The Pro-Life Heart of Blade Runner 2049

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The big questions of life—how long we have, how memory defines us, what it means to be human—figure prominently in the Blade Runner universe, first introduced to cinemas by Ridley Scott back in 1982.  Working loosely from the trippy Philip K. Dick novel  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Scott jettisoned most of Dick’s hippy-dippy drug culture subtext and instead focused on a visual style in which the setting drove the narrative just as much as the characters.  In this fully-realized world, ...

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New Podcast! Star Trek Discovery Ups Its Game

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After posting my not-so-enthusiastic review of the Star Trek Discovery tw-part pilot episode, I wasn’t exactly sure of what to expect out of episode number three.  Would it be as plodding and muddled as the initial offering, or would the writers clean up their act and deliver something better?  Well, I’m very happy to report that after stumbling out of the gate, Discovery seems to have quickly found its footing.  For starters, we actually get to see the titular ship–and we also ...

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Star Trek Discovery: How to Boldly Blow a Pilot

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Star Trek has always had something of a checkered history with pilot episodes.  Back before the classic series run, NBC actually rejected Gene Roddenberry’s original pilot, “The Cage.”  Lore has it that the network suits thought it was too cerebral, but I’m guessing it might have had more to do with the slow, deliberate pacing and the aliens that looked like they had butts with bulging veins planted on their heads.  Still, many of the elements that Star Trek would soon make ...

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I’ve Seen The Future, And It Has An Apple Logo On It

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To say that today’s Apple event was eagerly-anticipated by the device maker’s fans would be a lot like saying that The Force Awakens generated mild interest by Star Wars devotees.  It has been ten whole years since Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone to the world, and everyone who watches the technology company–from the fanbois  who line up for days to be the first to get their hands on the latest gadget to the titans of Wall Street who live and die ...

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In Irma’s Crosshairs

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I’m a Florida native, born at Macdill Air Force Base when my dad was stationed there, raised in the Sunshine State since his military stint ended right about the time disco was taking its last gasps.  So it’s fair to say I’ve seen my share of hurricanes over the years.  As a kid, I used to track them with the kind of fervor most other kids reserved for Thundercats and He-Man, using the handy map provided by my local newspaper at ...

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The Dangers of Googlethink

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As a child of the 80s, the definitive historical event of my young life was the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger.  To this day, I can remember exactly the circumstances when I heard the news:  I was a senior in high school, sitting in Ms. Figley’s anatomy and physiology class, when Mr. Davis–a revered teacher who had been at the school for what seemed like forever–opened the door and told all of us, “The space shuttle just blew up.”  My classmates ...

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