SciFi TV

Which Star Trek Character are You?

Wesley Crusher, Mr SpockApparently I’m 75% Spock, and here I was always wishing I was Wesley Crusher. I know what you’re thinking, who does these lame-ass quizes and usually that is my response exactly, but you see… it’s about Star Trek, which means I had to.

I’ve been a Star Trek fan since before I can remember. You know how sometimes there is a defining moment when you can say, “I became a fan of that because..” or “I became a fan of that show when…” For Star Trek no such thing exists for me. It has just always been there in my life. And that is something I don’t really understand.

My mum is a big reader (and I mean big Mum’s read pretty much any book she has walked by). And she likes Sci-Fi, but I don’t really remember watching a lot as a kid. I think most of that influence came from my Uncle Michael, the guy who also introduced me to horror at a young age.

When I was old enough to know, I caught a glimps into the mind of Gene Roddenberry, an amazing man. As I told Simon at work the other day, there are two people this world is worse off without… for me anyway… Gene Roddenberry and Douglas Adams. Two amazing, but very different guys. But I digress.

Star Trek… A vision of the future where the world still exists, isn’t being over run by aliens (well maybe in a couple of episodes) and where everyone is accepted for who they are. Far from the world we have today. I think that is what draws me to the show.

My favourite flavour of Star Trek is Voyager. As I’ve said earlier I’m a big fan of strong women and Janeway is an awesome captain, probably the best (close tie with Picard maybe).

So I present this link to Star Trek fans, and apologises to all others who couldn’t give a rat’s about such things…

Flickr Find Photography

Flickr Find 0001

Whipflash's ImagesHave you been to Flickr yet? I know I’ve gone on about it before and now as a paid user I have a need to force it upon others. They have to stay in business so my photos will be safe. Of course I have a back up of my own.

When I’m bouncing around inside Flickr I often find myself lost… looking at a stunning photo with no knowledge how I got there. This is a case-in-point. I love this picture, not just cause the guy is kind of cute, because it seems almost perfect, the colour is right, the framing is right, the lighting is right and the amount of emotion and expression from the model… you guessed it, for me, it’s right.

The photographer’s nick on Flickr is Whipflash and while not all of his images would get a PG rating they are fantastic.

I implore everyone to spend some time on Flickr, you don’t need to be a member to have a look around. I’ve seen some amazing parts of the world that I’ll probably never get to visit, thanks to the people who share their photos and thoughts online.


Farewell Wista

It was short lived… no more Widows Vista, today the computer will be formatted and returned to good ol’ Windows XP Media Center Edition.

Seems that the tv tuner card doesn’t want to work with Vista, David tells me it’s the only thing that isn’t working. Given that the computer is also our digital TV receiver that’s not so good.

As I said in my last post, Vista is pretty, and clean. It is still Widows though, other than the improved clarity there doesn’t seem to be too much that has changed. I know, I know this is a beta, but let’s be honest, Microsoft wouldn’t have it out there for people to download and install if it wasn’t pretty much finished. So there will be no HUGE changes coming.

And in related news, well actually it’s about the same thing. Microsoft’s Genuine Advantage program, installed with Windows Vista (but I didn’t notice it on the Beta), will report back to the Microsoft server every 90 days to confirm that you are using a genuine version of Windows. And while they could check on install, it appears they want to be able to deactivate your version of Windows at any time, if they decide in future that it is not longer a genuine version.

I’m not one for piracy, but I’d like to think that I have some sense of privacy, but apparently I have no right to believe such a thing exists for anyone online.

More online at Groklaw and ZD Net.