Pigs in space....

"In Universe, we plan to keep those elements that have made the franchise a success, such as adventure and humor, while breaking new ground in the relationships between mostly young and desperate explorers, thrust together and far from home," series co-creators Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper said.

Right, so I guess this means we'll get 'Sex in the City' or '90210' in space.

Guess this is one show I'll give a pass to.


Rest in Peace Arthur C Clarke....

I grew up in a house where books like Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood's End were scattered around like afterthoughts. For a 12 year old growing up in boring suburbia it was like finding gold. Clarke was one of the greats, with keen sense of what could be and what might be, and he was the most amazing storyteller. My own daughter is 12 and, coincidentally, just beginning to read Rama. I don't think there's a better introduction to Science Fiction available.

Rest in Peace Mr. Clarke, and thank you.

Okay, this is SGA, but really, is it too much to ask for a little consistency?

Yeah yeah yeah, I know, dream on. These are, after all, the people who gave Lucius a personal shield that can only be activated by an ATA carrier. etc. So I guess it's too much to expect that the Wraith on the Midway station and the Wraith on Earth are as invulnerable to our conventional weapons as the ones in the Pegasus galaxy. Where are the self-healing wounds? And Sheppard takes out leather coat guy with single shot from his hand gun?

Uh guys? Why are we so freakin' worried about a couple dozen wraith getting loose in a military base full of MPs if a single shot or a single burst from a P90 can kill them? Okay, so maybe we just don't want them sending a message home. I can get all over that. But if they intended to do that, then why try to get to the surface? Gonna look for a turntable and a couple of little kids?

Oh, and let's speculate what happens w hen they do get to the surface. I can see it now, MPs..."Hey dude, funky clothes, but man, you been underground too long. Get a tan."

And while they might be able to walk around, say Hash-bury in the 60s or even Times Square on any given Saturday night, me thinks that in Colorado Springs, ummm, not exactly a place they can go incognito. Oh wait, they can go to Hollywood and lurk on film sets!

So, is Rodney a bad boss?

Extracted from  an article in Inc. magazine:

Here are seven signs that you are a bad boss:

1. The staff has developed guidelines for dealing with you and quietly passes them to new employees.

2. You have one or two fanatical acolytes, no one else has more to do with you than they have to.

3. You never see people walk by. Employees would rather circumnavigate the entire office to get to the coffee machine or bathroom than take the shortcut past your door and risk being invited in.

4. Your 360-degree evaluations come back short and full of generically positive comments, with one very mild criticism thrown in for credibility's sake.

5. People don't volunteer for your pet projects. The idea sucks and they're afraid to tell you, or it's brilliant, but the consequences for letting you down are too terrible to imagine. And, of course, you'll probably work on it as well. Which means more time spent...gulp...with you.

6. You have legions of former employees, but they rarely give your name as a reference for new jobs.

7. You have legions of former employees, period....your staff falls away like linty Post-it notes


Which is worse?

At the end of the day bad-fic is in the eye of the beholder, so that means I'm as likely to commit it as anyone else. But answer me this...

Which is worse, bad-fic that's decently written but the premise, plot, characterizations, and assumptions are overwhelmingly awful or a story that could be a good idea written badly?

On the one hand, you have a story that you can get sucked into early on because the prose flow and maybe the setup doesn't give away where it's going, then suddenly....WHAM! realize that it is just wrong wrong wrong! In some cases to the point of being offensive.

On the other hand, there is the fiction that is so rife with errors of grammar, spelling and punctuation, that it's painful or even impossible to read. Or the characters are portrayed so badly you don't recognize them. You never get to the end of the story because it's just too much work, the mistakes interrupt the flow too much. Ultimately the fact that the author didn't care enough to fix even the most glaring, fundamental errors makes you not care about the story.

Of course there are those bad-fics that combine the worst of both worlds, but those are the authors I won't even click on.