whole question of how people deal with other people. The xenophobia that apparently runs through so many people is baffling to me. One of my favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series. Although it could be called Downton Abbey in space with assassins, it deals with these sorts of fundamental questions about relationships between people who are biologically wired to think and feel differently. It looks at the efforts of people on each side to cross the divide and at least try to understand and get along. Plus they’re just fun books! The new one, Convergence, just came out. I’m reading Visitor now because I hadn’t gotten to it yet. Cherryh approaches similar issues in other books. I also enjoyed CyteenThe Faded Sun series, and many others.

The future of the Federation in Star Trek seems very distant these days with the awful rise in intolerance, hostility, ignorance, and violence that people seem so eager to embrace.

Star Trek Continues

Speaking of Star Trek, I’ve enjoyed Star Trek Continues, the fan made series continuing TOS. The new episode came out recently. I haven’t had time to watch it—but I’m looking forward to finding time to settle in and watch!

It should be fun!

Daily Thoughts 107: Artificial Emotions, Florence Foster Jenkins

Author's selfieI didn’t get into bed until almost midnight last night. As a result, I didn’t wake up until almost 8 AM. Typical duration for me, I usually get between 7-8 hours of sleep, just shifted.

Daily Sketch Challenge

Self-portrait sketchI tackled a daily sketch again today. I want to make sure I’m getting in drawing time as often as possible. I spent time working on a self-portrait sketch.

Last night we watched Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

I didn’t know anything about the story before watching the movie. From the little bit that I did read, it’s clear that details were altered for the film. One of the things that struck me about the story was her love of music, and desire to create. Even though she isn’t good, she is supported by those around her. There is value and courage in creating art. The quote used in the film captures this.

People may say I couldn’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.

I like that. I think it’s great.

Artificial Emotions

As we talk about artificial intelligence, I think we also need a better understanding of emotions and emotional intelligence. Here’s one discussion of this idea.

It is an interesting question. Emotions are present in all sorts of lifeforms, not just people. Data had the right idea.


Available now via BBC iPlayer (not in the US), wish I could see it!


My Little Piece of the Star Trek Future

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IX

I watched Star Trek reruns as a child. The original series had already ended by the time I discovered it. As a result, I saw the episodes out of order, whenever they aired, and many of them more than once. I always remembered the excitement I felt when a less commonly aired episode turned up. Kirk, Spock, and Bones off on another adventure was always exciting.

I was extremely excited when I saw the announcement for Star Trek: the Next Generation. We lived in a very rural location in eastern Washington. Our small TV set could hardly get a signal past all the towering pines and cedars. Even so, I was sitting in front of the TV when TNG aired. Seeing the show through the static did little to dampen my enthusiasm. It was new Star Trek!

Years later, deciding to cut the cable, my wife and I waited for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine to finish its run before we canceled the cable. This was difficult given that Star Trek: Voyager was still on the air. By this point, however, it was clear that we would be able to watch the entire shows on DVD fairly soon.

Now we have the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. I’ve seen lots of posts about it, and there’s a good one over on Book Riot.

My little piece of Star Trek came with my story “The Tribbles’ Pagh” appearing in Star Trek Strange New Worlds IX. Like many people I enjoyed David Gerrold’s creations in the original series and on DS9 when they revisited the tribbles. At the end of that episode the characters are left with tribbles on the station. In the next episode, there’s no mention of the tribbles again. As a fan, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to explore what might happen if the tribbles made it down to Bajor? Would the Bajorans react like the Klingons?

It was tons of fun to write. I’m happy to have had the chance to share one little piece of Star Trek.

“Live long, and prosper.”