Wednesday, October 9, 2019

This & That

Some pics I found and wanted to share:


Gonna try to make it to this Pop Culture fair. I’ve gone before and picked up some cool stuff. 


The ‘Star Trek’ series that could have been. 

Let’s do better Star Trek AND Trek fans!

Star Trek: Discovery: a lot of fans on both sides (for or against) tend to ignore the other sides arguments. In my mind there is many things not working for Discovery, otherwise the fan base would not be divided. If it were truly a resounding success Trek fans would be united in singing its praises, which is definitely not happening...much to my despair. I want Discovery to be good and successful more than anything...

To my fellow Star Trek fans: Trek taught us to accept our differences and work together towards a positive vision for the future. Let’s respect our differences. If you like or don’t like Discovery that’s just fine. But remember to be respectful to those who do not share in your opinion. Stop hating on one another, respect each other’s opinion. You may not agree with it nor should you have to but be accepting in the fact others may not like what you like. 

Let’s all do better. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Some thoughts on the Canadian Leadership Debate

These are some comments I made on Facebook 

Monday, October 7, 2019

‘Star Trek: Andromeda’???

After watching the ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ third season trailer I cannot help but theorize the writers/executive producers stole Gene Roddenberry‘s plot for ‘Andromeda’ and are using it for ‘Discovery’. Much like they “borrowed” the tardigrade from that video game ‘Tardigrades’ in season one but then quickly threw that out when they got sued or had to settle (not sure which). Maybe I’m wrong but I’m thinking that ‘Discovery’ will be tasked with rebuilding the Federation when they arrive 1000 years after the events in the season 2 finale. Which is essentially the plot of Gene Roddenberry’s proposed series ‘Andromeda’, which was turned into a tv series starring Kevin Sorbo and produced by Gene’s widow Majel Barrett Roddenberry in the early 2000’s. 

If I am right then they need to get some new writers/producers on this show who can create something of their own. Stop lifting ideas and concepts from others and trying to pass them off as new and original. Season one had the tardigrades. Season two had the Enterprise, Spock, Captain Pike, Number One. Now maybe season 3 has the plot line from ‘Andromeda’ which was one surviving Commonwealth ship tasked with rebuilding the Commonwealth. If season 3 has the ‘Discovery’ having to rebuild the Federation then yes they (the writers/executives) stole ANOTHER plot because they have no clue and should not be making a show called ‘Star Trek’. 

They need to do better and true fans should expect better.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Star Trek: Disco Inferno

The problem I have with Star Trek: Discovery is that it is not “Star Trek” as far as I’m concerned. It does not obey or live up to the ideals that Trek creator Gene Roddenberry established; ideals that he made his writers and show runners follow. This new show feels more like ‘Star Wars’ than ‘Star Trek’. I’ve seen fan film productions better than this show that accurately portrays Gene Roddenberry’s vision for a ‘positive vision of the future’. Not to say it’s all bad: the casting of Anson Mount and Doug Jones were brilliant choices but the blatant disregard for established Trek canon pushed me away. However if people like it that’s fine too, hopefully it’ll get new people watching the previous Trek series, but for me it’s a missed opportunity to do something special... 

I had the pleasure of meeting Anson Mount at the Calgary Expo in April 2019. He does make an excellent 'Captain Pike'.

They really should have done an Anson Mount 'Captain Pike' series...

However I am hopeful that ‘Star Trek: Picard’ will do right because of the involvement of Patrick Stewart and other Trek alumni. I really don’t think they would sign on for a mediocre show. Because in all honesty I’d call ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ mediocre Trek. If you took away all the Trek references on the show it would make an alright science fiction show but when compared to Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine it is very mediocre. 
Season 3 trailer that dropped at NYCC: Meh. Still not hopeful.
Hopefully 'Star Trek: Picard' will bring the franchise back to its glory days.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

My Baby Girl Sheba

As you may or may not know my family recently lost a valued member of our family, our beloved shitzu ‘Sheba’, whom I often refer to as my baby girl. I write this in remembrance of this amazing little dog whom stole my heart and who I miss dearly. Sheba was born in 2010 and was raised by another family for her first year. They were a nice middle aged couple who both worked away as cooks at work camps. In 2011 my wife Crystal ran a dog grooming business out of our home and Sheba became one of her dog grooming clients. Sheba’s owners jobs changed and they were no longer able to take Sheba with them when they went to camp for work for two weeks at a time. So they asked Crystal if Sheba could stay with us on the weeks they worked and we were happy to agree. We loved when Sheba came over for her grooming as she was such a sweet and obedient little puppy. After a couple months of this arrangement her owners came to us with a problem: You see when they were home they only lived a few blocks away and when they would take her for walks she would always pull them towards our home. It seemed she had grown attached to Crystal and I and the kids, so her owners asked us if we would be interested in adopting her. We readily agreed and in 2011 she became an official member of our family until her death on Sept 22nd 2019.
She started getting sick a week before her death. At first we thought she was getting better but she really didn’t and eventually we had to take her to the vet where they diagnosed her with pancreatitis. She spent a night with the vet and she came home on the Friday with medications and an expected recovery. Saturday she did seem better and was more mobile than she had been in days, but sadly that was short lived. Saturday night she seemed to be in more pain but it seemed her pain meds started working again and she went to sleep around 9:30 pm. At 5 am Sunday morning we were awakened by her yelps of pain from her bed in the living room. Shortly after Crystal gave her the pain meds she went stiff and fell onto her side. Her breathing became erratic and we called the on call Veterinarian. But before we made it to the vet clinic she died in my arms; my baby girl Sheba was gone. Our family’s hearts were collectively broken and we all cried over the loss of our family member. She was cremated and we set up a memorial on a shelf in our living room. Sheba was probably the best dog I have ever owned. She will always be with me in my heart until the end of my days.

She was a simply puppy and never asked for anything except for the occasional milk bone. She loved the dog bed I bought her. She loved to nap on top of the love seat in our living room beside the large window. At night she would sleep with Crystal and I. She loved kids and guests to the house; she particularly loved her Nana Darcy and Grandma Yvonne, and Grandma Joan and Grandpa Harry. I would take her for long walks at the Barrhead and Fairview outdoor walking paths, and she would never complain or refuse to walk; she loved the outdoors and spending time with her family.

Although I spent a lot of time with her I still feel like I didn’t spend enough; I can’t help but feel like I didn’t appreciate her enough. But such is life that we never know when a loved one will leave us and I took for granted that she would be with us for years to come as she was only 9 years old (in human years…but I guess she was 63 in dog years…).

Spend time with your puppies, enjoy every moment with them as they may be called up to heaven suddenly without warning.

Sheba: you will be in our hearts always. I miss you more than words can say my baby girl. I’m sure you are with Grandma Yvonne in heaven and getting spoiled. We all love you and miss you.

-         With love,

Dad and your family.