Primaries Directive – The United Federation Elections of 2270 (Photo Gallery)

A year or so ago I started doing this as an exercise to play around on the edges of politics and current events and to see how long I could keep it up. The rules for myself were relatively simple: Only stills from Star Trek: TOS were to be used.

I spent way too much time doom scrolling Google Images for brain fodder and eventually ran out of steam. I probably could have been able to maintain momentum on it longer if I had started rewatching the series and did the screengrabs myself. But, regardless, politics is exhausting…

Anyway, welcome to the Federation Elections of 2270.

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My Top Five Favorite Cover Bands That Are Also Awesome And Funny (In No Particular Order)

I love covers. At the height of the Napster Age I had more than 2000 Beatles covers in my digital collection. It is much less now, because of poor back-up skills which I still possess to this day. What I really love is when an artist is able to cover a familiar song, retain that original sense, but still make it their own in some unique and interesting way. They need to cover the song, but also add some personality so it can stand apart. Like when Earth, Wind and Fire covered Got To Get You Into My Life — a Beatles cover that I would argue is easily much better than the original.

I just have a strong belief that if a musician can take someone else’s song and make it something different, then that is real craft and art. Having said that, these are the artists that not only do that, they shake the paradigm up a bit in the process. Conceptually funny doesn’t hurt much, either.

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Hail To The King — In Honor of Elvis Presley’s Birthday (01/08/1935)

I still have an Elvis documentary inside of me struggling to get out.

Back when I thought I still had a shot at a career in the movies, I outlined a documentary that would have had recreations of his death based on the various theories that were floating around… Okay, okay… theories that I imagined were floating around.

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Short Story: The Ennui Of A Caveman

Grok stirred. He pulled the tattered animal skin up closer around his neck to ward off the early morning chill, exposing his rough, calloused feet in the process. He scrunched his nose stiffly at the wet dusty odor from the dead fire sitting in the opening passage to the cavern.

Scratching at the tangled mat of a beard growing on his cheek with blackened fingernails, he ran his slightly swollen tongue over his chipped and worn teeth. He then tried to work up some saliva to take the taste of night out of his mouth.

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Perfect Movie/Perfect Film — A Cinematic Review Philosophy

(originaly from 2014)

All film criticism is subjective. We all watch movies from different places and experiences. What is meaningful to one person isn’t necessarily meaningful to another. Except “Shogun Assassin”, we all come out of that movie feeling the same way — exhausted, a bit freaked out, but also excited about the baby cart that shoots daggers.

That is why I came up with the Perfect Movie/Perfect Film grading system. In it, I posit that there are two kinds of cinema — a movie and a film. A movie is the turn off the brain, just go along for the ride type of entertainment. A film is the engage the brain, invest yourself in the craft and art type of theater experience.

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PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF INITIAL PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION INTERVIEW OF JAMES FRANK — 34 YEAR OLD MALE FROM DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS (DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER)

This is a partial transcript of a diagnostic interview of SUBJECT JAMES FRANK, sufferer of Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder).

It was conducted by DR. FREDERICK RASPUENEL, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of California, Barstow. Also in attendance was DR. LISA SABERSTEIN, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Phoenix, Orem, Utah Branch.

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I Could Be The Next Steve Jobs: The Facts

Not to belabor a popular 2001: A Space Odyssey comparison in the Tech Industry, but Steve Jobs is our Monolith, only with rounded corners and intergrated branding. And frankly, I am the Star Child.

Listen, I don’t mean to try and build myself up too much here, but I am kinda awesome. I mean, my potential is full of stars. As a matter of fact, as the Star Child, I am pretty sure it is my destiny (if I understood the movie correctly) to be the next Monolith (Steve Jobs).

Here are the facts for you to agree with (see, I am already like him).

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Types Of Bias You Are Suffering From Right Now

Cognitive Bias is a pernicious evil from which we will never be able to escape. Mainly because it is just a natural by-product of cognition and is built into the human machine that we are. Think of it as the Top Stories Algorithm of the brain. And there are so many types. Even if we could erase the big ones, there are still tons of little ones. They are like weeds – they just grow back more gnarly and unforving than before. Just look at our national political discourse for evidence.

And as more types of Bias are identified, it is important that you are aware of them. To at least fight their grasping entangling tangles of graspers.

Here are some types that you probably have never heard of, but which your close friends say you are suffering from right now.

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