Link Dump

This week sucked pretty bad for me, but these links do not, so you should enjoy them.

  • The United Federation of “hold my beer, I got this” – This thread is great, starting here:

    That Federation vessels in Star Trek seem to experience bizarre malfunctions with such overwhelming frequency isn’t just an artefact of the television serial format. Rather, it’s because the Federation as a culture are a bunch of deranged hyper-neophiles, tooling around in ships packed full of beyond-cutting-edge tech they don’t really understand. Endlessly frustrating if you have to fight them, because they can pull an effectively unlimited number of bullshit space-magic countermeasures out of their arses – but they’re as likely as not to give themselves a lethal five-dimensional wedgie in the process. All those rampant holograms and warp core malfunctions and accidentally-traveling-back-in-time incidents? That doesn’t actually happen to anyone else; it’s literally just Federation vessels that go off the rails like that. And they do so on a fairly regular basis.

    And it goes on (and on) from there. Would be kinda interesting if this became more than subtext in the upcoming show, but that’ll never happen.

  • Our 74 Most Pressing Questions About ‘Inferno’ – An interesting way to skewer yet another “They made a sequel to what?” movie, the theme of the year so far.

    9. All right, I believe you – Tom Hanks loves these movies. But, ugh, I’m sorry: It’s still weird. They’re just … not good. Why does he love them?

    Try to think of love less as the answer to a question, and more as the question to another question, itself unanswerable.

    10. For sure. Enough about Tom Hanks, though. Let’s talk about Tom Hanks’s hair. Is it still messed up?

    Yeah, it’s still messed up.

    Also: His hair is a question to another question, itself unanswerable.

  • How To Play ‘New Girl’s’ True American Drinking Game – Look, it’s not Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games, but with the election coming up, playing this will be your solemn duty. “It’s 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava.”
  • Speaking of the election:

That’s all for now. Hopefully back to more productive posting soon…

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