Thursday, January 30, 2014

The connection between the starship chart and Benghazi

Remember the awesome starship chart that Tim posted way back? Remember how there were a bunch of ships from something called EVE on it, which Andrew explained is some sort of massive multiplayer online nerdgasm thing? (I don't think I have to tell you which Andrew that was.)

Anyway, this pretty cool story explains just what EVE and therefore that chart have to do with the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi. So there you go.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Vader was a Punk

So I'd like to recommend this podcast. It's a discussion of "Revenge of the Sith," but at about 8:30, it turns to a lengthy (if crass) analysis of Darth Vader that's really quite brilliant. To wit:
  1. Vader was not really much of a badass. He actually screwed up just about every important assignment he was given. (e.g.: His very first mission ended with him limbless and on fire. The Emperor had to rebuild him because, hey, sunk costs.)
  2. At the meeting on the Death Star in Episode IV, a ranking Imperial officer basically calls Vader a punk to his face.
  3. Vader tries to choke the guy. At a meeting! Who does that?
  4. At that meeting, there is no chair for Vader. He was not invited. He's basically just a resentful, violent priest who shows up at stuff, and people have to let him stay because the boss likes him.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Picture

I think this may be in the print version of the book, but for those of you with the ebook version, this is the picture mentioned in the last chapter.  It is also in the movie "Man on a Wire," which if you haven't seen yet, you should, although it is probably far too late for me to tell you this. Tim told you.  Why didn't you listen to Tim?


Saturday, January 4, 2014

BBC for January


Look up!  If you squint, you might see something you weren't expecting:  the BBC!  Courtesy of the calender, this month's BBC is upon us, much to the horror of any who might have thought they had another week to read the book.  (Cough, cough...)  Nevertheless, we will be meeting this week on Wednesday at 7:30.  Our host will be D.C. (835 Niagra St.), who despite having a new baby, is willing to have us all over.  A bit of a tightrope act, that.

See you all there.