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SIX OF THE BEST… updates Disney could make to Beauty and the Beast

I bought my tickets to see the live-action Beauty and the Beast last week. The animated version is my wife's favorite movie, and since we have a busy weekend ahead we figured we'd make a [...]

By |March 15th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… methods of faster-than-light travel

Depending upon what your favorite sci-fi universe is, you probably have a different mental picture of what faster-than-light travel looks like. I've read and seen a lot of sci-fi over the years, so I think [...]

By |March 8th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE WORST… things about conference calls

Many of us nerds are forced to sit through interminable conference calls -- and most often more of them than we really need to be a part of. If you're a technical person, you just [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… movies from 2016 not nominated for Best Picture

The 2017 best picture nominees (and their release dates) are Arrival (11/1), Hacksaw Ridge (11/2) , Hidden Figures (12/25 -- limited release only), Lion (11/25), Moonlight (10/21), Fences (12/25), Hell or High Water (8/12), La [...]

By |February 22nd, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… ways to save money on coffee

Coffee is a big business. Millions of people across the US drink it every day -- sometimes many times a day -- and while some people are content with the average office coffee machine's output, [...]

By |February 15th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… “if video games have taught me anything” lessons

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that most people reading this column have played at least one video game in their lives. But probably more. We've all learned lessons from video [...]

By |February 8th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE WORST… Enterprise design problems

Matt Jefferies should be a household name to Star Trek fans. As art director of the Original Series, he's the one who came up with the general look of the USS Enterprise -- and that [...]

By |February 1st, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… Cardassian philosophies

Cardassians started out as reptilian bad guys on Star Trek: the Next Generation. All we knew about them was that they had no honor (per Worf) and that there had been a long conflict between [...]

By |January 25th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… narrative devices you can’t use anymore (because they’re cliche’d)

Out of a sense of maudlin more than anything else, the week of Christmas I pulled up the Dunesteef episode where they ran published my novelette Secret Santa. I enjoyed listening to it again, but [...]

By |January 18th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments

SIX OF THE BEST… columns I wrote in 2016

It's been a year since my last "best-of" post, which can mean only one thing: time for six of the best "Six of the Best (or Worst)" columns that I wrote in 2016. Here goes... [...]

By |January 11th, 2017|Six of the Best/Worst|0 Comments