For the starship captain’s log entry narrations, Roddenberry wanted to devise a futuristic measurement of time reference. He called (Sam) Peeples (whom Roddenberry had contacted early on for help in learning about science fiction, a subject he knew nothing about; it was Peeples who wrote “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” the pilot that sold ST). The two men had a few drinks while brainstorming, and soon began chuckling over their imaginative ‘stardate’ computations. ‘We tried to set up a system that would be unidentified unless you knew how we did it,’ Peeples says.
They marked off sections on a pictorial depiction of the known universe and extrapolated how much earth time would elapse when traveling between given points, taking into account that the Enterprise’s warp engines would be violating Einstein’s theory that nothing could exceed the speed of light. They concluded that the ‘time continuum’ would therefore vary from place to place, and that earth time may actually be lost in travel. ‘So the stardate on Earth would be one thing, but the stardate on Alpha Centauri would be different,’ Peeples says. ‘We thought this was hilarious, because everyone would say, “How come this date is before that date when this show is after that show?” The answer was because you were in a different sector of the universe.’
To say this is America’s war is enormously ethnocentric, it seems to me. I know we got a lot of good “coalition of the willing” jokes out of Gulf War II, but just because international cooperation is a joke in one case doesn’t mean it is a joke in all cases. This is only happening…
It seems to be the universal opinion of the sportswriters I follow on Twitter that the Penguins should release Matt Cooke, too which I can only respond: No. This won’t solve a damn thing. Because someone else will sign him. It’s not on individual teams to not higher goons, because that could end up putting their own players more at risk. Cheap shots, head shots and ugly plays have to be dealt with at a league-wide level, or nothing will get better. The league’s discipline system is such a joke that it’s called The Wheel of Justice. So Matt Cooke can continue making stupid and dangerous plays, and the league can continue to tolerate it, and the Penguins can continue to employ him, and around and around the wheel of justice goes, not actually accomplishing anything.
“Though, at other times, just being Nathan Fillion has been enough to get the job. Recounts Lost exec producer Damon Lindelof, who cast the actor in an episode in 2006: “We were looking for someone charismatic and instantly likable to play the one guy who we would believe Kate would stop running from the law to marry, and I remember saying, ‘We need to get a Nathan Fillion type!’ to our casting director, who thought for a moment, then said, ‘What about Nathan Fillion?’” The end result, in Lindelof’s words: “It was rad.””—Entertainment Weekly (via katherinemh)
“You know what you are doing when you hit a guy, and a lot of people say it’s a fast paced game and for an outsider, it is fast. But for us it does slow down a little bit and you do have that split-second to realize what you are doing. Everyone is accountable whether you are getting hit or you are the one enforcing the hit.”—Steven Stamkos (via talkhockeytome)
Islamophobes have been popularizing the claim that “not all Muslims are terrorists, but (nearly) all terrorists are Muslims.” Despite this idea becoming axiomatic in some circles, it is quite simply not factual. In my previous article…