Manu Saadia on The New Yorker
Very interesting article on how Star Trek The Next Generation went away from Star Trek’s original concept. It mentions one of the things that I always had problems with: people all got along with each other. That made it hard to do stories that were about the crew, without having some outside influence intervene. I know that idea originated with Gene Roddenberry, but still…
Joris Nieuwint for War History Online
The primary thing the military does is train. Because in war, training’s all you have when things go wrong. All the training comes in handy in this video.
Zack Walkter on Do You Remember
This is a pretty cool story–and it’s got photos. This actually started because of a bet two men made!
Josh Jones on Open Culture
Writers today tend to diss the pulp writers as “hacks,” usually stories unseen because they produced a tremendous amount of stories. Somehow speed has become equated with poor writing, though this era produced Dashiell Hammett. If you haven’t read any of his stories, those are really good. Link from Harvey Stanbrough (spell checker gave me Gainsborough for his name. Weird).
Gary and the Seal in the Scilly Isles
A charming video from Rhonda Hopkins. The seal wants a belly rub and a chin scratch!