Weekend Link Roundup

History

Technology

  • The US military has announced that it’s no longer using a computer with 8″ floppies to control nuclear weapons. You know, on the surface, this seems kind of like a “Ha-ha, gubmint is dumb” moment, but the interviewed officer makes a very good point: internet hackers can’t hack something that can’t talk to the internet. Plus, there’s something cool about a piece of ancient tech existing underneath all the coagulated modern tech. Very scifi. (Also, any thoughts about what the replacement is? A Compaq Presario?)

Movies

  • Was Star Trek V really that bad? Look. Star Trek, as a franchise, is basically moments of brilliance surrounded by oceans of “meh.” Some portions of the franchise are better (TOS movies, DS9) than others (TNG movies, Voyager), but even then, there can be some astounding misses. I watched Star Trek V maybe twice when it first came out, and then never again. I caught Uhura’s fan dance on TV recently and was immediately floored by how terrible the sequence was. (For reference, I watched more of The Phantom Menace when it was on TV the other day.) This video looks into a lot of the issues with the film, and while I disagree with him that the new Enterprise needing work still is a terrible idea, that’s about the only place we I think he’s wrong.
Joshua Young

Joshua M. Young lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, son, and two more feral cats than the optimal number of feral cats. (That is, zero.) He holds a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and yes, he's quite aware that writing this kind of stuff isn't exactly what you'd expect from a trained theologian. A life long lover of science fiction and fantasy, one of his earliest memories involves some confusion with a Klingon Bird of Prey and an X-Wing in the middle of a theater showing The Search for Spock, and, once upon a time, he could select the desired Robotech novel from his bookshelf, in the dark, by the feel of its spine. (Don't ask why that was a necessary skill. He couldn't tell you.) He has been published in numerous anthologies, including Planetary: Mercury, Planetary: Venus, and Tales of the Once and Future King.

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