- File this one under science, maybe. Or history. Or medicine. Who knows. What I do know is that the story of a European man posing as a doctor and saving the lives of thousands of babies by setting them up as a boardwalk freak show is too awesome not to share.
- 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?)
- 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.