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  • James T. Kirk >>> Zapp Brannigan

    Freshly Remember'd: Kirk Drift

    The extent to which even critical people believe that Kirk proper was at least brash is evident in Strange Horizons's own "Nimoy and Spock: Reflections and Farewells." I cite this example not to drag anyone, but rather to point out the pervasiveness of this conception among people whose critical faculties and interest in the text I take more seriously than I do those of Thewurstboyfriend.

    Serious, logical, balanced - [Spock] was the perfect counterpoint to the rash, bold Captain Kirk. Whatever gave you the idea that Kirk was rash?

    There is no other way to put this: essentially everything about Popular Consciousness Kirk is bullshit. Kirk, as received through mass culture memory and reflected in its productive imaginary (and subsequent franchise output, including the reboot movies), has little or no basis in Shatner's performance and the television show as aired. Macho, brash Kirk is a mass hallucination.

    Erin Horáková mounts a strong defence of James Tiberius Kirk's qualities as an effective starship captain during the Five Year Mission and beyond.

    It would probably be more effective at half the length, but it needed to be said, lest everyone assume that the J.J. Abrams / Chris Pine take on the character is the new default for stories about Star Fleet's greatest starship captain.

    [Via MetaFilter]

  • Nicholas Gurewitch

    Notes on a Case of Nicholas Gurewitch:

    It has to be said, the artwork he's producing looks delicious. Worth the wait? I can see how his Kickstarter backers might be torn on that point.

  • Grand

    From the guy who gave us a look into the distant future of the human race's expansion into the solar system with Wanderers, a visualisation of a scenario that's set to play out for real, later this year: Cassini's Grand Finale

  • Not Smart Enough

    We desperately need computer systems smart enough to know when they're not smart enough:

    Our answer machines have an over-confidence problem. Google, Alexa, and Siri often front that they're providing a definitive answer to questions when they're on shaky ground - or outright wrong.

    To be fair, it'd be ideal if computer users maintained a healthy sense of proportion about the likelihood that the question they'd just posed was ever likely to yield a single, indisputable answer in the first place in a world where powerful interests would be happy to poison the well if that means that their targets are likely to be fed the answers they want them to believe.

    [Via Subtraction]

  • Joe Coleman, copywriter

    Joe Coleman, a freelance copywriter, clearly knows his audience all too well.

    [Via swissmiss]

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