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Checked out NASA’s Eclipse 2017 site, because NASA.

Things to love:

*The eclipse graphic shows the path of totality through the United States, which makes it look a bit like the country is wearing a sash.

*This quote: “It is hard not to imagine that the way things are now is the way they have always been, but in the case of the sun we can never be too sure.”

*Some good thoughts on smartphone photography during the eclipse.

*NASA’s even got us covered on music that mentions the eclipse, including Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain.’

“Her lyric refers to the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse, and this is the only known recorded song that mentions a specific eclipse. This will make future historians very happy if they try to date when the song was written if no other records exist. This is kind of like what archaeologists do with Babylonian cuneiform eclipse records today. By the way, there was a later ‘Nova Scotia’ eclipse on July 10, 1972, but Simon’s song came out in 1971. Time travel had not been invented yet.”

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We get a lot of weird questions at my job, and yesterday saw a repeat of one of my favorites: “I read online that an ingredient in YOUR products is also in RAT POISON!!! What do you have to say about that?!?!?!”

(This question always seems to be accompanied by the gotcha punctuation.)

And I LOVE being able to say, “Yep. It sure is.”

Because THEN I get to say, “See, it’s Vitamin D3. In high enough doses, it would be toxic to us too.”

(Yesterday I was accused of “enjoying it too much.” But I say if you can squeeze some joy out of educating someone about rat poison and vitamin toxicity, you should go for it!)

I am always surprised when I realize that not everyone understood what Captain Kirk was talking about in ‘The Trouble With Tribbles,’ when he said:

“Too much of anything, Lieutenant, even love, isn’t necessarily a good thing.”

Tons of things that are super good for us in small amounts are bad for us in huge amounts! Vitamins! Minerals! Water! Tribbles! This should not be brand new information to anyone!

In conclusion, watch Star Trek for life lessons, and don’t eat rat poison.

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I have mixed feelings! Because on the one hand this is clearly the best of the TNG movies, and on the other hand it’s one of those problematic faves. (If one had four hands, the third would be ‘of course we’re not worried about continuity, this is Star Trek’ and the fourth would be ‘has there ever been a more goofy plot shenanigan than the manual control joystick on the bridge?’)

Okay, so first: fun movie! Clearly this was written by someone who (like me) was highly influenced by ‘The Sound of Music’ when it comes to what makes an exciting story. (Evacuation in the middle of the night into the mountains!) And especially compared with the reboot movies, there was very little death in this movie. (Not none, but not the enormous casualties of some of the others.)

Second: It was actually a little creepy that the Ba’ku were all white. And what was up with the whole ‘oh, we don’t use machines’ schtick? Gosh, I guess we better get rid of this loom, then! And this irrigation system!

Third: I mean, I don’t know how much continuity is really expected, so that’s whatever. But even just within the bounds of the movie, it felt like there were a lot of loose ends that were never resolved and didn’t even make much sense to begin with.

Fourth: Goofy plot shenanigans everywhere! I loved them all.

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1. First Contact was sort of a weird movie, although I absolutely enjoyed re-watching it.

2. Lily, best character. A+

3. So, I get that maybe this was a budget issue? But Starfleet in First Contact is really human-centric. There’s like one human-looking alien to every 50 humans.

4. I do love that both the team on the ground and the team on the ship noticed that they’d lost communications with each other and basically shrugged it off. “I’m sure they’re fine. What could go wrong?”

5. Not entirely sure why the Borg decided that inventing time travel and conducting an in-depth study of human history was a more strategically sound plan than, say, just bringing a couple more ships to the fight.

6. They basically invented a random member of the bridge crew just so they could kill him off later? That seems harsh.

7. Why do Worf’s self-destruct codes still work for a ship he’s not serving on anymore? That seems like a security flaw.

8. Kinda feel like the crew oversold the whole ‘oh, we live in a utopia without money and the future is amazing’ story, since they were *literally* fighting space aliens at the time. (I guess ‘we live in a utopia without money but we’re also at war with a terrifying and powerful enemy’ wouldn’t have been quite as inspiring.)

9. It didn’t seem like there were enough people on the ship. Where was everyone?

10. Apparently time travel is really easy to reverse engineer? No one seemed excited about this. They didn’t even have to slingshot around the sun!

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Yesterday I planned a Star Trek movie marathon of the three TNG movies (Nemesis doesn’t count, I’m ignoring it forever). I only made it through Generations and First Contact before I started dozing off, which I guess means I’m now officially a grown up.

Here’s my question: seat belts. The reboot/Kelvin timeline is all about seat belts. TNG doesn’t even have chairs that stay bolted to the floor when they crash the ship into a planet.* (Who designed that?!)

So what gives? Is this a social/cultural shift, that now seat belts are considered more standard and so it makes sense that movies made today would include them? Is it a deliberate in-universe callout to the differences in how Starfleet views spaceflight in the Kelvin timeline? Is it just because they came up with a neat special effect and wanted to use it?

[*I had my movies all confused, and I thought Insurrection was the one where they crashed the ship into the planet, and then I figured I should probably just go watch them all.]

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Okay, I have a lot of thoughts about this movie, mostly about how it was startlingly more fun to watch the second time around. Probably I was less worried about what was happening in terms of plot, so I could focus more on what the characters were doing, which is the part I like.

But I have to ask: the hair — is Kirk stress-growing his hair?* Is the crew having secret meetings to discuss the length of time since Kirk’s last haircut and its possible correlation to his mood?

(*At one of my jobs, when the person in charge was experiencing a particular stressful period of time, he’d let his beard grow. This made everyone tense. We knew things were turning around when he shaved again.)

(I feel like Kirk’s characterization was all over the place in this movie, which — to be fair — was not actually inconsistent with the other two movies. But I would assume that many members of the crew pay very close attention to things like his hair and wardrobe choices, and probably discuss it on incognito chat forums, or whatever the Enterprise has.)

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STAR TREK

Sep. 10th, 2016 06:31 am
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Okay, everyone’s seen this, right? I saw it linked a couple places before I actually clicked through, so just in case —

Long Live, Star Trek vid by llintrek (Llin)

Covers all series, plus the movies, old and new. Very fun — there was a lot more hugging in Star Trek than I remember!

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Find It And Keep It, by shinyjenni

A nice gentle story for a Friday — presents that the Enterprise crew give Jaylah.

Scotty has brought her a piece from the Franklin’s engine. “Stole it while we were looking her over,” he explains.

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I read this fic before seeing the movie, and enjoyed it despite not having any idea who anyone was or what they were talking about. Post-viewing, I read it again — still liked it!

Carry It With You, by cosmic_llin

So much of what she’d thought of as hers really belonged to the ship. She took a few of those anyway, glaring defiantly over her shoulder at Commodore Paris, who didn’t tell her not to.

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I liked it! Similar to the other two movies, the closer you look at the plot the less it makes sense, but in a cheering reminder of the first one, I found I didn’t really mind. It made me want to make up my own finagled half-answers to explain things, instead of making me want to throw up my hands and walk away.

Insta-rec:
Bluebird, by waldorph

The Enterprise was coming back together, different, but they’d gone back to the planet to salvage bits. Mostly because Scotty had thrown what could only be generously described as a temper tantrum and commandeered a ship. Jim had gone just to give it a veneer of sanction.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

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Aww yeah, it’s STAR TREK day! In IMAX! 3D!

(It was a very weird week at work, exacerbated by every decision needing to go through five steps of approval, with at least one of the five always on vacation. The weekend is a welcome reprieve.)

Time to go watch EXPLOSIONS IN SPACE! And also some EXPLOSIONS ON A PLANET! Most importantly, time to see the SPACE FAMILY learn the power of FRIENDSHIP and BEING AWESOME!

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So far we’ve had ‘Star Trek’ (mysterious and powerful unknown alien shows up and starts wrecking stuff) and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (Khan shows up and starts wrecking stuff), which is actually pretty spot on with the original first two movies.

Which means ‘Star Trek Beyond’ must be the one that’s kind of like Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Here are my predictions, which I’m making up right now:

1. The Enterprise will be destroyed! (Seems like a good bet based on the previews, and also every other movie so far.)

2. Someone’s gonna terraform a planet! (IDK why, I just always thought that part was cool.)

3. Secret children! (Because why not, really? Except they’re all pretty young anyway. Maybe secret siblings?)

4. The Enterprise crew will steal a Klingon Bird of Prey! (Basically they are all criminals in the current universe, so this makes sense.)

5. Kirk’s mom will make a cameo! (b/c Kirk and Spock’s roles were kinda swapped from Wrath of Khan, so that would mean we get Kirk’s parent instead of Spock’s for this movie, or something.)

6. And this is really the most important, as far as I’m concerned: NEXT TIME WE GET WHALES!

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But can you imagine if we’d gotten two hours of Kirk, Spock, and Uhura pretending to be space pirates, with Captain Sulu “chasing” them in the Enterprise, and McCoy as the grumpy go-between?

Pike could have done his whole ‘we’re taking the Enterprise away from you’ speech, but it would turn out later that it was just a cover so that Kirk could undercover Admiral Marcus’ secret plan. (Like that Voyager episode, with Tom Paris, because if a plot works, why not do it again?) And Kirk could be all ‘if we’re doing this we’re doing it my way,’ and Pike would just sort of sigh and wonder how this became his life, because really?

And then Kirk would steal a ship and Spock would insist on coming along and Uhura would roll her eyes and say she was already packed, and what were they waiting for, and off they’d go!

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I have already recced these fics, but it looks like it was waaaaaaaaaay back in 2009, so I figure I’m in the clear.

This is the perfect quote for those times when I am 10,000% done with whatever is going on (usually at work, so I try not to say it out loud, because I did once, and everyone in hearing range thought I was crazy):

“What’s next, a fucking salt-craving shapeshifter who’s in love with Bones?”

-from cut and fucking paste, by crimsonclad

And as a bonus, the sequel fic features this amazing exchange, which I feel truly deserves to be featured in its entirety.

from edit, by crimsonclad:

“Mr. Scott. What is the one thing I hate more than anything else in the entire universe?”

Cringing, Scotty’s eyes turn even more apologetic than before. “Having your pain and personal life being made into fodder for the shipwide gossip mill, sir?”

Jim feels his expression turn baffled. “Dude, have we met? No, fuck, I hate being left out of the loop, you know that! Look, I get that the crew wants to gossip about their senior officers. That’s cool– fun tradition. But Scotty! I thought we were Delta Vega bros forever! We almost got tattoos together! Forward me all the good stuff, okay? No one’s going to get in trouble, jeez. Unless they say racist shit about Vulcans, because, you know, fuck that noise.”

Star Trek Reboot: WE COULD HAVE HAD IT ALL

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Last night I was reading Choices, by AlphaFlyer, and — although it has nothing to do with the story — I couldn’t stop thinking about Chakotay’s quote from the show:

“You were working for her. She was working for them. Was anyone on that ship working for me?”

(What memories! Voyager made some a lot of storytelling choices I didn’t love, but there were good times too!)

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It has been a seriously cool few weeks for space stuff. (Pluto! Cousins!)

Also, dinosaurs.

Which brings me to this awesome tumblr post!

tumblr_alphaaraptor

Original text post by dajo42; original art post by alphaaraptor.

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marcicat: (art heart)

1. Spilled my drink all over my lap while driving to work. Bright side: not hot! Also, wearing sort of indistinct-colored pants anyway. Even better: felt much less guilty when I spilled lunch on my pants later! (V. clumsy today.)

2. Played ‘Heads Up’ at our work meeting today. Restrained myself from saying, ‘Oh, that’s the game they were playing in Sleepy Hollow, right?’ (Barely.)

3. Chair squeaking unable to be fixed with WD-40. Is quietest when at its tallest setting, so I am super tall today! Gives an interesting new perspective on our work area.

4. Coworker managed to work a Star Trek IV reference into the day. Kudos to you, coworker!

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I miss this team.

Forty Days, by thingswithwings

“Yeah, I don’t know,” Rodney agreed, hitting something with a wrench and then jolting back as blue sparks came out of a different crystal. “It’s not like I want to coerce him into having sex with us or abandoning the cultural traditions of his now-dead home planet or anything, but jeez, forty days?”

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1. I woke up way too early this morning and thought (with that clarity that only comes when you’re actually mostly asleep) ‘I should find the Shining Time Station song.’ Then I actually *remembered* thinking it when I woke up for real, and lo, it has been discovered. (The most complete version of the song I could find was with these end credits, posted by katrahqueymusic. Also, I remember the show being pretty normal, but reading the descriptions it sounds — really weird.)

2. It turns out that fic about Coulson being an octopus is now a series! (The Cephalopod Who Loved Me, by LinguisticJubilee)

3. I figured out what that February quote reminds me of: Star Trek!

“You are my past, but I am not necessarily your future. There are a thousand possible futures, and one degree of difference in a trajectory can change a starship’s path by thousands of parsecs, to destroy, or to save, a world. All we can do is try.”
(from the novel “Crossroad,” by Barbara Hambly)

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marcicat: (rainbow owl)

I remember being pretty freaked out when Riker said “Fire,” and that was in the days when “hiatus” wasn’t even a commonly used term. Shows just kind of… went on summer vacation and ran reruns for a few months.

But can I just say I’m actually kind of glad that Sleepy Hollow doesn’t come back until the fall? I mean, sure, it’s ridiculous, but at the same time awesome. The showrunners had their chance, and now the fans get a turn.

(In other words, cliffhangers don’t bother me as much now that I can just be like ‘READ ALL THE FANFIC? YES PLEASE’)

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